Motorhoming in Iceland – General Information
The ultimate in European adventure destinations, Iceland is for people interested in excitement and the great outdoors. This is the land of boiling mud, volcanoes, glaciers, geysers and waterfalls. This is where being out on the open road is a real challenge for visitors with motorhome rental, campervan hire, or any type of vehicle
Iceland isn’t really icy, in fact, only around 10% of the country is covered by glaciers, and it has a rather mild climate, considering its proximity to the Arctic Circle. The official language of Iceland is Icelandic, which is similar to the Norse of the 13th century, but don’t worry, most Icelanders speak English too. The majority also speak some of the other Scandinavian languages, as well as Spanish and French.
Just like its Scandinavian neighbours Iceland can be expensive, so motorhome rental or campervan hire is a very cost effective way of visiting the country. The best advice is to overnight in one of the well equipped camp sites, they tend to be sighted around the places of interest, so you shouldn’t have too much trouble finding one. There are also opportunities to spend the night in farmer’s fields, but the choice is yours; be aware that motorhome rental and campervan hire is popular in Iceland so the sites can get booked up in advance.
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There is one main road, Route 1, which circles the country; the others are either smaller asphalt roads, or rough tracks. The prices for motorhome rental and campervan hire is high, and so is the demand, so make sure you plan your trip well in advance and book your vehicle before you arrive to get a good discount.
Most of the mountain roads are only open between June and October because they are just too wet and muddy any other time, but the majority of Iceland’s sights can be visited in a ‘normal’ vehicle. For visitors who want to get off the beaten track a 4x4 is a good idea. Now, it may sound a bit dramatic but it’s always a good idea to make sure you have plenty of fuel, water and food with you as the weather can change dramatically without warning and roads may be blocked. If you want to avoid the 4x4 roads don’t travel on roads prefixed with an ‘F’, and if you see a sign, "malbik endar" it means that the paved road is coming to an end and changing to gravel. If you see a sign which says ‘einbreið brú’ it means that there is a single track bridge coming up and priority is given to the vehicle that is on the bridge first.
The two last tips are that if you have internet access, check the Iceland Metrological Office Website for updates on the road conditions, and beware of sheep!
Be prepared, and a motorhome rental or campervan hire Iceland will be a holiday to remember, for all the right reasons.
Iceland is filled with incredible places to visit for holiday makers with a motorhome rental or campervan hire. It is like nowhere else in Europe, totally unique, and a real adventure.
As Iceland only has one major road that circles the island, it isn’t the place to come if you enjoy long stretches of wide roads with well signposted attractions and convenient stops at regular intervals. It is, however, great if you get lost easily and can’t work out if you are going north or south, because as long as you keep going you’ll be right back where you started!
A motorhome rental or campervan hire is a fantastic way to experience some of Iceland's undiscovered areas; after all 80% of the island is uninhabited, but if you want to truly experience wilderness consider a 4x4 rental and really get off the beaten track.
Situated very close to the Arctic Circle in the North Atlantic, Iceland is a one of the worlds most volcanically active countries. Known as ‘the land of ice and fire’, it’s like nowhere else on earth.
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Iceland’s second largest town, Akureyri is an important port and fisheries centre. Nicknamed 'the Capital of North Iceland', this is home to the world's most northerly botanical gardens and an 18-hole golf course. It’s also a centre for fun and entertainment, with lots of bars and restaurants to choose from, and not just the modern stuff, Icelandic folk music and dance is very popular here. The areas historic culture is still very important and during the summer there are a number of festivals celebrating every kind of Icelandic tradition. It is also where the Arctic Open Golf Championships, an international event, is held.
The municipality of Garður is set on the Reykjanes peninsula, in the west of Iceland, and is home to just under 1,500 people. The main destination within the municipality is Garðskagi, just 10 minutes from the airport and 40 minutes from the centre of Reykjavik, making an ideal first stop in your motorhome rental or campervan hire tour of Iceland.
The port town of Hafnarfjörður town is situated south west of Reykjavik, and is the third most populated area of Iceland. Hafnarfjörður is most famous for its annual Viking festival and the ‘little people’ who are said to live there. It’s also considered to be the country’s Rock and Roll capital, with many well known bands originating as well as playing in the area.
Iceland’s capital, and only city, Reykjavík is a fun place to spend some time; literally, as it’s known as the fun capital. Its not just about fun, there are some excellent places to visit here, and many visitors don’t even leave the city.
Ok, Iceland isn’t the sort of place you visit for Caribbean style beaches with palm trees and warm waters, however there are some beautiful beaches here, and even if it’s not warm enough to slip on your Speedo’s, there’s still some absolutely terrific scenery.