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Small but beautifully formed, a campervan hire experience in Iceland is a joy. Its population may be just over 300,000, but three is still so much to see and do. Iceland tourism is thriving, with the world waking up to this destination of natural wonders, from volcanoes to lakes, mountains and a thriving entertainment scene. Just compare all the campervan, RV and motorhome rental brands with Motorhome Republic, so you can land the perfect, cost-effective deal for your northern Europe adventure.


Keflavik Airport offers service to and from many cities including Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Paris and London.

 

Fall in lava with Iceland

Perhaps one of the most famous aspects to Iceland is the volcanoes. Most notorious in recent times is Eyjafjallajokull which erupted in 2010, causing massive air travel disruption. There are 30 active volcanic systems in Iceland, but don’t worry – you can still get up close and personal with some of them. There are numerous volcano tours on offer, with breathtaking underground structures and formations. Completely unique to Iceland, seeing the volcanoes has to be on your ‘must-do’ list.   

 

Tourism thriving as campervans & RV's hit the road

Stuck between the North Atlantic and Arctic Ocean, Iceland is certainly isolated in northern Europe, but tourism is growing year on year. Known for its geothermal energy, hot springs and geysers, the land of fire and ice is also blessed with the capital Reykjavik. While you can go diving or visit the empires of glacial ice, the diversity of restaurants and bars is very surprising. But be aware that eating out can be very expensive. Due to the country’s isolation, many goods are imported and that’s not cheap!


Mt Kirkjufell Aurora Borealis Iceland
Mt Kirkjufell Aurora Borealis Iceland
 

A welcome for your motorhome hire in Iceland

There are many reasons why Iceland is an award-winning country in terms of holiday destinations: friendly people, a fantastic atmosphere and its attitude to campervan travel are just a few. Wild camping is easy, with sites located in the mountains and hills of the smaller towns – just be careful you’re not on private land. If you are, check with the local farmer, you’ll probably get lucky for the night. Here are some recommended road trips for your Iceland camper holiday:

  • Golden Circle: Around 300km, you travel from Reykjavik in the south-west into central Iceland. Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss waterfall and various geysers will keep you entertained.

  • Glacial Lagoon: Jokulsarlon lake is at the head of a glacier, in the south-east of the country. A major tourist attraction, the views of the ice cap are a sight to behold.

  • Whale watching in Husavik: This is the place to go for whales in Iceland. Located north, you can journey there in your motorhome rental via the west coast from Keflavik International Airport. If you head east, it’s a slightly longer route!

 

Chill factor

As most people are aware, it’s a pretty cold climate in Iceland. However the weather can be very pleasant in summer, with warm days topping 20 degrees. But at any other time during the year, wrap up accordingly.


Westfjord Iceland
Westfjord
 

The best deal for Iceland camper rental

Compare all of the top RV & campervan hire brands with Motorhome Republic, so whether you’re looking for a cheap motorhome hire or there’s a certain type of campervan you’re after, our network covers the globe. We can even filter your selection so you know you are picking up from Keflavik Airport. Motorhome rental insurance is also dealt with by our expert customer service team. The quicker you book, the quicker you can experience all that Iceland has to offer. Happy camping!


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Visiting Iceland - Your Guide to the Scandinavian Isle

Iceland is easily one of the most naturally wild and beautiful countries on the planet, and there’s no better way to see it all than on a road trip. Whether you’re picking up a campervan hire in Iceland to drive the Ring Road, the Golden Circle, or something else, you’ll love the endless waterfalls, hot springs and breath-taking landscapes along the way.

 

As tempting as it is to just get in your camper rental in Iceland and just drive away, it’s important to plan your trip in terms of timing and safety before you go.

 

Here’s our quick guide for all the background information you’ll need for a successful road trip with your motorhome rental in Iceland.

 

Best times of year to visit Iceland

It’s hard to say when the ‘best’ time of year is to try a campervan rental in Iceland, but there may be a time of year that is simply best for you. Each season has its pros and cons, so it really depends on what you’re looking for!

 

Iceland’s summer is in June, July and August, and this is easily the busiest time of year. Averages temperatures in the capital Reykjavik reach roughly 10 degrees Celsius (around 50 degrees F), so while it’s not exactly tropical, it is the warmest time of year. Notably during summer, the highland roads will open and a number of attractions and tours will open that close during other times of year due to inclement weather. Plus, this is one of those special places in the world where you’ll see the sun out at midnight in mid-summer. That said, the roads are busiest at this time of year and tours fill up quickly so get your Iceland campervan or motorhome hire locked in as soon as possible.

 

Autumn, through September, October and November is a favourite time of year to visit Iceland for many. You’ll certainly find lower prices on everything you do during Autumn, and there will be fewer other travellers in the country during this time as the nights become longer and the temperatures drop. While it certainly is colder, the weather will usually remain above the freezing level on average, so if you can rug up warm you won’t have much to worry about. The colours at this time of year are spectacular, but note that big storms can alter travel plans.

 

You might expect Iceland to shut down completely during winter, but quite the opposite is true. While the weather will average around the freezing point throughout December, January and February, it will also bring snow-covered landscapes and vistas of unimaginable beauty. You can usually travel throughout the country in your campervan or motorhome rental at this time of year but note that you should give yourselves extra time in case of storms or other weather-based disruptions. And the two biggest drawcards for Iceland in winter? The Northern Lights and their spectacular shows, as well as the chance for a wintry Christmas in Reykjavik.

 

Spring, through March, April and May, will start to see the country thaw. There are fewer crowds than in summer but as the days warm up you’ll get to enjoy more of the outdoors and longer sunshine hours than through the winter. It is Iceland though, so there can be some pretty unpredictable weather throughout this season.
 

The stunning driving landscapes of Iceland
Experience Iceland Highway's like this in your campervan hire
 

How much time do you need to explore Iceland?

There are two main trip options when you hit the road with an Iceland camper rental - the shorter Golden Circle and the longer Ring Road. The Golden Circle is just 300 kilometres from Reykjavik, so you can easily take the tour within a day or two. The Ring Road is a 1,300-kilometre route that circumnavigates the island, and can take up to two weeks.

 

If you’re looking to do both of them and spend some time exploring the capital before you leave, you’ll likely need around three weeks. Remember that if you’re travelling in winter, it pays to allow for extra time just in case storms slow you down.

 

Iceland driving tips

To drive any vehicle (but most importantly a motorhome rental) in Iceland, you will need your own valid national driver’s licence. Anyone with a licence from the US, Canada, or the European Economic Area (EEA) is fine with their own licence, and people from other areas are still able to drive here provided their permits have a licence number, a photograph, a valid date, and is printed in Latin characters. If your nation’s licence doesn’t meet any of these requirements, you’ll need an International Driving Permit instead.

 

Speed limits in Iceland are usually 50 km/h in cities and towns, 80km/h on gravel roads and 90km/h on sealed open roads. Keep an eye out for warning signs such as those for sharp bends, and always drive to the conditions as they can change suddenly in Iceland.

 

In Iceland, you will have to drive on the right side of the road. If you are not used to this, ask your passenger/s to help remind you.

 

The mix of tough conditions, incredible views and endless attractions to get to can put the pressure on the driver of your RV rental in Iceland. Even though you may way to get to next destination sooner, it’s important to take regular breaks (aim for every two hours or so) to avoid driver fatigue.

 

Public holidays in Iceland

When planning your Iceland RV rental, keep an eye out for local public holidays. These will mean busier roads for locals on holiday, and it could mean various attractions are closed.
 

  • New Year’s Day - January 1

  • Maundy Thursday - varies (first Thursday before Easter Sunday)

  • Good Friday - varies

  • Easter Monday - varies

  • First Day of Summer - First Thursday after April 18

  • May Day - May 1

  • Ascension Day - varies (40 days after Easter)

  • Whit Monday - varies (seventh Monday after Easter)

  • Independence Day - June 17

  • Commerce Day - First Monday in August

  • Christmas Eve - Afternoon of December 24

  • Christmas Day - December 25

  • St Stephen’s Day - December 26


Godafoss falls, Iceland
Godafoss Waterfall - Iceland

Camping in Iceland

There are a large number of campsites and caravan parks located throughout Iceland. However, many of the campsites close down through the colder months and are only open from early June to the end of August, so you will need to check that your planned destination is open before you arrive in your Iceland campervan rental if you’re travelling in the off-season. Also, it’s advisable to book ahead if you’re travelling during summer (peak season) as this busy period can fill campervan campsites quite quickly.

 

If you’re on the road in Iceland and can’t find a campground to stay in overnight, you can park your motorhome in most places - it’s known as ‘wild’ camping. You cannot park close to cultivated land, protected areas or residential buildings, and it’s best to find somewhere well off the road for safety. This rule only applies for one night however, to be sure to be on your way in the morning.

 

For those travelling by motorhome in Iceland for more than two weeks, it may be a good idea to invest in a Camping Card. This card offers an affordable option for travellers for up to 28 nights in 41 camp sites around the country (provided those camp sites are open). At a cost of 110 Euros, the card is valid for motorhomes with two adults and up to four children.
 

Safety tips

  • Any road marked as an ‘F- road’ is only suitable for 4x4 vehicles 

  • Never stop on  the road to take photos (many areas are very narrow) 

  • Plan for sudden weather changes by stocking up on food and amenities 

  • Hire a 4WD if  you are unsure as many roads are unsealed



Plan Your Trip - Everything you'll need for your Iceland Campervan Hire Roadtrip

It can be easy to get stuck in a rut, holidaying in the same old places every year just because it’s easy. But for those who want to break the mold and try something new, there are many places in the world that are just waiting to blow your mind. Iceland is one of those places. This is a land of mythic qualities, with fantastical ice caves, powerful volcanoes, immense glaciers and picture perfect waterfalls. Even the language spoken here is ancient, having hardly changed since Vikings arrived more than a thousand years ago. Iceland truly is a destination that can offer the trip of a lifetime, though it’s not always easy to know how to get the most out of your time here. While opting for a campervan hire in Iceland will allow you to stick to your own schedule and take your time enjoying the sights, the sheer amount of incredible things to see and do can be a little daunting. So for those who would like a little guidance, we’ve compiled a comprehensive companion to motorhome holidaying in Iceland. Enrich your experience with local activities and events, craft your route with detailed itineraries and discover a wealth of online material that will give you the tools to create your ideal Iceland vacation. If you’re hunting for information on campervan rental travel specifics like where to dispose of your waste, and how to find the nearest rest area, click the On the Road tab above. 

 

Itineraries

If you’re wondering how exactly to tackle this spectacular island nation, this is the place for you. Even if you’ve already decided where you want to go, you might be surprised to find destinations and attractions that you’d never considered before. From an all encompassing trek around the Ring Road, to journeys that will introduce you to the marvels of Iceland in just a few days, it’s easy to find an Iceland campervan hire trip that will suit your schedule and travel-style down to a tee.

 

Reykjavík to Reykjavík - the Ring Road

For those who have a few weeks at their disposal and want to dive into all that Iceland has to offer, there is no better option than jumping on the Ring Road and circumnavigating the island. This will treat you to an overwhelming array of natural beauty: from the “Geysir” after which all geysers are named, to glistening blue caves that lie at the heart of ancient glaciers, Iceland is bursting with unique sights and experiences which can be discovered in a motorhome rental along the Ring Road.

 

The Golden Circle, Hot Springs and the Blue Lagoon

Most Iceland motorhome hire road trips will start out in Reykjavík, and it’s well worth taking some time to enjoy the restaurants and clubs of the nation’s capital city before hitting the road. If you’ve only got four or five days to spare, consider spending a day in Reykjavík before setting out for the ancient history and impressive landscapes of Thingvellir National Park. You could even see the magnificent Gullfoss waterfall before you return. Another day should definitely be devoted to discovering the hot springs of Reyjkadalur Valley. Part of the journey will involve either hiking or horseriding, so make sure you bring your bathing suit along to reward yourself with a relaxing soak at the end of the trail. Consider heading to the Blue Lagoon for your final day - this striking, milky blue geothermal lake is one of Iceland’s most popular attractions. If you’re in the mood to treat yourself, you can even enjoy spa treatments plus a delicious meal at the restaurant there.

 

Glaciers and Volcanoes

If you have about a week to discover Iceland, consider driving east from Reykjavík to delve into the wonders offered by one of the most spectacular stretches of the Ring Road. Game of Thrones fans in particular will relish a tour of Svínafellsjökull Glacier, where many of the scenes “north of the Wall” were filmed, but you don’t have to have seen it on a TV show to be blown away by this starkly striking icescape. The road between Vik and Höfn is an experience all by itself, but don’t forget to stop halfway in your Iceland campervan hire at the Skaftafell Visitor Centre, the gateway to Vatnajökull National Park. A bit further up the road, Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon is waiting. This fascinating glacial lagoon is strewn with icebergs, making for a unique sight that you’re unlikely to find the equal of anywhere else in the world. On your way back to Reykjavík, make sure to stop in at the Hekla Center for excellent views of one of Iceland’s most active volcanoes - you can even check up on its seismological activity and learn about the violent history of Hekla, which during the Middle Ages was known as the Gateway to Hell. Round all this off with trip to Thingvellir National Park to see where the Icelandic parliament was held for centuries before returning for a well deserved wind-down in Reykjavík. 

 

Events

It's easy to forget that there’s more to Iceland than just stunning scenery but there’s no question that if ‘seeing the sights’ is all you’re going for with your holiday, you’ll be missing out on a large part of what Iceland really is. However, those who are keen catch some of the country’s events along the way will be treated to a much more whole picture of what this nation is all about. Get involved with the local scene in Iceland and you’ll soon find that your motorhome rental holiday will go from merely mind-blowing to eye-opening.


Festivals
  • Reykjavík International Film Festival. One sure way to get a good grasp on the culture of a country is to attend one of their film festivals. The Reykjavík International Film Festival is held every September for eleven days and screens films from more than 40 different countries. If you’re visiting Iceland at the start of autumn, make sure you stick around Reykjavík long enough to catch a local film or two before gallivanting off into the wilderness in your RV rental.

 

  • Iceland Airwaves Music Festival. If you’re one of those brave souls willing to visit Iceland when the days shorten and the cold of winter is waiting grip the country, the Iceland Airwaves Music Festival the perfect way to shake off the chill. Taking place in early November, Airwaves is primarily a celebration of new music, and has hosted bands like Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Of Monsters and Men, Thievery Corporation and Sigur Rós in years past. 

 

  • Bræðslan Music Festival. Most visitors come to Iceland in the summer and grab a campervan rental, when the country is at its most verdant and the waterfalls are at their most magnificent, which means that you may well arrive in Iceland in time for the Bræðslan Music Festival. In contrast to the slick city setting of Airwaves, Bræðslan has a distinctly small town vibe. Set in Borgarfjörður eystri on Iceland’s east coast, a village with a tiny population of less than 200 souls, and held in a venue that is used as a fish factory for most of the year, the festival focuses on crafting an enjoyable experience for locals and guests alike. 

 

  • LungA Art Festival. Summer visitors with a creative bent have the chance to feed their artistic side at LungA Art Festival, which has grown from a tiny gathering of 20 people to an event which sells out every year. With creative workshops, exhibitions, a concert and more, this is great way to get face to face with the local arts scene.

 

  • Menningarnótt (Culture Night). Held every year in Reykjavík during August, this massively popular event attracts almost a third of the country’s population and offers a richly diverse array of cultural events, presented by theatres, museums and other institutions - traditionally rounded off by a spectacular fireworks display. 



Sport

  • Reykjavík Marathon. Obviously if you’re heading to Iceland for a holiday, you’re unlikely to be running a marathon while you’re over there. But the Reykjavík Marathon is scheduled in conjunction with Culture Night, so you might like to stand on the sidelines and admire the display of true grit before indulging in the cultural offerings that the evening brings.

 

  • Strength sports. Despite the fact that Iceland is a very small nation and one which is perfectly suited to a campervan hire roadtrip, it has distinguished itself when it comes to feats of strength. ‘Glima’, an art developed by the Vikings, is still alive and well today with several variations on the discipline ranging from strictly regimented sport to combat martial art. Another impressive display of northern strength is Iceland’s Strongest Man contest. Many of the top contestants from this competition have gone on to win the World Strongman Challenge among many other international titles, which quickly established Iceland’s Strongest Man as a world renowned benchmark for feats of strength. If you’re in the country while one of these events is on, it’s a chance to see some truly mind boggling examples of pushing the human body to its outer limits.

 

  • Football. The international profile of Icelandic football received a huge boost when the national team knocked England out of Euro 2016, but football was a big deal in Iceland long before the world took notice. This is the most popular sport in the nation, and between May and September you may be able to catch a Úrvalsdeild karla match to see some of the country’s best footballers in action. 



Food & Wine

  • Food & Fun Iceland. Although February and March aren’t peak visitor months for Iceland, those who are willing to brave a little bit of chill in a campervan rental will be rewarded with an experience that foodies everywhere will envy. Every year, chefs from Europe and the US come to Iceland and team up with local restaurants to create delicious gourmet dishes at affordable prices. All ingredients are fresh and locally sourced, and the event now attracts international attention - not to mention many local and foreign diners keen to sample the mouth-watering creations on offer.


Activities

One of the best things about travelling to new country is getting the chance to do things that you can’t do anywhere else - and Iceland certainly brings a lot to the table when it comes to opportunities for out-of-this-world activities. Choosing a motorhome rental for your Iceland vacation gives you the chance to take advantage of far more of these opportunities than you might otherwise be able to, thanks to the flexible schedule motorhome travel lends itself to. Keep reading to discover just a few of the activities you could dive into during your time in Iceland.

 
Outdoor spaces
 
  • Thingvellir National Park. Not only was Þingvellir (commonly anglicised as Thingvellir) the site of Iceland’s parliamentary assembly for almost a thousand years, Thingvellir National Park offers visitors plenty of opportunities to get out and about in nature while travelling around the island in your campervan hire. Hikers can discover numerous trails throughout the park and some trails even allow horseback riding. Perhaps more surprisingly, diving is also popular in Thingvellir National Park. There are two rifts main rifts which attract divers, but one in particular has attracted international attention. Silfra is a rift between two major tectonic plates, filled by underwater wells. The quality of the water is so pure that it affords the some of the clearest diving conditions to be found anywhere in the world. There are even parts of the rift where you can place one hand on the North American Plate and the other on the Eurasian Plate - certainly not an experience you’ll encounter every day. 

 

  • Black Sand Beach. Those taking their Iceland RV rental all the Ring Road will eventually come to Vik, the nation’s southernmost village. Vik’s beach, known as Black Sand Beach or Reynisfjara, has been lauded as one of the world’s most beautiful beaches, in spite of its distinctly non-tropical location. Not only does the stark black of the sands give the entire shoreline an otherworldly feel, the towering basalt columns (which according to mythology are two trolls who were caught by the rising sun) add to the majesty and mystery of this place. Just remember to be careful around the shore, as rogue waves have been known to surge up and sweep people out to sea. 


 
Waterfalls

While almost every country has a scenic waterfall or two, Iceland puts the rest of the world to shame with its profusion of gorgeous cascades. A visit in your motorhome rental to at least one or two of these beauties is essential before you conclude your time in Iceland. 
 

  • Gullfoss. Just an hour and a half east of Reykjavík in a campervan hire, Gullfoss is one of the biggest tourist attractions in the country. The sheer power of the glacial water thundering over the falls is breathtaking, and when the sun comes out it becomes obvious why Gullfoss is called the Golden Falls, as sun turns the sediment heavy water a rich gold colour. 

 

  • Seljalandsfoss. While Seljalandsfoss is not one of the country’s largest falls, it is undoubtedly one of the most photogenic. Recognised as one of Iceland’s natural wonders, the waterfall drops 60 metres into a moss ringed pool, and visitors can follow a path into a small cave behind Seljalandsfoss to look out from behind the waterfall - on a sunny day, you may even spot a shimmering rainbow.

 

  • Skógafoss is one of Iceland’s largest waterfalls - like Seljalandsfoss, it drops 60 metres, but it’s also 25 metres wide. Pouring over edge of what were once coastal cliffs before the sea receded, Skógafoss offers more than just sightseeing. Stairs next to the waterfall lead all the way to the top - you’ll need a decent level of fitness but those who make it up the 400 or so steps will be rewarded with an epically expansive view.

 

  • Goðafoss. Reminiscent of Africa’s Victoria Falls, this is arguably Iceland’s most visually spectacular waterfall. Although Goðafoss is impressive at any time of year, late spring is a particularly good time of year to visit, when icicles fringe its sides. Set only five minutes from the Ring Road, these falls are very easy to get to and should be a strong contender for inclusion on almost any Iceland motorhome roadtrip itinerary.


 
Glaciers

While the flowing water of Iceland’s waterfalls entrances countless visitors every year, there’s another kind of water that provides even more spectacular views. Iceland is home to a host of glaciers, immense rivers of ice which have dominated the land from time immemorial. 

 

  • Eyjafjallajökull glacier. This particular glacier is more well known for what lies beneath than the ice itself. Serving as an ice cap for the Eyjafjallajökull volcano, which came to the attention of the world in 2010 when it stopped flights across Europe with an enormous cloud of ash. The volcano is still very much active but it is being closely monitored by the Icelandic Meteorological Office. 

 

  • Vatnajökull glacier. This is Iceland’s largest glacier, and along with its surroundings has been declared a national park. Hiking in the park is a popular pastime in the summertime and tours onto the glacier itself are available for those who want to get up close and personal with one of Iceland’s most striking natural features while travelling in a campervan hire.

 

  • Langjökull glacier. Located in the highlands of Iceland, Langjökull is immense, second only in size to Vatnajökull, and can be seen from Haukadalur, the valley which is home to many of Iceland’s most famous geysers. Even if you can’t get to Langjökull itself, you should definitely keep an eye out for it while in your campervan rental when you visit the geothermal waterspouts of Haukadalur.

 

  • Snæfellsjökull glacier. This glacier, which lies across the top of an active volcano, is one of the major draws for visitors to Snæfellsjökull National Park. It’s not the only reason to head to the park though. Many people explore the coastline, while others come here for the abundant birdlife. The raw and jagged features of this volcanic region will also be of interest to those with an eye for geology. 

 

  • Mýrdalsjökull glacier. Located almost directly north of the coastal village of Vik, Mýrdalsjökull offers visitors the chance to mix sightseeing with a bit of adrenaline. Jump on a snowmobile and blast across the glacier - you can opt for a one hour trip that’s ideal for families or enquire about longer tours that are a little more on the adventurous side. 


 
Architecture, Culture and History
  • Hallgrímskirkja. Those with an eye for architecture won’t want to leave Reykjavík behind in a campervan rental before catching a glimpse of Hallgrímskirkja. This striking structure soars above the surrounding structures with a height of 73 metres and is the second tallest building in the country. Constructed in the mid-20th century, the Lutheran church is one of the city’s most recognisable landmarks. 

 

  • Volcano HouseIceland truly is a land of fire and ice, one of the most volcanically active places on the planet. Reykjavík’s Volcano House gives you an interactive insight into the powers that lie beneath the surface of this island. Kids and adults alike will appreciate the displays and exhibitions on offer, and it’s a great place to go at the start of your journey as it will give you a deeper appreciation for the wonders you’ll see along the way.

 

  • Icelandic Phallological Museum. This attraction isn’t for the dainty or faint of heart. The Icelandic Phallological Museum is home to the world’s largest collection of penises. With 280 specimens from 93 different species, this collection is nothing if not comprehensive. Blue whales, hamsters, horses, rats and reindeer are all represented - and yes, there’s even a human specimen. 

 

  • National Museum of Iceland. If it’s a slightly more traditional museum experience you’re after, the National Museum of Iceland in Reykjavík is the perfect choice. The museum’s permanent exhibition gives a fascinating and richly illustrated insight into Iceland’s history, from the earliest Viking settlements to Icelandic culture today - there’s also a variety of high quality temporary exhibitions on display at any one time. Thre is plenty of parking on the streets of Reykjavík to leave your campervan rental while exploring the local museums.


 
Outdoor pursuits
  • Skiing. One of the benefits of Iceland’s northern location is the fact that ski resorts can stay open for half the year. The very best ski conditions can be found between mid-February and the end of June, in the north of Iceland. The days may be short earlier in the year, but the resorts are flood-lit so lack of light won’t be a problem. There are even prepared trails for those who want to try out the Nordic art of cross-country skiing.

 

  • Hiking. A whole article could be written on hiking opportunities in Iceland, but there are a handful of trails which are particularly popular. Thingvellir National Park and Vatnajökull National Park both offer excellent hiking opportunities, while the Fimmvörðuháls hiking trail has become increasingly popular due to the volcanic activity of Eyjafjallajökull. Those who are seeking a multi-day hike should seriously consider Laugavegurinn - a four day hiking trail which will treat you to a colourful variety of wild landscapes. Be aware that this is suitable for more experienced hikers, as weather conditions can quickly increase the challenge. No matter where or when you’re hiking in Iceland while travelling in your motorhome rental, make sure you have enough food, drink and warm layers, and let someone know of your plans.

 

  • Diving. The Silfra rift in Thingvellir National Park, mentioned above, is by far the most popular place for divers, due to its unparalleled visibility and position between two major tectonic plates, but it’s not the only amazing diving opportunity in Iceland. The Reykjanes Peninsula offers some of the best ocean diving to be found anywhere in the country. A stunning array of marine life can be found, from wolf fish and scorpion fish, to crustaceans, nudibranchs and starfish. Diving around hydrothermal vents is also popular: Kleifarvatn Lake and Strýtan in Eyjafjörður are two of the most popular underwater thermal diving locations, offering a unique warm water option for adventurers.

 

  • Boat tours. Even if you’re not so keen to get into the water during your time in this northern nation, spending some time on the waves is still a great opportunity to see Iceland from a point of view that a motorhome rental can’t provide. A number of whale watching boat tours leave from Reykjavík, ideal for those keen to catch a glimpse of these rarely seen gentle giants. There are even cruises for Northern Lights viewing.



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Hire a motorhome in Keflavik – Gateway to Iceland

Keflavik International Airport is the main entry point for overseas visitors into Iceland. The city is a handy starting place for an Icelandic adventure, just 50 minutes by road to the capital, Reykjavik. While small in size, the island of Iceland may just be the world’s most perfectly formed road trip destination. You can experience natural geothermal wonders, see the spectacle of the Northern Lights, learn about proud Viking history, and it can all be comfortably covered in under a week.

Hiring a campervan to tour Iceland is a great option: Route 1, otherwise known as ‘The Ring Road’, encircles the whole island. There are several motorhome rental companies in Iceland, so using Motorhome Republic is a smart way of choosing the best camper and deal.  Use the search engine to put in the dates of travel, location and driver’s age, and the full range of available vehicles will be displayed – from basic 2-berth to larger, luxury options. From there you can use filters to select the most appropriate vehicle and get the best price. 


Driving in Keflavik – handy tips: 

  • The road network is extensive and well maintained. All main routes are paved, but many minor roads are gravel, which require special care. 

  • Extreme weather can result in road closures, so follow the forecasts and plan ahead. 

  • Drivers must have their headlights on both day and night. 

Things to see and do in Keflavik

The Blue Lagoon is a world famous attraction, 15 kilometres from Keflavik Airport. It has pleasantly warm, mineral-rich geothermal water, pooled amidst a black lava field. Minerals such as silica and algae create its famous colour and healing properties.

Viking World Museum, in nearby Reyjanesbaer, is the home of the replica Viking ship Islendigur, built in 1996 with traditional methods, and sailed across the Atlantic Ocean in 2000.

Airport Whale Watching operate three-hour tours out of Keflavik Harbour. It is possible to see minke, humpback, and killer whales, as well as white-beaked dolphins. 

Food and Drink options: An Icelandic Culinary Journey

Iceland is an up-and-coming foodie destination with cuisine based on fresh and locally sourced ingredients. Free-range lamb is a speciality - the sheep are raised in the mountains over summer, munching on wild berries and herbs. The best time to eat fresh lamb is in the late fall. Through the rest of the year, smoked lamb, ‘Hangikjot’, is available and especially popular at Christmas.

Being an island nation surrounded by cold Atlantic waters, seafood is fresh and freely available. Many hotels have on-site restaurants where seafood is given pride of place, such as Kef Restaurant in Hotel Keflavik. Good coffee and a range of micro-brewed beer can be sampled at Café Petit - a hidden local secret, but worth the effort to find. 

Where to stay in Keflavik: Camping Spots for your Motorhome

Reykjavik campsite: Taking just under an hour to travel from Keflavik to the capital Reykjavik by camper, this is an easy first day destination. It is located in a green area close to the city, and is next door to a large geothermal swimming pool.

Austurvegur Camping Ground, Grindavik: A state of the art, family-friendly campground that opened in 2009, 20 minutes from the Airport.

For a camper-free night of luxury, Hotel Berg is highly rated, right in Keflavik.  

A motorhome holiday road trip in Iceland:

It is possible to drive the whole coastline of Iceland on the Ring Road in your Iceland campervan hire. The high season is from June until September, when there is seemingly endless daylight. Iceland is unique in its presentation of natural phenomenon… ice and fire still do battle between active volcanoes, bubbling geothermal activity and massive glaciers. The Vatnajukull National Park is Europe’s largest, showcasing Vatnajukull glacier and surrounding dramatic landscape. 



Motorhome hire in Reykjanesbaer: The start of an Icelandic Adventure

Reykjanesbaer is a seaside town on Iceland’s Southern Peninsular, close to Keflavik International Airport. Although not well known, it’s a gorgeous destination in Iceland – the land of not just ice, but fire too. Glaciers exist near active volcanoes, dramatic landscapes abound and there is astounding natural phenomenon such as  the famous Northern lights, Aurora Borealis. Befitting Iceland’s seafaring way of life, you will see more lighthouses villages in the region. 

An Iceland campervan hire is the perfect way to get around the Scandanavian isle. There are no trains, so the road network is excellent. Motorhome Republic has simple search engines that allow you to see all available campers from many different companies. Compare facilities and prices at a glance, safe in the knowledge that we offer.  

Keflavik Airport offers regular flights to and from Montreal, San Francisco, Paris and London among many other destinations.

 

Safe Driving Tips:

  • Hazards are well sign-posted on Iceland’s roads, but the signs will not separately state a suggested driving speed. You need to use judgement when driving in sometimes extreme weather conditions.

  • While main roads are paved, many smaller ones are gravel, which can form corrugations and require careful driving. Rocks or stones could be disturbed by oncoming vehicles, posing a threat to your windscreen.

Natural wonders of Reykjanesbaer – things to see and do:

Viking World is a museum celebrating Viking culture, with its main exhibit the replica ship Islendingar. It was built in 1996, using traditional Viking methods and tools. In 2000 it sailed across the Atlantic Ocean as part of the millennial celebration of Leif Erikson’s journey to the New World. 
 

Duus Hus Cultural Centre: This collection of significant historic buildings was last used as a fish processing plant, but now house four different museums, including the Maritime Centre. The oldest building was built in 1877, the newest in 1954, so almost a century of Icelandic architecture is on display. 
 

Bridge Between Two Continents: A footbridge has been built over a major fissure in the earth, showing the drift between the Eurasian and North Atlantic tectonic plates. Stand on Leif the Lucky’s Bridge to observe this cross continental divide and be rewarded with a personalised certificate. 

 

Food and Drink, Icelandic cuisine

Icelanders are proud of their free-range mountain lamb and fresh, abundant seafood from the Atlantic Ocean. The best fruit and vegetables are grown in geothermally heated greenhouses and it is possible to visit then and see the technology in action. Rain Restaurant serves Scandinavian cuisine in a restaurant and bar themed as an interior of a wooden cruise ship. Their ‘turf and surf’ dish showcases the best produce the region has to offer. 

Where to stay in Reykjanesbaer

Austurvegur Campground is a modern facility with two playgrounds, guest barbeques and a waste dumping station. It is open from May until September. Sandgerdi is another nearby camping ground which is open all year, with facilities for rental campervans.

If you fancy a night away from the camper, guesthouses can be a great option to get a true taste of Icelandic hospitality, as they are usually family owned and run. Guesthouse 1X6 is a great example. The interior and furniture features salvaged and up-cycled timber, driftwood and stone. Outside is a private spa, described as an ocean stone hot-pot. Ideal for a boil-up after a busy day on the road.

Planning your trip: Best time to visit Iceland

Timing your motorhome trip is crucial, as the seasons offer distinctly different experiences. The high season is mid-summer, when there is sunlight almost 24 hours of the day. By contrast, in winter there is very little sunlight, but the climate is relatively mild. That is the time to see the Northern Lights, Aurora Borealis. 

Akureyri Camper Rental, best deals in Iceland

Akureyri is the second largest urban area of Iceland, in the north of the country, and is an important port and fishing centre. Its summers are mild, with temperatures reaching 25 degrees. The Arctic Circle is just a 25-minute flight away, and in winter northern Iceland has the country’s best skiing. With a motorhome rental in Akureyri you can explore the town at your own pace and get closer to nature.

Compare campervan hire deals in Akureyri and the rest of Iceland

Iceland may seem like the end of the earth, and by some definitions it is, but that needn’t make planning a holiday there difficult. Use Motorhome Republic’s comprehensive website to nail down the right Iceland camper rental, at the best possible price. The process is simple: pop a few key details such as your city of pick up, dates of travel and driver’s age into the search engine, and we will show you every available camper for you Alaskan odyssey. You can easily compare models, specifications and prices to find just the right one. Go ahead and book securely online, with the confidence of a best-price guarantee, or speak to one of our multi-lingual motorhome experts over the phone if you have any questions. Over 100,000 road-trippers have booked their motorhome holiday with us - read some of their genuine feedback on independent review site TrustPilot so you can book a campervan hire from Iceland with ease.

Iceland Road Trips

Akureyri has its own international airport, with connections to other parts of Iceland and worldwide. To reach the city of Akureyri, you could board a flight from Reykjavik, London or Berlin.

Iceland also has its famous ‘Route 1’ - a ring road that encircles the whole island - covering 1332 kilometres, making for a truly memorable road trip. You will need at least a week to experience it properly. Just out of Akureyri is Gasir, the site of a medieval trading post, with many remnants still visible.

Where to stay in Akureyri, camper accommodation

Hamrar Campsite is near Kjarnakogur, just a five-minute drive from the centre of the city. It is one of Iceland’s largest campsites and is well-equipped with hot showers, washing-machines and dryers. It is open from May until September.

Food and Drink in Akureyri

Icelandic cuisine is blessed with wonderful ingredients; seafood is freshly plucked from pollution-free waters, while vegetables are grown organically in geo-thermally heated glasshouses. Bautinn Restaurant is right in the heart of town, in one of its oldest and most distinctive buildings - the salad bar is a real feature. For daytime fare, try Blaa Kannan Café in the pretty blue building in the town centre. The local brew is made by Brewery Kalbi, and their beers are available at Brugghusbarinn.

What to see and do in Akureyri

Visit the world’s northern-most botanical garden while in Akureyri. This gem is popular with locals and visitors alike, with a huge variety of native Icelandic plants to see, plus foreign flora. The gardens are open from June 1 to September 30.

In summer, choose from birdwatching, whale-spotting or riding the distinctive Icelandic horses. Swimming in naturally heated geothermal water is a must-do, and the Akureyri Thermal pool complex includes a water-slide and splash-pool.

In winter, Akureyri has different charms. The best time to view the spectacular Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, in your camper rental is from September to April. Christmas time is very special in Akureyri, where the whole town gathers for a massive bonfire and fireworks display. The ski-slopes are open and there is an ice-skating rink right in the town.

Safe driving in Iceland

Drive with your headlights on at all times, day and night. Remember, because of the long daylight hours in summer, just what makes ‘day’ and ‘night’ can become confusing. Factor that into your driving times, so you don’t become fatigued. The scenery is very beautiful in Iceland, but don’t let it be too much of a distraction.

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