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Study: Thrill Biggest Reason for Illegal Off-Road Driving

A new study has found that a third of Icelanders have driven off-road, most of whom said they did so because they found it exciting.

landmannalaugar_goLandmannalaugar in the south-central highlands. Photo by Geir Ólafsson.

Off-road driving has been banned in Iceland since 1971 but still around one third of the population says they have driven off-road, according to research conducted by Kristín Þóra Jökulsdóttir, master of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Iceland.

Kristín Þóra says the number is high considering that it is illegal and the main reason given for off-road driving is that people think it is fun and exciting. Kristín Þóra told that more awareness of the impacts is needed.

“I think the main focus needs to be on educating people about the harmful effects of this. This has a real impact on the environment and that’s what people need to know and realize.”


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