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Driving Information in Iceland

Driving Licence Requirements

The driving licence requirements in Iceland state that you must be at least 17 years old and have a full driving licence valid in your country of residence. It is recommended to have an international driver's licence.

Age Restrictions

To hire a car in Iceland, you must be at least 20 years old (age may vary by car category) and have held your license for 1 year. Drivers under the age of 25 may incur a young driver surcharge.

Driving Distances

  • Reykjavik to Hofn- 339kms (4hours)

  • Husavik to Akureyri - 93kms (1hour/20mins)

Road Rules and Petrol Stations

General Iceland driving information, laws rules and regulations:

  • Driving in Iceland is on the right hand side of the road.

  • Seat belts when driving a hire car in Iceland are mandatory.

  • The use of a mobile phone while driving is prohibited, with the exception of a hands-free system.

  • Drivers are to carry at all times while driving, a valid driver's licence, registration documents and insurance documents.

  • Petrol stations in Iceland generally open from 7.30am to 8pm with some stations in major cities open until 11pm.


There are no tolls in Iceland. However, there is a toll of approximately ISK 1,000 to use the Hvalfjord Tunnel.

Parking Information

Parking metres are a common sight in the centre of Reykjavik, most of them offering a two-hour limit. There are a few parking garages for your car hire in cities such as Reykjavik, but they are not as common elsewhere in Iceland.

With your car hire in Hofn and other great destinations, it is important to take the time to look through some of the above Iceland driving information, rules and regulations about driving a car to ensure you have the safest possible journey.

Reykjavik car hire starting at ú16 /per day*

*Rates shown are per day, based upon a 7-day car hire. Taxes and additional surcharges may apply.

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