Travelling by rented car in Iceland

Posted on May 7, 2009 by



Even if it could sound weird, renting a car in Iceland might turn out to be more convenient than using the local transportation, bus or flights. To rent a car, you need a valid driving license, and must be older than 20.

If you wish to rent a 4×4 vehicle, you must be at least 25.

Some agencies have an office at the airport, but even the companies that don’t have a office there, may meet the request of delivering the car when you arrive. As for the insurance, it is recommended to read carefully all the details of the rental agreement. Insurance usually does not include cover for damages to tyres, lights, windshield.

Moreover, insurance does not usually cover damages caused by impacts with animals, or damages to the inferior part of the vehicle caused by the fording of rivers, or crossing uneven fields or areas damaged by sand storms.
In some cases it is even forbidden to “travel on dirt roads”: this wording usually refers to F roads on the mountains or routes for off-road vehicles, but it is suggested to double check about this with the agency.

Hereafter the list of the main rent agencies that work in Iceland and have offices at the Keflavík International airport and at the Reykjavík National airport:

  • ALP/Budget
  • Arctic
  • Bílaleiga Akureyrar/National
  • Avis
  • Europcar
  • Hertz

Some other agencies, even if they do not have offices at the airports, may hand over cars where you wish. These are:

Rás, whose headquarters are located at the Keflavík International airport;
Átac and Hasso, both located at Kópavogur, close to Reykjavík
Geysir of Njarðvík, by Keflavík
Sixt in Reykjavík.
Saga in Keflavík

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