Guide to Driving In Iceland - Drive Safe in Iceland

With our Drive Smart guide you're fully prepared to hire a car in Iceland and stay safe on unfamiliar roads.

URBAN SPEED LIMIT

50 kph

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RURAL SPEED LIMIT

80 kph

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motorway speed limit

100 kph

speed limit
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Drink Drive Limit

 50mg

drink and drive limit
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You drive in Iceland on the Right side  
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The currency in Iceland is ISK
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To rent a car is  21 years and to drive is 18 years of age
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Current fuel price in Iceland 1.69 €/Ltr

Driving Laws in Iceland

Are there any special requirements for driving or hiring a car in Iceland?

Driving in Iceland
Pocket guide to driving in Iceland
Profile:
Iceland
Reykjavik
ISK
Driving in Iceland
SPEED: (kph)
50
80
100
Speed limit in Iceland
Holiday:
Rush hour in Iceland
Cameras:
YES
YES
Speed cameras in Iceland
FUEL:
1.56
1.56
EUR/Litre
Fuel prices in Iceland
DRIVE:
RIGHT
Drive RIGHT in Iceland
MIN AGE:
18
21
Min driving age in Iceland
DRINK:
50mg
Blood alcohol content
Drink driving in Iceland
EMERGENCY:
112
Emergency phone number in Iceland
DOCUMENT:
Driving documents in Iceland
PHONES:
Yes
Hands free only
Mobile phone driving in Iceland
SEATBELTS:
Yes
Yes
Seat belt in Iceland
Driving is on the right with overtaking on the left. Iceland has more than 8,000 miles of roads but less than 3,000 miles of them being paved. Therefore when you go into the interior of the country you should prepare yourself for a bumpy ride and plan which kind of vehicle you are going to rent accordingly. At certain times of year the roads in Iceland become impassable and you may want to avoid them completely, or rent a 4x4 in Iceland.

Landmannalaugar is one of those places of natural beauty where having an off road vehicle is recommended, though these get snapped up quickly and should be rented well in advance. Always take advice from locals who know the roads and take particular care when crossing fords. Having a weather report is vital as conditions can deteriorate quickly and you should plan your petrol and rest stops into your trip. It is forbidden to drive off road and on certain marked tracks. You must always give right of way to domestic animals and always take care when passing horses. Pay attention to the signs in Iceland as paved roads often become gravel roads and you need to change your speed accordingly, especially when this happens on steep and windy roads where one wrong turn could send you off a cliff. High wind speeds are also responsible for many of the accidents in Iceland.

The opening hours of gas stations in Iceland vary but most are open 12 hours per day from 8am to 8pm with some closing at 10pm and even 11pm. If you have a credit card you can usually buy petrol 24 hours a day from the machines.

Rules of the road

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Emergency Services Numbers

Police Police: 112 domestically and +354 570 2112 from abroad

Police Fire: 112 domestically and +354 570 2112 from abroad

Police Ambulance: 112 domestically and +354 570 2112 from abroad

Notes:

Fuel Prices in Iceland by Month

Parking Information

Parking regulations

Parking regulations

In Reykjavik the parking is metered with the usual time limits being two hours. Finding a parking space in Reykjavik is not difficult and there are numerous multi storey car parks which can be used.You'll find some roadside parking away from the centre without charges but make sure you're not causing an obstruction.

Paid parking
 
Paid parking usually requires coins in Iceland and there are very few that will take cards or that can be charged to mobile phones. In Reykjavik you'll find meters and ticket machines as well as plenty of covered parking garages. 
 
Enforcement
 
Enforcement of parking is done by the police and you're likely to be ticketed if outstaying your time. Cars which cause an obstruction can be towed. Fines are relatively high compared to the rest of Europe. 
 
Disabled parking
 
In Iceland, the disabled blue badge scheme is generally recognised but the benefits it gives vary from parking lot to parking lot. You will find it better to approach an attendant in a covered parking lot and, showing him your badge, ask for help which is usually forthcoming.

Emergency Information

Emergency Information

Police Police: 112 domestically and +354 570 2112 from abroad

Police Fire: 112 domestically and +354 570 2112 from abroad

Police Ambulance: 112 domestically and +354 570 2112 from abroad

The emergency services number is 112, but if it is not urgent you can call the Reykjavik police on 4441000. In Reykjavik you can also call for a doctor or ambulance out of hours on 1770.

The Embassy of the United States of America in Iceland is at Laufasvegur 21, Reykjavik, 09728. They can be contacted by phone on 354-595-2200 

What to do in an emergency

Unless the accident is causing an obstruction or a danger to others, you should not move any of the vehicles. Photograph the scene and take details of any witnesses whilst waiting for the police to arrive. You can get them on the emergency number 112. Once they have arrived, you'll need a copy of their report for your insurance company or for the hire car company. 

Handy Guides

World Driving Guides

Road Signs

Handy Phrases

  • Motor oil - motor olia
  • Entrance - inngangur
  • Detour - krokaleid blylaust bensin
  • Diesel - disilolia
  • Hospital - spitali
  • Police - logregla
  • Police Station - logreglustod
  • Parking - bilastaedi
  • Highway – hradbraut
  • Road goes from being paved to Gravel - malbik endar (change your speed down accordingly)
  • Unleaded petrol - blylaust bensin
  • Gas station - bensinstod
  • Exit – otgangur
  • One lane bridge – einbreio bru (you should give way to cars already on the bridge)

Iceland Fuel Price History

Fuel Prices in Iceland by Month
Month, YearDiesel €/ltrUnleaded €/ltr
Jun, 2019 1.61 1.69
May, 2019 1.66 1.73
Apr, 2019 1.61 1.65
Mar, 2019 1.59 1.59
Feb, 2019 1.57 1.57
Jan, 2019 1.56 1.56

Hiring a Car

With our Drive Smart guide you're fully prepared to hire a car in Iceland and stay safe on unfamiliar roads.
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