This summer there have been many news about tourists camping in places where is it either not allowed or simply very stupid to camp. Here below is a short summary about these news. We hope that travellers use the camp sites and the facilities there and help us to maintain our beautiful nature and also help us to make sure everybody returns home safely.
Leave the nature as you found it
Some travellers in the national park Thingvellir had the “brilliant” idea to insulate their tent with some moss. They therefor ripped upp some moss and covered the bottome of their tent with it. This caused considerable damage to the delicate vegetation and will take many years to recover. The damage was reported to the police.
Stay in a camp site
There have been many news of tourist who spend their nights in a parking lot and even on schoolgrounds in the Reykjavík area. This is firstly quite unnecessary since there are very good camp sites in Reykjavík but also this is illegal. In Reykjavík police regulation it is forbidden to camp or sleep in a mobile home unless it is in a camp site. These guests can therefor expect to have their sleep interrupted and being told to move during the middle of the night. Also even though Reykjavík is a very safe city the camp sites are a safer area than parking lots around the city.
When you are camping out side of camp sites you need to make sure that it is 100% safe. These travellers decided to camp in the cave Hálsanefshelli in south Iceland. This is a very safe and simply told a stupid place to camp. Regularly rocks fall down from the ceiling of the cave and it was not longer than in 2013 that about 100 tons of rocks fell at the cave. This is also on the shore and in high tide the sea goes all the way into this cave. So to be honest it is a very stupid place to camp.
Off road driving
Since we are writing about what not to do we have to mention off road driving. This is illegal here in Iceland and those responsible may expect a large fine. The most important thing is the those responsible are destroying the delicate nature in Iceland. These wounds in the nature will take many years to heal. All those who witness off road driving are asked to photograph it and report it to the police.