Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do I book and pay for a rental car?
A: You can book the car through our website. Payment is made upon booking, and we’ll then send you a voucher which you print out and present when picking up the rental car.
Q: How old do I have to be to rent a car in Iceland?
A: For the smaller vehicles you need to be at least 21 and for the jeeps 23.
Q: Do I need an international driver’s license to rent a car in Iceland?
A: As long as your driver’s license is in English then you don’t need an international driver’s license.
Q: Why do you use large car rentals, like Hertz?
A: Because they have good service and several rental locations all over Iceland. For example; if your car breaks down 400 km from Reykjavik you don’t have to wait a full day for a new car from Reykjavik, but can get a replacement or a fix closer by. Hertz has the largest service network.
Q: I have never driven in snow or ice before; do you think it’s safe for me to do a self-drive trip in the winter?
A: Icy roads can be tricky if you are not used to them, but it’s really up to how confident you feel. We can provide you with a private car and a driver guide if you wish, who is used to wintery conditions. The super-jeeps gives you a whole range of new possibilities.
Q: Is it safe to cross rivers in the 4wd rental cars?
A: Rivers are often difficult to cross, as they sometimes suddenly get very deep and you can easily get flooded. Damage caused while crossing rivers is never covered by insurance so we don’t recommend doing it in a rental car, rather go with a professional. However, if you do plan on crossing rivers (at your own risk) it is best to wait for someone else and ask to see them cross first. People are generally happy to help, and usually someone will be along in a short while.
Glacier Rivers change from one hour to the next and are very dependent upon weather. Don't assume that it's safe to cross just because there is a a road on the other side. Better safe than sorry.
The main roads in Iceland are paved and well taken care of, but mostly have only one lane in each direction.
The Ring Road is approx. 1400 km and 70 km are gravel, rest is paved.
Be careful of single lane bridges, slow down and yield for oncoming larger vehicles
Highland roads (marked F) are gravel roads and not suitable for 2wd cars. There are often unbridged rivers to cross on the way, so we recommend checking your route carefully if you plan on heading into the highlands.
- In the summer: The highland roads open in mid- to late-June and close in late-September. The Kjolur route is suitable for normal 4wd cars but many other roads, such as Sprengisandur, are more difficult to cross.
- In the winter: The Road Administration do their best to keep the roads clear of snow, but there is often ice on the roads so we do recommend 4wd cars in the winter. All F-roads are closed in winter.
The car comes with a full tank of gas and you need to return it with a full tank of gas. There are several gas stations and road stops all around Iceland, in almost every town and along the main road. If you go into the highlands we recommend filling up when you can and definitely not go into the highlands low on gas, as there are no gas stops on the mountain routes.