Road Rules Iceland
Road rules in Iceland
When you are hiring a car abroad, it’s useful to be prepared for the different driving laws in the country you are travelling to as well as checking the documents you need to carry.
To help make your trip to as smooth as possible, we've put together some of the key road rules in Iceland.
- These rules are to be used as a guide and are subject to change. Please check with your Avis representative if you have any questions.
- Your Avis representative can advise you on toll and road charges before leaving the Avis car hire location and whether snow tyres or chains are needed.
Take a look at our Iceland location page for ideas, travelling tips and booking information.
Which Side of the Road?
In Iceland, please drive on the RIGHT side of the road.
Unique Country Driving Laws
- It is prohibited to drive outside marked roads or tracks
- Use of mobile phones is not prohibited while driving
- Special warning signs indicate possible danger, such as sharp bends, as there is no sign to reduce speed, please drive carefully, and choose appropriate speed according to road and weather conditions
- Motorists much use headlights at all times, day and night
For a standard Avis rental vehicle with no trailers:
- Urban areas: 31 mph (50 km/h)
- Unpaved roads: 49mph (80km/h)
- Rural areas: 55 mph (90 km/h)
Unless indicated by road signs.
Child Safety / Seatbelt Laws
It is compulsory for all inside the vehicle to wear a seatbelt.
- Children under 12 measuring less than 150cm must be seated in an appropriate child restraint for their size.
Please note - It is the child’s parent / guardian or vehicle renter’s responsibility to fit the child seat.
Compulsory Equipment in your Avis rental car
- Warning Triangle
- Please ask your Avis representative, whether snow tyres are compulsory at the time of your arrival
- Fire Department
- European Emergency Number