Sunday, 3 July 2016

Rent a car in Iceland: Car Comparison by price in Iceland + Tips for Renting a Car in Iceland

If you’re planning to tour Iceland by car, then Iceland car rentals provide the cheapest and best way to explore the vast island. With public transportation being scarce outside major cities like Reykjavík, renting a car becomes the cheaper and most viable option for tourists to explore the island fully. Though it may seem expensive initially, it is much cheaper and less strenuous than having to purchase a car or travel by bus. With plenty of car rental companies in Iceland at your disposal, you will never fail to get a deal that suits your budget. 

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The wide array of vehicles available for hire also makes it possible for you to get a car that can take you almost anywhere on the island from SUVs, four wheel cars, luxury cars, 4×4 rental cars and jeeps just to mention a few. In this article, we give you some tips on picking an Iceland car rental provider as well as taking a look at some of the best car rental companies on the island. 

CAR COMPARISON BY PRICE
July 11th to July 19th - 2016 (8 days)

Option A - New cars:

CARS ICELAND                      BEST COMPANY NOVEMBER 2015 (1st place)
Kia Rio Diesel:                            652€
Dacia Duster 4x4:                       999€
*prices with all insurances included

HERTZ
Toyota Aygo:                                956€
Toyota Rav4:                               1.903€

REYKJAVÍK AUTO                     BEST COMPANY NOVEMBER 2015 (3rd place)
Renault Clio:                                539€
Dacia Duster 4x4:                        917€

EUROPCAR
Hyundai i10:                                 962€
Suzuki Grand Vitara 4x4:             1.671€

REYKJAVÍK CARS *                  BEST COMPANY NOVEMBER 2015 (2nd place)
Hyundai i10:                                  528€
Suzuki Grand Vitara 4x4:              1.008€ 

AVIS
Hyundai i10:                                  719€
Suzuki Grand Vitara 4x4:              1.206€


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Option B - Old cars:

REYKJAVÍK CARS (they also rent old models)
Hyundai i10:                                490€
Suzuki Jimny 4x4:                      990€

SS CAR RENTAL
Hyundai i10:                                  650€
Toyota Rav4 4x4:                         1.143€

SADCARS
Toyota Yaris                                 750€
Toyota Rav4 4x4                          1.323€

ICELAND CAR RENTAL
Hyundai i10:                                871€
Toyota Rav4                               1.658€

GEYSIR
Hyundai i20:                                854€
Hyundai Tucson:                        1.430€

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Renting a car is really the best and only way to see the country so be sure to factor it into your budget. We went there thinking we would just take a bus to other areas -wrong. The only buses that exists outside the capital city of Reykjavik are tour buses. So technically you can take a bus but you will pay for it because it will be part of an organized tours and it will add up fast. If you are traveling with another person a car is the cheapest way to see the country. Plus, driving in Iceland is very easy and there isn’t much traffic.

7 TIPS FOR RENTING A CAR IN ICELAND

Renting a car in Iceland may not be the cheapest way to explore Iceland (it’s tough to beat hitch hiking) but it doesn’t have to blow your budget. With public transportation being non-existent outside of the larger cities, like Reykjavik, renting a car gives you the freedom at a fraction of the cost when compared to the sightseeing tours sold at tourist information centers.

Below are seven ways to save money on your Iceland car rental:

Don’t buy it: You don’t need theft insurance for the vehicle. According to our agent, car thefts in Iceland are rare and he actually told us not to bother with any of the additional insurance (yes, they have insurance for ash from the volcano) either, so we didn’t. 

Go online: The best deals can be found online for Iceland car rentals. By booking online, you will find a better deal than renting directly from a tourist center in Iceland. Some online companies even offer discounts if you book online therefore you will be able to save a lot by booking online. There are a variety of car rental companies on the island so take your time and visit their websites, compare prices, and look at their packages and whether or not they offer discounts for booking online. By doing this, you will be able to get a good deal at a pocket friendly price. 

Pick up at Keflavik International Airport: Because the airport is located about an hour from Reykjavik, you will have to spend €15 – €20 each way to get to and from the airport. So, you might as well just rent your car from the airport and roll your shuttle bus fees into the car rental. 


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Get to know your vehicle: The longer you keep the rental car the cheaper it becomes.

Petrol Blues: When considering renting a car be sure to factor in the cost of gas. In Europe, petrol is sold by the liter not the gallon; therefore, expect to pay about $5 per gallon. 

Choose Your Rental Dates Wisely: Sept. 1 in Iceland signals the beginning of the low season, which runs until May 31. Renting a car in Iceland becomes even cheaper during that time. And by cheaper I mean €35/day vs. €85/day – it’s a HUGE price difference. 

Consider your budget: Look for a car rental company that falls within your budget. Remember you do not have to spend a fortune on car rental therefore try to get a car rental service that will leave you with some cash to spend on the road.


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DRIVING IN ICELAND

Driving Conditions in Iceland are in many ways unusual and often quite unlike what foreign drivers are accustomed to. It is therefore very important to find out how to drive in this country. We know that the landscapes are beautiful, which naturally draws the driver’s attention away from the road. But in order to reach your destination safely, you must keep your full attention on driving.

-The speed limit in populated areas is usually 50 km/hr.
-The speed limit is often 60 km/hr on thruways, but in residential areas it is usually only 30 km/hr.
-The main rule in rural areas is that gravel roads have a speed limit of 80 km/hr, and paved roads 90 km/hr.
-Signs indicate if other speed limits apply.

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HIGHLAND DRIVING

Driving in the Icelandic highland is quite different from driving in the lowland. The conditions can change fast due to weather, rain and even sometimes snow. Therefore roads can be closed and rivers can be too big to cross. Before you start your travel you should get information about the area as well as leave your travel plan with someone who can check up on you if needed.

You can make your travel plan here:

-Start by checking if the area you are going to visit is open
-Get as much information about the area as you can
-Information centers, rangers and hut wardens can help you get the information needed
-Are you sure that you have the experience and knowledge needed to go the highland?
-If you are driving be on a 4x4 jeep, other cars will only get you into trouble
-If you are no sure how to cross a river skip it or wait for the next car to assist you over

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ILLEGAL OFF-ROAD DRIVING

When the fact that the country lies right below the Arctic Circle is taken into consideration, along with the fact that the growing season is short, it is apparent that the environment can take many years, decades or even centuries to recover. For example, many people don't realise that by uprooting or driving on moss, damage is caused that can take at least a decade or, more likely, some hundreds of years to mend – and we're not even talking about the highlands where the summer is much shorter.

Whilst travelling around the country, the highest respect for the Icelandic environment must be shown. It's good to remember to take nothing besides photographs and leave nothing behind except footprints.

-Check out the road map and see where the roads and trails are.
-Get information about the appropriate routes at visitor centres, and from rangers or staff.
-Find out in advance when mountain roads are likely to be open, along with other related information, at visitor centres or here.

While on your trip around the country you’ll quickly see that in many places, road ruts and paths have formed from other people. Often they are closed off with nothing more than a row of small rocks. Don’t be caught in the pitfall of following those paths; only stay on roads and marked trails. Instead, think about the damage off-road driving has caused, take photos and educate friends and acquaintances. See how long such damage takes to heal. Notice that ruts don’t just look ugly; they draw in water and thereby cause even further damage, leading to erosion of soil and vegetation. Walk around a short distance or turn around if you can’t go any farther by driving. That’s the only right thing do. Besides, you can easily expect a sky-high fine or prison term for offences.

We should all set a good example. Together we share the responsibility of ensuring that everyone gets the chance of enjoying a pristine natural environment for years to come.

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CROSSING A RIVER

One thing is for sure when you go hiking in Iceland and that’s that you’ll not get far without coming to the first stream. Usually they’re little brooks, which are good to get a fresh drink from. On the other hand, they can be large rivers and you will need to wade them, in which case you should bear some things in mind:

-Rivers often have less volume earlier in the day, so organising hiking trips accordingly is not a bad idea.
-Look around for suitable locations to ford. Be aware that places that are good for crossing with jeeps are seldom good for crossing on foot.
-Look for meanders in the river which are places where there is loose gravel and sand and the current dies down as the river expands.
-Meanders are usually the best location you’ll find for fording a river though the river may be wider there.
-Preferably wade the river with two or three other people at a time by clasping arms together at the elbows.
-Loosen any straps on backpacks and be sure not to have anything tied tight that could complicate things if you or someone else might fall.
-It’s best to have special wading shoes as it is not wise to cross barefoot - this can increase the likelihood of a fall.
-Before fording, it’s smart to decide on a spot farther down the river where everyone will go to if someone might unfortunately fall.
-If you fall, roll onto your back, keep your feet in front of you and trudge to the place - or near to it - that was previously decided upon.

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When planning your hiking trip get information about rivers, if they are possible to cross on foot and then what time is best and etc. Never cross a river unless you are 100% sure of how to do it and feel safe doing it.

Helpful Tips on 4x4 Driving in Iceland

If you have plans to visit Iceland's country side then you should also pick a 4x4 vehicle since you will most likely be driving on some gravel roads. And should you go off the beaten path to visit the Iceland highland then you are sure to encounter some F-roads that are only driveble by larger 4x4.

Iceland gravel roadsAll major roads in Iceland are paved. But keep in mind that of 13.000 km total roads in Iceland only about 5.000 is paved with asfalt.

Most gravel roads are not difficult to drive on or dangerous, you just need to keep special attention while driving and make sure you are not going to fast. These roads are often narrow and many bridges only have one lane. You are also likely to meet some sheeps and Icelandic horses so make sure you are paying attention.

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List of the most popular F-roads

Here is a list of the most popular F-roads in Iceland and average opening times:
F-RoadNameAvg. opening date
F206 Lakagígar June 12th
F208 Fjallabaksleið nyrðri
(Landmannalaugar and Eldgjá)
June 12th
F225 Landmannaleið, Landmannalaugar June 15th
F35 Kjölur (Hveravellir) June 11th
F26 Sprengisandur June 27th
F88 Askja June 20th
F902 Kverkfjöll June 19th
F52 Uxahryggir June 5th
F550 Kaldidalur June 13th

Driving in snow and difficult weather conditions

Make sure you are always driving according to road and weather conditions. If there is snow and the roads are slippery make sure to take it slow and drive safe. If you are driving outsite of populated areas make sure to find out the conditions of the roads on your route. You should also check out the weather forecast.

Check road conditions in Iceland here:
http://www.vegagerdin.is/english/road-conditions-and-weather/the-entire-country/island1e.html

Check weather forecast here:
http://en.vedur.is

Carpooling in Iceland:
http://samferda.is

Map of Iceland:
http://atlas.lmi.is/kortasja_en/

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197 comments:

  1. Just returned from a 10 day trip from Iceland and rented a car from Cars Iceland (http://www.carsiceland.com).

    I was quite happy with their service as they dropped off the car to our hotel for no extra charge and made arrangements to pick up from the airport also.

    The communication was great as they were able to e-mail details back and forth as needed.

    I checked many different sites and Cars Iceland had the best pricing. I would surely rent from them again!!!!!

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    1. Thank you so much for posting this. I am going in June and was thankful you posted the website you used.

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    2. How much do you think I will spend for five days? Rental and gas included if I go in December.

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    3. Hi! It depends how much you want to drive... I would say 200 USD and 250 USD = 450$

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  2. Great blog! We will be heading there in 3 months so this is very helpful. Thank you!

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  3. Do we need to get an IDP form if we are driving in Iceland?

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  4. Is there any age restrictions for car rentals in Iceland? I know in US you have to be at least 24. Friends and I are going to Iceland in April, we will all be 23. Will this be an issue?

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    1. Hello,
      I am also going in April and I am 23. Did you manage to hire one??

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  5. Hi, do we actually need to buy the extras like sand and ash protection, or even gravel protection? We'll probably get the CDW, but not too sure how strict the car rental companies are on minor damages by the elements.

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  6. I am going to Iceland in January and am hoping to drive from Reykjavik to Vik and through the Golden Circle. Is a 4x4 needed to drive through that area? I am from an area that has mild to harsh winters so I have experience driving in icy/snowy conditions.

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  7. I would recommend you to hire a 4x4 since it is safer during winter time... You don't need it but it is better.

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    1. So if we'll be driving along the lower west and southern coast in mid-May (first up to Snaefellsnes and then out to Jokulsarlon) would you still recommend a 4x4? It seems like it may not be necessary for this route at that time of year. Thanks!

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    2. So if we'll be travelling along the lower west and southern roads (up to Snaefellsnes and then out to Jokulsaron) in Mid-May do you think we need a 4x4? It seems like it may not be necessary for that route at that time of year. Thanks!

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    3. It is not necessary, you will be fine with a 2wd and most of the car rental agencies offer free winter tires so it should be fine. We (icelanders) always recommend 4x4 vehicles during winter time :=)

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    4. Hi David,
      Going about the same subject: what about renting a car for a trip to take place in the end of March this year? Would you still recommend a 4x4? We are only planning to do the Golden Circle and the Ring to Jokulsarlon and back. Thanks in advanced for any tip.

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    5. I would rent a 4x4... But you don't need it, it is just more secure to drive over icy roads with a 4wd!

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  8. We are also going n January to stay in Vik. How far away is it from Reykjavik and is there public transport that would take us there from the airport? I am debating hiring a car but very nervous about driving out there!

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  9. I would recommend you to hire a car since it could be easier... The bus company is http://www.straeto.is/

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  10. Hello! This is so helpful in planning my trip to Iceland this fall. One question...do some of these car rental companies offer cars with automatic transmission? I ran into a problem with that in Germany...neither my travel partner nor I can drive manual. Thanks!

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  11. All of these car rentals offer automatic cars :)

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  12. Hello. In mid January we are planning on staying at the Hotel Budir on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. We are planning on hiring a vehicle. Will we require a 4x4 to get from Reykjavik to the peninsula? Is the route paved all the way? Thank you

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  13. Hello! The road is fine, you don't need a 4x4 BUT we always recommend a 4wd vehicle since you can expect everything here in Iceland!

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  14. HI

    I will be driving around the ring road in early april over 6 full days. i guess i will go off the main hwy a little but nothing crazy thats too offroad. do you think i need a 4x4 ?

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    1. I would recommend you a 4x4,
      will you be driving south or north?

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  15. My partner and I are heading to Iceland in September, I know you said it's not necessary to buy the insurance add-on's but I've read a couple reviews about being charged for scratches caused by gravel. Does this happen often? In this case would you say it would be more wise to get the insurance?

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  16. Hello Melissa! Iceland is special in all sense since everything can happen.
    Some parts of the road has plenty of little rocks and these rocks can be a potencial danger for windows or scratches. Insurance is like a lottery in Iceland...

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  17. hello and congrats for the very complete website. my and my (currently) girlfriend will spend our honeymoon in iceland from april 26 to may 12. we have basically two doubts:

    (1) is it worthy to do the complete ring road or given that it is still not summer it'd be more efficient to focus between jokulsarlon and westfjords?

    (2) depending on the answer of the first question, is it worthy to get a 4x4? we like to go a little of the beaten path but not that much... and when people say 4x4 do they usually mean and 4 wheel drive or it should be a SUV (like a suzuki vitara for instance)?

    thanks in advance!

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    1. 1. Yes, 100% you should make the ring road
      2. I will get a cheap 4x4, BUT you don't need a 4x4 in late april -may...

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  18. Hi,
    I am planning a trip to Iceland this April 2016. Can someone suggest me a person who can be our driver as well as a guide for us. I unfortunately do not know driving but very keen on making to Iceland. Would really be grateful to you all if someone gives a helping hand here. :)

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  19. Hi
    I will be in Iceland in a weeks time for a few days. I plan to see Reykjavik, golden circle and krator and staying in Hafnarfjörður. As these are very touristy areas I presume roads/weather would be suitable for me to rent a small car (without the need for a 4x4)?
    Thanks in advance :)

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    1. Hello, it is fine with a regular car but as I said, it is more secure if you hire a 4x4... A small one at least

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  20. In March our family of five (three teens) will be staying over for one night. With so many people and so little time renting a car sounds like the way to go...yes? Also, where should we stay and what should we see in that time?
    Thank you!

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    1. I would recommend you to check the Blue Lagoon and sleep one night in Reykjavík

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  21. Hey me and my partner are visiting iceland for a road trip at the end of April. Car Rental reviews online for Iceland are quite worrying. No one seems to have very good feedback from previous users. Is there anyone you could recommend.

    We will mostly be taking the ring road down to Vik but then heading north to the Golden Circle. Will roads off the ring road all be dirt tracks and involve river crossings?

    Thanks

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  22. We don't like to recommend companies since we try to just be "in the middle". Check reviews, prices and hope you will find the best car rental :)

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  23. Need a one way car rentals from Keflavik to Seyðisfjörður to catch a ferry to Denmark.
    Any suggestions?
    Thank you.

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    1. Difficult and expensive I guess...

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  24. Hey David, Thank you so much for all the reply first of all, they are really helpful.

    We are 8 friends traveling from 13May to 23May. We are confused between getting a van (9 Passenger, may be 2WD) or getting two medium size SUVs (4X4)s.

    We are doing the full circle of Iceland, including North. Comparing to smaller sedans, SUVs would be more safer, but will a Huge van be fine ?

    I really appreciate your reply

    Thanks

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    1. Hey! I would say it is better if you take 1 vehicle... You will save a lot in gas and you will be fine in a car like Renault Trafic... Good luck!

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  25. We have been to Iceland before, in March and then we were very happy to drive a 4x4. This time we plan a trip at the end of September/first week of October. We will be driving from Keflavik to Siglufjurdur and Myvatn area and fly back by domestic flight. We prefer a 4x4, but the prices for a one way drive are very high (+150.000-170.000ISK), because only the big companies offer this. So now we are considering a regular car (like a Volkswagen Golf). Would that be enough for the trip we want to do?

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    1. I would say it is enough but you never know about the weather conditions here in Iceland... Try to book with a local company a small SUV, I am sure you will find something cheap :)

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  26. I am traveling with 2 friends in mid-April 2016. We plan to drive to kirkjufell and the Snaefellsnes peninsula, then down to Vik and over to Jokulsarlon. I know you have essentially told everyone to get a 4x4 since the weather is unpredictable but is that still true in April? Is that true year-round? What kind of car do you mean when you say a "small 4x4"? Obviously, with 3, we don't really need a big SUV or car. Also, is it useful to get the rental car GPS?

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    1. Hi! You don't need a 4x4 but we always recommend to have one if you want extra security :)

      I would recommend you to talk with the car rental companies, they will guide you better than me. My personal opinion is to rent a 4x4 if you are traveling around Iceland from October to April...

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  27. We are a group of 10 people travelling to Iceland from 28th May afternoon to 3rd June morning.
    What will be the best way to travel? As I understand from your blog, the best will be to hire one vehicle. Do we get a minivan/ coach for 10 pax along with the driver as usually we have driven cars. Do we need 4X4. Any other suggestions from your side.

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    1. Hi! I would recommend you to hire 2 SUVs like Dacia Duster 4x4 since there are no vehicles for 10 persons in Iceland (if you just have the regular driving license)

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    2. Thanks for your advice.
      We are planning to cover south and west coast area.

      We are planning to book 2 4X4 vehicles like Toyota RAV 4/ Suzuki Vitara Automatic from the airport (Could not fine Dacia Duster - Automatic). Do we need 4WD for these areas or FWD is ok if we do not get 4WD?
      What insurance should we ask for as there are many different types of insurances have been mentioned. From your blog what I understand CDW which they all have is sufficient. Ian trying to check with my Visa credit card if they offer SCDW waiver.

      Any suggestions from your side?

      How to get the best car rental deals and also accomodation in Iceland?

      Daily we have kept approx 250-300 kms of travel - Will it be managable?

      Out of 10, 4 of us will be driving but in India we have steering on right side and we drive on left side of the road as opposed to european countries - Do you feel that can be managed? We are regular drivers in our country.

      We are planning to book diesel vehicles from mileage point of view. Is that fine or you feel there should not be much difference in Petrol/ Diesel.

      Thanks for your help.
      Regards.
      Raju

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    3. Wow! So Many questions!
      I would suggest you to write us in our forum at: http://icelandtravelforum.com

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  28. hi, thanks for the advice!
    an opel mokka would qualify as a proper 4x4 to venture into the westfjords in early may or it just looks like a bigger car but is as useless as a regular one?

    regards

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    1. I would choose a bigger 4x4... like Dacia Duster for example... Mokka is a very little 4x4 with almost nothing luggage space.

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  29. Hello - I'm travelling in July and have 8 days, 7 nights. If I want to drive the ring road, would you recommend booking it all on my own, or should I go through a travel group? If a travel group, who would you recommend?

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    1. I would recommend on your own 100%

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  30. david, thanks again for the reply about the mokka.
    luggage space is not our main concern, as it'll be only me and my wife traveling. worst case scenario we use the back seats as luggage space. my main worry is not being able to reach picturesque spots (in the westfjords for instance). a duster is +- twice the price we're paying for the mokka. do you think it'll be worthwhile?

    regards

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    1. I will choose Duster or Qashqai if you want to visit Askja or Landmannalaugar...

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  31. Hello, I'm travelling in 19 March to iceland. is it recommend for us to do ring road trip?

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    1. Yes of course! Be sure you hire a 4x4 :)

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  32. Hi, I'm travelling in 1 May to Iceland with my partner. We are planning to drive from Reykjavik to Jokulsarlon. Do we need small SUV or 4X4? We are looking at Suzuki Jimmy. Is it recommended?

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    1. It is enough with a regular vehicle
      I personally don't like the Jimmy, it is very small...

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  33. I'm traveling solo july 25-30 before heading out on a trek. I'd like to cover the south/south west as well as the snaefellsnes peninsula. It seemed too short of a time to cover the entire ring. Would you recommend a 4x4 or is a regular vehicle ok? And is it better to go solo versus with a travel group?

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    1. It is fine with a regular vehicle Melissa

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  34. HI David,

    Thanks a lot for the info! Helps a lot :)
    We (I and my partner) are traveling to Iceland on July 2nd to July 13th. We are mostly going to do the ring road, no F roads. I know you recommend a 4x4 - I can go for that - my main concern is which car company to choose. Any recommendations?

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    1. Hello, it will be fine with a regular vehicle. You don't need a 4x4 unless you will drive on F-Roads

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  35. Hello David,
    Thank you for all the great advice! Much appreciated! I know that you have commented on rental cars often...and I understand that you suggest travelers to rent a 4x4 vehicle. However, over my short stay from April 9th-15th, I will only be using the vehicle to drive from the airport to Reykjavik, then Reykjavik to Glacier Lagoon and back. Of course, we will do one day traveling the Golden Circle. The difference in cost of renting a 4WD vs a 2WD vehicle is pretty significant. Is this route doable safely in a 2WD? Thanks so much for answering another rental car questions!

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    1. If you are driving only these places you don't need a 4x4 ;)
      Just get a 2WD. Thanks for reading our blog!

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  36. hi David!

    My sister and I will be driving in Jun this year. We are going to Hella and then all along the west coast up to Akureyri and Mvytan (i think i spelled that wrong). For the most part staying on hwy 1 but will drive off it a little bit also. 4x4 recommended? Also, if you have any suggestions on must see places i would love to hear about them!

    Thank you so much for your help!!

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    1. Hi! I would recommend you a 4x4 only if you are planning to drive on F-Roads...

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  37. I am going to Iceland this coming May. I am 22 years old and going to be driving the ring road. Am I old enough to rent a 2W and will a 2w be fine for driving that?

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    1. You are fine, you can rent a 2WD and a 4WD in Iceland under this age :)

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  38. Hello David,

    Thanks for all the replies. I'm planning on taking a 2 day tour to Jokulsarlon but plan on staying there an extra night in early April . Is it wise to rent a car from Jokulsarlon or take bus? Do I need a 4x4 or 2wd will be enough?

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    1. I personally don't like buses in Iceland, they are not confortable and I believe it is better to have your own car so you can stop and enjoy every place you cross during your trip

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  39. Hi David,
    one quick question (which is the same you answered many times, but the period is slightly different so I'll bother you once again -sorry for that):

    we are going to do the ring road end April/beginning May, with just few detours to Husavik and Borgafjordur, of course weather permitting...do you think it is worth taking a 4X4 (big? or a Jimmy would do the trick?) or a 4X2 is enough?

    Thanks!

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    1. Are you driving on F-Roads? Let me know :)

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  40. Hi David! Great post - thank you for this info! I see you keep getting asked this same question a lot, but since each time it's a little different, I need to add one more...

    I'm traveling solo in the very beginning of September from Reykjavík to Jökulsárlón and back and trying to figure out if I can do 2WD, 4WD or if I need 4x4. I plan to drive the Ring Road most of the way, but I know with sightseeing in general, even with the Golden Circle, some of that will take you off the Ring Road. Having never traveled in Iceland before, I just wasn't sure what car was needed, and I don't want to get the wrong thing just because I want to save money (which I do, of course!). : ) Any thoughts?

    Thanks!

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    1. You don't need a 4WD, it is more than enough with a regular 2WD

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  41. Hi,

    I'm traveling solo at the end of November and staying in Reykjavik for a few days. Do you think its worth renting a 4x4 for a day or two? Would it be ok to go solo and any recommendations of places to drive (Reykjavik and back same day)?

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    1. I would recommend you a small 4x4 like Suzuki JImny, it is perfect for 1-2 persons...

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  42. Hi David!

    I have read through all your advice and they are great!

    We are a group of 6 looking to explore Iceland from 17th Aug to 24th Aug. We realised that it is still within the peak period so the car rental rates is really expensive. We are intending to rent a 5-seater instead of a 7 seater as the price difference is pretty extreme. We wanted to check if Iceland is strict about the number of people in the car? If it will be an issue.

    And also, as its still not the winter season yet, is there any place/attraction that you would highly recommend us to visit?

    And if there are any chances of us catching the Northern Lights.

    If you could help us, it would be awesome!

    Thanks for being so helpful!

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    1. Yes, Iceland is very strict and you will get problems with the police if you do this... I recommend you to check Dettifoss, Landmannalaugar and Askja.

      About Northern lights... you have to be lucky :)

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  43. Hello David,

    I'm planning to go to Iceland for 7 days in early July.

    Apart from Blue Lagoon and the "inside volcano" tour, my plan is to go Golden Circle, Vik, Jokulsarlon and all the way south to Djupivogur.

    Then from Djupivogur drive north to Dettifoss, Asbyrgi and Akureyri... and then from Akureyri go back to Reykjavik.

    I'm not planning to take F roads. For all this trip, do I need to rent a 4x4?

    Thanks
    ET

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    1. Hello, you don't need a 4x4. But remember to drive to Dettifoss by the west road, it is a non f-road

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  44. Hi David,

    We will be in Reykjavik from May 9-15. We had thought to make that our base but are wondering if that's the right decision.

    With 4 full days, what would you recommend we see? Should we consider 1 night out-of-town?

    Should we have a rental car the whole period?

    Fabulous that you're doing this work! Thanks!

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    1. Hi! I would recommend you to see South Iceland. 4 full days is perfect for that :) Please check our article about South Iceland

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  45. How is hitch hiking in your beautiful country?
    I imagine it is safe.
    Does anyone give tourists a lift? Is it possible to hitch to some of the more remote towns?
    thank you, Tom

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    1. It is 100% safe,
      you can go everywhere you want...

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  46. Hi david

    I am planning a trip from May 22 to June 1. I am planning on renting a vehicle, and was planning on renting a 4x4. But reading the article, it looked like most of the F roads are closed until Mid Jun. Since they are closed would it be safe to say that a 2wd car would be good enough?

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    1. A 2wd car is good enough if you don't drive over F-Roads :)

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  47. Hi David,
    How would you spend one day driving in South Iceland?
    Thanks for you help!

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    1. Where would you like to go? One day is not enough for a complete south Iceland trip...

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    2. We decided to go to (1) Blue Lagoon, (2) Reyjkavik and Food Walking Tout, (3) Golden Circle...so we'll have one more day to drive somewhere. South looked good but we're open.
      Ideas?
      Also once at Blue Lagoon, anything else to see while out there?
      Thanks!

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    3. When are you coming?
      I would recommend Landmannaluagar

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    4. Arriving May 10.
      Anything else near Blue Lagoon to see?

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    5. Oh, and we don't have a 4X4 car

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    6. Hi, I recommend you to check south Iceland. Take your 2WD from Reykjavík to Vik and stop by the waterfalls, black beach...

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  48. Hi,
    I'm heading to iceland on a tight budget on the 17th of April, I need to hire a car and found a deal for 4 days car hire 426 Australian dollars, is this a good deal, have you heard good things from this company?
    Any suggestions would be appreciated

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    1. What is the name of the company? Cars Iceland?
      Yes, it is a well know company and many readers recommend it...

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  49. Hello,

    Me and my wife plan to travel along the ring in early July starting from Reykjavik, going south and all the way back. Is it possible to cover this in 8 days ?
    If yes, will a mini car(like a chevy spark) be good for this trip ?

    Would this trip be incomplete if i miss onto the F-road experience ?

    Thanks in advance.

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    1. Hi! It is just "fine", 8 days & ring road...
      You can not do the F-Roads since you don't have much time ;)

      I recommend you planned the trip very well so you will not miss much

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  50. Hello, I will be in Iceland the end of August to mid September, will I be ok if I just hire a 2WD or do I need a 4WD. I know if I want to go to the highlands I need a 4WD but the cost is so much more so I might have to pass on going to that area.

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    1. If you will not drive over F-Roads you can just hire a 2WD.
      :)

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  51. Hi, very useful post!

    Which model do you recommend among the following one for F-Roads?

    - Dacia Duster 4x4
    - Suzuki Vitare 4x4
    - Nissan Qashqai 4x4
    - Toyota RAV4
    - Kia Sportage
    - Honda CR-V

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    1. If you want a cheap solution: Dacia Duster 4x4
      If you want to have the best option: Kia Sportage or Vitara

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    2. Many thanks for your prompt reply.
      Do you think that the Vitara performs better the Duster on F-Roads?

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    3. Vitara is better car, no doubts.

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  52. I'd definitely recommend you guys rent with Cars Iceland. We were using the car for the first time so we really enjoy the ride! Do not miss the chance and ask for the services of a local company rather than the big international ones!

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  53. Hi David.

    We are travelling to Iceland in July. There will be three of us. What vehicile should we rent for luggage space and some of the main Road #1.

    Thanks

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    1. I would say Dacia Duster 4x4 if you drive manual or similar. It is cheap and it is a good 4x4 :)

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  54. I have now used www.reykjavikauto.com on my trip to Iceland, excellent rates and car have been great. I found the staff friendly and welcoming. Airport pick up too, which I think is so much easier than offsite. Have been able to get great price as I booked ahead. Their cars are brand new.

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  55. H! David.
    We have 5 people will be travel in Iceland 2nd September to 8 September. We plan to visit the west and the south area, include Vik to Hofn, will it be ok if we just hire a 2WD or do I need a 4WD.Thanks

    Gwee

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    1. Hello Gwee,

      It is fine with a 2WD :)

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  56. we are traveling in July around the Ring Road for 8 days. Do not think we will go on F roads due to time constraint. What models of car rentals would you recommend for a comfortable ride (2 people)? I imagine there will be busses and traffic and we don't want to be blown off the road.

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    1. Hello! You don't need to drive over F-Roads if you have 8 days. I would recommend you a small car, the model is difficult to say because it is different depending on the car rental. For example: Kia Rio, Peugeot 108 or Toyota Yaris

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  57. Hi David,
    We are traveling with 7 adults + 1 infant.
    Do you think is there any motorhome could fit us?

    Regards,
    Andy

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    1. Hello,

      There are no vehicles for 8 persons in Iceland (sleeping places). I would recommend you to hire a big Camper and them a small one (2 vehicles).

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  58. Hello David,
    we are a young couple seeking to visit Iceland mid June. We want to make day trips from Reykjavik and visit:
    1. The Golden Circle
    2. Snaefellsnes Peninsula
    3. The south shore till Vik:
    4. Reykjanes Peninsula

    What type of car do you recommend? Do you recommend that me make any extra insurances except the CDW?

    Best regards,
    Sinziana and Alex

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    1. Hello! You will need a regular 2wd, if you want to save money I recommend you to book in advance ;)

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  59. Hi David,

    We are a group of 7 pax (only 1 driver) that will be travelling to iceland this mid-Nov. We will be renting a 9-seater car but my concern is if it can fit 7 large luggages (size btw 28" to 30")?

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    1. Hello! I think so, but it is better if you ask directly your car rental agency ;)

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  60. Hi David,
    What a great source of info. I will be travelling with my neice and we are thinking about a camper van. Do you have any recommendations for rental companies. We plan to drive the ring road in late May.

    Thanks for any information you can provide.
    Joanne

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    1. Hi Joanne! Thanks for your comment! We don't use to recommend companies sorry... Check our camper article and judge yourself!

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  61. Hello :)
    Are the dates mentioned above strict to open F-roads? We have plan to visit Landmannalaugar June 9th. Is there any "border" which we can not cross? What will happened when we will use road F208 before this date?

    Thank you for answer

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    1. Hello! It will be impossible if the road is close... It is simple, the vehicle will get stock and you will need to call 112... ;)

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  62. Hi, we just came from Iceland in a wonderful 12 days round trip. We had the car (Suzuki Jimmy 4x4) with Cars Iceland (www.carsiceland.com) and we did not have any problem at all. The car was ok for f-roads and it did work well for us (2 persons). Regards from Portugal

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  63. Hello, is it easy to reach by car the Landmannalaugar main hut to start a trek on our own ? My wife is worried we won't make it with a rental car...

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    1. I also have the same question! Is it possible to make it with a 4x4 like a Jimmy?

      Thanks :)

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    2. It is not difficult at all ;)

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  64. David,

    This is a very helpful service. We're doing a 2 day stop-over in Iceland (did the same last year). Last year we rented a car in Reykjavik & toured the Golden Circle & went to the Blue Lagoon. This year I'm going to rent at KEV. Do you know which companies are open around midnight at the airport? Also, we are planning to tour the South Coast (Vic, etc) one day and are looking for a shorter (maybe 2 hours) trip for our other day. Do you have any suggestions?

    Thank You, Jim

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    1. Hello Jim,

      Thanks for your comment. All companies or 95% are open 24 hours during summertime ;)

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  65. Hi David,

    Thanks for this very informative article. We are planning on a 10-12 day trip (1 Sep 2016). Is a 4x4 necessary at this time? More importantly I wanted to know which insurances are absolutely good to have.

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    1. It depends on your travel plans. I would say no but it depends if you are planing to drive over the highlands.

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  66. I am traveling with my boyfriend in the beginning of July. We have not yet planned our route. In July, will we be able to access the whole island without a 4x4?

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  67. Hello,
    I will be visiting Iceland in July first week and plan on traveling around the ring road. Would i need a 4x4 car or even a small car like Hyundai i20 is good for 2 people ?

    Thank you!

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    1. It is enough with a regular 2wd car 100%

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  68. What a wonderful resource! For a family of four (including 2 tall kids) with luggage and camping gear (4 suitcases and 2 large duffle bags) over 10 days, what vehicle would you recommend? I don't know if we will be using F roads, but I would like to keep our options open (either manual or automatic is fine). Thanks!

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    1. I would recommend you a 7 seater like Kia Sorento or similar, it is perfect for a ring road driving...

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  69. My wife and I will be traveling to Iceland in August and while we're very excited for our vacation, the one negative thing I've read time and time again relates to sketchy practices on the part of Iceland's rental car companies. Trip Advisor and other forums detail what can only be described as rental car horror stories... Customers describe being charged for bogus damages or pre-existing damages, some to the tune of thousands of dollars. What I have gleaned from these posts is to photograph and/or video the vehicle before you leave the lot to show the condition in which it was received, document every dent, ding and scratch on the paperwork and show the rental agent, and always take out the optional ash, sand and gravel insurance. David - I'd love your insight on the topic and I know you don't like to recommend specific rental car companies so if anyone else has suggestions as to a more reputable company or companies to avoid, I'm all ears and appreciate the feedback.

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    1. Hi!!!

      I am sorry I don't want to recommend a company. I can also say forums of trip advisor in Iceland are 100% manipulated, so it is difficult to trust a comment (50% are fake).

      What do i recommend?

      Check yourself, read reviews and choose local car companies... You will get more chances of getting a better deal and service

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  70. Hello, I am planning a trip to Iceland for my parents and myself in late July to early August for 2 weeks, and we are looking to rent a Suzuki Jimny 4x4. However, I read that other cars have higher clearance heights which works better when crossing rivers. Are there any of such instances where we will need to drive across rivers? And where are these places? Thanks a million!

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    1. I personally do not like Jimny, it is too small and it looks very insecure. This is my personal opinion... Just take a bigger one like Duster or Qashqai

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  71. Hello David. Great blog and thanks for your help with comments which is very appreciated and helpfull.
    I am travelling to Iceland with my couple at the end of August arriving on 21st night and coming back on 28th afternoon (6.5 full days).
    My question is whether you would recommend us a trip round the island or just the most touristic places around the South area.
    Also I would like to know if on that dates you would recommend us a normal 2WD car or a 4WD is recommended to drive throught this area to the main monuments by our own rather than arrange for excursions with private companies.
    Thanks for your reply :)

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    1. Hello Lele! Thanks for your comment!!!!! I recommend you a combination of South Iceland and Snaefellsnes. A normal 2wd is enough for your travel proposes :)

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  72. Hi David,
    Thank you for the significant information. Traveling for 21 days with two kids, planing to do the ring road and the western fjords. is it a suitable plan for 21 days? which 4x4 vehicle is most reliable? wouldn't like to have breakdown problems to handle..with kids
    Thanks

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    1. It is perfect for 21 days... I recommend always 4x4 vehicles :)

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  73. Thanks! which vehicle you think is better Nissan Qashqai or Ducia? (both 2015-2016 and almost the same price). Thanks you!!

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    1. Hello! They are both almost the same... I would choose Qashqai personally

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  74. David Hello,
    I'll be visiting Iceland during mid- till end August, with my two kids. We have 21 days yet I thought to skip the east and to have a more relaxed travel with time to feel the places and not just rush through. I therefore thought to cross from the south coast to myvatn area via F26 (or other?). I'm renting a 4x4 Qashqai, but since I'm traveling with kids and a sole car i don't want to drive the road without additional vehicle. Can you recommend an agency or a guided riding-tour / some sort of motorize accompanying that will drive the road with me for the day (is it a day travel?). Thank you very much in advance!

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    1. Hello! We don't like to recommend agencies sorry... It is better if we keep Iceland24 neutral 100%

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  75. Hey I am Travelling to Iceland from 11 to 21st September. It will be 4 of us and we want to do a ring road trip.
    Should we take a 4X4? What will we miss if we don do the F roads?

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    1. I always recommend 4x4... You don't need it but I always recommend a 4wd vehicle if you want to drive safer.

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  76. Hi David,

    I'm traveling to Iceland at the end of this week. Do you think it is necessary to purchase the additional dust/gravel/ash insurance protection when renting from Cars Iceland? We will be doing a lot of driving.

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    1. Hi! I always say insurance are like playing a lottery... I would take it just to be 100% safe ;)

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  77. Hello David, I've been reading your blog for the past days and I find it very very helpful. Thanks a lot for all the effort you put it into it! I have a question and I was wondering if you know the answer. I am planing to drive onto F26 for 2 days and while I know driving offroad if forbidden I was just wondering if there are spots where you can park along the road and set up a tent? My plan was to stop closer to intersection of F26 and F881. I really appreciate if you let me know your thoughts on this. Thank you!

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    1. Hello! I recommend you Nydalur :)

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  78. Hi David,

    Excellent post on Iceland very helpful!

    There are three of us travelling to Iceland in July...cars are very expensive especially split between the three of us only.
    We are staying in Reykjavik, driving up to Akureyri/seeing Lake Myvatn and then back down to Reyjavik. Would a Dacia Logan or Toyota Yarris Terra be okay? We want to stay away from the expensive SUV's. How is the road from RKJ to Akureyri/Lake Myvatn?

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    1. Hello! A Dacia Logan will be more than enough since we have good weather in July

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  79. Hello David, great website and suggestions. Early August me and my partner will visit Iceland for 2 weeks. We are planning on doing the ring road with side trips to Landmannalaugar, the Golden circle and driving road 35 (Kjölurroute) from Akureyi to Flúdir. Do we absolutely need a 4x4 for this trip as we do not hit F roads? And if so, is a Suzuki S-Cross fine for the job? Thanks in advance!

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    1. Yes, you need a 4x4. It is illegal not to do so and you will destroy the car :)
      S-Cross should be fine for this job (nice car by the way)

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  80. Dear David,

    Thank you for a blog. I've found it really helpful. We plan to visit Iceland during early September and encountered a slight problem, while planning our trip. Since we plan to start our trip along south coastline, until Jökulsárlón and will be going on our way back through Landmannalaugar, it will include F208 road. As I have read in your other post, F208 road from the south is tricky and you do not recommend to take a 2WD car. How bad is it, because we do not want to go all the way around, in order to take F208 from the north? Would appreciate your reply.

    Kind regards,
    Arthur.

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    1. You need a 4x4 car if you want to do this, 100% sure

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  81. Hi David,

    Myself and my boyfriend are travelling next week to Iceland for him to do the Laugavegur Ultra Marathon. We want to rent a car and are shocked at the high prices. I thought we'd definitely need a 4x4 to get there, then i read your comments and I was wondering whether the weather being nicer makes a difference and we can get away with something smaller?
    Thank you!

    Denisa

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    1. Yes, but Iceland has a special weather... Impossible to predict so I recommend you an economic vehicle

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  82. David, You certainly are an outstanding person to be answering all these questions. I'm going to add one, or two, more. My daughter and I will in in Iceland the fist week of August. We'll be visiting points on the Golden Circle as well as Solheimajokull glacier. Our hotel, ION Hotel, recommended we get a 4x4. This seems a bit excessive after reading all the above comments. I'm not sure if they recommended a 4x4 because the gravel road to the ION is a bit rough or what. Are you familiar with the road into the ION? And if so, what's your recommendation on a car for us? Thanks so much! Gail

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    1. I am not familiar but we always recommend 4x4 vehicles if you are planning to drive F-Roads like Landmannalaugar or Askja ;)

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  83. Hi, we have 5 people going to Iceland in late September for 8 days. Would you recommend a 4x4 and any particular models? Thanks!

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    1. I recommend you to have a economic 4x4, it is more secure

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  84. Hello David, congratualtions to your post!
    4 of us will go to Iceland between the 12th and 16th of October. Will spend there 3-4 days only. My questios is that we need the 4x4 or SUV car if only want to make and see the Golden Circle, Blue Lagoon and (if we lucky) Northern Light tour!
    Thanks,
    Peter

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    1. You don't need a 4x4 but I always recommend this vehicle if you want to be 100% more secure.

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  85. We are travelling to Iceland in August and would like to,know what would be the best vechicle to rent to go to the follwing places glacier hikes and climbs, inside the valcanoe, golden circle, Thingvellir National Park, Into the glacier, glacier lagoon etc. We were thinking of a Toyota Rav4 would be good. What is your opinion. Also is it neccessary to take all insurance coverage such as vechicle theft, wind and sand damage. Is this vechicle considered a 4 x 4

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    1. Hello! It is a perfect car for your itinerary :)

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  86. Horrible experience with geysir. Don't recommend them at all. They invented negligible damage to the car and charged me an arm and a leg. Can happen to anyone.

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  87. David S, just saying, your patience and commitment to answering every uniquely nuanced question about cars is admirable! Reading through this, I've now found my ideal car and route. Thanks for all your advice :) Monica

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    1. It is good to know Monica, I am trying my best to answer every question

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  88. Hello Davidwe will go to iceland big round circle root 14-23 oct ,4*4 small suv.Question1.is super cdw or premium cdw recommened
    2.Local car hire or world wide car hire is better on road sevice.
    3.Route to Dettifoss mostly in that time closed or opened.

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    1. 1. I recommend the max you can get, so you will drive as secure as possible. Everything is possible while driving in Iceland.
      2. Local car hire 100%
      3. Probably the western road will open

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  89. Hi David,
    My best buddy and I will be travelling Iceland for 10 days in August. As we dont really have a plan we thought that it might be the best to rent a car that has enough space so that you can sleep inside but then again its August and temperatures are in general higher. So, what car would you recommend that has enough place to sleep (2WD or 4WD) ot is this a silly idea as you can sleep in a tent all along? I am not sure if we need a 4WD as there is a lot to see already without hitting the highlands and F-roads but I might be wrong all together.
    Thanks a lot for your answer.
    best
    markus

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    1. Hello Markus, it is better if you ask directly at the rental companies. My experience says an Honda CRV suit your request as I have myself one and i sometimes do this ;)

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  90. Hi David, four of us have planned a trip from Hellnar to Skaftafell in July 2017. We are planning to hike in or around Snaefellsjokull park, Reykjanesfolkvangur, Thorsmork, and Skaftafell park. We aren't planning on crossing rivers with the car, but it seems like most of these areas are accessible only by F roads. Will we need a 4 WD to get to these locations in July, or will 2 WD be ok?

    Thank you for your blog. This is a terrific resource.

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    1. Yes, you need to get a 4WD. It is illegal not to do so

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  91. Hello, myself plus 4 friends are doing the ring road for 10 days beginning September. We are not sure if we will be driving on F-Roads but would like to rent a 4x4 in case we do. What is suggested to for add-on insurance purchases? I've seen a lot of rental companies offering CDW but should I make the extra insurance purchase for sand/gravel?

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    1. I would recommend SCDW so the self risk will go down...

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  92. Hello David,

    We are planning to go to Landmannalaugar and Askja while doing the Ring Road.
    I am hesitating a little bit in the choice of 4x4 in case of river crossing. Which one would you suggest for these 2 places ?

    Suzuki Jimmy, Suzuki Vitara, Dacia Duster, Kia Sportage, Honda CRV, Toyota RAV4

    Thanks in advance
    Pierre

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    1. Hello! I recommend you: Suzuki Vitara, Dacia Duster, Kia Sportage, Honda CRV or Toyota RAV4

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  93. Hi David, could you advise the possible road/weather conditions and safety precautions to take when driving between Reykjavik to/fro Golden Circle and Hofn/Jokulsarlon in late Nov-Dec? As it is our first time in Iceland, we are planning to keep strictly to Route 1 and paved roads.

    We are also thinking of hiring a 4x4 as recommended but read somewhere that they may be susceptible to being blown off the road in gusty winds due to higher c.g. Which 4x4 vehicles would you recommend in such cases?
    Jun

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    1. We recommend 4x4 during winter time. It is better in case of heavy snow, ice or strong winds... I recommend you Duster, Vitara, Qashqai, Sportage...

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  94. HI David, I and 3 adults are planning to travel in Iceland 10-14 October with day trips for the Golden Circle (Thingvellir), possibly to Snæfellsjökull (peninsula) and to Vik. Sightseeing and multiple stops along the way each day. No plans for offroading and only off the roads for parking areas or to take pictures. Do you recommend a 2wd or 4wd? If 4wd, is Dacia Duster the best option? What model for 2wd if recommended? Thanks for your blog!

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    1. We always recommend the safest option = 4x4 but I guess a 2wd is also enough. I hope you understand the answer

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  95. Hi
    Thanks for your blog!
    We plan to do the ring road with one detour to dettifoss, asbyrgi and husavik and another to snaefellsness peninsula. We also plan to visit fjardrarglafur on way to Hofn . We are travelling in July next year. Do we need a 4 wheel drive? We have little kid and no experience driving on unpaved roads

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