by Betty Nguyen
After reading about the latest bus accident in Iceland in South Iceland near Kirkjubæjarklaustur, leaving one dead and others seriously injured (all foreign tourists), I felt inclined to forward some of Iceland's First Lady, Eliza Reid, tips on how to safely and responsibly travel through Iceland:
Be sure to check the weather before you arrive and everyday as it can change frequently.
It’s impossible to see the whole country in three days or less, so be sure to plan in advance in one area to see and visit well.
Learn how to say “hello” (ha-low), or “thank you” (Þakka þér fyrir [thah-ka thyer fi-rir) in Icelandic.
Be sensitive to the natural surroundings and try not to trample on moss.
Pay attention to the signs as off-road driving is illegal in Iceland.
Be wary of some natural dangers, including hot springs or hot areas that are not safe to go in.
If you’re in Reykjavik, Eliza also recommends starting your day at one of the local cafes and then checking out some of the artisanal shops, breweries, or chocolate and cheese makers. As always, she also suggests getting a tour and seeing a show at the world-famous Harpa concert hall, or getting an “authentic Icelandic experience” by relaxing and unwinding in one of the geothermal pools.
Of course, Nomoon also offer tours that will allow you to explore Iceland responsibly and sustainably as well.
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