Car Hire in Iceland
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We can provide the best offers by comparing prices between all major car rental companies in Iceland. With our selected partners, you will find not only great deals but also car hire companies that provide excellent customer service and quality cars. Find a wide range of deals for economy, compact and luxury cars in Iceland. You can compare cheap prices in Iceland in simple steps. No hidden fees and 24/7 customer support. Cars with Unlimited Mileage, Theft Protection, and CDW insurance are included in the prices.
What to keep in mind when renting a car in Iceland
The minimum age to rent a car is 20 years old or to have held a driving license for a minimum of 12 months and with some suppliers for people over 75 years of age. Young driver fees may apply to many car rental companies for people under 25 years of age. This information is visible in the search engine with Orbit Car Hire. Accidents are something we do not control. Therefore, it is essential to keep in mind what kind of coverage you have. At Orbit Car Hire, you can buy additional coverage to travel around the Island without worry. In Iceland, you drive on the right side of the road. For the countries that drive on the left lane, this can be confusing but good to know before you begin the journey. You will only find one toll road in Iceland. A tunnel in the north between Akureyri and Mývatn called Vaðlaheiðagöng.
Pay attention to the weather conditions in Iceland. The weather can change quickly and is unexpected. A good piece of advice is to park the car in front of the wind on windy days in Iceland. During the summer months, it is important to pay attention to sheep. The fun fact is that Iceland has more sheep than people. Speed is important in Iceland, especially on gravel roads.
Find a cheap car hire deal in Iceland
Book a cheap car in Iceland and explore all the country's features. A great way to find a car for a low price is to book in advance. At Orbit, we have made agreements with some of the best international and local brands in Iceland for you to compare low prices for all seasons. By doing this, you are not only able to find cheap prices but also quality service to make your experience unique.
Looking to rent a car for pleasure or business? With our search engine, you can find low prices for all categories, from economy to luxury, mini-vans to SUVs so you will be able to find the car that suits your trip. With the search engine at the top, you can enter the pick-up and drop-off locations in the country, whether you are looking for a one-way trip or renting a car at an airport location. You will find low prices in the search engine with no hidden fees and filter your preferred transmission type. Book online and help you with our customer support team by phone, email, or Live Chat.
Best ways to travel to Iceland
Since Iceland is an island, there are two ways to enter the country, by aeroplane or ship. The most popular way to enter Iceland is by plane through Keflavik International Airport (KEF). Airlines often mention Reykjavík Airport, but Iceland only has one International Airport in Keflavik, located 30 minutes from the capital, Reykjavík. Many major airlines fly to Iceland, including their local airline Icelandair, EasyJet, Lufthansa, SAS, WizzAir, Air Baltic, and more. You can also come on the ferry Smyrilline that comes to Seyðisfjörður, located east of the island. Cruise ships also stop by Iceland at the port of Reykjavík, Ísafjörður and Akureyri.
Why hire a car in Iceland?
Renting a car means you are independent and free to explore all the beautiful and hidden places in Iceland. You can get a car at Keflavik International Airport, Reykjavík, or other attractive places in Iceland. With Orbit, you can hire a car in Iceland or anywhere. With cheap prices, we make your trip even better. Book a vehicle for your next trip to our site. We offer great deals and transparent prices with no hidden extras. On our easy-to-use website, you can choose the right vehicle for your trip to Iceland.
Information about Iceland
Iceland is known for its geological contrasts. It is often called the 'Land of Fire and Ice. Iceland is home to some of the biggest glaciers in the world and some of the most active volcanoes. In the summertime, Iceland has daylight 24/7 as it simply does not get dark, and in the wintertime, Iceland has almost no daylight in December. The longest day in Iceland is always around the 20th of June and the darkest day is around the 21st of December. Icelandic glaciers are, on average, 350 meters thick. The biggest glacier Vatnajökull is 8,000 square kilometres, and the second biggest, Langjökull, is 900 square kilometres. Most of the glaciers in Iceland are in the middle and south of the country. This is due to weather conditions in Iceland.
Iceland is also known for its endless waterfalls. It feels like a waterfall will be waiting for you everywhere you go. Some of these waterfalls are breathtaking to see. The most powerful waterfall in Iceland is Dettifoss. It is also known as the second most powerful waterfall in all of Europe, with a height of 44 meters. It is difficult to mention all waterfalls in Iceland, but we recommend seeing Skógarfoss, Seljalandsfoss, Gljúfrabúi, and Gullfoss.
Good to know in Iceland
- Maximum speed is 90km / h on paved roads, 80km / h on gravel roads, and 50km / h in urban areas.
- You drive on the right lane.
- Watch out for animals. Iceland has around 800,000 sheep.
- Drive carefully on Gravel Roads
- Watch out for speed cameras
- Icelandic tap water is safe and one of the best you can find.
One-Way Car Rental in Iceland
When finding offers through Orbit and its top brands, you can pick up the car at one location in Iceland and return to another location. A one-way fee may apply, and they are included in Orbit Car Hire deals when searching for a one-way trip. Our car rental companies in Iceland do not offer to return the car to another country. However, you can find domestic one-way rental options.
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Places to visit in Iceland
Icelandic highland roads are prevalent to visit, also known as F-roads. The highland roads are only open in the summertime, and opening hours can vary each year due to weather conditions. They are open from around late June until late September, and to explore the Icelandic highland roads, you must be on a 4x4 vehicle. When choosing your 4x4 vehicle for the F-roads, it is vital to choose a vehicle with good ground clearance. Popular vehicles in Iceland for the F-roads are Dacia Duster, Suzuki Jimny, Suzuki Grand Vitara, Subaru Forester, and Toyota Landcruiser. All have it in common to have 4x4, excellent ground clearance and power to handle the Icelandic highlands. There are many popular locations to see when exploring the Icelandic highlands.
Landmannalaugar is a very popular location where you can camp overnight and find many breathtaking paths to walk in the mountains. Travelling to Askja is also very popular when travelling to Askja. We recommend taking road F905 / F910 and not going road F88. This is due to the river crossing. In Iceland, the highlands roads have many rivers you must cross, so it is essential to be well prepared and choose the best roads.
Travelling to Kerlingarfjöll is also something to put on your bucket list. When going to Kerlingarfjöll, there are no rivers to be crossed, just a bumpy road. Kerlingarfjöll is a 1,477 m tall mountain range in Iceland situated in the Highlands of Iceland near the Kjölur highland road. It can be a short day trip from the Golden Circle and a great place for camping and hiking.
The Golden Circle has become a very popular route in Iceland. It is perfect as a day trip from Reykjavík or the beginning of a long road trip. The Golden Circle includes three prominent locations to visit. They are as follows.
- Þingvellir National Park
When going from Reykjavík, we recommend going from Mosfellsbær and beginning at Þingvellir. Þingvellir has two parking spaces. You need to pay when parking. From Þingvellir, you can drive to Geysir for a stop. And from Geysir, head to Gullfoss to look at the mighty waterfall. From Gullfoss, you can either go to Kerlingarfjöll in the summertime, or we also recommend visiting Flúðir and the area.
The South Coast of Iceland has many things to offer, and Golden Circle can be included here. Vík I Mýrdal has become the "Capital of the South" in Iceland. Near Vík, you can find many attractive locations that are worth seeing. Waterfalls such as Seljalandsfoss and Skógarfoss. The abandoned plane, Reynisfjara, near Vík í Mýrdal. If you go further than Vík, you will find Fjarðárgljúfur, which became famous after Justin Bieber recorded one of his videos there. From Fjarðárgljúfur, you can see waterfalls by Kirkjubæjarklaustur, such as Stjórnarfoss and Systrafoss. Heading from Kirkjubæjarklaustur, you can go to the Glacier Lagoon. The Glacier Lagoon is a popular location near Höfn í Hornafirði, famous for its lobsters.
Snæfellsnes Peninsula can be done in one day when heading north/west or from the North to Reykjavík. This can be done as a day trip or a two-day trip if going from Reykjavík. Snæfellsnes Peninsula has many breathtaking places to see. Such as
- Mt. Kirkjufell
- Skarðsvík Beach
- Vatnshellir Cave
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Most popular destinations in Iceland
2. Reykjavík Airport
3. Akureyri Airport
Best 4x4 cars in Iceland
Renting a 4x4 in Iceland is a great idea. It gives you the freedom to explore all of the Island and the F-roads during the summer months, and it gives you that extra safety while driving in the winter conditions. Here is a short list of 4x4 vehicles we recommend for your trip to Iceland:
- Dacia Duster
- Suzuki Grand Vitara
- Subaru Forester
- Toyota LandCruiser
- Suzuki Jimny
- Kia Sorento
What you need to know about renting a car
What do I need to rent a car in Iceland?
A credit card in the name of the main driver needs to be presented. A security deposit may be required while renting a car so the credit card must have sufficient funds. You can find details about the security deposit listed while booking the vehicle as well as on your voucher. It is important to have a valid driving license with the name of the main driver as well as additional drivers when it applies. An International Driving Permit is required in addition to a National Driving License if the National Driving License you or any of the Additional Drivers hold is not identifiable as a Driving License, eg, it is in a non-Latin alphabet (eg Arabic, Chinese, Cyrillic, Japanese). It can also depend on the country or car rental company you are renting with. If you have found a car on our website, you can press the rental terms link from the supplier for more information about driving license requirements. You will need to have identification with you such as a passport and ID cards. When you pick up your rental car you need to have your voucher with you.
How old do I need to be to rent a car in Iceland?
The minimum age to rent a car is 20 years old and with some suppliers for people over 75 years of age. Young driver fees may apply to many car rental companies for people under 25 years of age.
Do I need car insurance in Iceland?
Insurances are very important when renting a car and can be different between countries. When renting a car in Iceland with Orbit Car Hire the prices will include mandatory insurances in the country.
Do I need a credit card to rent a car in Iceland?
In most cases, a credit card is required to be presented in the name of the main driver. A security deposit may be required when renting a car so it is important to have sufficient funds on the credit card. When searching for a car at Orbit you can see credit card requirements from all our suppliers.
Do I need an international driving license in Iceland?
An International Driving Permit is required in addition to a National Driving License if the National Driving License you or any of the Additional Drivers hold is not identifiable as a Driving License, eg, it is in a non-Latin alphabet (eg Arabic, Chinese, Cyrillic, Japanese). It can also depend on the country or car rental company you are renting with. If you have found a car on our website you can press the rental terms link from the supplier for more information about driving license requirements.
How do I find the cheapest car hire in Iceland?
You can find cheap car hire by comparing prices with all major car rentals at Orbit Car Hire. A good idea can be to book in advance as the prices can increase closer to the travel period.
What is the cheapest rental car in Iceland?
You will find the mini car category or economy cars to be the cheapest car categories. Vehicles such as Hyundai I10 and Suzuki Jimny often provide the best prices.
What is the best car rental company in Iceland?
You may find excellent service provided by companies such as Europcar, Enterprise rent a car, Alamo, and Icerental4x4.
What types and makes of rental cars deals can I find in Iceland?
You will find car types such as mini, economy, compact, Full-Size and SUV cars. Popular rental cars are Hyundai I10, Toyota Yaris, Dacia Duster and Suzuki Vitara.
Does my rental car have unlimited mileage when I book it for Iceland?
Most car rentals in Iceland offer unlimited mileage in their offers.
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