Traveling by road is the best way to move around Iceland. There is one road, the Ring Road which circles the entire island and allows access to most areas of the country. The road is paved and well maintained in most areas, although in the more remote areas of the country maintenance might not be up to par with the rest of the island. Traffic drives on the right hand side and you must be 18 years old to drive in Iceland. It is recommended that your vehicle is equipped with four wheel drive when driving in the inclement weather conditions that often affect the country. Highway speeds are posted at 56mph and in town limits at 25mph on average. Renting a car in Iceland is the best way to see this spectacular country and the sights it has to offer.
Traveling by Rail:
There is currently no train service on offer in Iceland.
Traveling by Bus:
Aside from driving a car, traveling by bus is the next best option. The bus system is an extensive one and can access most parts of the country. Tickets do not need to be purchases in advance and can be bought directly from the driver. Bus tours can also be arranged, offering insightful drives along the beautiful scenery of Iceland.
Traveling by Boat:
Boat and ferry travel is an option in Iceland, but it is mainly reserved for sightseeing purposes as opposed to a means of transportation. Ferries run service neighboring islands and fjords as well as international destinations. Ferry tours are a very popular tourist activity during the warm months of summer in Iceland.
Traveling by Taxi:
Taxis can generally be hired from most hotels and airports, and are readily available for hire in Reykjavik. Make sure that the taxi has a meter or a fare is agreed upon before enlisting the service of that taxi. Tipping is not customary as the service tip is included in the fare.
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