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"Car Rental in Iceland" Iceland Transportation Tip by Neurolove

Iceland Transportation: 163 reviews and 155 photos

  Narrow yet well-mantained road typical of Iceland
by Neurolove
  • Narrow yet well-mantained road typical of Iceland - Iceland
      Narrow yet well-mantained road typical of Iceland
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  • Remote section of road - Rt 939  - Iceland
      Remote section of road - Rt 939
    by Neurolove
  • Well-maintaned Ring Road (Rt 1) Just north of Hofn - Iceland
      Well-maintaned Ring Road (Rt 1) Just north of Hofn
    by Neurolove

I would like to preface this by saying that it seems essential to obtain a rental car if you really want to see what Iceland has to offer. The one exception may be if you have a lot of time on your hands, as it is still possible to see most of Iceland without one, albeit very time consuming and requiring much advance planning. There were two areas in particular that I wanted to see - The Westfjords and Northern Iceland (and also Grimsey Island, but not enough time). I knew I had to rent a car to fulfill my dream of seeing these areas given that I only had 6 total days in the country, and I found the best deals with Blue Car Rental. They are a smaller independent company, and as such they do not have offices directly outside the airport in Keflavik (as is the case with the big names like Budget and Hertz). Thankfully, they do deliver and drop off the cars throughout the Reykjavik area for a small fee. I paid about $65 USD/day for a Hyundai I 30, which was really a phenomenal little car and perfect for cruising about the country. Definitely check out this company, most others were at least $10 USD/day more, which certainly adds up over multiple days.
The roads in Iceland, when paved are excellent. Ring Road (Rt. 1), which circumnavigates the island, is generally in great shape, and gives you access to a majority of the country.
There are certain stretches of it on the Eastern side of the country that are a bit less maintained, narrow, and sometimes include stretches of unsealed gravel/dirt combinations.
Many roads that I found in more remote regions are unsealed, and in the Northern Westfjords can be a bit difficult to navigate, as there were recent small landslides in parts that left large rocks in the road.

Type: Car/Motor Home

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Nov 12, 2011
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