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Motorway toll Iceland 2023 → Price, how to pay, toll road sections

Barbora Kollárová
Published on 15.2.2023

  • Tolls are not paid in Iceland.
  • The Vaðlaheiðagöng tunnel in the north of the country is tolled.
  • Some places charge a parking fee.
  1. Motorway toll Iceland 2023 → Price, how to pay, toll road sections | © Eva Vojáčková

    Motorway in Iceland 2024

    Toll road charges in Iceland for 2024

    There are no motorways in Iceland and the road are toll-free. The most famous and the most used by tourists is ring road number 1, the so-called Ring Road. It is 1332 km long and is almost entirely paved. It is forbidden to drive outside the marked roads and paths in Iceland.

    Roads in Island

    It may come as a surprise to many that much of Iceland’s road network consists of gravel roads, especially in the mountains in the centre of the island. These roads may be impassable until the end of June due to snow and mud and are therefore closed.

    When these roads are open for traffic, they can be only driven by all-wheel drive (4×4) vehicles. Before the trip, it is worth checking the situation on Icelandic roads.

    If two cars moving in opposite directions approach each other, both cars must reduce their speed to avoid breaking the windows with bouncing stones.

    The majority of bridges are single-lane, so follow the rule that whoever enters the bridge first has the right of way. Watch out for sheep in the roadway.

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  3. Speeding fines in Iceland 2024

    There are several hidden speed cameras all over the country, and Iceland is as committed to compliance as other Nordic countries. You will receive a 25% discount if you pay the fine on the spot.

    The fines are high: a British tourist once complained that he had received a fine equal to his monthly salary. Therefore, we definitely do not recommend exceeding speeds, even in remote areas.

    • in the zone with a maximum speed of 30-35 km/h speeding higher than 26 km/h is penalized with an amount of €15823540 kr
    • in the zone with a maximum speed of 50-60 km/h speeding higher than 36 km/h is penalized with an amount from €24336200 kr to €31647088 kr
    • in the zone with maximum speed of 70 km/h speeding higher than 41 km/h is penalized with an amount of €37355540 kr
    • in the zone with a maximum speed of 80-90 km/h speeding higher than 41 km/h is penalized with an amount from €49874255 kr to €55983310 kr

    You must add 20 % if you drive a bus, a vehicle with trailer or a vehicle heavier than 3.5 t.

  4. Roads in Iceland: Speed limits, fines…

    Speed limits in Iceland

    • Residential zones – 50 km/h
    • Urban areas – 50 km/h
    • Rural areas – unpaved roads 80 km/h, paved 90 km/h
    • Expressways with dividing line – 90 km/h

    Fines for selected offences

    • Running a red light or failing to stop at STOP sign – €6710000 kr
    • Parking violation (overstaying parking meters) – €3,35500 kr
    • Parking violation (on yellow line) – €20,123000 kr€274000 kr
    • Driving without lights on – €20,123000 kr
    • Driving without seat belts fastened – €20,123000 kr
    • Driving under the influence of alcohol – €16124000 kr€31547000 kr, withdrawal of driving license from one month to life.
  5. Payments for the passage of tunnels in Iceland

    Vaðlaheiðagöng tunnel

    The tunnel is located on ring road n.1 (Ring Road) near the town of Akureyri. It was opened in 2018. The length of the tunnel is 7.5 kilometres. The tunnel shortened the Ring Road by 16 km. The maximum permitted speed in the tunnel is 70 km/h. The automatic safety cameras for speed control are installed in the tunnel.

    The tunnel allows drivers to avoid the mountainous section to the north of it, which can be particularly dangerous in the winter. Car rentals recommend tourists not to use the tunnel in the summer months to enjoy the beautiful views. The original road leads through a wide pass to the northwest and then turns south along the bay to the town of Akureyri. The journey takes just 12 minutes extra time and saves the tunnel fee. On the other hand, it is recommended to use the tunnel in the winter months.

    Vaðlaheiðagöng tunnel – fees for the 2024

    The tunnel toll must be paid online. There are no toll gates or vending machines at the entrance or exit.

    The payment is made at For a one-time passage, it is possible to pay without registration, either in advance, at the earliest 24 hours before the passage, or within 24 hours after passing through the tunnel.

    The fee for passenger cars is €11,071650 kr.

    For regular travel journeys, you can register for free in advance on the website. Enter your vehicle registration number and credit card details, and the amount will be automatically deducted from your bank account each time you pass through the tunnel. Note: When going back and forth through the tunnel, a fee is paid twice.

    If the tunnel fee is not paid on time, the bill will be sent to the owner of the vehicle, which is in the case of tourist trips to Iceland is your car rental company. In this case, you will have to pay an additional handling fee along with the tunnel fee. Rental companies handling fees amounts to €20,123000 kr and more.

  6. Parking fees in Iceland

    Other charges for motor vehicles that you will encounter in Iceland are parking fees. Fees are paid in Þingvellir and Skaftafell National Parks, Reykjavík and other places. Fees can be paid on the spot at parking metres or online on the website. For Þingvellir National Park, use the website, for Skaftafell National Park, Reykjavík and other places, use the website. Another option is to download the Parka mobile application. You can also use the app to pay camping fees at Icelandic campsites.

    The amount of the fee depends on the length of your stay. You always need to pay a fee for the whole day, which is valid until midnight of the day. The amount of the fee per day in Þingvellir a Skaftafell National Parks is €5,03750 kr for a five-seater passenger car. In Reykjavíku, prices vary depending on the parking space. Other places where parking fees are paid are on the Reykjanes Peninsula southwest of Reykjavíku.

    At the entrance to the car park, there are cameras that capture license plates. If the parking fee is not paid, the bill will be sent to the car rental company, which will add a handling fee to the amount.

  7. Driving in Iceland 2024

    Mandatory car equipment in Iceland

    Mandatory car equipment should include

    • First aid kit
    • Warning triangle
    • Reflective vest
    • Tow rope
    • State sticker (for foreign cars)


    The use of summer and winter tires is allowed all year round, but they must have a sufficient tread depth:

    • November 1 – April 14: Studded tires are allowed (but not mandatory). The minimum tread depth is 3 mm.
    • April 15 – October 31: Studded tires are prohibited. The minimum tread depth is 1.6 mm.

    Seat belts

    It is mandatory for all passengers in the car to wear seat belts. Driving without seat belts carries a fine of €20,123000 kr. Motorcyclists must wear a safety helmet.

    Kids in the car

    Children under 135 cm must be transported in a child car seat corresponding to their weight. Children under 135 cm can be transported on a booster seat. Children under 150 cm must not sit in the front passenger seat when the airbag is activated.

    Gas stations in Iceland

    • In 2022, petrol prices range between €1,71255 kr and €1,81270 kr per litre.
    • The diesel price is a few pence less.
    • Names of gas stations in Iceland: N1, Olís, OB, Orkan, Costco (the cheapest)

    There are many gas stations in and around Reykjavíku. Outside the populated areas, their density is low and it is better to plan the places where you will refuel. In some places, gas stations are over 200 km apart, so it is a good idea to refuel whenever you run into a gas station and have less than half the fuel in the tank. It is recommended to have a fuel can filled with fuel with you.

    There is a large number of self-service gas stations in Iceland, which are open 24 hours a day and you can refuel whenever you need. To operate them, you will need a payment card, which you will insert into the stand. Then you pull out the card, dial the PIN and select the amount for which you want to refuel. The pump then actives itself and you can refuel.

    In most gas stations, there is a kiosk with snacks and it is possible to buy basic groceries as well.

    The good news is that most Icelandic gas stations allow you to wash your car for free.

    Drinking and driving

    The maximum permitted amount of blood alcohol is 0.5 ‰. There is a fine for driving under the influence of alcohol from €16124000 kr to €31547000 kr, or withdrawal of the driving license from one month to life.

    Daytime driving lights

    Daylight running lights are mandatory all year round. The fine for driving without lights on is €20,123000 kr.

    Useful tips

    For more useful driving tips in Iceland, visit

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