Conditions in Iceland are in many ways unusual and often quite unlike what foreign drivers are accustomed to.  It is therefore very important to find out how to drive in this country.  We know that the landscapes are beautiful, which naturally draws the driver’s attention away from the road.  But in order to reach your destination safely, you must keep your full attention on driving.


  • The speed limit in populated areas is usually 50 km/hr.
  • The speed limit is often 60 km/hr on thruways, but in residential areas it is usually only 30 km/hr.
  • The main rule in rural areas is that gravel roads have a speed limit of 80 km/hr, and paved roads 90 km/hr.
  • Signs indicate if other speed limits apply.
  • Get the Icelandic Traffic Sign app for safer travel in Iceland. (Android only).


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