Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Campervan Rental Guide

There’s nothing better than hitting the open road with friends or family. All you need is a full tank of gas, some road trip playlists on your phone or iPod, and a GPS to guide you on your way. Renting a campervan in Iceland and driving around the country’s Ring Road is one of the best ways to experience this type of once in a lifetime trip. So what factors should you take into account when renting a campervan? What amenities come standard? What are the best campervan rental companies in Iceland? Let’s look at what it means to rent a campervan so we can start planning an unforgettable journey around the small, Nordic island.

Man admiring scenery from his Iceland camper van rental

The Difference Between a Campervan and a Motorhome 

So what is a campervan exactly? To be perfectly honest, some people think it’s the same as a motorhome. This is not surprising given the overlap of many characteristics. While both are considered RVs (recreational vehicles), campervans are smaller, stripped down versions of a motorhome. Larger motorhomes have luxurious amenities such as a full dining table, a kitchen with food prep area and sink, and bathrooms with a toilet and shower. It’s an actual home on wheels. Some, but not all, campervans can have a few of these features.

Campervans are a no-frills, scaled-down version of this. They are vans (think the classic VW) that have been retrofitted to include sleeping arrangements in the rear. You essentially drive during the day and then head to the back of the vehicle when it’s time to sleep. Some campervans have sleeping arrangements that double as living areas during the day. Some are beds and nothing more.

The entire cabin is heated, so you’ll stay nice and toasty overnight while you are tucked in. Campervans are perfect for young people with a sense of adventure. You have the freedom that comes from not driving around a cumbersome motorhome and can stop anytime you like. Models like the VW California are especially popular for roaming around the country. Visitors who travel this way often choose to park at a campsite overnight.

Blue camper van with pop up tent

Campervan Features 

Campervans in Iceland come standard with heating and some with 12V power outlets or sockets. Check to see the number of outlets and if you need an adapter, invertor or additional inputs in order to have compatibility with 220V devices. Heating is usually provided by a battery that is separate from the one powering the engine. These Webasto heaters are recharged while the engine is on. You’ll need to drive for at least three hours per day to ensure that your battery doesn’t die in the middle of the night. You may also want to consider renting a portable Wifi router if you’d like to have access to the internet. Enquire with your campervan rental company about renting Wifi equipment.

Lastly, if you’ve decided to turn your trip into a camping trip, check the availability of a campervan with a pop-up tent on the roof. You’ll get the full camping experience without the hassle of setting up a tent at the campsite.

Best Campervan Rental Companies in Iceland 

Iceland’s popularity as a tourism destination has exploded exponentially in the last ten years. As a result, the rental market for cars, campervans, and motorhomes is a bit oversaturated. There are many different companies jostling for your attention. So how do you choose among the many options available? One way is through word of mouth. Google Reviews has a listing of all the major players in the campervan rental space in Iceland. You can see how many five-star reviews each company has received and read what their customers have to say. To help you, we’ve narrowed it down to a few companies that have an excellent reputation, good word of mouth, outstanding customer service, and positive chatter on travel forums.

Iceland camper van rental interior bed

In no particular order, here are our top six campervan rental companies in Iceland.

Campervan Iceland

Not only do they offer the best prices on campervans in Iceland, but their clients also praise them the high level of customer service they provide. This is a wonderful choice if you’re looking for an established company with a great reputation and even better prices. You can even rent a VW California and ride around the island in style.

GO Campers 

GO Campers also offers competitive pricing and has a wide range of vehicles. Their fleet features campers that sleep up to five people. They offer friendly and helpful customer service.

Camper Rental Iceland 

The clients of this company have had tons of positive experiences, and many of them are looking forward to returning to Iceland. While they haven’t racked tons of reviews yet, the ones they do have are great. We are big fans of buying local, and this family-operated company can help you plan the trip of your dreams.

Camp Easy

This family-run company has been around a long time. They focus on their clients and produce custom-built campers. Their camper designs are original, drawing upon their knowledge of Iceland, and focus on high-quality interiors.

Happy Campers

This is another family-run campervan rental company in Iceland. Like most businesses here, they offer discounts during the low season. If you’re looking to save money, come between the months of October and November and book with any of these companies.

Campers Reykjavik

This company is known for having the smaller vehicles you might associate with campervan rental. Normally fit for just two or three people, these adventure mobiles are just right for that dream road trip in Iceland. They understand travelers and want to make sure you have a fantastic time here.

Campervan Rental Guide 

So now you’re ready! Find the campervan that suits your needs, book it, and start planning your Icelandic itinerary. There’s a wide selection of vehicles available, so see which one fits your budget and desires. Happy driving!

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