Top 12 tips

Here are 12 great tips for driving in Iceland

1. All passengers are required to wear seatbelts at all times

This applies to the back seat also as they are no safer than the front seats. 

2. No stopping in the middle or on the side of the road for photos

Find a safe spot to stop. Many accidents have occurred when tourists stop at an unsafe spot to admire the view or take pictures. 

3. Choose your speed according to conditions weather & road

The speed limit applies to the best conditions and in winter conditions are seldom so good that you can drive according to the speed limit. 

4. Slow down when approaching gravel roads.

The tires will lose grip when crossing from paved roads to gravel. Not slowing down can make you lose control of the car. 

5. Respect road closures for your own safety

“Lokað” means closed. We don’t close roads unless it is urgently needed. 

6. The lights on the car are required to be on at all times

All year round you need headlights “Auto” setting on the lights is not enough. 

7. Check weather and road conditions in the morning, and a few times during the day

This is especially important in winter because weather changes very quickly. 

8. Stop for oncoming traffic at single lane bridges

The speed limit is 50km/h and the car that arrives first has the right of way. Slow down when getting close to single lane bridges. 

9. It is illegal to use your phone or tablet when driving

Be smart, be safe, pay attention to the driving. You can get heavy fines. 


10. Do not drive when tired.

Switch drivers or stop for 15 minutes and don’t schedule long days. 

11. Children under 135 cm are legally required to use car seats.

Make sure the car seat is the correct one for their age. 

12. Off-road driving is strictly forbidden

F-roads and gravel roads are not off-road driving,
when you drive off them it is.