Important information

about driving safety on Icelandic roads

Conditions in Iceland are unusual and unlike what foreign drivers are accustomed to. In order to reach your destination safely, you must keep your full attention on driving.

Your rental car can bring you to many interesting and beautiful places in our country. Please stay safe and take the time to familiarize yourself with special Icelandic conditions by reading our safety cards, specially made for rented cars  


Poster for information on driving in Iceland, click on it to get a PDF file


Your safety on Icelandic roads 

Iceland road guide and Iceland Transport Authority have compiled highlights about your safety on Icelandic roads in six languages; 

Poster: Your safety on Icelandic roads. Click on the picture to get a pdf version - Driving with Elfis - showing how to drive in Iceland  

Video, click on the picture to get the video on Youtube, Elfis instructions on how to drive on Icelandic roads - audio files regarding your driving safety in Iceland
in 10 languages, click on the picture to get to the website of

Nap and Go

When arriving in Iceland after a long flight, often very early in the morning, driving a long distance might be a bad idea.

The Nap and Go project offer offer you to check-in for a part-day to catch a few hours of sleep before you start your journey.

Here you can find information's, hotels and guesthouses in the region, close to the Keflavik International airport. All the hotels and guesthouses listed take part in this safety program and welcome you to their facilities. Choose any of them and check for availability and rates through the Nap and go link on their page.

 Well-rested you will be safer to explore everything Iceland has to offer.

Read more about the Nap and go safety program here

Driver´s license

All valid driving licenses issued in other countries allows tourists in Iceland to drive the same categories of vehicles as stated in the license. The license holder has to fulfill national rules on minimum age and the license must be printed in Latin characters. Commercial driving is only allowed on the basis of licenses from other EC countries.

If your driving license does not fulfill the above requirements then you must obtain an International Driving License in addition to the national license to be able to drive in Iceland.

We recommend

Iceland Academy - Video - Driving in Iceland
How to drive in Iceland - brochure
Children and traffic safety education and car seats for children

Information about road condition

The official source for safe adventure in Iceland

112 Iceland app - for your safety
Icelandic Road Administration - road conditions etc. (Android)

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