The great outdoors have attracted thrill seekers and adventurers since the beginning of time. As we have become more advanced so too has the camping experience. No longer are we stuck lugging around awkwardly shaped tent poles and backpacks bursting at the seams with equipment. This problem often plagues those who go backpacking or camping, especially in Iceland. The weather can turn in an instant, and being stuck outside in the rain while setting up a tent is nothing short of a nightmare. The modern outdoor enthusiast can choose a more straightforward route: an RV.
Renting an RV to explore Iceland has never been easier. Besides offering a slew of creature comforts, they also provide a way to plan a highly customizable trip. Signing up for a shuttled tour is great if you are limited on both time and money. The drawback of this is that you are beholden to their schedule, their destinations, and the other tourists. Go off the beaten path and plan an adventure in Iceland that you will never forget.
Before we go any further, there are some important distinctions about RVs that need to be made. The first image that is conjured in most of our minds when we see or hear RV is a motorhome. Motorhomes are the largest and the most luxurious of RVs (recreation vehicles). They generally have full beds, bathrooms, kitchens, and are outfitted with a dizzying amount of electronics. Driving a motorhome can feel like operating a submarine. Which can be interesting, but there is a multitude of different RVs that are utilitarian in their design and much easier to manage.
The second most common RV to rent for a trip to Iceland is the camper van. Camper vans are repurposed vans that have been retrofitted with sleeping cots, kitchenettes, and small living spaces. They are the most cost-efficient option, along with rental cars, and backpacking coming in behind them. Although I would not recommend the latter. Stick to an RV, you won’t regret it.
Camper vans and motorhomes are, in this writer's humble opinion, the most comfortable and reliable way to traverse Iceland’s rugged terrain. You can rent a car, but then you have to camp. And if we are all being honest with ourselves here, no one likes the hassle of setting up and breaking down a campsite. You save time and energy by renting an RV. Not only that, but you spend more time enjoying the great outdoors instead of struggling with it.
Iceland’s popularity has been exponentially exploding over the last decade, and as such, there are more and more companies to rent RVs from. Regarding renting a camper van, you can’t go wrong with Campervan Iceland or Happy Campers. Both are based out of Keflavík and offer a wide range of upgrades and financially attractive packages. It should be noted that Campervan Iceland also has some incredible motorhome packages for those willing to pay a little extra. Another motorhome rental company besides Campervan Iceland is Motorhome Iceland. Also based out of Keflavík, they offer 12 different camper van and motorhome options. The best part is that these companies have onsite support to help with any problems that may arise.
Camping in the traditional sense is slowly being phased out. With the world becoming increasingly connected, and sometimes more complicated, why not make things as easy as possible? Isn’t the reason for taking a trip to enjoy yourself? And the destinations that you have trekked to reach? Setting up the campsite of yesteryear can be burdensome and quite frankly is antiquated. Join us in the twenty-first century and rent an RV.
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