Hiring the best car rental Iceland and traveling to explore the mesmerizing beauty of Iceland glaciers and waterfall is a great way to travel independently. Renting a car in Iceland gives you the freedom to explore places on your own terms. However, the country’s rules and regulations may vary from one country to another so, it is vital for travelers to know the rules to stay safe and avoid fines while driving rented cars in Iceland.

Speeding is a common offense that people visiting Iceland- home of nature get fined for and the fines are extremely costly. This article will be helpful if you want to avoid getting speeding tickets on your visit to this amazing place.

What’s the Speed Limit in Iceland?

Speed limits in Iceland vary according to the type of road you are driving on, either if it is urban or rural, you should check signs when driving and keep yourself within speed limits. Below we have mentioned a rough guide to speed limits in Iceland country.

  • 30-50km/h in residential areas of the city with a considerable population
  • 80km/h on roads formed of gravel outside cities
  • 90km/h on paved roads outside cities

You might be thinking now, what to do if you get a speeding ticket in your hand?

There are two main ways to get a speeding ticket, you either get pulled over on the road and given a ticket or you get your ticket by email. In both circumstances, your options are limited- see below

If you get pulled over, these are your 3 options

  1. Pay later once you received a speeding ticket in the mail with no discount
  2. Do not pay the amount, dispute and face repercussions
  3. Pay fine immediately to receive some discount

In the second case, if you get a ticket via email you have 2 options

  1. Don’t pay, dispute and face repercussions
  2. Pay before the last date to grant a discount

It is always advisable that you should ask for proof before you pay your fine. As automatic-speed surveillance cameras are not always correct. You shouldn’t have to pay for it if they don’t have any valid visible proof. The cost of speeding fine varies according to the speed you’re driving an own or hired a car rental Iceland from Reykjavik airport. The general fine is usually between $195- $460 USD, however, if you’re driving fast, such as 41+km/h faster than legal top speed in 80-90km zones, then you may have to pay fine between $615-$690 this is too costly to bear.

The best way to avoid such fines in Iceland is always to drive safely and according to driving laws and posted signs along your route.

Author's Bio: 

Nancy Smith is an entrepreneur.