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Conditions in Iceland are unusual and unlike what foreign drivers might be accustomed to.  It is therefore very important to find out how to drive in this country.  The beautiful landscapes can easily draw 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/h.
  • The speed limit is often 60 km/h on thruways, but in residential areas it is usually only 30 km/h.
  • The main rule in rural areas is that gravel roads have a speed limit of 80 km/h, and paved roads 90 km/h.
  • Signs indicate if other speed limits apply.

We recommend watching the short videos below to familiarize yourself with what to expect when driving in Iceland:

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