Always wear a seat belt!
Icelandic driving differs from other countries and can often be unusual and/or challenging. It is therefore very important to be aware of how to drive in Iceland. If you are driving a car you have not driven before, extra care is needed as the vehicle may drive differently than your model back home.
Adjust your speed according to driving conditions. The speed limit in populated areas is usually 50-60 km/hr on thruways and only 30 km/hr in residential areas. In rural areas the gravel roads have a speed limit of 80 km/hr, and paved roads 90 km/hr. Most mountain roads and roads in the interior of Iceland are made of gravel. The surface on the gravel roads is often loose, especially along the sides of the roads, so one should drive carefully and slow down whenever approaching an oncoming car.
Some Icelandic road signs are unique and you may not have seen them before. Please acquaint yourself with them before you start driving.
As conditions in Iceland are so unpredictable, we recommend to visit Safetravel‘s Website, where you can find weather warnings and information about how to travel in Iceland.
It is also necessary to monitor road conditions, the Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration (IRCA) updates their website with information on road conditions, and whether roads are closed or clear for traffic.
Winter time in Iceland is beautiful, usually it is still and quiet. It can, however, get pretty tough as weather changes rapidly.
Travel Safety Tips from the Icelandic Association for Search and Rescue
More Information and Safety from the Icelandic Road Traffic Directorate
Visit Iceland with lots of information on travelling in Iceland in various languages
Driving in Iceland brochure from Budget Iceland