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While planning your trip to Iceland please be aware that due to its seasons, travel can sometimes be restricted to certain areas. Speed Limits: City 50km per hour to 90km per hour on highways. Like in Australia traffic travels on the right side of the road. Make sure to stay on the roads as it is illegal to drive off roads or on marked tracks. Domestic animals have right of way. Most major highways are paved, but please be aware that a large portion of the roads are made up of gravel, particularly in the highlands. Like parking in major locations around Australia, Reykjavik, the main city in Iceland, has metered parking and most meters have a two-hour limit. In Reykjavik, petrol stations are usually open from 7:30 am to 8 pm. Some stations are open until 11 pm. Outside of the city, however, station hours may vary, but most stations are open until 10 pm.
Rules and regulations will be in effect for the duration of your rental while in Iceland. Our rental rates for car hire include third-party liability and fire insurance, as well as collision, known as Collision Damage Waiver(CDW), and/or theft protection. Call one of our helpful reservation staff, on 1300 656 601, to inquire about insurance in Iceland. The CDW and theft protection reduced the deductible (responsibility of the client) to a capped amount. Super CDW is usually offered locally to reduce the deductible of your rental to as low as Zero. We also suggest that customers take out Excess Refund Insurance, an optional pre-paid product offered by Auto Europe to refund the excess amount charged by the car rental supplier. Excess Refund Insurance provides you with hassle free extra cover when renting a car.
Customers do have the option to take out Personal Effects Protection, which ensures select items if stolen from the rental car. This insurance is available with select suppliers. Personal Accident Insurance is also available locally with select suppliers.
Iceland is known for its stunningly beautiful and desolate landscapes, located in the North Atlantic Ocean between Europe and North America. A self drive holiday around Iceland is the best way to experience the landscape and scenery that make the country famous.
Due to Iceland being located so close to the Arctic Circle, the amount of daylight varies dramatically with the seasons. In June the sun sets only briefly each night and the night wont be very dark. If you are after a normal amount of darkness at night; the best time to visit would be March and September, where the days and nights are equal in length. If you are a night owl the best time to go would be in December, where there is around 20 hours of darkness.
Roads in Iceland are extensive and very easy to navigate. Highway no. 1, also known as the Ring Road, is the most commonly travelled on. This road is open throughout the year, but please be aware that the weather can cause the road to be shut during winter. Also most of the mountain roads are usually closed until the end of June, due to the wet and muddy conditions.
People wishing to drive in Iceland should make sure to familiarise themselves with the countries road signs and should prepare themselves for the unique driving conditions. The two main road signs that drivers should get to know are "malbik endar" which means that the road will change from paved to gravel and the driver should slow down before the change to avoid losing traction on the road. the second is "einbreið brú" which means that a one-lane bridge is approaching. When approaching these bridge drivers should slow down and if there is another driver on the bridge then that driver has right of way. These single lane bridges are commonly located on the Ring Road
It is a requirement to have held your licence for a minimum of 1 year to hire a car in Iceland. You must be at least 20 years old to rent a car in Iceland, although the age may vary by car category. Drivers under the age of 25 may incur a young drivers surcharge. Seatbelts are mandatory for both the driver and passengers. Children must also wear a seat belt or be in a car safety seat, depending on their age. By law you must also have your headlights on at all times in Iceland. Alcohol consumption laws are very strict in Iceland, so don't drink and drive.
No toll highways exist in Iceland. However, there is a toll of approximately ISK 1,000 (AUD8) to use the Hvalfjudor Tunnel.
Travel is not permitted outside of Iceland, and domestic one-way rentals are available but minimum rental durations and fees may apply.
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