A man viewing a crater at Landmannalaugar

Any situation can be enjoyed with the right preparation

Safetravel - Everything you need to know for a safe trip to Iceland

 

Is Iceland a safe country? Actually, it is hard to feel any safer than here: Iceland is a country with one of the world’s lowest crime rates, ranking consecutively in 1st place on the Global Peace Index, and home to no animal predators dangerous to man. So, it doesn’t seem very dangerous, but the challenges lie elsewhere.

Icelandic weather

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SafeTravel.is - The one stop shop for safety in Iceland

Ash plume with lightnings rising from Eyjafjallajökull volcano in 2010
Snowstorms, avalanches, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions - safetravel.is keeps you up-to-date!

www.safetravel.is

. Get informed, sign up for their free SMS service, and check their constantly updated

weather & conditions map

or get the

SafeTravel Iceland App

. It helps you make most of your time in Iceland and you surely don’t want to miss out on snowstorms, avalanches, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions!

ICE-SAR

ICE-SAR (Icelandic Association for search and rescue)

 teams, consisting of thousands of volunteers and specialists help inhabitants as well as travelers who get into dangerous situations on land and sea. To avoid these situations beforehand, follow Safetravels' guidelines. In case of an emergency, always call 112.

Clean and Safe

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We hope that you will feel safe and secure during your stay in Iceland

Clean & Safe Iceland

is a self assessment checklist for tourism enterprises. Once the companies have, fulfilled the requirements they receive the Clean & Safe stamp.

The display of the stamp is a promise or declaration to their customers that all official regulations and instructions concerning cleaning and disinfecting are being followed and that employees have received special instructions and training regarding this.

Driving in Iceland

Icy roads in winter
Snowy and icy roads can be a challenge to drive on

driving in Iceland here.

It is vital for you and the sensitive nature and vegetation around you to stay on marked paths.

Step Into The Great Outdoors – Leave a Travel plan

leave a travel plan with safetravel

and make sure you’re properly dressed and equipped for the trip.

People standing behind a fence in front of Seljalandsfoss waterfall on snowy ground
How not to do it: It is vital for you and the sensitive nature and vegetation around you to stay on marked paths.

The Sights – Not everything for a good photo

Follow the instructions that are given to you by warning signs and respect rails and fences because they are there for a reason. Some risks might not be visible at first and might also be dismissed by people around you. But strong undercurrents at beaches, slippery stones at cliffs and waterfalls, or unstable ground at hot springs can turn into life-threatening hazards.

Reynisfjara black sand beach

on the South Coast is one of the most dangerous places in Iceland and regularly claims the lives of visitors.

Here you can find out about the Dangers of Reynisfjara and how to stay safe there.

The same advise applies to Kirkjufellsfjara beach at

Dyrhólaey

on the South Coast and

Djúpalónssandur

beach on the Snæfellsnes peninsula.

What to wear in Iceland

a dressing guide

as well as packing lists for specific activities. Also check out the video below from the Iceland Academy.

Iceland Academy - pack warm stay happy

Also see other videos from the Iceland Academy where you will learn other essential things you need to know before visiting Iceland.

Iceland Academy

Stay safe

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