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  • Writer's pictureÍvar Kjartansson

Map Legends

Updated: Aug 12, 2023

Here is an overview of what different components look like and their meaning.

 

ROADS

ROAD TYPE

IMAGE

DESCRIPTION

Major Highway

60-90 km/h



Main Interstate like roads. The Ring Road and Main Roads in cities. With 1-4 lanes of traffic.

Principal Highway

50 km/h



Main connecting roads in cities. Usually 1-2 lanes of traffic.

Collector Road

40-50 km/h



​Connecting roads, usually not ending in a dead end.

Traffic Roundabout

30 km/h



Traffic roundabouts with 1-2 lanes of traffic.

Residential Street

30 km/h



Residential streets in neighborhoods. Usually a dead end streets. Drive carefully as there are usually people and children around.

Alleyway

20 km/h



​Alleyway is usually not a road but a minor alleyway that is a private road or a path through parking areas.

​Unpaved road

40-80 km/h



​A good quality unpaved road. Usually well maintained and passable by all cars.

F1 Unpaved Road

30 km/h



Trails - Slow road, passable by all public traffic in summer. Large streams and rivers are bridged. These roads are often closed in winter due to snow and mudslides during that time.

F2 Unpaved Road

20 km/h



​Trails - Poor road, passable by four-wheel drive cars, very powerful passenger cars and jeeps. Streams and small rivers are NOT bridged. Often closed in winter due to snow and mud.

F3 Unpaved Road

10 km/h



​Trails - A difficult road, only passable by large and well-equipped four-wheel drive cars. Can be uneven, rocky and with wet runs. Often closed in winter due to snow and mud.

LAND AREAS

ICELANDIC

ENGLISH

IMAGE (DAY)

IMAGE (NIGHT)

Graslendi og tún

Grassland and meadow






Mólendi

Heathland





Hraun og urðir

Lava and boulders





Nýlegt hraun

Fresh lava





Hálfgróið land

​Semi-vegetated land





Mýrar

Swamps / Sloping fens





​Sandar

Sandy flats





Skógur

Forest





Sumarbústaðaland

​Summer cottage land





Straumvötn og lón

Streams and reservoirs





GLACIERS

ICELANDIC

ENGLISH

IMAGE (DAY)

IMAGE (NIGHT)

Jökull

Glacier





Sprunginn jökull

Crevasses in glacier





Afar sprunginn jökull

Very crevassed glacier





TOWNS AND CITIES

ICELANDIC

ENGLISH

IMAGE (DAY)

IMAGE (NIGHT)

Þéttbýli

Urban area





Iðnaðarsvæði / Verslunarkjarni

Industrial / Shopping area





Bílastæði

Car parking





Græn svæði

City park





Íþróttavöllur

Sports field





Kirkjugarður

Cemetery





Golfvöllur

Golf course





Flugvallasvæði

Airports





BUILDINGS

ICELANDIC

ENGLISH

IMAGE (DAY)

IMAGE (NIGHT)

Bygging

Building





Verslun og þjónusta

Shops and services





Spítali og heilsugæsla

Hospital and clinics





​Bóndabæir, sérbýlishús, íbúðarhús, frístundarhús, veitur, fjarskiptamannvirki o.fl sem eru utan þéttbýlis

Farms, detached houses, residential buildings, holiday homes, utilities, telecommunications facilities outside urban areas





​Skálar eða neyðarskýli á hálendi eða víðlendi

​Emergency cottage in the highlands





NOTE: There might be a small difference between the Garmin, MapSource and Android version. But this list should give a general idea of how colors and shapes are.


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