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Is Iceland a Safe or Dangerous Country?
Iceland is a very safe country. The greatest threats to visitors are natural hazards due to the rapid change in weather and nature. It is important to pay attention to the signs in the area. If there are no signs, use common sense. Tourists have gotten hurt or killed in the mountains or on the sea. Never approach a glacier front, big waves on the coast or big waterfalls. Only walk on glaciers if you have the proper equipment. If you are thinking about going hiking or skiing, we recommend that you do so with a guided tour.Driving can be difficult and/or dangerous due to the weather’s conditions and the road conditions. Sheep tend to roam around the roads and sometimes even on them, so keep your eyes open. Route 1 in the east coast is very flat and windy, which can cause sandstorms during summer and drifting snow in the winter.
Warnings & Dangers
OVERALL RISK : LOW
Iceland is one of the safest countries in the world. However, this does not mean you can let your guard down. Use common sense and be alert at all times as petty crime has become more common recently.
PICKPOCKETS RISK : LOW
Pickpocketing and purse snatching are not common in Iceland.
MUGGING RISK : LOW
Mugging and kidnapping are not common in Iceland; however, stay alert at all times for suspicious behavior.
SCAMS RISK : LOW
Scams are not common in the country, but use common sense. Remain vigilant for thieves that use different strategies to rob you like a tap on the shoulder, spitting or getting something spilled on you.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : LOW
Public transportation and taxis are safe and reliable.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : LOW
The weather changes frequently, so it is important to monitor local media and follow the advice of the local authorities. Safetravel.is is a good resource for weather alerts; it is run by the Icelandic Search & Rescue. The country is located in an active seismic zone, and it also has active volcanos. The Bárðarbunga, on the Vatnajökull glacier east of Iceland, last erupted in August 2014.
TERRORISM RISK : LOW
There is no recent history of terrorism in Iceland. However, they should not be ruled out, so remain vigilant for suspicious activity.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW
Many women travel safely without any issues. However, avoid isolated locations and traveling alone after dark. Remain extra vigilant at bus terminals and in taxis.