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Crime and Safety

Iceland - Crime and Safety


Emergency 'phone number: 112

Iceland is among the safest places in the world, so there is next to no chance of getting robbed or harassed. This, however, excludes Reykjavík, which has recently begun to suffer of some petty theft, and monthly news of night-time rapes downtown.


Nature

Iceland is a country where nature is the supreme ruler. Always do what the signs tell you to do. If there are no signs, be aware of cracks in the lava you are walking on, that the weather changes very rapidly, the sea is a cruel mistress and will take you, even if you stand on a beach.


Driving

Driving around Iceland can be difficult or even dangerous. Inform yourself on local conditions and make sure your vehicle and driving skills are up to the task. Be aware that many roads (even parts of the main country road) are unpaved and can turn into slippery mud during the summer. There have been a number of instances where foreigners, unprepared for "Icelandic roads", have been in accidents, some of them fatal.

Since the roads are very quiet and the distances between settlements great, some Icelanders abuse this by speeding considerably. Sheep can often be found on the road. Check out the following website for up-to-date road-condition information: http://www.vegagerdin.is/english/

Drugs

The Icelandic Narcotics Police has a very strict policy on drugs, minimum fine for possession of under 1 gram of any illegal substance can result in a fine of over 30000IKR.


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