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Accessibility for disabled people in Iceland.

During your trip to Iceland,you will see that this destination primarily revolves around nature. Travel on rough and stony paths quickly proves complicated for people with reduced mobility.

The infrastructure

In Iceland, important work is still to be done concerning movement for people with reduced mobility. In the city centre of Reykjavik alone, there are many institutions that are located in old buildings with steps and obstacles that make access difficult. This fact concerns the whole country.

However, there are institutions and facilities that welcome people with reduced mobility, but these are in the minority. 

Iceland has few facilities for the disabled

In the wild

In Iceland there are very few people - only 300,000 throughout the country. The towns and villages are few in number and the rest of the country consistsof vast wildernesses, far from human construction. Iceland is composed of volcanoes, glaciers, stoney deserts, mountains, waterfalls... These places are discovered, for the most part, by walking and hiking, which are the most popular and practised activities in the country. For people with reduced mobility wishing to discover certain natural sites, there are some that are easily accessible or visible from the road or car parks, but this is not the case for many other places. In Iceland, the rocky and rough paths do not lend themselves to wheelchairs and people with reduced mobility will find themselves unable to access these areas. 

Emmanuelle Bluman
157 contributions
Updated 24 March 2016

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