ICELAND has blocked the millions of tourists who descend upon the volcanic island from visiting a canyon that has been overrun since it was featured in Justin Bieber video.

An influx of tourists and humid winter have disrupted the Fjadrargljufur canyon's fragile  ecosystem, so the Environment Agency of Iceland has closed the site to the public until June 1.

''During periods of thaw, the path is completely muddy and is practically unusable for hikers,''  agency advisor  Daniel Freyr  Jonsson told reporters last Thursday.

''Because the mud is so thick, visitors step over the fences and walk parallel to the path, which rapidly damages plant life,'' he added.

Fjadrargljufur is a gorge about  100 metres  deep and two kilometres long, with steep green walls and winding riverbed.

The canyon was created by progressive erosion from water melting from glaciers 9,000 years ago.


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