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TRAVEL SAFETY 2018-06-13T15:48:35+00:00

TRAVELLING TIPS

Iceland is one of the safest countries in the world. The crime rate is extremely low and medical care is accessible and excellent. It is, however, necessary to take precaution when travelling around Iceland due to natural risks caused by weather and nature, where conditions can change without notice.

• Get the 112 app and use it while travelling.

• Always leave your travel plan with someone who can react if needed.

• Always check the weather forecast regularly as the weather can change in a split second.

• Always make sure you have enough experience for your travel or tour.

• Always inform yourself of equipment and transportation needed for the kind of travel you are planning.

• During winter time most of the highland and many roads are closed.

• Icelanders are proud of the country’s untouched nature and we want to keep it that way. That’s why it’s prohibited to leave rubbish and litter in nature.

• Iceland has more sheep than humans, and during summer the farmers let them loose to roam the lands. It’s important to keep an eye out for sheep as they might be lurking on the side of the road or cross the road. Use the car horn to scare them off the road and be careful not to hit the brakes too hard as this could be dangerous if other cars are behind you.

• You can pay with credit or debit cards everywhere, so you don’t need to worry about carrying cash with you.

WHAT TO BRING?

• A good windproof/waterproof jacket and trousers (insulated for winter travel)

• Fleece jacket or a thick sweater

• Lightweight thermal layers – preferably woollen or synthetic as these fabrics are better at wicking moisture.

• Sturdy, comfortable walking or hiking shoes with good grip on the soles.

• Thick, comfy socks for hiking boots – preferably woollen, and thicker in the winter.

• Hats, gloves and scarves for all seasons. • Swimsuit and a fast drying towel – pools and hot tubs are open all year round. • Sunglasses and sunscreen during summer.

• Swimsuit and a fast drying towel – pools and hot tubs are open all year round. • Sunglasses and sunscreen during summer.

• Get the 112 app and use it while travelling.

• Eyeshades may be helpful for sleeping in the summer when the sun never sets.

• A small backpack for hikes or day tours to store waters, snacks, extra clothing etc.

• A decent camera.

For more detailed lists for specific tours, go to this website

ON THE ROAD

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Off road driving in Iceland is prohibited by law. Due to our short summers, the Icelandic soil and vegetation is extremely vulnerable. Tire tracks can leave marks for decades so we ask you to please respect Icelandic nature and only drive on marked roads. Violation of these laws will result in a fine of up to 1500 euros.

GAS STATIONS

Automated self-service gas stations are operated in all towns and along major highways. Distances between gas stations may vary so make sure you have enough fuel to reach the next one.

ICELANDIC ROADS

The road system in Iceland is relatively easy to navigate. Highway no.1 is often called the Ring Road, and is the most travelled highway in Iceland. It takes you around the island and through most of the biggest towns. It is open throughout the year but weather conditions may cause temporary closures during winter. The major highways are paved but it may surprise travellers of how many roads, particularly in the highlands, are gravel roads. Gravel roads should always be navigated with care and loose gravel can be challenging to drive in. Take extra care when passing another vehicle as sand and small rocks can easily cause damage to cars. In regards to speed limits, the rule of thumb is, on paved highways the limit is 90 km/h, and 80 km/h on gravel roads. However, it is important to always take the road and weather conditions into consideration when travelling, especially during wintertime.

MOUNTAIN ROADS

Most mountain ways are closed until the end of June or longer, because of snow and muddy conditions that make them impassable. When open, many of them can only be navigated by four-wheel-drive vehicles. When the plan is to drive into the highlands it is important to check conditions before travelling and to be sure that you have the right car for the journey. A 4×4 vehicle is essential in the highlands where you might encounter rough terrain or unbridged waters.