Driving in Iceland

Driving in Iceland can be a challenge to experienced drivers and inexperienced drivers alike. Although driving conditions on the main Icelandic road are relatively good the weather in Iceland can change at a moments notice and affect your driving skills. For some people thinking about hiring a car in Iceland it may be worth mentioning that Iceland is one of the countries where traffic moves on the right hand side of the road.

Drivers of hired cars should be careful on the road in Iceland and show other road users consideration at all times. When cars meet, slow down, and stay to the right side of the road. The Icelandic Public Roads Administration called Vegagerdin has a very useful website with information on driving in Iceland.

Right-Side Driving in Iceland

The terms right-hand traffic and left-hand traffic refer to rules and regulations requiring all bidirectional traffic to keep either to the right or the left side of the road, respectively. This is so fundamental to the flow of traffic that it is sometimes referred to as the rule of the road.
This basic rule of driving eases traffic flow and reduces the risk of head-on collisions.
Today about 66.1% of the world's drivers drive on the right-hand side and only 33.9% drive on the left side of the road.

At four-way intersections, the right of way goes to the driver on the right.
In traffic circles or roundabouts traffic moves counterclockwise and drivers on the inside lane have the right of way.