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Getting Around in Iceland

By Air

Air Iceland

( runs domestic services to all major airports in all parts of the country which link up with air/bus connections to over 40 towns.

By Sea

A number of ferry lines operate services to various islands and fjords. Regular sightseeing tours are also available by ferries during the summer.

By Road

Roads serve all settlements. The roads are mostly gravel rather than tarred. Traffic drives on the right. The Icelandic Tourist Board provide maps, and a helpful online guide (in both brochure and video format) to driving in Iceland.

Speed limits are 50kph (31mph) in urban areas, while outside towns they are 90kph (56mph) on paved roads and 80kph (50mph) on gravel roads. Drivers must be over 20 years of age. It is obligatory to use headlights at all times of the day and night, and to wear safety belts, both in the front and back seats.


Services are efficient and cheap, connecting all parts of the island during the summer. In winter, buses operate to a limited number of destinations. Reservations are not necessary and tickets can be bought either at the bus station or from the driver. Children under four years old travel free and children under 11 pay half price. Various tickets and passes, including an Air/Bus Rover that allows visitors to fly one way and return by bus, are available with BSÍ Bus (


Available from all hotels and airports.

Car Rental

Car rental services are available from Reykjavík, Akureyri and many other towns. Cars can be booked through a travel agent or an airline, at airports or directly after arrival in Iceland. Many types of cars are available, from small family cars to powerful 4-wheel-drive vehicles.

Documentation: An International Driving Permit is recommended, although it is not legally required. A temporary driving licence is available from local authorities on presentation of a valid UK driving licence.




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