Driving in Iceland


The 5 Most Important Things You 
Need To Know About Driving in Iceland



Driving Conditions in Iceland are unusual and unlike what foreign drivers are accustomed to. It is therefore very important to find out how to drive in this country. The beautiful landscapes can easily draw attention away from the road. But in order to reach your destination safely, you must keep your full attention on driving.


  • Speed limit in populated areas is usually 50 km/hr.
  • Residential areas it is usually only 30 km/hr.
  • Gravel roads have a speed limit of 80 km/hr, and paved roads 90 km/hr.
  • Signs indicate if other speed limits apply.




Highland Driving


Over the winter time the highland in Iceland is closed. See more information in www.road.is Driving in the Icelandic highland is very popular at wintertime, both off and on glaciers. To be able to do that you need a super jeep and a very experienced and skilled driver used to the conditions in Iceland in winter. Organized tours usually result in better experience as well as a safe and enjoyable trip.



Respect Icelandic Nature 


It is illegal to drive off-road in Iceland! Whilst traveling around the country, the highest respect for the Icelandic environment must be shown. It’s good to remember to take nothing except photographs and leave nothing behind except footprints.


  • It is illegal to drive off-road in Iceland.
  • Only stay on roads and marked trails.
  • Check out the road map and see where the roads and trails are.
  • Get information about the appropriate routes at visitor centers, from rangers or staff.
  • Find out in advance when mountain roads are likely to be open, along with other related information at visitor centers or here.
  • By uprooting or driving on moss, damage is caused that can take nature decades to repair.
  • Walk around a short distance or turn around if you can’t go any further by driving. Fines or imprisonment can be expected for offenses



Safety first


Remember that road condition in Iceland may not be what you are used to so drive carefully. Warning triangle is supposed to be in all cars as well as a first aid kit Fire extinguisher is required to be in all super jeeps and a good thing to have in other cars.

Icy roads: Please take caution when driving in icy conditions. Check conditions when planning your trip, please look up road and weather condition information on these sites: www.road.is www.en.vedur.is.

Photo locations It is extremely dangerous to stop your car in the middle of the road to take pictures. Choose your photo locations carefully and safely.

Seat belts for all: According to Icelandic law everyone must wear a seatbelt regardless of where seated in the car

Reduce speed: The appropriate speed can be much lower than speed limits in certain winter contitions. Please drive accordingly.

Lights: According to Icelandic law the headlights must be turned on all year round,while driving. Make sure that your car always has it‘s headlights turned on, even in bright daytime conditions.



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Call 112 if you have an emergency – National emergency assistance 24/7





Weather and Road conditions



The Icelandic Meteorological Office (IMO) is a governmental institution that provides information and warnings to the public.


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The best way to get information about road conditions and the weather on the road system is to call 1777 (if problems use +354 522 1100).


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The weather can change very rapidly and driving conditions therefore too. This website combines both road and weather conditions.


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