Instagram star plows his car into protected area on Iceland, brags about it on Instagram

Jun 4, 2019

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

Instagram star plows his car into protected area on Iceland, brags about it on Instagram

Jun 4, 2019

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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Sadly, we often hear of tourists who destroy the world around them just so they can pose for Instagram. Self-described Russian filmmaker and photographer, Alexander Tikhomirov, recently got under fire because of this. On his trip to Iceland, he plowed his car into a protected geothermal area. He snapped a few photos and bragged about his “achievement” on Instagram, which caused outrage from his followers.

Reykjavik Grapevine reports that Alexander went offroading in the geothermal area of Mývatn when his car got stuck in the soft soil. For whichever reason, he then snapped a few photos of himself and his car. He posted them on Instagram, saying that he almost ended the trip because he’d paid a heavy fine for his little “adventure.”

As expected, the post caught the attention of many Instagram users. Of course, the majority of comments are negative, especially those coming from Icelanders. Many of them told him that he should leave the country and never come back. Alexander’s followers from Russia and other parts of the world also criticized him. Most were saying that he should be ashamed of himself for destroying nature. And I couldn’t agree more.

In a Facebook post, the Icelandic police confirmed that they towed Alexander’s vehicle out of the mud. According to the statement he had been driving with such “enthusiasm” that his car ended up in a solid soil near hot steam areas. Driving offroad is illegal in Iceland precisely because of the damage it can do to the fragile soil, just like it happened in this case. When the police confirmed what Alexander was bragging about – they’d slapped him with a heavy fine. He definitely deserved it.

What I find annoying (in addition to Alexander’s disrespectful behavior) is his bragging on Instagram. I think he belongs to that kind of people who’ll pick ancient statues’ noses, climb fragile trees or accidentally kill an animal – just to take photos for Instagram. I wonder where those people draw the line, if they do. But hey, at least he paid a fine. I hope that he paid a large sum and that he learned something, both from getting fined and from receiving all those negative comments.

[via Reykjavik Grapevine]

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18 responses to “Instagram star plows his car into protected area on Iceland, brags about it on Instagram”

  1. Karl Horsman Avatar
    Karl Horsman

    He should be ban some how from every social media site.

    1. Jeroen Van Nieuwenhove Avatar
      Jeroen Van Nieuwenhove

      Sadly, many+ people have reported this post to Instagram and they do not deem this illegal enough to be taken down, even though it says in their guidelines people should report illegal behaviour. Off-roading is illegal in Iceland – without exception.

    2. Karl Horsman Avatar
      Karl Horsman

      Jeroen Van Nieuwenhove so sad.

  2. Dariusz Koza Avatar
    Dariusz Koza

    WTF is “instagram star”?

    1. Luis Chico G Padrela Avatar
      Luis Chico G Padrela

      Dariusz, exactly!!

    2. Nicole Phillips Avatar
      Nicole Phillips

      Dariusz Koza I just said that to my hubby before seeing your comment.

    3. foe Avatar
      foe

      You can probably figure it out.

  3. Rick Avatar
    Rick

    This story ties in nicely with https://www.diyphotography.net/the-u-s-now-requires-your-instagram-and-flickr-activity-when-you-apply-for-a-visa/#disqus_thread. Hopefully a lot of other nations will notice this guy too…

  4. David Quiroga Avatar
    David Quiroga

    Was he promoting a weight loss tea?

  5. Stephen Baumbach Avatar
    Stephen Baumbach

    Ah well he paid his fine and learned a valuable lesson. Time to move on.

    1. Ben White Avatar
      Ben White

      lesson learned?

    2. Stephen Baumbach Avatar
      Stephen Baumbach

      Yes. Lesson learned

  6. Babok Song Avatar
    Babok Song

    stupid

  7. Mihnea Avatar
    Mihnea

    If you really want to hit him where it hurts, go and click ‘report’ on Instagram. He won’t care to spend the money for a fine in Iceland for more exposure (which you’re giving him, by the way), but he will definitely care if Instagram suspends his account because 100s of users are reporting his account.

  8. Daniel Lowe Avatar
    Daniel Lowe

    this is why it costs so damn much to rent a vehicle in Iceland

  9. Logan Laloo Avatar
    Logan Laloo

    I remember trying to find a place to drive a 4×4 in Tobermory. Was careful not to do the same

  10. Moses Rodriguez Avatar
    Moses Rodriguez

    He did it on purpose, jerk

  11. istian Avatar
    istian

    I block these people on Instagram asap. If you conduct yourself like this with such blatant disregard, I don’t care for you or your work.