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Foreign travellers fined for destructuve off-road driving in the slopes of crater: Photos

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  • Hverfell A beautiful 1 km (0.6 m) wide and 140 m (460 ft) deep tephra cone, formed in an eruption 2500 years ago. Tephra from the eruption is scattered all over the region around lake Mývatn. Last week a group of foreign travellers decided they had to leave their mark on the mountain. Photo/The Icelandic Environment Agency

Police in North East Iceland fined two foreign travellers 100,000 ISK (870 USD/840 EUR) each for off-road driving. The travellers had attempted to drive onto the top of Hverfjall, a tephra cone volcanic crater east of Mývatn lake in North East Iceland. The travellers were spotted after they got one of their cars stuck in the soft ground, according to the Police. The destructive idiocy of the group had left deep tracks in the crater sides.

Police was notified of two cars which had attempted to drive to the top of the the crater on December 13. According to a statement from the Police in North East Iceland officers were able to track the drivers down with some detective work, apprehending them and issuing the group fines for their criminal activities. The drivers of the two cars were each issued a fine of 100,000 ISK.

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The Environment Agency of Iceland shared photographs of the trail of destruction left by the foreign visitors. The Environment Agency notes that it is crucial that the deep tracks be eliminated as soon as possible, so that others will not interpret them as an invitation to repeat the destructive behaviour of the first group. 

We at Iceland Magazine would like to encourage visitors to enjoy the beauty of Icelandic nature while visiting our country, and to leave it in the same condition as they found it. Don't litter. Don't destroy delicate vegetation or natural formations by driving off-road or venturing off the trails at geothermal areas. Remember: It takes decades, even centuries, for your tracks to disappear. We would also like to appeal to everyone to report off-road driving to the police and to take photographs of offenders and write down license plate numbers to assist the police in tracking down those who feel that they are entitled to destroy things for their personal enjoyment.

Hverfell, off-road destruction

Some of the ff-road destruction Marks like these will take decades to disappear. Photo/Icelandic Environment Agency


Hverfell, off-road destruction
Leaving destruction in your wake Deep tracks like these can easily encourage others to try engage in the same sort of moronic behaviour. Photo/Icelandic Environment Agency


Hverfell, off-road destruction
This is where the journey ended The bill: 200.000 ISK. But unfortunately most off-roading vandals escape without punishment. Photo/Icelandic Environment Agency

The location of Hverfell

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