Rental car on country road in Iceland

What to consider when renting a car in Iceland

Important Car Rental Tips in Iceland

Countryside Iceland

Planning on renting a car in Iceland? The island of fire and ice has risen to the top of many people’s “must-see” list, quickly becoming one of the world’s most desirable destinations. The island’s lave fields, hot springs, geysers, volcanoes, breathtaking scenery, and vibrant fishing villages are only accessible by car. To ensure a comfortable voyage, follow these suggestions when planning your vacation. Let’s take a look at some things you need to consider when renting a car in Iceland.

Is an International Driving Permit required?

Jeep on gravel road in IcelandTo rent a car in Iceland, you need a valid driver’s license. An International Driving Permit is not required in Iceland, where practically everyone speaks acceptable English. Making it easy for just about anyone to rent a car in Iceland.

Select the appropriate vehicle.

The roads in Iceland range from paved freeways to rough mountain passes known as F-roads. Not every vehicle can manage the terrain. If you wish to experience off-roading, rent a car with four-wheel drive and provide your rental car business with a detailed itinerary of where you intend to use the vehicle to ensure that those activities are completely covered.

The damage waiver is built into the price.

All cars in Iceland must be insured. However, there are a few distinct forms of insurance and additional safeguards to be aware of. Car rental businesses usually include the Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) and liability insurance. Thus, declining this choice is not only difficult but also risky. Personal accident insurance, supplemental liability protection (SLP), and theft waiver, for example, are automatically included in a rental car reservation.

Winter road Iceland

Consider purchasing extra insurance for gravel, sand, and ash.

While the CDW covers damage caused by a collision or accident, Iceland’s unique climatic circumstances have inspired a few other types of insurance that are advised if you intend to do a lot of exploring. For example, the Golden Circle trip is a relatively easy drive on paved roads. Wandering off the beaten path into Iceland’s many unpaved roads can kick up loose gravel that can damage the vehicle. As a result, gravel protection may be a smart option. Furthermore, if you intend to explore the southern region of Iceland, ensure that the policy covers volcanic ash and sandstorms. This protection is appropriately called Sand and Ash Protection (SAAP).

Don’t Forget Your Gas

You need to keep a close eye on the gas gauge. It is easy to get enthralled with the amazing scenery and forget about gas in Iceland. This usually isn’t a problem in other countries, but in Iceland, there are very few gas stations. This, combined with easily forgetting, can make for an unfortunate event. The majority of gas stations are self-service and are open 24 hours a day.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

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