Police in West Iceland stopped the illegal collection of parking fees at Hraunfossar and Barnafossar waterfalls in West Iceland yesterday, Skessuhorn reports. A statement from the police reads that the waterfalls are considered a natural reserve and the public roads leading to them must be accessible and free to the public.
Guðlaugur Magnússon, owner of H-fossar Ltd. is behind the toll collection and was on site along with an employee collecting the fee. The same company began collecting fees in the area last October, which were also stopped by police. The case is being reviewed by the ministry for the environment and mbl.is reports that according to the company's lawyer, the attempt at restarting the parking fee collection was intended to prod matters along.
The company’s lawyer has sent an objection to the Environment Agency regarding police involvement in the matter. Others in the area have expressed opposition to the fee collection.