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The world’s most northern capital: Reykjavik

Rent yourself a motorhome and fall in love with the capital of Iceland. In contrast to the colourful buildings, the people are quite cynical, but quirky and full of creativity. There’s everything a big city needs in the innocent and friendly setting of a small town.

Keflavik Airport is connecting Iceland to the rest of the world with flights arriving and departing to major European and American cities such as New York, Boston, Paris and Berlin.


Campers are very welcome

Camping in Iceland is very safe, and there's certainly no shortage of campsites for you to park up your Iceland campervan hire for the night. Most campsites are nice with hot showers and most have internet access.

Reykjavík Campsite is an environmentally friendly campsite and the only camping option in the city. Very close to the city centre and in a green area, it is a nice location with more than 650 sites. In summer the camping ground can get busy, but you’re always likely to find a place. It is also outrageously cheap at less than $10 a night.

Oddities in Reykjavik

Iceland’s Penis Museum started as a joke and is now one of the most visited museums in the city. It has specimen jars with the penises of animals ranging from sperm whales to hamsters. The Icelandic Horse Festival celebrates the country’s sturdy little breed and culminates in a huge parade through the city.

Where to eat in Reykjavik

Icelandic Fish & Chips is where the locals dine on fresh, locally caught fish and well-cooked chips. It will not disappoint and the prices are low. Kalabrautin is on the top floor of the Harpa Concert Hall and serves modern dishes of Icelandic favourites such as the local seafood soup. There are stunning views over the harbour and a wide range of beers.

Dill is a new restaurant focused on locally produced and foraged ingredients. Chef Gunnar Karl Gíslason creates dishes such as smoked Arctic char with pickled vegetables and baked beetroot with the restaurant’s own mustard. He also harvests his own sea salt and gets his bread from a waitress’s grandmother, who bakes it at home.

The largest immigrant community in Reykjavík other than the Poles are Thai. As a result, there are a lot of good and cheap Thai restaurants. Try Krua Thai or Thai Grill for meals under 1000kr.

For a non-touristy experience, dip in to the working class Fljótt og Gott in the bus depot near the downtown airport. The prices are reasonable and it’s a fun place to hang out. Try the Svið – a traditional Icelandic dish of sheep'’ head cut in half, singed and boiled with the brain removed.

A land of fire and ice

For a small capital of only 120,000, the amount of attractions and things to do is impressive. The city is surrounded by natural wonders, while creativity and history is abundant in the urban areas.

Take a tour of the Golden Circle, the area that loops around Reykjavik. See active geysers, extinct volcanoes and breathtaking glaciers that have carved the land into what it is. Visit the Reykjavik Art Museum, a renovated 1930s fish warehouse which is now home to modern and contemporary Icelandic works, including a permanent exhibition of the pop artist Erró.

A trip to the Víkin Maritime Museum is essential. It’s located by the old harbour and has seven exhibitions displaying Icelandic maritime history, from the early settlements to the late 20th century. Reykjavik’s most recognisable building is the Hallgrimskirkja church. Taking nearly four decades to build, the church’s steeple is a towering 224 feet high. You do not need to be religious to marvel at the divine views from the top.

The Blue Lagoon is Iceland’s most visited tourist attraction. It is an oasis of relaxing thermal pools and spas. The Harpa concert hall is worth a peek, if only for the architecture. If you’re fascinated though, you can catch a recital or simply people watch from the cafe.

Drive 45-minutes from Reykjavík on a winter’s night to view the aurora borealis. It’s a natural phenomenon, so nothing is guaranteed, but you can increase your chances by choosing a cold, clear night, away from artificial-light sources. Whales frequently come into Faxaflói, Reykjavík’s large bay. Take a boat cruise out and you’ll be guaranteed to see at least some minke whales and possibly a humpback.

Hiking is a favourite pastime in Reykjavik. Esjan, the mountain to the north, is a relatively easy hike. It will take around four to five hours to get to the top and back again, and you’ll have unparalleled views of the city. Reykjavik has a huge nightlife culture and bars and clubs open and close without warning. If you’re not a party animal, try to avoid the city centre on Friday and Saturday nights.

Scorching summer for holiday fun

The best time to visit Reykjavik is from June to August, when you can enjoy the warmer weather and long days. In late June to early July, Reykjavik experiences 24 hours of sunlight a day. The climate in Iceland is very unpredictable, so travelling in a campervan is ideal. When it takes a sudden turn for the worse, you can simply travel with your “hotel room” to wherever the conditions are better.

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Campervan companies with something for everyone

There are so many rental options when you land in Reykjavik and are looking for a campervan hire Iceland – here is just a selection:

Touring Cars is a modern, forward-thinking motorhome rental company, who offer brilliant itinerary ideas as well as a comprehensive range of campervans. Pick-up and drop-off at the airport is a given, as is a competitively priced quote.

Pure Motorhomes has a Europe-wide operation, so their customer service team is well versed on any problems you may encounter.

CampEasy pride themselves on a straightforward, simple operation, making motorhome hire as easy as possible. Located at Smiojuvegur 72, 200 Kopavogur, just a 15-minute drive from the airport, talk to CampEasy before you arrive to arrange transportation to the depot.

In operation since 1993, JS campers offer a selection of 4x4s as well as motorhomes for hire.

Geysir have a comprehensive fleet of vehicles, incorporating small, medium and large cars, along with 3-berth and 6-berth motorhomes for rental.