Driving in Iceland: Basic Tips and Regulation
The general speed limit on our highway is 90 km/hour.
On gravel roads and rural areas, the speed limit is 80 km/hour.
In populated areas, the speed limit is 30-50 km/hrs. (Watch for signs)
Icelanders drive on the right side of the road and overtake on the left side.
Drivers and all passengers are required by law to wear seatbelts. Older children must wear seatbelts and younger children and infants must be seated in car safety seats.
Always Use Headlights
Car headlights must be switched on at all times, day or night, when driving in Iceland. Usually, cars in Iceland are equipped with lights modified to stay on at all times, so you don't have to worry about remembering to turn them on.
Do Not Drink and Drive
We can not stress this enough: there is absolutely no tolerance for drinking and driving in Iceland. Even if it is at some level acceptable in your own country or culture. Not only is the fine well over $1000 (even with only a small level of alcohol), but the safety of all others in traffic is a serious concern. So if you've had a pint or a bit of wine, don't risk it. Leave those keys and call a cab. (You can call on the phone OR order your cab online!)
Enjoy The Landscape (But Not in the Middle of the Road)
Beware, our country is spectacular and some scenery can be distracting to drivers. Gorgeous waterfalls or an amazing mountain view are eye-catching to any driver, so if you see something that you really want to enjoy, pull well to the side of the road and find a safe parking spot before you start taking pictures for your Instagram. Other drivers will appreciate it. Never stop in the middle of the road!
Find More Information Online
The Search and Rescue Association of Iceland (ICE-SAR) has released a safety app for visitors traveling in Iceland. Using GPS technology the app enables emergency services to trace your steps and locate you promptly in case of emergency.
As a potentially a life-saving device, this app is a must for hikers and people traveling in remote areas in Iceland. In addition, you can check out the weather forecast and road conditions at any time. Make sure to check at least once per day, as the weather changes often in Iceland. Have a look with your morning coffee before you set out!
Depending on what activities you plan to do during your trip and the season you're traveling in, it's important to pick the right car rental for Iceland's varying conditions.
We will walk you through these tips and more when you come and pick up your Lava Rental Car.