THE FOLLOWING ARE MANDATORY WHEN DRIVING IN ICELAND AND MUST BE CARRIED IN THE VEHICLE AT ALL
* VEHICLE REGISTRATION DOCUMENT
* LETTER OF AUTHORITY TO DRIVE, IF YOU ARE NOT THE OWNER OF THE VEHICLE
* CURRENT M.O.T. CERTIFICATE
* CURRENT CERTIFICATE OF INSURANCE (MULTI-LINGUAL ON REVERSE)
* PHOTOCARD DRIVING LICENCE OR INTERNATIONAL DRIVING PERMIT, IF YOUR LICENCE DOES NOT HAVE A PHOTOGRAPH, A PASSPORT IS NEEDED TO VALIDATE THE LICENCE
* SPARE BULB KIT
* WARNING TRIANGLE
* FIRST AID KIT
* INTERNATIONAL ACCIDENT DECLARATION FORM
* FIRE EXTINGUISHER
Children in cars:
Children must be secured by either safety belts or safety-seats.
Dipped headlights must be used at all times.
Drinking and Driving:
Don't do it. You will loose your licence if the alcohol content of the blood reaches 0.05 and you will have to pay a heavy fine.
Compulsory for front and rear seat occupants.
Parking restrictions are strict but clearly indicated. Always park in the direction of the traffic and always at least 5 metres from pedestrian crossings and junctions. In the main towns always use a multi-storey car park; it’s a lot cheaper than meter parking.
Paved Roads = 90km/h
Gravel Roads in Rural Areas = 80km/h
Towns = 50 km/h.
Please note: Motoring Fines are levied in Iclandic Kronor or US Dollars. For ease of understanding the figures shown below are in US Dollars
Driving 26km/h or faster over allowed top speed. (30-35 km zones) $195
Driving 36km/h or faster over allowed top speed. (50-60km zones) $300-390
Driving 41km/h or faster over allowed top speed. (70km zone) $460
Driving 41km/h or faster over allowed top speed. (80-90km zones) $615-690
Fines are automatically increased by 20% if:
1. A bus is driving faster over the legal limits
2. A vehicle over 3.5000 kg is driving over the legal limits
3. A car pulling any type of trailer is driving over the legal limits.
Opening of the mountain tracks:
Most mountain roads are closed until the beginning of July, or even longer because of wet and muddy conditions, which make them totally impassable. When these roads are opened for traffic only four-wheel-drive vehicles can negotiate many of them. It is strongly advised that two or more cars travel together. Also, before embarking on any journey into the interior collect as much information as possible regarding road conditions from a travel bureau, tourist information office or the Public Roads Administration Tel: +354-563-1500, answering service 24 hours, 800-6316) (In English 1/6-31/8). A booklet called Mountain Roads can be obtained at Tourist Information Centres and the offices of the Icelandic Tourist Board abroad. Always take along a detailed map.
Average opening dates of some mountain tracks:
LAKAGÍGAR (F206) - Jun. 12th
FJALLABAKSLEIÐ NYRÐRI (F208)
Sigalda – Landmannalaugar - Jun. 12th
Landmannalaugar – Eldgjá - Jun. 23rd
Skaftártunga – Eldgjá - Jun. 4th
FJALLABAKSLEIÐ SYÐRI (F210)
Keldur – Hvanngil - Jun. 30th
Hvanngil – Skaftártunga - Jun. 30th
(DÓMADALUR) - Jun. 15th
EMSTRUR (F261) - Jun. 24th
Gullfoss – Hveravellir - Jun. 11th
Hveravellir – Blönduvirkjun - Jun. 2nd
Hrauneyjar – Nýidalur - Jun. 27th
Nýidalur – Bárðardalur - Jun. 27th
SKAGAFJÖRÐUR (F752) - Jul. 3rd
EYJAFJARÐARLEIÐ (F821) - Jul. 6th
Askja – Herðubreiðarlindir - Jun. 19th
Askja – Dreki - Jun. 20th
ÖSKJUVATNSVEGUR (F894) - Jun. 21st
VESTURDALUR (HLJÓÐAKLETTAR) (F862) - Jun. 8th
KVERKFJALLALEIÐ (F902) - Jun. 19th
UXAHRYGGJAVEGUR (F52) - Jun. 5th
KALDADALSVEGUR (F550) - Jun. 13th
Reproduced courtesy of http://www.icetourist.is
Something to Remember:
Many roads in Iceland's sparsely populated countryside are surfaced with loose gravel and must be driven carefully, slow down whenever approaching an oncoming car. Information on road conditions should be sought from the police before driving in the interior. These roads are often impassable until midsummer. When crossing unbridged streams great care must be taken. Some have fast currents and conditions can change quickly. Streams must be crossed slowly in first gear.