Camping and Traveling With a Car in Iceland

 Camping and driving in Iceland

You could technically drive around Iceland in two days if you really wanted to, but that's about all you would do, drive. One of the amazing things about Iceland is how dramatically the environment and weather change one hour apart.

If the weather forecast is looking good where you are, that's perfect! If it's a less windy or sunnier someplace else, chances are it won't take you more than an hour or two to get there. The saying " If you want different weather in Iceland just wait five minutes " is very true.

Setting up the tent only takes you about ten minutes so you can be in and out of places in half an hour.


Driving in Iceland ( )

Conditions in Iceland are unusual and unlike what foreign drivers might be accustomed to.  It is therefore very important to find out how to drive in this country.  The beautiful landscapes can easily draw the driver’s attention away from the road.  But in order to reach your destination safely, you must keep your full attention on driving.

  • The speed limit in populated areas is usually 50 km/h.
  • The speed limit is often 60 km/h on thruways, but in residential areas, it is usually only 30 km/h.
  • The main rule in rural areas is that gravel roads have a speed limit of 80 km/h, and paved roads 90 km/h.
  • Signs indicate if other speed limits apply.


What should you rent?

In cooperation with Enterprise Rent-A-Car Iceland, we now rent cars from small to large with several options for pick-up and drop-off locations. But with all these options should you go with a smaller car or a larger 4x4?

We offer various smaller cars such as the VW Golf, Toyota Yaris, Hyundai i20 or a Toyota Aygo. All of these cars will do just fine on the main rodes during summer time.

If you do however plan to explore outside the asphalt rodes and venture to the more tricky gravel rodes or even some F rodes a bigger car is a must. Many midsize-larger cars do wonders, Dacia Duster 4X4, Skoda Yeti 4X4 or a Toyota Rav 4X4 are all great choices that we have available all year around.


Final words

Find a car that fits for your trip. Make sure you account for not just passengers, but the budget, season, roads your will be driving in, places you plan to visit and the number of items you plan to take with you.