Campervan Hire Iceland Comparison | Best Campervan Rental in Iceland
Campervan Hire Iceland Comparison | Best Campervan Rental in Iceland
Best Campervan Rental in Iceland
Campervan Hire Iceland Comparison
When you want to rent a campervan Iceland, at Holiday Campervan we compare Campervan Hire Iceland costs to find the best motor home rental deals at your chosen Icelandic destination - suitable for the size of your family or travelling companions and your motorhome vacation travel plans.
To compare the motorhome rental market and get an online quote for your Iceland campervan holiday, just type your desired dates of travel to Iceland into our search engine and browse from a selection of international and local suppliers, then select the size and style of holiday campervan that suits best - whether it's a luxury motorhome Iceland or even 4WD campers and truck campers. When you want to rent camper van Iceland, you can also choose to drop off the camper van at the same depot it was hired from or drop off at a different depot in a different town. It's so simple to choose the best Camper Rental Iceland deal to suit your motorhome holiday budget.
Where is Iceland?
Once again, pure and simple, Iceland has proven to be the safest place in the world to enjoy a campervan holiday.
Iceland has maintained its status of being named, for the 3rd year in a row, the Most Peaceful Country in the World according to the Institute for Economics and Peace in its recently published Global Peace Index.
Situated in the North Atlantic, between Europe and North America, the mainland of Iceland is just a few degrees south of the Arctic Circle.
Iceland boasts a good international airport (Keflavik – 40km from Reykjavik). Keflavik hosts flights from the USA, Canada, UK, Norway and Germany. So when it comes to travelling to Iceland, getting there is not a problem.
The beauty of booking your Iceland campervan rental, is that you can travel where and when you want. If you fancy staying another night at a particular location in Iceland, then there is nothing to stop you or your campervan.
Things to do in Iceland
There are many interesting and unusual sites to see when you explore Iceland in your campervan Iceland rental, including active volcanoes, rugged coastlines, and the enchanting city of Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland, with its Nordic churches and the simple Icelandic Parliament building. You can take a trip to the Blue Lagoon, a popular outdoor pool and health centre, and bathe in the boiling, steamy sulphurous waters. It is a very invigorating experience to feel your body immersed in the pure hot steamy water, with your head freezing in the cool air. The Blue Lagoon is situated about 39 Km from Reykjavik. When we say popular we mean popular so plan your trip in advance.
You could also book a trip on the Reykjavik Northern Lights Cruise and sail on Faxafloi Bay to witness the Aurora Borealis (the Northern Lights) up close and personal. On board there will be a professional guide who will be happy to answer all your questions about the Northern Lights.
If you want to get away from the popular Nordic tourist attractions, Iceland offers trips to the more exposed areas of the island including the Laugavegur hiking trail or you can take a journey up to the volcanic craters formed by the 2010 Eyjafjallajökull volcanic eruption, famous for the many days of travel impact, caused by the large cloud of volcanic ash.
Additionally, with the flexibility of your Iceland campervan rental, you can visit the many black sandy beaches, glacial lagoons and exploding geysers – or visit Húsavík – allegedly one of the best whale watching sites in Iceland, and indeed the world, during the summer months.
The 3 national parks in Iceland - Þingvellir National Park, Vatnajökull National Park and Snæfellsjökull National Park offer a multitude of geographical wonders including the highest mountain in Iceland, Hvannadalshnúkur, the largest glacier in Iceland, Vatnajökull, and the largest waterfall in Europe (volume discharge), Dettifoss.
Several Viking museums will help pass the time including the Saga Museum (Sögusafnið) and the National Museum in Reykjavik and Viking World Museum in Keflavik.
For an alternative tourist trip you can visit in downtown Reykjavik, the Icelandic Punk Museum where you can learn about the Icelandic punk scene, chronicled from the seventies to the new wave uprising, paving the way for some of Iceland's most beloved artists, including Björk and Sigur Rós.
Add to this snowmobiling, horse riding, river rafting, ice climbing, boat rides and the holiday just goes on and on!
Whale Watching in Iceland
Iceland is the largest whale watching destination in Europe, especially Húsavík, with 23 different species of whale being spotted around the Icelandic coastline, including minke, fin, blue, humpback, sperm and killer whales, white-beaked dolphins and harbour porpoises. 20% of all tourist that visit Iceland go whale watching. Controversy exists in Iceland around the the practice of whale hunting and the eating of whale meat in restaurants. Several campaigns are underway to ban whale hunting, including the #OpWhales hashtag on social media.
Which Campervan in Iceland Suppliers Can I Choose ?
When looking for motorhome rental Iceland from HolidayCampervan our campervan or RV suppliers include McRent Iceland, Pure Motorhomes Iceland, Camper Iceland, Campeasy and Happy Campers and offer motorhomes from 2 berth to 6 berth, depending on the size of your group.
Top Tip – Check Campervan Iceland Reviews
Each motorhome rental company which we select for you comes with 5-star rating camper rental Iceland reviews from previous campervan renters which you may find useful when making your decision as to which Campervan Hire Iceland you eventually choose.
Top Tip - Save Money - Check Campervan Discounts
Details of Campervan Rental Iceland voucher offers and early bird discounts particular to your holiday destination can be found during the campervan online booking process. Just remember cheap campervan hire Iceland may not be the best option so take care when reviewing Iceland camper rental cheap and cheerful offers.
What are the Different Varieties of Camper Vans and Motor Homes Available in Iceland?
Before you decide which Motorhome Hire Iceland company to get a quote and book online, you will want to understand the different varieties of campervans, motorhomes and recreational vehicles that will be offered to you to drive as part of the Best Campervan Rental in Iceland deal. Some of the early bird RV rental rates on offer may increase nearer your departure date, so make sure you secure your booking as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
Micro Motorhomes or Mini Campers
These tiny motorhomes are often based on small van versions of popular cars or even small people carriers. Most mini campers offer sleeping for two, but many just have just a single berth.
You will also usually find simple cooking facilities and a cupboard to store the smallest portable toilet.
The legendary Volkswagen camper has been popular for more than half a century. There are thousands of camper vans on the road and they are still being built today by the original manufacturer Volkswagen, and a small industry of specialists able to convert or upgrade the vehicle.
Normally they offer comfortable but basic accommodation for two or more happy campers in a family car sized vehicle. They will be equipped with basic cooking facilities, and the addition of an awning can allow for greater head-room, making the campervan more comfortable.
The benefit of a small micro motorhome and a small campervan is that they can be used to travel into the city and be parked as a normal family car – but be familiar with the minimum roof height when parking in a multi-story car park with barriers.
Class B Motorhomes - Larger van conversion
Bigger commercial style vans can be converted and are sometimes known as 'panel van' conversions. These larger vans, like a transit van, again can offer more room and are capable of being decked out with a reasonable sized washroom/toilet and a more capable kitchen with gas cooker and dinette and with adequate headroom. They are the least expensive recreational vehicle to operate. The Class B motor home is easy to drive on the motorway, highway and around towns and cities. Because the driving and living compartments are connected, there is no need to get out of the RV during stops and it is capable of reaching less accessible camping sites that are too tight for larger motorhomes.
Class C Motorhomes
These motor homes use a driver’s cab and chassis from one of the major van manufacturers. A motorhome body is built on to complete the recreational vehicle.
Inside the motorhomes, two or more campers can sleep comfortably, and in most cases are equipped with all the comforts of home including a washroom, a shower and cassette toilet (a removable waste tank on wheels). Some of the motor homes will be equipped with a fixed double bed and can also make use of the over-cab storage to fix an over-cab bed. Although they are generally easy to drive, like a large moving truck, some of the larger models can be difficult to manoeuvre in tight spaces, and some models of this motor home may be too large to drive around the local town, therefore alternate local public transportation or a car hire may be required.
Class A Motorhome
The Class A motorhome is a recreational vehicle built on a stripped-down truck or lorry chassis where the driving compartment is an integral part of the RV interior, so no separate cab. Class A motorhomes look like a large bus and are well equipped with room inside for double beds and all the luxuries of a home from home.
The American Recreation Vehicle RV
These come with a large interior over the top luxury fittings and fitments. More importantly, many vehicles are dependent on petrol fuel and in the larger RV’s they can be less than fuel efficient and can offer miles per gallon figures in single figures.
Driving an Iceland Camper Van Rental for the First Time
If you have never driven a camper van before it’s only natural to feel a wee bit nervous. After all you are probably moving from the equivalent of rowing a boat to maneuvering an oil tanker!
The main thing is not to be overawed. Take your time to get a feel for the cabin and the motorhome controls. Make sure that your driving seat is adjusted to the correct height and distance from the steering wheel. Get to understand how to start the engine and more importantly how to stop!
Ensure you understand all the manual gears (unless automatic), know how to move into reverse, and how easy the clutch is to depress.
Adjust your wing mirrors, making sure that you can see the full length of the campervan. Watch out for people overtaking when you least expect it – remember slow moving caravans and motorhomes can be frustrating to other impatient drivers following behind.
Get to know your height restriction (very important when travelling on roads with overhanging trees or bridges).
Plan your journeys in advance, either with a paper map or use Google Maps if safe to do so.
In Iceland you drive on the right side of the road and overtake on the left.
When driving in Iceland, traffic on the inner lane of a two-lane roundabout always has priority over traffic on the outer lane. Many foreign travellers are unaware of this rule, and therefore roundabouts can sometimes get very dangerous.
Driving after consumption of alcohol or drugs is illegal in Iceland.
Make sure you know the speed limits in Iceland, and the towns or regions you are travelling through. The general speed limit is 30-50 km/hour in populated areas, 80 km/hour on gravel roads in rural areas and 90 km/hour on paved roads.
The Ring Road (Rte.1) extends around the coast of Iceland with a total length of 1,339 kilometres (832 miles). The road is mostly paved and is very well maintained, however there will be stretches of unpaved gravel surfaces in the eastern part of Iceland.
Please remember - off road driving is illegal in Iceland and is subject to high fines and even imprisonment.
Extra caution must be taken when driving in the highlands, crossing rivers or driving in the snow since it can be hazardous, especially to the inexperienced driver
Campervan headlights must be switched on at all times, day or night, when driving in Iceland.
Remember to take regular breaks (aim for every two hours or so) to avoid driver fatigue.
When you arrive at your campsite, reverse park your camper Iceland, to ensure your eventual departure is made easier.
Just remember that your “oil tanker” is a lot longer than your usual “rowing boat” so make sure that you give yourself plenty of space to turn at every road junction.
If in doubt, just ask the motorhome rental agent, who will be happy to take you over all the features of the Iceland motorhome rental.
The Weather in Iceland
Although cold in the winter, Iceland can surprise you with its long days in the summer, and is an ideal destination to hire a motorhome for your holiday.
Click here for an up to date report of the weather in Iceland.
The Best Times of Year to Visit Iceland
Iceland’s summer is in June, July and August, and this is easily the busiest time of year. Average temperatures in Reykjavik reach roughly 10 degrees C (around 50 degrees F), so while it’s not exactly tropical, it is the warmest time of the year. Notably during summer, the highland roads will open and a number of attractions and tours will open that normally close during other times of year due to inclement weather. Plus, this is one of those special places in the world where you will still 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 travellers. 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 wrap 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 normally average around 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 draw cards for Iceland in winter? - the Northern Lights and their spectacular shows, as well as the chance of a white Christmas in Reykjavik.
Spring, through March, April and May, will start to see the country getting warmer and beginning to thaw. There are fewer tourists 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 scenarios throughout this season.
Camping in Iceland
Because tourism in Iceland is now a growing industry, "wild camping" (basically camping anywhere you want), has become a problem. As most of the land in Iceland is privately owned, farmers and land owners have been impacted by tourists setting up camp on their land without permission. We would advise you to be a responsible tourist, and always camp at official motorhome campsites.
Iceland Car Rental
As well as motorhome Iceland we can also help with car rentals in Iceland.