Tourists litter countryside during Northern Lights trips

Northern lights tours are one of the most popular tours ...

Northern lights tours are one of the most popular tours in Iceland during winter. Photo: Sigurður Ægisson

Fisherman Birkir Hauksson noticed hundreds of glow-in-the dark armbands given to tourists for safety during northern lights excursions in the Ósabotnar area in the Reykjanes peninsula. 

These armbands have also been spotted, frozen to the ground or flying around the countryside in Borgarfjörður, West Iceland. "I really dislike this kind of messiness. People have to make an effort," said Hauksson to mbl.is today. 

Managing director of tour company Reykjavik Excursions Einar Bárðarson says that no organised stops are in the area where the bracelets were found. "But it's a reminder to people to treat nature with more respect. The travel industry wants in every way to be at peace with society. " He thinks that perhaps, with regard to the magnitude of the bracelets found that an accident of some sort occurred with a box of armbands falling of the coach or something. "I've never seen tourists behaving in this way at least, but we'll look into the case and learn from it."

Northern lights tours are one of the most popular tours in Iceland during winter. 

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