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"Head-lights on 24/7 and more traffic rules." Top 5 Page for this destination Iceland Local Custom Tip by Regina1965

Iceland Local Customs: 183 reviews and 248 photos

  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 Reykjavík. 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 Reykjavík 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 Reykjavík, but there are covered car parks in many places in Reykjavík. 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 Reykjavík and 16 on the ring-road.

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  • Updated Apr 14, 2015
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