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- You'll be driving on the right side of the road
- The general speed limit is 50 km/h in urban areas, 80 km/h on gravel roads in rural areas, and 90 km/h on asphalt roads
- All drivers must be over 18, and have their drivers license on them at ALL times
There is definitely a lot to see and do in Iceland. You can visit a Natioanl Park at the foot of a volcano, swim with the locals in geothermally heated pools, or visit one of the many folk museums. Take the opportunity to experience a country that is steeped in the history and romance of the old world. And don't forget to try a 'pylsa', a traditonal Icelandic hotdog.
If it's a great view you're looking for, Iceland's landscapes are truly something to behold, with some parts of the countryside remaining untouched since the Vikings settled there over 1,100 years ago.
Driving in Iceland
A lot of Iceland's roads may lead you off the beaten track, and that's where the adventure is. Road tripping is a fantastic way to experience its rugged, mountainous landscape.
Most mountain roads and roads in the interior of Iceland have a gravel surface. The gravel may be loose, so please make sure that you drive carefully and always slow down whenever you are approaching an oncoming car.
The mountain roads are often very narrow, and are definitely not made for speeding. The same goes for many of Iceland's bridges, which are only wide enough for one car at a time.
Pay attention to the road signs! Special warning signs indicate danger ahead, such as sharp bends, but there are rarely any signs to reduce speed.
All motorists are required, by law to use headlights at all ALL times, day or night. Driving without a seatbelt on is illegal and will result in serious fines. Naturally, Icelandic law forbids any driving under the influence of alcohol.
Most petrol filling stations are open every day to 23:30, but it can vary from place to place. In the Reykjavík area and larger towns of Iceland, there will be automats in operation once the petrol station closes. They accept VISA and EURO credits cards as well as notes.
Use a map when you're on the road, it's the best way to ensure an enjoyable and safe journey. You can get road maps and maps of Iceland at local tourist offices, bookstores or filling stations.