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Driving and Weather in Iceland

Driving and Weather in Iceland

Information about driving in Iceland and weather conditions The Around Iceland team at Íslandshótel want you to have a pleasant stay in Iceland. We do care and want you to keep in mind that Icelandic road conditions can never be compared with those in Europe.

Driving condition in Iceland Conditions in Iceland are in many ways unusual and often quite unlike what foreign drivers are accustomed to. It is therefore very important to seek out information on hot to behave on the road in Iceland. We know that the landscape is beautiful, which can draw the driver’s attention away from the road. But in order to reach your destination safely, you must keep your full attention on the road. The speed limit in populated areas is usually 50 km/hr.

Driving in Iceland
Gravel roads, blind hills & blind curves.
A common place for accidents to occur on rural roads is where a paved road suddenly changes to gravel.  The main reason is that drivers do not reduce speed before the changeover to gravel, and consequently lose control.  Loose gravel on road shoulders has also caused a great number of accidents.
More information the safetravel website

Highland Driving
The rule of thumb for the Icelandic highland roads at wintertime is simple, they are closed.
That said, driving in the Icelandic highland is very popular at wintertime, both off and on glaciers. To be able to do that you need a super jeep and a very experienced and skilled driver, used to the conditions in Iceland in wintertime.
More information the safetravel website

Illegal off-road driving
Most tourists who come to Iceland do so to enjoy Icelandic nature, which is certainly unique.
Geologically speaking, Iceland is a young country; a volcanic island still being formed, as the world has certainly taken note of over the last few years. But due to how young the land is and how it has developed, the natural environment is fragile and sensitive. Therefore, any driving off marked roads or paths is forbidden by Icelandic law.
More information the safetravel website

Children in car
While travelling, we need to be sure that our children are both secure and comfortable. In Iceland, laws about car safety are strict and maybe different from your country. Therefore, follow the below link for further information.
More information the safetravel website

Equipment for a safe trip.
Follow the below link for information regarding required tire conditions, lights performance and road conditions.  
More information the safetravel website

112 Iceland App
The 112 Iceland app can be used for two things which will add to your safety on your travels in Iceland.
Here you can download the app for the Android system, Windows phones and iPhone.
For more information about the 112 Iceland App check out the safetravel website

The Icelandic Association for Research and Rescue (ICE-SAR) has joined hands with the Icelandic Road Administration and other interested parties, in running a website with the goal to prevent accidents in travel and tourism in Iceland.

We higly recommend travellers in Iceland to visit this site: Safetravel

Have a safe and pleasent journey travelling around Iceland.  

The speed limit in populated areas is usually 50 km/hr.
The speed limit is often 60 km/hr on thruways, but in residential areas it is usually 30     km/hr.
The general rule in rural areas is that gravel roads have a speed limit of 80 km/hr, and paved highways 90 km/hr.
Signs will indicate if other speed limits apply.