Top 12 tips

Here are 12 great tips for driving in Iceland

Tip 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. 

Tip 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 foreign tourists stop at an unsafe spot to admire the view or take pictures. 

Tip 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. 

Tip 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. 

Tip 5

Respect road closures for your own safety. “Lokað” means closed. We don’t close roads unless it is needed. 

Tip 6

The lights on the car are required to be ON at all times – all year round. “Auto” setting on the lights is not enough. 

Tip 7

Check weather & road conditions before you start your day, and even a few times during the day. This is especially important in winter because weather changes very quickly. 

Tip 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. 

Tip 9

Do not use your phone or tablet when driving. Be smart, be safe, pay attention to the driving. You will get heavy fines. 


Tip 10

Do not drive when tired. Switch drivers, stop for 15 minutes and don’t schedule long days. 

Tip 11

Children under 135 cm are legally required to use car seats. The car seat should be the Correct one for their age. 

Tip 12

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