Top 12 tips for driving in Iceland

  • 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.
  • No stopping in the middle or the side of the road for photos
    Many accidents have occured when foreign tourists stop at a an unsafe spot to admire the view or take pictures.
  • Choose your speed according to conditons…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.
  • Slow down when you are approaching gravel roads
    The tires will lose grip when crossing from paved roads to gravel. Not slowing down can make you loose control of the car.
  • Respect road closures for your own safety. “Lokað” means closed
    We dont close roads unless it is needed
  • The lights on the car are required to be ON at all times – all year round
    “Auto” setting on the lights is not enough.
  • Check weather & road conditions before you start your day
    This is especially important in winter
  • 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.
  • Do not use your phone or tablet when driving
    Be smart, be safe, pay attention to the driving. You will get heavy fines.
  • Don’t drive when tired
    Switch drivers, stop for 15 minutes and don’t schedule long days.
  • Children under 135 cm are legally required to use car seats
    The car seat should be the correct one for their age.