Driving in Iceland – Car Rental

Julien Ratel
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Driving in Iceland – Choose your Best Car Rental Option

While hiking in Iceland is an unforgettable experience that we highly recommend, renting a car and driving in Iceland might come quite at handy if you would like to explore our great island’s immensity. Are you wondering which car you shoud pick for your tailor-made travel to Iceland? Iceland Like a Local will give you advice on the best car model to pick depending on your route. All we need is your go, and we’ll have the perfect car ready for you when you arrive in Iceland! Driving in Iceland is the perfect adventure – feeling ready for the thrill?

Types of Cars

Group A: Volkswagen Polo (or similar model)

Good for what kind of travel?

– A couple or two friends
– Budget: €
– Itineraries with only paved roads

Group N: Skoda Octavia combi (or similar model)

Good for what kind of travel?

– UA family or a group of friends (up to 4 people)
– Budget: €
– Itineraries with only paved roads

Group G: Suzuki Grand Vitara (or similar model)


Good for what kind of travel?

– A couple, a family, or a group of friends
– Budget: €
– Itineraries with unpaved roads

Group K: Land Rover Defender (or similar model)

Good for what kind of travel?

– A family, or group of friends with a taste for adventure (up to 7 people)
– Budget: €
– All terrains (including Iceland’s most isolated)

Group L: Volkswagen Touareg 4WD (or similar model)

Good for what kind of travel?

– A couple or a family (up to 5 people)
– Budget: €€€€
– Itineraries with unpaved roads

 

Car Rental Conditions

Young Drivers

Drivers must be at least 20 years old and have had their license for at least a year before being able to rent a car in Iceland.

Driver’s License

It is essential that you have your driving license with you when you go to sign your car rental contract. The driving license issued by your country suffices, no international license is required.

Third Party Liability: CDW

Vehicles rented in Iceland are insured in compliance with Icelandic law. In the event of an accident, you are responsible for the damage caused to your rental car. Supplementary CDW insurance gives you excess coverage reducing the amount of excess for which you are liable in the event of an incident. This insurance is included in your contract.

For more details, read your rental agreement contract very attentively before signing it and don’t hesitate to ask us about any concerns you may have.

Unpaved Roads

We can not emphasize enough the regulations regarding which roads tourism vehicles are and are not allowed to take. No matter what you’ve read or been told, it is imperative that you respect the restrictions on this matter as described below. Our rental agencies are uncompromising on these points and we will not question any resulting fines and sanctions that they deem appropriate.

Four wheel drive vehicles are only permitted to take mountain roads if the road is marked with an F on the road maps. Access to all roads not marked with an F is prohibited, even if they appear on the road maps. No insurance will cover damages resulting from incidents on roads not marked with an F on the road maps.

Off Road Driving

We would like to remind you that off road driving is totally prohibited in Iceland! Besides doing lasting damage to the landscape, this activity is punishable by severe fines.

Road conditions in Iceland

Icelandic weather is extremely volatile. It important to keep this in mind at all times, especially when driving in the highlands. Please don’t hesitate to call us with questions or to consult the Icelandic Road Administration’s websitehttp://www.vegagerdin.is/english/

 

 

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