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Your 2019 Ultimate Iceland Car Rental Guide

Driving is freedom. Freedom to go wherever the road takes you, stopping only when you feel like it. Stopping only when you are not able to carry on because something magnificent in nature has caught your eye. Driving is a great way of creating your own itinerary and setting your own time schedule. Or no schedule at all. It’s up to you. Renting a car when visiting Iceland means all that and more. Because of the stunning nature and the busy capital, Iceland provides everything you will ever desire from a vacation adventure. It is simply stunning in its complex simplicity. Rent a car in Iceland and discover this and more for yourself. Even though there are certain things you have to take into consideration when renting a car, there is also much to consider when it comes to planning your route in order to not miss anything. It’s a good thing car rental in Iceland has become one of the more favoured ways for visitors to get around, as it means that there is a lot of information available before starting your trip.

Which car to choose

Driving yourself around Iceland is really the best way to experience the island and there are many rental offices to choose from. With options such as Reykjavik Auto, Reykjavik Cars and Cars Iceland, which all have very good reviews on different rental comparison sites, there really is no reason to rely on anyone else when it comes to making sure that you won’t miss a single thing. Having your own set of wheels allows for freedom as well as flexibility and since the public transportation system on Iceland unfortunately is non-existent, having a car might be just the thing to save you from a lot of hassle. For instance, there are no trains on the island and it only has a very limited bus system. What are then some of the considerations to take into account? Well, there are many. It all really comes down to what your intentions with the trip to Iceland is. Are you heading out into nature using mostly the F-roads, well then you might want to opt for a 4×4 as the weather conditions on Iceland are traitorous and the wind sometimes feels as if it could take you right along with it. However, if you are mostly driving on Route 1, the Ring Road then a lighter vehicle such as the 2wd might be more suitable.

Add-ons

Once you have the desired vehicle suitable for the type of trip you are taking then there are several other decisions needing to be made. Will you need a GPS or is Wi-Fi sufficient? Most rental companies these days have add-ons such as these and it’s good to take the time to compare price and functions as it could be very precarious to find yourself out on the roads with no system to rely on. Of course there are good old fashioned maps, but perhaps it is better to be safe than sorry. Then there are the unlimited miles that you need to make use are included in the package. Iceland, due to its location is expensive when it comes to fuel and seeing as driving will be your main option for transportation it is wise to include this in the travel budget calculations. All of the above mentioned aspects of renting a car on Iceland are important, and included in the decision of which car to rent is also the weather and which season you are planning to visit Iceland. The peak rental season is usually May to September and of course this means that it will be a bit more expensive. It is important to always consult weather informant as for instance traveling during the winter time means that the road conditions might be difficult.

Insurance and sights 

One final consideration before deciding on which rental office to use is insurance, which is mandatory on Iceland. Driving in this difficult terrain makes insurance an absolute must and due to the very shifting landscape there is a huge variety where everything from gravel protection to sand and ash protection is advised. Here it is really best to let the car rental office offer suggestions as it might be difficult for visitors and non-natives to decide this on their own. Another subject that might need breaching is taxes in Iceland. Although it is highly unlikely that this is something that will be applicable when visiting for tourist purposes it is always wise to be aware of any domestic legislations. When all of this legality is under way and you finally have the rental car you need, it’s time to start exploring. Start from Keflavik Airport and head into the city centre of Rejkyavik. From there get your rental car and start taking in the sights. Be sure not to miss for instance the Northern Lights, the geysers and the Gullfoss waterfall. Just remember to buckle up for the ride.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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