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Weights & measures

Helpful conversions between the metric and Imperial systems

Iceland uses the metric system. If you’re considering a self-drive package, you should note that all driving distances and speed limits are posted in kilometres.

Read our guide to driving in Iceland for more advice.

In the meantime, here are some handy tables to help you convert distances and volumes while you are travelling in Iceland.

Imperial to metric conversions

Imperial system Metric
1 inch (UK and US) = 2.54 cm
1 foot (UK and US) = 12 inches (30.48 cm)
1 mile (UK and US) = 1.609 km
1 acre (UK and US) = 4,047 m2
1 knot (International) = 1.852 m)
1 pint (UK) = 0.568 cm3
1 pint (US) = 0.473 cm3
1 pound (lb UK and US) = 0.45359237 kg
1 ounce (oz UK and US) = 28.35 g

Metric to imperial conversions

Metric Imperial
1 centimetre (cm) = 0.3937 inches
1 metre (m) = 3.28 feet (1.094 yards)
1 kilometre (km) = 0.6 miles
1 litre (l) = 2.113 pints (1.056 quarts)
1 gram (g) = 0.035 ounces
1 kilogram (kg) = 0.568 cm3

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