Gondola Lift in Ísafjörður?
The Ísafjörður town council did not make any comments on the application, submitted at a town council meeting on Monday, but noted that safety and environmental issues must be taken into account.
At the meeting, a suggestion was submitted for the location of places where people would get on and off the gondola. A final decision on the precise location of the gondola lift would be made in cooperation with town authorities, once a change to the land-use plan, now underway, has been implemented.
Odin Skylift’s suggestion includes the construction of a restaurant and, later on, a hotel on Eyrarfjall mountain, in addition to trails and facilities for outdoor activities. Odin Skylift is owned by Gissur Skarphéðinsson and his Canadian business partners, according to bb.is .
You can view the plan here.
According to Gissur Skarphéðinsson, who was interviewed by Bylgjan radio station, a group of investors is ready to spend ISK 2.5 billion (USD 20.3 million; EUR 18.5 million) on the construction of the gondola lift. If all goes as planned, it could begin transporting tourists to a 250-person restaurant three years from now for the price of ISK 7,500 (USD 61; EUR 55) per person. A merchant in Ísafjörður, Úlfar Úlfarson, came up with the idea for the gondola lift 13 years ago.
Ísafjörður is a popular tourist destination, and as many as 140 cruise ship arrivals are scheduled there next summer.