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        About Reykjavík

        Reykjavík is the capital of Iceland. Located in the southern part of the island surrounded by mountains including Mt.Esjan. Reykjavík is a small city full of life and wonderful culture that everyone needs to experience. Located in the heart of Reykjavík you will find Hallgrímskirkjan church. Also the main shopping street Laugavegur as well as Skólavörðustígur which have many great local stores and boutiques that is a must to stop in. As Reykjavík is a small city, you can easily explore all of what the city has to offer on foot. Not far outside of Reykjavík you will find many unique things to see and do, such as the Blue Lagoon, Golden Circle and Kjós. 

        Exploring Reykjavík is best done by foot, but if you want to explore all of what the northern part of Iceland has to offer recommend renting a car. Hiring a car in Reykjavík is easy and allows the freedom to drive to other beautiful places nearby.

        Basic info and car hire in Reykjavík

        • Location: South of Iceland
        • Population:  122.853  (2016) 
        • Official language:  Icelandic  (English is widely spoken in Iceland) 
        • Currency:  Icelandic Krona  (ISK)
        • Weather:   In Reykjavík, the temperature is mostly mild, winter 0-5 degrees and summer you will find it to be around 15 degrees. If you are looking for a warmer location in Iceland, we recommend the north of Iceland. 
        • Holidays in Reykjavík:   There are many great things happening each year in Reykjavík. Among a few of them, you will find Gay Pride and Inni Púkinn. If you are a music lover, you can also easily find local bands playing every weekend at bars and concert halls. 
        • Internet coverage:  Hotels, bars, restaurants and cafes offer Wi-Fi.
        • Road conditions:   The road condition in Reykjavík is mainly good. The roads in Iceland are in general narrow. In roundabouts, the cars in the inner circle always have the right when going out of the roundabout. 
        • Car hire in Keflavik:  Renting a car in Reykjavík is very easy. You will find most rental companies that offer either hotel delivery or provide a rental office located in the heart of Reykjavík. We recommend looking at Enterprise, Europcar, Alamo and Icerental4x4 in Reykjavík. 

        What to see in Reykjavík  

        There is much to see and do in Reykjavík! If you want to see the view over the city we recommend going to the top of Hallgrímskirkjan (It costs 1000 ISK per adult). You can also go to Perlan and see Reykjavík from the top, free of charge. In Perlan you will also find a zip line and a great museum and the worlds first indoor Ice Cave. If you are staying in Reykjavík for more than 2 days, we also strongly recommend going to one of its swimming pools. Swimming pools are a big part of the Icelandic culture, where you can swim, relax in the hot tub, go into the cold tub or enjoy the sauna and steam bath. If you are looking for local food and dishes going to Café Loki is a perfect place to have lunch. By the port of Reykjavík, you will find Harpa, the main concert and conference building in Iceland. If the weather is not at its best, you can go to Fly over Iceland and the whale museum. 

        • Explore Reykjavík

          Explore Reykjavík 

          Drive your rental car beyond Akureyri

          Reykjavík is a great city with many things to see and do. However, we strongly recommend that you take day trips outside of Reykjavík. Visiting the Blue Lagoon is only a 30-minute drive from Reykjavík. Going to the Golden Circle is a must-do in Iceland. If you would like to do more exploring around Iceland you can head to the south coast of Iceland, drive towards Vík í Mýrdal and see all the waterfalls and beaches that the area has to offer. 

        • Restaurants in Reykjavík

          Enjoy the culture in Reykjavík 

          Where to eat, drink and party in Reykjavík 

          Looking for a fancy dinner in Reykjavík? Here are some of our recommendations: Matarkjallarinn, Kol, Fiskimarkaðurinn, Sushi Social. You can find endless options to go out for a dinner in Reykjavík. Looking for fun? There is something suitable for everyone in Reykjavík! You can socialize, sit, observe other partygoers, or dance to the sounds of different musical genres. Reykjavík is not big, so you can easily afford a night wandering around bars and clubs, which will last until the early morning.

         

        FAQ

        What you need to know about renting a car

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        What do I need to rent a car in Iceland?

        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. 

        Find The Best Car Hire Companies In Reykjavík

        • Ace Rent A Car
        • Alamo Car Hire
        • Enterprise Rent a Car
        • Icerental 4x4
        • Mex Rent a Car
        • Northern Lights Car Rental
        • SurPrice

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