Route and direction signs Supplementary signs Distance to danger or to place covered by prohibition or instruction Distance to and length of danger or prohibition zone Directions to which prohibition or instruction applies Extent of prohibition area to the left Extent of prohibition area to the right Parking places parallel to road Parking places at right-angles to road Extent of prohibition area, both directions Duration of prohibition Duration of permission Route direction Turnoff (b) outside capital area Turnoff (a) in capital area Route direction without road number Turnoff to place of interest, airport, harbour, public building or other place of service Exit lane marking (a) in capital area Exit lane marking (b) outside capital area Many rural roads in Iceland are gravel roads not suited to fast driving. Please drive carefully and show other road-users consideration at all times. When you meet another car, slow down, and pull out to the side of the road. Always pay attention to road signs, especially when travelling on unfamiliar roads. The general speed limit is 50 km/h in urban areas, 80 km/h on gravel roads in rural areas and 90 km/h on hard-surfaced roads. Please note: special warning signs indicate danger ahead, such as sharp bends, but there is generally no separate sign to reduce speed. Many rivers in the highlands are unbridged. Therefore, it is important that you make sure that the conditions are safe before you attempt to cross - especially when a vehicle is travelling unaccompanied, i.e. not in a convoy. Distance to danger or area covered by prohibition or instruction Parking for disabled people Primary traffic routes Direction to left Direction forward and to right Direction straight ahead Direction forward and to left Destinations ahead (a) with distances in capital area Caution - blind people ..so please drive carefully! Destinations ahead (b) with distances outside capital area Caution - deaf people Course of main road at intersections Be extra careful when driving on Icelandic roads because pets and domestic animals often roam onto the road. Please be aware that you might be liable for compensation for animals involved in accidents. Total permitted weight limit Offending vehicles will be removed Difficult road. Negotiable only by jeeps, i.e. vehicles which are higher than ordinary private cars and have 4-wheel drive. Newly-laid road surface Very rough track. Used to mark tracks which are only negotiable by specially-equipped off-road vehicles. Blind rise Unbridged river Road for slow driving only. Displayed at the beginning of a road which is negotiable by good private cars but calls for slow speeds. Blind rises Destinations ahead and map (a) in capital area Place direction Accident risk area Lane direction sign Sreet or road name Road number Destinations ahead with route numbers (b) outside capital area Place name Single-width surface Stop sign ahead End of tarred road Destinations ahead with route numbers (a) in capital area Destinations ahead and map (b) outside capital area Single-width bridge Road number (approach) House numbers Unnumbered road Orgarnized street running Abandoned farm County or municipal boundary sign (small) Lane markings Lane markings inform the driver of the layout of lanes on the road, how they come to an end and which lane to choose when approaching an intersection. County or municipal boundary sign (large)) Icelandic highland roads are not meant for ordinary cars, and that includes hire cars. Their insurance does not cover them for driving on highland roads. Destinations ahead (a) with distances in capital area Destinations ahead (b) with distances outside capital area Information on cycle path Driving off marked roads is prohibited. It results in irreparable damage to the land and the plant cover which may remain visible for centuries. Drivers who cause damage to the land and the vegetation may be liable to claims for compensation. There are many blind hills on our roads, some of them without any markings at all. Many of them however, are marked with the warning sign "OTHER DANGER" above the word "BLINDHÆ‹" (BLIND RISE). Information on cycle path Lane markings showing where a lane ends Approach lane merges with right-hand lane Information sign PEOPLE WHO RESPECT TRAFFIC SIGNS CAUSE FEWER ACCIDENTS ..so please drive carefully! Lane on far right is for traffic joining the road Many bridges are too narrow to allow more than one car to cross at a time. Lane markings showing the arrangement of lanes at an intersection Lane markings showing the number of lanes on the road, their direction, type and position Lane markings above road, indicating choice of lanes Sign showing number of lanes on road to be entered ..so please drive carefully! Please ask for information about the various roads and tracks in the highlands, e.g. at the office of Vegager›in (The Public Roads Administration). Tel.: 1777. Highland roads are often impassable far into summer. Please remember that driving off the established roads and tracks is forbidden in the highlands as well as everywhere else. Please be prepared for farm animals grazing by the roadside and straying into or crossing the road. Drivers who cause injury or death to such animals may be liable to claims for compensation. No-one may drive a motor vehicle in Iceland after drinking alcoholic beverages. All travellers are obliged to use safety belts where they are available. Beware of getting too tired at the wheel. Iceland may look small on a map of the world, but distances that seem short on the map may take a long time to cover by car. So please take long journeys in easy stages and enjoy them to the full. Drivers are obliged to drive with headlights on at all times. Umfer›arrá›, Borgartúni 33, 150 Reykjavík • Sími: 562 2000 • Fax : 562 7500 • http://www.umferd.is • 05.2001-30.000-AUR-SP-(3020) Direction to right Keep this booklet in your car for reference Notice of destination ahead Parking places at angle to road Warning signs Police hand signals Instruction signs Provisional signs Traffic signals Prohibition signs Information signs Other signs Service signs Road markings Supplementary signs Lane markings Route and direction signs P E O P L E W H O R E S P E C T TR A F F I C S I G N S C A U S E F E W E R A C C I D E N T S The Icelandic Traffic Council wishes you pleasant and accident-free travelling and a safe journey home. Published by The Icelandic Traffic Council, Borgartúni 33, 150 Reykjavík, Iceland. Tel.:+354 562 2000 Fax:+354 562 7500 www.umferd.is In co-operation with The Puplic Roads Administration Instruction signs Warning Signs Road markings Other signs Central lines separating traffic in different directions Dangerous bend to right Dangerous bend to left Dangerous bend first to right Dangerous bend first to left Dangerous intersection Give Way Total weight limit of combination Direction of traffic Axle weight limit Stop and Give Way Stop Checkpoint Roadside markers left – right from side roads from the left from the right from the right from the left Dangerous intersection where traffic on secondary road must give way Cyclists and pedestrians only Separate lanes for pedestrians and cyclists Path for riders No stopping Limits of no-parking zone Signs indicating traffic lane(s) Give Way to oncoming traffic Overtaking prohibited Overtaking prohibited across lines Half-broken centre line. Overtaking dangerous, only allowed with extreme care Half-broken centre line with unbroken central line Broken centre line. Overtaking dangerous, only allowed with care Overtaking permitted for traffic within broken lane line No parking Maximum speed limit in kilometres/hour Roadside markers in snow area left – right Warning marks at side of road Warning marks in tunnels Warning marks on bridges Warning marks where road branches End of maximum speed limit Warning post ..so please drive carefully! Direction arrow Direction arrows at end of road Warning marks - roadworks Horizontal barriers roadworks Many rural roads in Iceland are gravel roads not suited to fast driving. Please drive carefully and show other Children Roundabout road-users consideration at all times. Pedestrian crossing ahead Loose stones Traffic signals Low-flying aircraft Roundabout traffic Cycles only No right turn Beginning and end of special speed restriction Pedestrian path No left turn No U-turn Central lines separating traffic in same direction Service signs No overtaking Unbroken dividing line (restriction line) Sidelines marking edge of road Traffic signals Tunnel Two-way traffic Slippery road High road surface edge Soft road shoulder No overtaking by lorries Gusts of wind End of prohibition on overtaking Transport of water-polluting substances prohibited End of prohibition on overtaking. Overtaking by lorries permitted. Cyclists Road narrows on both sides Road narrows from right-hand side Steep hill downwards Steep hill upwards Uneven road Speed reduction bump Travellers bringing their own motor vehicles to Iceland by car-ferries must be prepared having them inspected upon arrival. Risk of falling rocks or avalanche from right Covered parking Parking Quayside Cattle Sheep and rear to stop with same meaning as amber light Provisional signs Provisional signs are intended to warn drivers of temporary changes in the road system. They contain information applying to the area in question. No tractors, off-road vehicles on wheels or motor-propelled machinery No pedestrians Driving off marked roads is prohibited. It results in Priority road End of priority road Place for turning on left No entry No motor vehicles No motor vehicles except solo motorcycles, scooters or mopeds No lorries Thunderbox toilet Waste tank discharge Town centre Industrial area Viewpoint Viewpoint with information dial Rubbish bin Rubbish container Priority over approaching traffic Restaurant Place for allowing oncoming traffic to pass parking prohibition Fire extinguisher Tourist information Information office Place of interest Starting point for walks Lay-by Car repair garage Tyre repairs Car hire Unbroken sideline Broken sideline Markings across the road Radio Petrol station Stop line Pedestrian crossing “Give-Way“ line Prohibition area Refreshments in private home Hotel Sleeping-bag Youth hostel Holiday cottage for hire accommodation Refuge hut Camping site Lane indicator Direction arrows One-way traffic No motorcycles No track-driven cross-country vehicles (snow scooters) No mopeds No bicycles or mopeds Busstop Width limit Length limit Height limit Cooking facilities Horse hire Angling permits End of traffic integration zone Shower Hot-pot Washing machine Meeting facilities Ski-lift Chair ski-lift Swimming pool Sports centre Sports field Various other symbols or letterings are also marked on the road to draw attention to traffic signs or give other information concerning traffic Exit from area Bus terminal Access for disabled people Built-up area Pedestrian underpass to right Pedestrian underpass to left Pedestrian overpass to right Sea angling Whale-watching Cross-country Snowcat trips skiing area Golf course End of built-up area No horse riding Traffic integration zone Smallest interval between motor vehicles Caravan park Stop sign ahead Special vehicles only Advance warning of “Give-Way“ No parking No stopping Parking places Snowscooters for hire Waterscooters for hire Bicycles for hire Boats for hire Water skiing River rafting Church Graveyard Bank Automatic teller machine Post office Tourist shop Supermarket Bakery Sales kiosk Handicrafts Greenhouse Art gallery Library Aquarium Domestic animal park Dog hotel Veterinary surgeon Car ferry Boat trips Airport Airstrip Pedestrian overpass to left Total weight limit Toll road PEOPLE WHO RESPECT TRAFFIC SIGNS CAUSE FEWER ACCIDENTS Entrance to area No buses or coaches irreparable damage to the land and the plant cover which may remain visible for centuries. Parking place for goods vehicles Signs indicating where large vehicles may be turned around, e.g. in tunnels. Further information is provided on an additional sign below. Taxi rank Warning - Public lavatory Cafeteria Pedestrian crossing No through road Traffic from front Public telephone Emergency telephone or radio Other danger No vehicles ..so please drive carefully! Parking place for coaches Flashing blue light - accident or fire Place for turning on right - traffic allowed from side Reserved parking place for disabled person’s Reserved parking place for disabled person’s vehicle vehicle with number Prohibition signs Police hand signals Emergency shelter Arrows indicating traffic lanes Flashing amber light - roadworks Flashing red light - stop due to temporary danger Place for putting snow-chains on tyres Risk of falling rocks or avalanche from left Pharmacy Road narrows from left-hand side Traffic signals for buses Roadworks Police Lines indicating appropriate lanes Traffic signals for pedestrians ..so please drive carefully! Clinic Broken sideline across side-road Information signs Horses crossing First-Aid post Vehicles carrying dangerous goods prohibited Traffic signals with direction arrows Traffic signals with direction arrows Traffic signals Pedestrian crossing ahead Broken dividing line Maximum speeds ..so please drive carefully!