Self Drive Checklist

Iceland self Drive - Trip Tips

Before you take off on your Iceland - self drive adventure there are some points on driving in Icelandwhich 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 drive “checklist” which you may find comes in handy.

Where to go in Iceland and What to do in Iceland
- List the places you want to go and what you want to see and estimate how long it will take you to drive there. Distances on all maps and road signs are in kilometers.

Iceland trip tips: Distances on Icelandic roads can be deceiving so add an hour of driving time to what you imagine it will be ... just to be sure. The roads in Iceland curve and sway, they go up and down mountains and there are single lane bridges and blind spots galore so make sure you do not underestimate the time it will take you to reach your destination.


Book ahead
If you intend to stay overnight you should book ahead.There are a multitude of small towns along the Icelandic coastline where travellers can find Hotels, Inns, Guesthouses and B&B’s and in recent years a number of very nice Country Hotels have become up-and-running along the main highway. However many of them are small in size and room availability is limited so book your place in Iceland ahead.

Iceland trip tips: There is a huge difference between traveling in Iceland in the summer and traveling in the winter. Rooms are generally more available in the winter but some places are simply unreachable because of snow. The summers are high season so make travel plans well in advance.


Map of Iceland
Find maps of Icelandic roads and mark out your route. Ask for road maps and maps of Iceland at local tourist offices, bookstores or gas stations. When driving a hired car in Iceland always take along a detailed map and pay special attention to the type of road you intend to drive on. Although the main road around Iceland is paved with asphalt many of the country roads are still gravel roads and they can be difficult to drive on. The further you drive towards the center of Iceland the rougher the roads are likely to get.

Iceland trip tips: Note to hired car drivers: All off-road driving is prohibited by law and hired cars are not insured on roads marked F-roads.


- The weather in Iceland

Check weather conditions and predictions for Iceland, the Icelandic weather can have a serious effect on even the most carefully laid travel plans. The weather in Iceland is very unpredictable, it can change from a warm and cozy summers day to a blistering hail storm in less than thirty minutes. When planning your trip in Iceland in your hired car make sure you take into account the fact that the weather in Iceland changes rapidly.

Iceland trip tips: Keep updated on the most recent Icelandic weather reports through sites like Icelands Meterological Office http://en.vedur.is/