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Visitors to Gullfoss ignore warnings, climb gate to get onto a walking path closed due to ice

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  • Area closed! A gate across a path, with the sign "Area Closed" doesn't send particuarly subtle message. Still people seem to miss the point. Photo/Screenshot from video, see below.

The authorities are at a loss as to how they should deal with travellers who seem determined to get into danger at Gullfoss waterfall. A large gate with a prominent warning was installed last year in an effort to keep travellers off the lower walking path leading to the waterfall.

In winter the lower walking path, which is open in summer, becomes covered in ice, making it dangerously slippery. The sheer cliffs near the walking path and the raging river below make the walking path extremely dangerous under these conditions. It is feared that it's only a matter of time before a fatal accident takes place at the waterfall.

Read more: Video: Visitors toying with death at Reynisfjara, Gullfoss, ignore fences and warning signs

A Dutch woman, Petra Albrecht, who works for the tour company Grayline, shot the following video of travellers climbing over the gate. The video, which was shared on social media, has prompted a lively discussion about how to ensue safety of travellers, when they seem determined to ignore all warnings. 

The head of the Icelandic Tourism Board told the local newspaper Morgunblaðið that if warning signs, fences and gates fail to direct travellers away from danger the authorities might have to hire guards to keep people out of danger. "Hopefully we won't have to build walls around these places," he added. 

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