Driving in Iceland & Traffic Rules

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Driving in Iceland. Travelling in Iceland is one of the greatest experiences you can have. Knowing the driving rules in Iceland will help to keep you safe from harm and from expensive fines! In Iceland you drive on the right side of the road and overtake on the left.

Self-drive motorhome trips around the country are a popular mode of travel, and sights along the way are numerous and breathtaking. But this beautiful and rugged landscape can also create challenges that drivers may not have come across in other countries
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Icelandic Roads
The Icelandic road system is extensive and easy to navigate. Highway no. 1, commonly known as the Ring Road, is the most travelled route around Iceland. It is open throughout the year, but weather conditions can cause temporary closures during winter. Most major highways are paved, but it may surprise travellers to learn that a large portion of the Icelandic road system is made up of gravel roads, particularly in the highlands.
Gravel roads can be in various conditions, with potholes or washboard surfaces, but most of the time they should give a good ride if care is taken. You should always navigate these roads with care, as loose gravel can be difficult to drive in. Be careful when you pass another vehicle. Sand and small rocks can easily cause damage to cars, such as cracked windshields or a ruined paintjob. Some of the roads in the countryside may be rougher, narrower, and far more hazardous than you are used to. Smaller bridges are often single lane so drivers should be cautious of opposite traffic when crossing. Blind corners and summits are also very common in Iceland. It is important to slow down and keep well to the right when approaching such areas. Road signs in IcelandTraffic Rules & Driving in Iceland 2

Driving in Iceland. Traffic Congestion
Traffic congestion’s are not common in Iceland. Even so, there are times of day that traffic gets heavier, especially in Reykjavik; the morning traffic around eight o’clock when people are driving to work or school and again between four and five in the afternoon when people return home.

Driving in Iceland. Main Roads in Iceland
Most people on a motorhome holiday in Iceland choose to drive the ring road (Rte.1) since it runs by the island’s beautiful coast connecting a progression of natural wonders and attractions. The Ring Road extends around the coast of Iceland with a total length of 1,339 kilometres (832 miles). The road is mostly paved and very well maintained, however there are stretches of unpaved gravel surfaces in the eastern part of the country. The majority of the Ring Road is comprised of a single carriageway with two traffic lanes, one in each direction.Traffic Rules & Driving in Iceland 4

Driving regulations
– Car headlights must be switched on at all times, day or night, when driving in Iceland.
– The use of mobile phones whilst driving is prohibited.
– Driving after consumption of alcohol or drugs is illegal in Iceland.
– 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.
– Foreign driving licenses are valid in Iceland for visitors.
– Driving off road is prohibited under Icelandic law due to very sensitive soil and vegetation

The general speed limit is 30-50 km/hour in populated areas, 80 km/hour on gravel roads in rural areas and 90 km/hour on paved roads. Special warning signs indicate danger ahead, such as sharp bends, but there is generally no separate sign to reduce speed. 

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