How to drive in Iceland



When driving in Iceland, make sure the road conditions are good, as well as the condition of your vehicle. Also ensure that it suits your journey. For example, a 4×4 vehicle is essential in the highlands, where you might encounter rough terrain and unbridged waters. The highland roads are closed during winter and weather sometimes causes other roads to be closed as well. Information about road conditions is available here.

Some roads in other remote areas of Iceland, such as the WestFjords and East Iceland, are unpaved and should be navigated cautiously. Strong winds can occur all year causing difficulties for drivers.


Travelling in the icelandic interior

It is necessary to take precaution when travelling in Iceland due to weather and nature, where conditions can change at a moments notice. Nature is one of Iceland’s attractions for travellers, and while beautiful, it can also be harsh and unpredictable. It is important to be aware of possible dangers and know how to react in difficult situations.


Plan your travel



Icelandic weather is notoriously unpredictable and variable between regions, so always pay attention to weather forecasts and travelling conditions. This applies especially on the highlands and in winter, but caution should be exercised everywhere at all times. Weather forecasts are available here.


What to keep in mind when crossing a river



Always bring appropriate equipment. Hiking requires special equipment, glacier exploration another and jeep safaris yet another. Your tour operator should provide information regarding equipment for group travels and guided tours.


When travelling in the icelandic interior, it is crucial that someone knows your travel plans. A travel plan can be reported through Alternatively, make sure you leave a plan with your host or tour operator. A map, a compass and a GPS are important, particularly in isolated areas.


The icelandic emergency number is 112. The 112 Iceland app also enables you to contact the icelandic emergency services and allows them to locate you, if trouble occurs. Never hesitate to use this number.


Do not be distracted by your surroundings. Losing oneself in the otherworldliness of Iceland is easy, but always remember to watch your step and keep your eyes on the road. Should you get lost, do not wander off. Staying in the same place will make it easier for rescue teams to locate you.


Crossing the Vatnajökull Glacier