- Driving in Iceland is not for the faint-hearted. Iceland’s weather is notoriously changeable – it might be gloriously summery in Reykjavík, but be snowing just a couple of hours further north. Check the weather forecast and road conditions before undertaking any significant journeys (the best way to get information is to call 1778). Route 1 is paved, and most cars should cope with this, but in winter, make sure your Iceland car rental is equipped for bad weather.
- It’s illegal to go off road in Iceland, so make sure you stick to the rules. Tyre tracks can cause irreparable damage to the country’s flora and fauna, and one of the most common causes of accidents in the country is people trying to drive through sand or traverse rivers.
- Keeping a trip to Iceland cheap can be difficult, especially if you’re there during peak time, but parking throughout most of the country is free of charge. It’s fine to stop on the side of the road if there are no markings to indicate otherwise. You’ll have to pay for parking in central Reykjavík or Akureyri, though.
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