When you rent a car in Iceland, you'll have the freedom to explore the country's breathtaking landscapes at your own pace. But before you hit the road, it's essential to familiarize yourself with the local road systems, including toll roads and car ferries, to help you plan your journey.

Quality of Roads in Iceland

Iceland is known for its diverse and rugged terrain, which can make driving an adventure in itself. The quality of the roads in Iceland is generally good, with the main highways and routes well-maintained and easily navigable. However, keep in mind that some rural roads, especially in the highlands, can be gravel or dirt tracks, requiring extra caution and a suitable vehicle.

There are no vignettes in Iceland, so you don't need to worry about purchasing one for your rental car.

Toll Roads and Fees in Iceland

There is currently only one toll road in Iceland: the Hvalfjörður Tunnel (Hvalfjarðargöng). This tunnel is a shortcut on Route 1, the Ring Road, which runs around the entire island. Using the tunnel can save you up to 45 minutes of travel time, as it bypasses the scenic but winding Hvalfjörður fjord route.

  • Hvalfjörður Tunnel (Hvalfjarðargöng): Located on Route 1, it connects the towns of Akranes and Borgarnes. The toll fee is 1,000 ISK (approximately 6.50 EUR) for a standard passenger car. Payment can be made by credit card or debit card at the automated toll booths, or you can prepay online at www.toll.is.

Car Ferries in Iceland

There are a few car ferries operating in Iceland that can help you reach some of the more remote areas of the country. Two popular routes include:

  1. Baldur Ferry: This ferry connects Stykkishólmur in the Snæfellsnes Peninsula with Brjánslækur in the Westfjords. Prices for a standard passenger car start at 5,700 ISK (approximately 37 EUR), with additional fees for passengers. Reservations can be made online at www.seatours.is.

  2. Herjólfur Ferry: This ferry sails between Landeyjahöfn on the mainland and Vestmannaeyjar (Westman Islands). Prices for a standard passenger car start at 2,800 ISK (approximately 18 EUR), with additional fees for passengers. Reservations can be made online at www.herjolfur.is.

Remember to always book your ferry tickets in advance, as space can be limited, especially during the peak tourist season.