A Sunday Times journalist has been caught driving off-road in Iceland. The journalist was testing the new Land Rover Discovery Sport for the car manufacturer, who will continue to fly foreign journalists to Iceland for this purpose in the next six weeks.
“To use the case is very clear. We believe that he was breaking the law, driving off-road,” Guðfinnur Sigurvinsson, information officer for the Environment Agency of Iceland, told visir.is.
The Environment Agency of Iceland bases its conclusion on a video posted on the Sunday Times’ website, which has since been taken down, showing the journalist driving off the road and getting stuck by lake Kleifarvatn near Reykjavík.
A copy of the video has been sent to the police, who will investigate the case. Heavy fines are issued for off-road driving in Iceland.
Guðfinnur told mbl.is that the area is part of a nature reserve. The minimum fine for damaging the environment is ISK 350,000 (USD 2,800, EUR 2300) and the violation can result in up to four years in prison.