- By lisa
- On Nov 28, 2018
- Travel Tips
Driving in Iceland is likely to be different than what you’re used to back home, even if you’re used to snowy, icy winters. Below are important tips to keep in mind if you’re planning to drive in Iceland between October and April. To find the Iceland tour package on the site nowdays.
WEATHER AND ROAD CONDITIONS
It is important to monitor road conditions and weather forecasts regularly over the course of a day as Icelandic weather is known to change rapidly.
CONSIDERATIONS FOR WINTER DRIVING
* The days are short during Icelandic winters, with just 3 – 4 hours of daylight at the Winter Solstice in late December.
- Driving over mountain passes and heaths require extra precaution; these parts of Route 1 (the Ring Road) are occasionally closed in bad weather.
* Slow down! The roads may be icy even if they appear clear.
* Never pull over on the side of the road unless in an emergency. Take photos only when parked in safe areas.
* Open your car doors carefully in windy conditions.
- Headlights must be used at all times, even in daylight.
MAPS AND GPS NAVIGATION
Do not use only the GPS to guide you! You should always use the hand-marked map provided by Nordic Visitor as your main navigational tool when driving.
Many Icelandic place names are difficult to spell, are similar to other names or are identical to names in a different part of the country. So the GPS device might give you directions to a place you never intended to visit. GPS also tends to provide routes with the shortest journey, not taking into account any winter road closures.
Always cross-check any GPS directions with your paper map provided by Nordic Visitor, and don’t forget to check weather conditions.