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  Head-lights on.
by Regina1965
  • Head-lights on. - Iceland
      Head-lights on.
    by Regina1965
  • Head-lights on. - Iceland
      Head-lights on.
    by Regina1965

The highway code here in Iceland is that the head-lights need to be on 24/7. Even during the bright summer time the lights must be on. This is a good thing, cars are more visible like this and we are so used to this that I have noticed that if a driver has forgot to switch on the lights I don't notice the car.

There is a fine for driving while speaking on your cell phone, but everybody does it anyway, sic.

There is also a fine for not buckling up, i.e. using seatbelts.

There are speed bumps all over the place and speed cameras in many places so don“t drive too fast here in Reykjavķk. In residential areas the speed limit is 30-60 kph.

Drunk driving is all too common here and you will be charged with DWI if the blood level alcohol is .05.

I was asked about the rush hour recently. Even though Reykjavķk is a small city then there is a rush hour at 7:30-9:30 and from 16:00-18:30.

Parking is not easy to find in Reykjavķk, but there are covered car parks in many places in Reykjavķk. When we go down-town we use the parking lot by the University, there are usually several parking spaces there on the big parking lot - with P4, which is cheap parking. Or we park the car on a gravel parking lot close to Grandi and walk to the centre. In both cases it is only a 5 minutes“walk. There are meter maids all over town, so even if you find a parking spot with a parking meter, the chance is that you will get a fine, so better walk for a short distance.

There are 2 speed cameras in Reykjavķk and 16 on the ring-road.

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  • Updated Apr 14, 2015
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