Safe Travel

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When driving on gravel roads, which are often quite narrow, it is important to show caution when approaching another car coming from the opposite direction by moving as far to the right as is safely possible.
Blind hills, where lanes are not separate, can be very dangerous, and should be approached with caution.  There are also many blind curves in Iceland that test a driver’s skill. for more information go here

 

  • In Iceland, drivers and passengers are required by law to wear seatbelts, regardless of the type of vehicle or where they are seated.
  • It should be noted that children must either wear seatbelts, or be in car safety seats, depending on their age and maturity.
  • It is against the law to operate a vehicle in Iceland after having consumed alcohol and the punishment for violating this law is rather stiff.
  • Iceland requires that vehicle headlights be on at all times, day and night, when driving. During the summer, there’s daylight both day and night and the day seems long.
  • Drivers must be aware of this fact and avoid driving for too long, since they may fall asleep while driving.
  • In several places there are traffic signs (rectangular with white numbers on blue background), indicating the recommended maximum speed and where drivers should realise that the permitted speed limit can’t be recommended because of the driving conditions.
  • The use of hands-free equipment is an obligation when talking on a mobile phone and driving at the same time.
  • It is strictly forbidden to drive off-road.  Such driving results in serious damage to sensitive vegetation, which may take nature decades to repair.
  • If any casualties result from risky behaviour on your part, such as from speeding and/or driving while under the influence of alcohol, there is an increased likelihood that you will be charged with reckless manslaughter.
  • In addition, insurance companies have the right to demand reimbursement for any damage you are responsible for.

Hiking

 

The first question that comes up for every hiker is where to go and what hiking trail to choose.  Is it a well-known marked trail or off the beaten path?  Regardless of what is decided, proper trail selection and route planning are essential components to a successful hike.

  • When choosing a hiking trail, hikers should always use themselves as a frame of reference, i.e. their level of fitness and their experience and knowledge of hiking.
  • Don’t set out to do too much, plan reasonable distances each day.
  • Keep in mind that even though a trail may have markers, visibility can be so poor that it is not possible to see from one mark to another.
  • Compasses and GPS devices should be brought, alongside the knowledge of how to use them.
  • travel plan is an important aid for every hiker.  With a travel plan you can plot day trips, distance to hike each day, write down accommodation details, a contingency plan if that might be needed, and other things that are important in making a good hike even better.
  • The travel plan should be left with a trustworthy person.  He or she will then have exact information about the trip, in the event that a situation may arise in which it is needed.

 

The hike

  • First, hikers should be reminded to keep an eye on their hiking companions; you never know when exhaustion or something else will kick in.
  • If induced repetitive strain injuries begin to crop up, stop immediately and mend them as well as possible.
  • Be prepared for sudden weather changes and check the daily weather forecast with the ranger or warden.
  • Stick to the travel plan that was arranged before you left.  If you change your travel plan, let the person who only has a copy of the original know about the alterations or write the changes down in guest books at lodges.
  • Make a point to always write your name and the date in guest books for security reasons.

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