Self drive tours in Iceland
Driving in Iceland in a rented car may different from what you are used to but driving one on a self drive holiday in Iceland can be good fun if some general guidelines are respected. A number of self drive tours offer locations and pre booked accommodations along Icelands ountry roads. These Icelandic roads have a gravel surface which can be hard to drive on in a hired car and the surface on the gravel roads in Iceland is often loose so drivers of rental cars in Icleand should drive carefully and slow down whenever approaching an oncoming car. The mountain roads are also often very narrow, and are not made for speeding. The road in Iceland is narrow, even the main road in Icleand the ring road is quite narrow in places. Many bridges in Iceland are also quite narrow and only wide enough for one car at a time so caution should be applied at all times on the icelandic roads. The self drive tours in Icleand generally head along the ring road around Iceland which is the national highway, this road in Iceland is 1.339 km long and there are many interesting places to see on the way. The general speed limit is 50 km/h in urban areas, 80 km/h on gravel roads in rural areas, and 90 km/h on asphalt roads. Please note that if you rent a car in Iceland, you cannot take it on a mountain road (classified F) unless it is a four-wheel-drive vehicle.
Before you take off on your Iceland - self drive adventure there are some points on driving in Iceland which you should take into consideration.
Driving in Iceland is a feast for the eyes, no one will deny this, but, it can also be a stressful experience, especially if you have not prepared your road trip in Iceland in advance. Here is a basic Iceland self drivefirst steps “checklist” which you may find comes in handy.