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Safe Travel in Iceland

Please be cautious when travelling in Iceland. Due to natural hazards and extreme weather, conditions can change without a notice and momentarely.

Iceland is a large country with a small and distributed population, glaciers, highlands, possible floods, narrow gravel roads, these are factors that need to be taken into account when travelling around the island.  Always exercise caution when travelling in Iceland, whether you are hiking, walking, driving, swimming, or riding. Be aware that terrain and weather conditions are unique and may be very different from what you are accustomed to, even if you are a seasoned traveller.

Travelling in Iceland can be perilous if you are ill-prepared and unfamiliar with conditions. It is not umcommon for tourists to land themselves in dangerous situations, even if they are experienced. If you are planning to travel within Iceland, we strongly recommend that you read the information on the website  There you can find weather updates and warnings as well as general guidelines for travel and safe adventure in Iceland.

Never plan a travel in Iceland without checking the weather forecast first and never travel into the highlands without checking the weather forecast and inform someone about your travel plans in advance. Weather - The Icelandic Met Office.

Note that driving off-road is illegal and perpetrators can expect to be heavily fined or even imprisoned. Remember to respect speed limits at all times and take appropriate caution when driving in bad weather conditions, which are common in Iceland. See this video: Driving in Iceland with Elfis – Drive safe!

Icelandic Association for Search and Rescue

Thousands of volunteers dedicate themselves to work for the ICE-SAR rescue teams. The mission is to prevent accidents and save human lives and valuables. Groups of volunteers are always available, night and day, all year round.