• Maximum speed on paved roads outside urban areas is 90 km/h and 70 km/h on gravel roads unless otherwise indicated.  In urban areas 50 km/h is the maximum speed unless otherwise indicated.  An urban road that starts with a speedbump at the junction usually has 30 km/h max speed.  Driving above speed limit is the number one killer in Icelandic traffic.

  • Roads, especially in the fjords can be narrow with steep falls below.  Keep your speed down when driving hazardous roads, especially when meeting cars coming from the opposite direction.

  • Driving in winter is a challenging task if you’re not used to it.  When driving in icy conditions take extra caution, keep your speed down and be sure that the tires of the car you’re driving are suited for winter conditions.

  • The insurance on your rental car does not cover damage from water so take extra precaution when crossing rivers and streams.  Don’t do it if you’re unsure of the outcome or lack experience.

  • The insurance of your rental car does not cover damage from animals.  Be careful and slow down when you see sheep outside fences alongside roads.  They are not the smartest animals and sometimes jump in front of cars in order to avoid them (clever beasts).  They’re not called Icelandic killer sheep without a reason.  If you drive at legal speeds you are not likely to bump into birds but at speeds exceeding 100 km it becomes increasingly likely. 

  • When driving on difficult roads and mountain trails jeeps should travel in pairs.  Be sure the jeep you’re driving is suitably equipped for the roads you intend to drive and bring a rope.  If you get stuck it’s also likely that there is no phone coverage in the area.  Highland roads can be closed long into the summer so always check the condition of roads before departure (http://safetravel.is).  Off road driving is strictly forbidden in Iceland and carries a severe penalty.

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