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Driving In Iceland
Driving in Iceland can sometimes be a difficult task and it is important that drivers know as much about Iceland and its road system as possible. Below are some of the main areas of interest and we encourage every driver to read the following information and watch the video below.
Most mountain roads and roads in the interior of Iceland have a gravel surface. The surface on the gravel roads is often loose, especially along the sides of the roads, so one should drive carefully and slow down whenever approaching an oncoming car. The mountain roads are also often very narrow, and are not made for speeding. The same goes for many bridges, which are only wide enough for one car at a time.
Blind corners and summits are also very common in Iceland. It is important to slow down and keep well to the right when approaching such areas.
Icelandic roads are often raised (to help keep roads open during heavy snow) and because of that rollovers can easily happen of the car strays too far to the side of the road.
Domestic animals, mainly sheep, often stray onto the roads. Please take care and slow down when approaching the animal since it might panic and run in front of the oncoming car. If you hit an animal you should immediately call the police or notify the nearest farm.
The general speed limit is 50 km/h in urban areas, 80 km/h on gravel roads in rural areas, and 90 km/h on asphalt roads.
Special warning signs indicate danger ahead, such as sharp bends, but there is generally no separate sign to reduce speed. Please choose a safe speed according to conditions. Motorists are obliged by law to use headlights at all times, day and night. In Iceland all driving off roads or marked tracks is prohibited by law. Icelandic law forbids any driving under the influence of alcohol. In Iceland you drive on the right and overtake on the left.
What should I know about Parking in Iceland?
Parking restrictions are strict but clearly indicated. Always park in the direction of the traffic and always at least 5 metres from pedestrian crossings and intersections.
What is the speed limit on Icelandic Roads?
The general speed limit is 50 km/h in urban areas, 80 km/h on gravel roads in rural areas and 90 km/h on paved roads.
What is the conversion for kph to mph?
1 mile = 1.6 km 1 U.S.
1 km = 0.6 miles
What is the alcohol limit in Iceland?
A driver will lose his licence if the alcohol content of the blood reaches 0.05 and he/she will have to pay a heavy fine. The police monitor drunk driving aggressively and one should never drink after having an alcoholic drink.
Using mobile phones
The use of a mobile phone while driving requires a hands free set by law.
What are the seat belt regulations in Iceland?
In Iceland seatbelts are compulsory front and rear. Children must be secured by either safety-belts or safety-seats.
Can I use my domestic licence in Iceland?
Foreign driving licenses are valid in Iceland for visitors.
What documents may i need to carry?
It is advisable to carry your driving license, insurance certificate and vehicle registration, along with your passport.
Have a safe and enjoyable journey !