How to Rent a Car in Iceland

Rent a Car in Iceland

As tourism to Iceland has risen in the past decade, car rental companies have been scrambling to keep up. This means that during busy times of year, there just straight up aren’t enough (good quality) cars for everyone who wants one. And if you wait until the last minute to reserve a car, your options are likely going to be limited to old clunkers or maybe even something worse. URL

When reserving a car for a trip to Iceland it’s important to consider the road conditions at the time of your visit and also where you are headed in the country. If you plan on hitting up the Ring Road or only traveling in the south of the island, a small or medium car should be adequate. However, if you’re planning on doing a self-drive tour of the highlands or heading out onto the F roads, you’ll want to reserve a 4×4 vehicle with enough ground clearance to make it over the rough terrain.

Winter Driving Tips: Safely Exploring Iceland with Your Rental Car

It’s also worth considering whether you need an international driver’s license to drive in Iceland. Most rental car companies will accept your home country’s license as long as it is in Roman English letters and has been valid for at least 12 months.

It’s always a good idea to check the local road conditions before you start your journey as weather events are common and can drastically change the driving conditions. Make sure to be aware of the speed limits and keep in mind that most Icelandic vehicles are manual transmission so make sure you’re comfortable driving stick if that’s the case for you.