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Off-Road Crime and Punishment

Off-road driving.

Archive photo. Photo: Northeast Iceland Police Department/Facebook.

Park ranger Kristinn Jón Arnarson knew the off-road drivers deserved to be punished—and so they were for two hours.

Yesterday, foreign tourists, traveling by two 4x4s, were caught driving in circles off the road, spinning the wheels, 10 km (6 miles) from Landmannalaugar, one of the country’s most beloved natural treasures in southern Iceland, according to Vísir.

Kristinn reports the people left marks in the landscape that were one kilometer (0.62 miles) long in an area of 9 hectares (22 acres). He took the tourists back to the damaged area. “I had them rake for two hours,” he explained. “They didn’t object. I was furious with them.”

Fines can be high for off-road driving, but issuing them is up to police. As an example, a foreign tourist was fined ISK 150,000 (USD 1,170, EUR 1,050) earlier this summer for driving off-road east of Hrossaborg, Mývatnsöræfi, Northeast Iceland.

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