Tourists from around the world have been flocking to the highlands of Iceland, as they look to explore the hidden treasures of an isolated North Atlantic island that is home to just 330,000 residents. The only issue is that it seems tourists are so keen to take in the gorgeous landscapes that Iceland has to offer, they are putting the safety of themselves, others and the nature of this incredible country at risk; through disregard, or at the very least, a misunderstanding of road safety.
The biggest issue Icelandic authorities are dealing with is the large amount of road users who have been seen to stop and park along main roads, in order to get out and take photographs of the scenery. This is not only incredibly dangerous to you, but to other road users as well. Considering the increasing influx of tourists heading to the country each year, Iceland’s roads are getting busier and potentially more dangerous.
It is estimated that in 2017 Iceland will welcome 2.5 million tourists, with many of them having little or no experience in the unpredictable situations that are thrown up in Iceland. There are too many incidents occurring on the roads of Iceland, with many of them being preventable. During 2015 and 2016, 7 people were reported killed and a further 73 were severely injured; with a large portion of the accidents occurring across the South and West of the island.
This may not seem like a big issue for experienced drivers, but there is nothing to match the conditions experienced in Iceland. The roads are narrow, the weather is unpredictable and the highlands are treacherous. Driving in Iceland requires a lot of care and focus; it is not something to be taken lightly. We urge everyone who is planning on visiting Iceland to take care when driving and to not park on the roads.
If you are planning a trip to Iceland and you have any questions and queries regarding car rentals and travel within Iceland, then feel free to get in touch with our brilliant team. As they’ll be more than happy to help you in any way they can. You can contact our office on +354 511 3111 or firstname.lastname@example.org.