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All European and US licences are valid in Iceland. Visitors from other countries should check with their local motoring organisation. Use of safty belts for passangers, both in the front and rear are mandatory. The Headlights must always be on when driving, day or night. The usage of celluar/GSM phones is banned when drinving, use hands free equipment.
Most of the Iceland roads are easy to follow and they are all numbered. Highland routes are also signed but some have unbridged rivers and need extra care and should not be attempted alone! A porper Road Guide will keep you on the right track, ask your car rental for one.
Age and driving licence in Iceland
The minimum age for driving a hired car in Iceland is 21 years.
Road and traffic regulations
International road signs and regulations apply. Many rural roads are gravel and are not suitable for fast driving. The general speed limit is 50 km/h in urban areas; 80 km/h on gravel roads and 90 km/h on hard surfaces. Watch out for animals and blind hills. There are severe penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol and the limit for blood/alcohol is low.
Parking in Reykjavik, Iceland
Finding parking space in Reykjavik, Akureyri or other towns in Iceland is relatively easy. In Reykjavik and Akureyri there are Multi-Storey car Parks and large parking lots that are cheeper than the meters. An hour var park is between 40 and 100 ISK, on avrage one USD.
The emergency phone number in Iceland for Police, fire service and ambulance is 112 works the same as 911 in the USA.
Unwritten rules you should know about driving Iceland
* If driving in area where is lots of horse riding, remember, if the rider lifts up his hand, it doesn´t mean he´s saying hello to you, but he´s asking you to slow down, as many young horses might be afraid of cars.
*If sheep are on the road, simply give just sound signals (beep) as it won´t help if you will just stop, sheep won´t move anywhere. :)