Tourists from California on vacation in Iceland were fined ISK 250,000 (USD 2,100, EUR 1,650) for driving off-road at Sólheimasandur, South Iceland. The 4x4 Iceland Car Rental company charged ISK 180,000 (USD 1,550, EUR 1,200) for damages to the car.
Filmmaker Alfreð Möller, who was driving through Sólheimasandur on Ring Road 1 earlier this month, spotted the rental car driving off-road at full speed, making deep tracks in the plains. He filmed the incident and news website visir.is posted the video.
The local police in Hvolsvöllur saw the video and tracked down the perpetrators so that they could be fined, visir.is reported in a follow-up story. It is strictly illegal to drive off-road in Iceland. It takes the sensitive vegetation a long time to recover.