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Why Justin Bieber is Being Blamed for Shutting Down Icelandic Canyon

HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 15:  Justin Bieber attends Global Road Entertainment's world premiere of 'Midnight Sun' at ArcLight Hollywood on March 15, 2018 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
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You read that headline right--Justin Bieber is being cited as the reason for the Icelandic canyon of Fjaðrárgljúfur being closed until June.

It all started when the superstar shot his music video for his song "I'll Show You," which was released in 2015. The music video features beautiful shots of Bieber and the canyon in Iceland, and apparently caused a very significant uptick in tourism following the release of the project. Between 2017 and 2018, visitors to the canyon increased from 150,000 to 282,000--and officials believe it was due to the video.

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According to travel website Lonely Planet, the increase in excited visitors has "wreaked havoc on its fragile vegetation," and the situation is worsened by the uncharacteristically warm winter Iceland had, which created muddy footpaths and forced visitors to walk on the vegetation more than usual.

The delicate environment was formed at the end of the last Ice Age, so authorities are understandably doing everything they can to preserve its natural beauty. While it was originally only supposed to be closed for two weeks, the decision was made by officials to extend the closure to June 1 and give the environment time to heal.

We understand the hype over seeing where Justin's video was filmed, but in this case? A natural landmark is more important than an Instagram picture.

[h/t: Cosmopolitan]