Driving In Iceland

With breath taking views accompanied by stunning scenery, driving in Iceland is one experience you could never forget. However, it’s important that as a driver you can prepare yourself for a different kind of driving experience than what you may be used to already. It’s more than simply driving on the other side of the road.

Most people visiting Iceland choose to drive The Ring Road, also known as ‘Route 1’. The 830 mile national road runs around the outside of Iceland and connects most of the inhabited parts of the country. Most of the roads are paved however there are sections of the route which are unpaved, and care must be taken when driving.

Most car rental agencies will offer you a 4x4 vehicle. These vehicles are suitable for Icelandic road and weather conditions, which often come with basic insurance in place. Rental companies can also offer a car hire excess waiver insurance to help reduce your excess, along with additional extras such as insurance for volcanic ash, gravel and sand – all of which are known as ‘Acts of God’ and are covered with insurance4carhire policies. Read more about Acts of God here.

The need to know

There's much to think about before taking to the road in Iceland and hopefully this useful little guide has help prepare you for potential hazards and things to be aware of whilst driving.

More information

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office - www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/iceland

The Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration - www.vegagerdin.is/english

Visit Iceland - www.visiticeland.com/plan-your-trip/getting-around/driving-in-iceland