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.is Preparation Icelandic nature can be wild and dangerous. Unfortunately. such as rangers. Travellers should prepare well for each trip and know its trail and route conditions.road. The most serious injuries. The most common type of accident is that of hikers losing their footing on uneven terrain.is Travellers should prepare well for each trip and know its trail and route conditions.road.is Check the weather forecast – information available from the Icelandic Meteorological Office. experience shows that the forces of Icelandic nature can be harsh and inhospitable. Let somebody know about your planned trip. Preface Iceland offers the traveller an adventure in a beautiful and rugged landscape. there have been far too many accidents in the past few years involving foreign tourists travelling around the country. especially for those unfamiliar with it and unused to travelling in uninhabited areas and rough country. Choose clothing and footwear with care. 902-0600. the Teletext or at www. are caused by road traffic accidents where travellers drive too fast in unfamiliar conditions and do not wear seat belts. This is the best way to prevent accidents and ensure a pleasant and safe journey. These accidents range from minor to fatal. Read about conditions in the area you will be traversing and talk to people with local knowledge. and travellers are well-advised to exercise caution and respect for the country’s natural environment.vedur. tel. tel. however.vedur. However. 1777 or at www.www. Check weather and road conditions – information available from the Public Roads Administration.is www.

and is enjoyable to explore in that season. Travellers intending to explore out-of-the-way areas are encouraged to use the Travellers' Reporting Service of the Icelandic Association for Search and Rescue (ICE-SAR). even at popular stopovers. Winter tyres are essential for driving in the wintertime. checking the Teletext or visiting www. Winter Iceland looks very different in the wintertime.road. Keep this in mind at all times. tel. The temperature can drop below the freezing point even during summer. a shovel and a first aid kit in the vehicle. wind force can multiply. 570-5900. You often have to rely on your own good sense and judgment when assessing the situation and making decisions. Fair weather can change into a raging storm at a moment’s notice. especially at night. It is important to check road and weather conditions before setting off by phoning 1777 and 902-0600.is When travelling in a vehicle. it is important not to abandon it if something comes up or the weather conditions are difficult.vedur. At mountain tops. but outside them it can be very unstable.6°C and precipitation to increase. you can expect the mean temperature to drop by 0. Signposts There are very few warning notices posted in the Icelandic wilderness.The Emergency Number in Iceland is 112. the vagaries of the Icelandic weather can play a decisive role regarding your trip. do not rely on a mobile phone as a safety measure.is and www. Tourists travel at their own risk. Therefore. 112 Weather Icelandic weather is very volatile. depending on their defined service level. blankets. Always bring warm clothing. especially when travelling in the highlands. The Emergency Number in Iceland is 112. The frequency at which roads are cleared of snow varies. The signals are often strongest on top of hillocks and mountains. The long-range NMT network covers most parts of the highlands but not all parts. Telephone connections The mobile phone connection is fairly reliable in towns. . For every 100m in altitude gained. However.

Driving Road conditions in Iceland vary substantially. roll-over accidents often occur when drivers lose control of their vehicles and drive off the road. Always adjust your speed to the driving conditions. Therefore. lose control of their vehicle and drive off the road. Domestic animals are often close to. Highway 1 is mostly paved. especially when driving on a gravel road. Driving while intoxicated from drug or alcohol use is prohibited. Slow down and use caution when driving across them.The speed limit in urban areas is normally 50 km per hour On paved roads outside towns. especially when seat belts are not used. Those unfamiliar with such conditions often find it difficult to drive on Icelandic roads. or even on. The speed limit in urban areas is normally 50 km per hour. but other country roads are often very narrow. it is 80 km per hour Undirbúningur er mikilvægur Blind summits are common in Iceland. Drivers need to be aware of this and not drive for too long. Where the road changes from a paved road to a gravel road. country roads. Such accidents can be very serious. as they might otherwise fall asleep behind the wheel. Slow down when you meet other vehicles. on paved roads and 80 km on gravel roads. Headlamps are required to be lit 24 hours a day while the vehicle is in operation. especially gravel roads. steep and washboarded gravel tracks with potholes and sharp corners. Many serious accidents occur every year at such places. Outside towns. In the summertime. There are many one-lane bridges in Iceland. Drivers who hit animals may be required to pay for the damage. The use of hands-free kits is compulsory for mobile phone use whilst driving. it is 90 km per hour On gravel roads. The use of front and back seat belts is compulsory – they save lives. Many Icelandic roads are raised on embankments against winter snows. Slow down and keep to the right-hand edge of the road. it is 90 km. . you need to slow down considerably. there is sunlight 24 hours a day. Many travellers who are not used to driving jeeps find them difficult to handle on Icelandic gravel roads. especially among drivers who are unfamiliar with such road conditions. Drivers are advised to choose a vehicle which they are used to driving and can handle easily.

Rangers operate at most major tourist centres in the highlands. Accommodation is limited in the highlands. and you need to make reservations with sufficient notice if you don’t want to sleep in the vehicle or in a tent. you need extra insurance for travelling in the highlands. Heavy rain often causes rivers to swell. depth and bottom by wading into it. Also.is Driving outside marked trails is prohibited and is subject to nature conservation law. Keep this in mind when driving in the highlands. Deaths have been caused by underestimating the water volume in rivers. Be careful where you step. Information about opening dates can be obtained by phoning 1777 or at www. For example. such as jeeps. you should not attempt to drive across it. If you find that you would be unwilling to wade across the river on foot. Always follow instructions around geysers. they are indicated with an F before the road number. On warm summer days. Before crossing a glacial river. Seek advice from experienced drivers and watch how and where they cross. The ground around geysers is often covered with a thin crust which can break through if stepped on. Ensure that the four-wheel drive has been engaged before driving into the water. Glacial rivers usually have less water in the mornings. It is important to know the vehicle’s insurance coverage before going on a trip in the highlands. the flow increases as the day progresses. Their job is to receive travellers and provide information. weather and other circumstances permitting.road.www.vedur. Do not use your fingers to check the temperature of water. Drive very slowly but steadily in first gear and use the low range if available. sometimes causing burn injuries. Travellers should obey rangers’ instructions. There is only one petrol station in the highlands (at Hveravellir) that sells petrol and diesel. sometimes making them uncrossable even for large and wellequipped vehicles.is www.road. Geothermal areas Geysers and hot springs are found in many parts of Iceland. Crossing rivers should be attempted only in fourwheel-drive vehicles. . The water or mud discharging to the Earth’s surface can be above the boiling point. it is necessary to examine its velocity. Therefore.is Highland roads Highland roads in Iceland are usually narrow gravel roads. with most of these roads intended for jeeps only. always keep to footpaths where they are to be found. and the chassis is not insured. rented vehicles are not insured for damage that occurs while crossing rivers or lakes. Keep in mind that fords over glacial rivers keep changing. Highland roads are open only during the summertime. On maps. and most rivers are unbridged. steam or mud.

Proceed with caution along cliffs. On snowmobile tours. rock faces and riverbanks. and you should always use one when on horseback. Marked trails are the safest option for hikers. Walking on glacier tongues is dangerous without crampons and other glacier-climbing gear. and has few designated cycling paths. A helmet is an important safety accessory. as crevasses lurk under the cover of snow in many places.The Emergency Number in Iceland is 112. Icelandic rock is often loose. Cycling and horseback riding tours Iceland does not offer much in the way of cycling facilities. On hillsides. . Therefore. Organised tours with experienced mountain guides are the safest option. Horseback riders should always use bridleways where they exist and exercise special care and consideration when passing walkers or moving vehicles. When walking on snow-covered glaciers. Drivers must also show consideration to horseback riders by slowing down and using extra caution where bridleways cross the road. always wear a helmet and beware of stones thrown up by passing traffic. Therefore. The crevasses can be very deep and wide. it is necessary to use a rope and other safety equipment. always follow the guide’s instructions and follow his tracks. it is inadvisable to enter ice caves or to stand near steep walls of ice. The ice caves and vertical glacier walls of glacier tongues are unsteady. It is necessary to know how to use a compass. there is often risk of rockfalls and avalanches. Helmets are obligatory. Glacier trips Nobody should set off on a trip onto a glacier without mountaineering experience and the necessary equipment. and blocks of ice can fall without warning. use reflectors and other markings to make sure that you are clearly visible when cycling on the country’s roads. Ice on glacier tongues can be extremely slippery. a map and a GPS unit for longer hikes. 112 Hiking and mountaineering Choose your route carefully and inform someone about your planned trip.

Negotiable only by jeeps.e. i. Destinations ahead (b) with distances outside capital area Dangerous bend first to left from the right from the left End of tarred road Unbridged river Newly-laid road surface Blind rise Two-way traffic Loose stones Road narrows on both sides Accident risk area Single-width surface Roadworks Uneven road Speed reduction bump Single-width bridge Route direction without road number Risk of falling rocks or avalanche from left Slippery road Other danger Destinations ahead and map (b) outside capital area Destinations ahead (b) with distances outside capital area .Dangerous bend to right Dangerous bend to left Dangerous bend first to right Difficult road. vehicles which are higher than ordinary private cars and have 4-wheel drive.

First-Aid post Clinic Police Pharmacy Library Emergency shelter Emergency telephone or radio Fire extinguisher T ourist information Information office Public telephone Public lavatory Thunderbox toilet Waste tank discharge Aquarium T own centre Industrial area Place of interest Starting point for walks Lay-by Viewpoint Viewpoint with information dial Rubbish bin Rubbish container Domestic animal park Radio Petrol station Car repair garage T repairs yre Car hire Cafeteria Restaurant Refreshments in private home Hotel Dog hotel outh hostel Sleeping-bag Y Holiday cottage for hire accommodation Refuge hut Camping site Caravan park Cooking facilities Shower Hot-pot Veterinary surgeon Washing machine Meeting facilities Swimming pool Sports centre Sports field Horse hire Angling permits Sea angling Whale-watching Car ferry Ski-lift Chair ski-lift Cross-country Snowcat trips skiing area Golf course Snowscooters for hire Waterscooters for hire Bicycles for hire Boats for hire Boat trips Water skiing River rafting Church Graveyard Bank Automatic teller machine Post office T ourist shop Supermarket Airport Bakery Sales kiosk Handicrafts Greenhouse Art gallery Service signs .

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landsbjorg.is .us.is ICE-SAR Icelandic Association For Search And Rescue Skogarhlid 14 105 Reykjavik Phone: 570 5900 www.ust. Phone: 522 1000 www.is Umferdarstofa Borgartúni 30 105 Reykjavík Phone: 580 2000 www.is Umhverfisstofnun Sudurlandsbraut 24 108 Reykjavík Phone 591-2000 www.road.Accidents happen when you least expect them Be careful at all times Vegagerdin Borgartún 5-7 105 Reykjavík.

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