Iceland Speed Enforcement

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  1. DominatingDrew

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    I'm going to Iceland later this summer which is a beautiful county and I'm very excited about it. The only problem is the roads look like this:
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    and the speed limit is 90 km/h / 56 mph. The fines for speeding are absolutely ludicrous. Like nearly $500 for 11 km/h (6.7 mph) over on a road like that. I obviously don't plan of speeding too much because by the looks of it you'll be publicly beheaded for what I would usually drive on a road like that in New Mexico, but I'm kind of worried I'll accidentally go 11 km/h over and double the price of my vacation.

    Does anybody have any knowledge of radar frequencies or speed camera locations? I'll be doing the ring road and Golden Circle. The only information I could find was this thread:

    "After traveling the entire Ring Road with my Redline I only ran into radar two times outside of the Reykjavik area. Both were Ka band radars and detection range was better than two miles in each case. Even in Reykjavik radar encounters were few and far between. In all cases the police radar was in constant transmit mode.

    All speed cameras do not use radar in any of the bands the Redline can detect. I'm not sure what method they use. As far as I know every camera is marked by a sign prior to you driving in front of it. With the exception of the tunnels in the mountains the only speed cameras on the island are within 100 km of Reykjavik and along the Golden Circle Route. From what I was told some of these may no longer be in working order. "
     
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    I would bet the speed cameras are some Poliscan crap or possibly FMCW ultra low power K band like Gatso/Redflex
     
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    Hi

    Such a nice trip ahead of you!

    agree about the speeding tickets - they were increased 1st of may this year and before that they were already damn high.

    Radar bands are 99.9% ka band (mostly 34.7 & 35.5). You will encounter both C/O and I/O. There are MRCD vehicles also but you would have to be very unlucky to run into those.
    Red light cameras are marked with signs about 400m before you pass them, but I recommend you use Waze to locate them.

    Inside Reykjavík truspeed laser is used but I don't see them too often but definitely more during summer. Outside Reykjavík laser is possible to encounter but rare (again a lot more common during summer time).

    Here you have the speeding penalties.
    1000kr = ~$9 (current VISA rate)
    Hraði = speed.
    Numbers are in kilos of ISK. eg. 10 = 10.000 ISK
    171km/h+ not sure what happens for tourists but you might be charged and placed under arrest. Expect extremely high fines and trouble.
    Ignore the numbers after "+" (those are months licence is suspended, don't apply to tourists as far as I know)f
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    Lastly, I would ask you to be careful. Roads are often unpredictable and dangerous when bypassing cars. Many have died, just last month 1 died and 9 injured.
    Traffic is heavy during summer time, sometimes you simply just have to bare with 80-90km/h.

    Have a nice trip! :)

    edit:
    I just wanna mention one more thing.
    Please do not drive anywhere off-road, it really is a disrespect to the Icelandic nature.
    Here is a photo taken just last Sunday where tourists drove like idiots, leaving damages to the nature.
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    Those tourists were caught and brought to police hearing where they were fined 11.000 EUR, so yeah...not cool.
     
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    Great info! I am headed to Iceland for a 12 day ring road adventure next week. Sounds like bringing the V1 along for the ride along with waze on the phone should keep me out of trouble. Not planning on tearing up the roads but the price for a small discretion is indeed steep.

    I’ll post how the V1 fares upon my return,
     
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    I got back from my trip and it was awesome. Unfortunately, the cigarette lighter in my rental car was broken so I couldn't use the R1 (or charge my drone). However, I mostly used an app called "Speed Cameras Radar" in split screen with Google Maps which seemed to have all the speed cameras I saw. The only problem is that it thought the red light cameras in Reykjavik were speed cameras and it went off like 5 times upon entering the intersection. I would just go with traffic in Reykjavik and turn off the app there. Waze would open and show a map, but for some reason it couldn't connect to the routing servers. I saw multiple locals in Akureyri with Radar Detectors, so they apparently are useful.

    I only saw two cops while driving. One was parked on the side of the road between Reykjavik and Vik and I was going slightly under the speed limit, and another was just driving the other was outside of Akureyri. I was going 99/90 because I was being tailgated by a local, but he didn't seem to care (I don't know if either of them were running radar). The locals definitely around Reykjavik didn't seem to mind the big speeding fines. On the way back to the airport I got passed by two people in non-rental looking cars doing probably 160 (100 mph)

    Overall, I mostly just went 94/90 or 99/90 and just occasionally broke 100 when it was absolutely barren. There are better countries to go to if you really want to speed a lot. I don't recall any speed cameras counter-clockwise on the ring road between the Golden Circle and the west coast, but SLOW DOWN once you pass Hofn (The west one) and ABSOLUTELY SLOW DOWN in the tunnel. There were about a million speed cameras between Hofn and the tunnel and there was basically always a speed camera in sight in the tunnel. Other than that I think I saw one speed camera in the Golden Circle and that's it.

    Overall, the driving was pretty easy and you should definitely go to Iceland if you have the chance.
     
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    Better than 50% through my vacation with the family and I am very pleased that I brought the trusty V1 with me. The icelandic LEO's are kind enough to roll with CO KA 34.7 outside of the major cities. This has been completely consistent over the past 5 days and 9 confirmed encounters. Certainly has been nice to make up time in the desolate areas of the North ring road. A I have used Carmunis as recommended by DBMW30 and it has not missed any speed cameras. Amazing beautiful country. Certainly worth the visit so far.

    Thanks for the tips everyone!
     
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    Thanks for the update! I just booked a trip for October, and this thread has been very useful :)
     
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    Visited Iceland in February 2017. Beautiful place!
     
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    Just returned from my 8 day Iceland adventure :) Absolutely amazing trip and an incredibly beautiful country. I highly recommend it! And a big thank you to @DominatingDrew and @RdNerd for lots of info and suggestions on places to visit! I'll post more details on the trip in this thread: www.rdforum.org: Going to Iceland and focus on CMs here.

    Detector: I brought the Pro M along with me. I think it is the ideal travel detector due to it's incredibly small size (easy to pack, unobtrusive on WS), excellent filtering, and international gun support. I initially had it configured running X off, K wide, TS Rej Low, Ka wide, Ka Filter off, MRCD Wide, MRCT Wide, Gatso On, MR Filter High, Auto City 5 50, X9 K4 Ka0.

    Ka band 35.5: In the first 45 minutes driving from the airport to Reykjavik I had 3 confirmed radar encounters, all 35.5 C/O. One was a marked police car escorting a wide load on the highway, and the other two were marked moto cops. Range was pretty good considering the terrain (hills and curves on the highway). I also encountered several marked cars and moto cops all running 35.5 C/O in Reykjavik, but never got close enough to identify what guns they were using.

    K band: In Reykjavik, there were a ton of stationary K band falses from automatic doors. I don't think I've ever seen more automatic doors in my life. Nearly every building had automatic doors, even in places where you wouldn't expect to see them (eg interior doors to restaurant kitchens). It was really interesting. I didn't encounter any police using K band luckily, and outside of the cities you could probably run a completely unfiltered detector (or disable K band) without any risk. There were some K band speed signs as you approached cities (where the speed limits dropped), but they didn't seem to have any enforcement associated with them. They did flash your speed and a frown face :( if you were over the limit, which turned to a happy face :) when you slowed down. The Pro M detected most of them with decent range, but filtered others out entirely.

    Speed cameras: I ran Waze most of the time, and it worked great for navigation and had every speed camera location marked. However, I'm not sure if any of the speed cameras were active. I tried every combination of settings on the Pro M (including Highway, K/Ka/MRCD/MRCT Wide, Gatso On, all filters off) and never received an alert. I was also unable to find any recent reports of people receiving tickets from them, or any news regarding them. Maybe they have been disabled for some reason?

    Ka band 34.7: Once outside of Reykjavik on the ring road (Highway 1), I encountered a few marked police cars running 34.7 C/O, including one with a customer. Detection range was excellent. Terrain on the south coast was mostly rolling hills over lava fields, and I had one excellent save that turned out to be about a 2.5 mile detection. I kept passing groups of cars going the other direction expecting to see the police car, but the detector just kept ramping up. Eventually I passed him in the middle of a pack of cars after about 1.5 miles and several hills that completely blocked the view of the road in front. I'm surprised how well the radar propagated over the lava considering how porous it is.

    Falses: I was running Ka wide/Ka filter off and had a few brief 34.7 and 34.3 falses from Range Rovers. When I was running MR Filter off, I had a MRCD false to a Mazda. And the aforementioned stationary K band falses to the automatic doors. Pretty great filtering overall from the Pro M.

    Summary: Great trip overall, and I'm happy I had the Pro M with me. Speeding fines are pretty steep, and speed limits are fairly low (although understandable). The roads were in good condition, but were mostly two lane with no shoulders and fairly steep drop-offs to the side. In the rural areas, there are also sheep roaming free and were often in/near the road. The weather was highly variable, and it would go from sunny to heavy rain to wind to fog and back within a stretch of a few miles. Luckily we managed to keep most of our driving to daylight hours, and didn't have any issues.
     
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    I heard (not that this is 100% true), that they rotate the actual speed cameras between different housings so they're not all active,. You saw a lot more police activity than me. I only saw two cops while driving the entire time.
     
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