Many traffic signs in Iceland are sort of self-explanatory. However, you´ll definitely run into a few signs that you haven’t seen before. Some of them are pretty important so we thought we’d explain them to you before you arrive.
Traffic signs in Iceland you should know
Ok, yes. This traffic sign may be self-explanatory, but you should know that during summer, animals (sheep especially) might wander on to roads. Any time you see sheep along the road, please slow way down because they tend to run in front of cars. The little lambs particularly, if their mother is on the other side of the road.
This road sign in Iceland indicates a freshly paved road. This is important because there’s an increased risk of small rocks hitting your car when you meet or pass another car.
This sign means that there’s a river with no bridge ahead. It’s only safe to pass in 4×4 vehicles. But, be strongly advise against you crossing rivers since that might void your insurance (and is dangerous!).
Narrowing to a single lane
When you see this sign in Iceland, please show extreme caution. The sign is telling you that up ahead is a narrow bridge, only passable by one car at a time. So if another car is on the bridge or getting close to it, slow down and don’t drive onto the bridge until it’s clear.
This means the same as the sign above, but instead of a narrow bridge, it’s a tunnel.
This means that an area is dangerous to drive in, and that there’s a risk of the car going off the road.
This sign is self-explanatory but we thought we’d show it to you anyway. It means that the road up ahead is not suitable for small cars. It should only be driven in large 4×4 vehicles.
This sign simply means: Danger of rocks falling from the cliff.
You should slow down when you see this one, as it’s telling you that the road is slippery!
This sign indicates the speed limit in Iceland. It’s in kilometers of course, not miles.
This sign means that a paved road is ending and you’re going onto a gravel road. There’s an increased risk of rocks hitting your car if you meet or pass another car on the gravel.
Be careful when you see these traffic signs. They mean that when you get on top of the next hill, you won’t see oncoming traffic until you’re at the very top. So, you should stay on your side of the road and don’t drive too fast.