Highland driving

Kjölur road from the north to Hveravellir is now open as well as Kjölur from the south to Kerlingarfjöll. Roads to Landmannalaugar, Dreki, Hólaskjól & Kverkfjöll are also open. Note that the road from Landmannalaugar to Hólaskjól is still closed! Other highland roads are closed and are in general covered with snow. Contact your nearest info center or safetravel@safetravel.is for further info.

Highland hiking trails

Conditions in the highland are unusual. Much more snow than usual, wet and heavy to hike in. Good equipment and expirence needed. Contact your nearest info center or safetravel@safetravel.is for further info.

Westfjords

Low avalanche danger (level 1 of 5) is now in mountain areas in the northern part of the Westfjords.

Tröllaskagi & Eastfjords

Low avalanche danger (level 1 of 5) is now in mountain areas in Tröllaskagi peninsula & Eastfjords.

Hekla Too Herdubrlindir

Driving


Conditions in Iceland are in many ways unusual and often quite unlike what foreign drivers are accustomed to.  It is therefore very important to find out how to drive in this country.  We know that the landscapes are beautiful, which naturally draws the driver’s attention away from the road.  But in order to reach your destination safely, you must keep your full attention on driving.

 

  • The speed limit in populated areas is usually 50 km/hr.
  • The speed limit is often 60 km/hr on thruways, but in residential areas it is usually only 30 km/hr.
  • The main rule in rural areas is that gravel roads have a speed limit of 80 km/hr, and paved roads 90 km/hr.
  • Signs indicate if other speed limits apply.
  • Get the Icelandic Traffic Sign app for safer travel in Iceland. (Android only).