A foreign tourist received an ISK 150,000 (EUR 1,000, USD 1,100) fine for driving off-road east of Hrossaborg crater in the Mývatn area, Northeast Iceland, this week. Another traveler witnessed the particularly severe case of off-road driving and notified the police.
Officers in Northeast Iceland went to the scene to take pictures, posting them on their Facebook site yesterday. They commented that the marks left behind in the soil were “certainly not pretty and it’s unbelievable that someone would consider driving like this.”
It will take the sensitive soil a long time to recover, they added. The police encourage travelers to take pictures and make a note of license plate numbers if they witness off-road driving as it helps solving the cases.