Transportation in Iceland
ON THE GO
Traveling by plane
In view of the sometimes difficult road conditions, the aircraft plays an important role in domestic traffic. Air Atlanta Icelandic (CC) (Internet: www.islandsflug.is or www.atlanta.is) and Air Iceland (NY) (Internet: www.airiceland.is) fly to almost all parts of Iceland as well as to Greenland and the Faroe Islands.
Icelandair offers group tickets for domestic flights at special rates. Icelandair can provide more information. Charter and sightseeing flights are also offered, as well as combined round trips by bus and plane (Air / Bus Rover from BSI, www.bsi.is).
On the way by car / bus
According to youremailverifier, all villages can be reached by road in Iceland. The road network covers 13,000 km – 70% of the ring road is tarred, many other roads are gravel. The Autobahn 1 (ring road) is also partly gravel. Most mountain roads can only be reached in summer, some even only with all-wheel drive. Information about road conditions on Tel: (354) 17 77, (daily 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. in summer, until 5 p.m. in winter) or online at www.vegagerdin.is.
Unleaded petrol is available at every petrol stationavailable. In Reykjavík and the surrounding area, most petrol stations are open daily until 11.30 p.m. In other parts of the country where petrol pumps are partly operated privately, service times are variable. After closing time, most petrol stations in and around Reykjavík as well as in larger towns have self-service pumps that accept banknotes as well as credit and / or credit cards.
Bus: The bus connections are cheap and good. In summer connections to all parts of the country, in winter limited bus traffic. Tickets can be purchased either at the bus station or directly from the driver. Children under 4 years travel for free, children from 4-11 years pay half. Round ticket :Scheduled bus ticket for a tour of the island along the ring road. No time limit. The journey can be interrupted at any point. However, the direction of travel of the round trip must be adhered to (no return or double journeys). Validity: May – September Zeitticket: Travel in public buses on the ring road and on branch lines. Depending on the individual planning, the ticket is valid for 1, 2, 3 or 4 weeks. The journey can be interrupted at any point. Special discount: Travelers with one of the above-mentioned tickets and time tickets receive special discounts at various locations in Iceland.
Reykjavik Excursions (Internet: www.re.is), Iceland Excursions (Internet: www.icelandexcursions.is) andIceland Total (Internet: www.icelandtotal.com) offer excursions by bus. BSÍ Bus (Tel: 562 10 11; Internet www.bsi.is) offers, in addition to various types of tickets and passes, combined round-trip tickets, where you can cover one route by plane and the other by bus.
Taxis are available at airports and in front of hotels.
Rental cars from various Icelandic and international car rental companies can be booked through travel agencies, airlines, at airports or immediately upon arrival in Iceland. There is a choice of different car models from small cars to powerful all-wheel-drive vehicles. Minimum age: 20 years.
Documents:National driver’s license is sufficient for stays of up to three months. For nationals of EU and EFTA countries, the car registration number is used as proof of insurance. Nevertheless, EU and EFTA citizens are advised to take the international green insurance card with them in order to benefit from full insurance cover in the event of damage. Otherwise, the statutory minimum liability insurance cover applies. The green card can also make it easier to record accidents.
When driving, the headlights must be switched on day and night.
It is mandatory to wear seat belts on the front and rear seats.
Blood alcohol limit: 0.5.
Any driving off marked paths / slopes is strictly prohibited.
Inside built-up areas: 50 km / h,
outside on unpaved roads 80 km / h, on paved roads 90 km / h, unless otherwise indicated.
Note on traveling by road
Special traffic signs warn of danger spots, but mostly without explicitly asking you to reduce your speed. The speed must be adapted to the circumstances. Anyone who is used to well-signposted and paved roads should think twice about a road trip – this is especially true for trips inland. In any case, it is advisable to obtain precise information. Some roads can be impassable even during the summer months. Many highland slopes can only be driven on with all-wheel drive.
On the go by train
There is no rail traffic.
On the way by ship
Ferry connections to all coastal ports in summer. Weather-related timetable restrictions in winter. Reykjavík and Akranes are connected by a tunnel, which greatly reduces travel time. The ferries Baldur (Tel: 433 22 54; Internet: www.seatours.is) and Eimskip (Tel: 481 28 00 or 525 70 00; Eimskip Germany: Tel. (040) 323 33 00. Internet www.eimskip. com).