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Hrafnkelsdóttir, Hrafnhildur, 2010. Public access to lakeshores in Iceland. Second cycle, A2E. Alnarp: SLU, Landscape Architecture (until 121231)



The study to assess the current state of public access to lakeshores in Iceland was done as little has been written on the subject and landowners and the public are not well-informed about their rights. The objective was to gather information about laws and regulations concerning accessibility, investigate the current situation at two particular locations regarding access to lakeshores and whether municipalities and landowners are fulfilling their obligations to allow and facilitate certain access to these areas. A lakeshore area by lake Elliðavatn was investigated as well as the lakeshore area Þorsteinsvík by lake
Þingvallavatn. Methods used were the same as landscape architects and planners use to analyse and design areas, whether in rural or urban landscapes; document and landscape analysis as well as accessibility and visual analysis. Expectations turned out to be exaggerated as the areas were far from being used to their full potential. Conclusions include a need for evaluating every location separately as conditions vary greatly and the laws and regulations must be clearer to better serve the interest of the public. Municipalities and landowners were not doing fulfilling their obligations to allow and facilitate access to the study areas.

Main title:Public access to lakeshores in Iceland
Authors:Hrafnkelsdóttir, Hrafnhildur
Series:Självständigt arbete vid LTJ-fakulteten, SLU
Volume/Sequential designation:UNSPECIFIED
Year of Publication:2010
Level and depth descriptor:Second cycle, A2E
Student's programme affiliation:LY002 Landscape Architecture Programme, Alnarp 300 HEC
Supervising department:(LTJ, LTV) > Landscape Architecture (until 121231)
Keywords:Nature, Recreation, Public, Access, Environment, Lake, People, Elliðavatn, Þorsteinsvík
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Subject. Use of subject categories until 2023-04-30.:Landscape architecture
Deposited On:08 Apr 2011 05:28
Metadata Last Modified:20 Apr 2012 14:18

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