Iceland, a land of stunning landscapes and unparalleled beauty, attracts visitors from all around the globe. One of the best ways to explore this breathtaking country is by renting a car. However, before you rent a car in Iceland, it's essential to familiarize yourself with the country's traffic rules.

Traffic Rules in Iceland

  • Drive on the right side of the road.
  • Seat belts are mandatory for all passengers, including those in the back seat.
  • Using mobile phones while driving is prohibited, unless using a hands-free device.
  • Children under 135 cm (4 feet, 5 inches) must use appropriate child seats.
  • Headlights must be on at all times, day or night.
  • Alcohol consumption is strictly regulated; the legal blood alcohol limit is 0.05%.
  • Be aware of unique traffic signs, such as those indicating single-lane bridges or sheep crossing.
  • Stay vigilant while driving, as Iceland's weather can change rapidly, causing challenging road conditions.

Speed Limits in Iceland

Iceland has specific speed limits for different types of roads, expressed in km/h and mph:

  • Urban areas: 50 km/h (31 mph)
  • Gravel roads: 80 km/h (50 mph)
  • Paved roads outside urban areas: 90 km/h (56 mph)

Fines in Iceland

Violating traffic rules in Iceland can result in fines. The amounts vary depending on the severity of the infraction, with the amounts listed in Icelandic króna (ISK) and the EUR equivalent:

  • Speeding: 5,000 - 130,000 ISK (€40 - €1,000)
  • Not wearing a seat belt: 20,000 ISK (€160)
  • Using a mobile phone while driving: 20,000 ISK (€160)
  • Parking violations: 5,000 - 20,000 ISK (€40 - €160)
  • Running a red light: 20,000 ISK (€160)
  • Drunk driving: Minimum 70,000 ISK (€560), with possible imprisonment and license suspension
  • Children without child seats: 20,000 ISK (€160)

Fines can be paid at banks or post offices, and in some cases, directly to the police officer issuing the fine.

Road Police in Iceland

Iceland uses speed cameras and traffic enforcement measures to ensure road safety. The road police in Iceland are known as Lögreglan and are responsible for enforcing traffic rules. If you are stopped by the police, remain calm and polite, and provide your driver's license, rental agreement, and passport.

In case of an accident, dial 112 to reach Iceland's emergency services.