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Driving in Iceland

Information acquired on 11/06/2009

Compulsory documents

Pink EU driving licence (recommended only).

International driving license.

Car registration or rental papers.

Country initials sticker.

International Motor Insurance Card.

Passport (recommended only).

Owner's permission required if using a vehicle belonging to a third party.

Motorists are advised to contact the Motoring Association for information on local regulations.


Maximum alcohol level : 0.05 %. This is to be considered dangerous : don't drink and drive.

Minimum size of children allowed to ride in the front seat : 1.50m.

Child seat, booster seat or fitted restraint system, compulsory up to 6 years.

Minimum driving age : 17 years.

Safety belt: compulsory front and back.

Motorcyclists: helmet compulsory for driver and passenger.

Dipped headlights compulsory (night and day) all year round.

Studded tires under certain restrictions from 15 November to 15 April .


Warning triangle compulsory.

First-aid kit recommended.

Fire extinguisher recommended.

Fluorescent safety jacket recommended.

Speed limits (Light vehicles)

In built-up areas : 50 kph.

On roads : 90 kph.

These speed limits are lower in wet weather.

Auto clubs

Félag Islenskra Bifreidaeigenda (FIB)

Borgartúni 33



Icelandic M.A (LIA)

Engjavegur, 6

130 - Reykjavik


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