Justin Bieber & Game of Thrones Are Being Blamed For Destroying An Iceland Canyon
Confused by that headline? We don’t blame you – but Justin Bieber and Game of Thrones are seriously being blamed for potentially ruining a canyon in Iceland.
Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon has become somewhat of a hotspot for tourists everywhere since Justin Bieber put it on the map in 2015 when he filmed his music video for the song “I’ll Show You” in the stunning location. According to the Environmental Agency of Iceland, since Justin’s video came out, the location has been overrun by visitors and the intensity of foot traffic has wreaked havoc on its fragile vegetation, forcing local authorities to close it to the public.
The video, which has been viewed more than 440 million times, shows Justin stomping on mossy vegetation, dangling his feet over a cliff and bathing in the freezing river underneath the sheer walls of the canyon. Now, the Environment Agency of Iceland has had to close all public paths to Fjaðrárgljúfur after it became clear the fragile canyon was struggling under the strain of its newfound popularity.
Today, a large sign warns visitors not to pass the barriers to the canyon, but of course, people have been doing it anyway. Wardens now man the area surrounding the canyon, but according to NBC, tourists have been offering bribes in exchange for a photo on the location.
In fairness to Justin, however, Environment Minister Gudmundur Ingi Gudbrandsson said the canyon did not, at the time he visited, have rope fences and designated paths to show what was allowed and what not.
The Biebs isn’t 100% to blame for the damage, however. According to NBC, Game of Thrones also plays a part in the large number of tourists visiting the area. The latest season of the popular show features scenes filmed at the canyon, and the nearby Skógar waterfall and the Svínafells glacier are also backdrops on scenes of the show. Can you really blame two of the most famous pop culture phenomenons for ruining the environment with their crazy fans? That sounds **slightly** unfair.
After last night’s finale, we can only assume GOT fans won’t be flooding to the site anytime soon…