Island nation’s narrow but well-marked and well-signed routes.
You might think that national highway #1 in a technically sophisticated roadway, but in Iceland, that’s not necessarily the case. Highway 1 along the south coast is generally a two-lane road with one-lane bridges, minimalist shoulders and efficient marking that take long dark, damp winters into consideration.
The highway is lined on both sides with yellow reflective stakes every 50 or so meters apart. Bridge approaches are also well signed and have vehicle pull-outs on both ends to provide passing areas. Visitors who rent cars soon become accustomed to these markers, and locals know to depend on them in low visibility. Unless posted otherwise, the speed limit on the open road is 90 kilometers per hour.
We just traveled from Reykjavik on the southwest coast to Hafn on the southeast and back — unable to fly because the small commuter planes were grounded due to dense fog, intermittent rain and wind gust. The landscape is a succession of grazing land (cattle and sheep), grassy meadows, occasional wetlands, rivers and views north toward mountains and the sea.