Iceland Road Trip Guide

Location: Iceland

Iceland is a country which is on a lot of travel-enthusiasts and adventure-seekers bucket lists. Home to some of the most spectacular scenery within the world and landscapes like no other it is a country which is mesmerising to anyone who visits. With the capital city being the main attraction and visited location within the country, lots of tourists and visitors like to get out of the city. Reykjavik is home to lots of hotels, sights to see and food to eat. It is also one of the closest places to Keflavik international airport; this is the only international airport in the country and the only one you will be able to fly in to. 

Having booked our hotel within the city centre we didn't plan to adventure too far outside of the city. The airport is however 32 miles from the centre, therefore getting car hire is a great idea just to get to Reykjavik and sights outside the city like the blue lagoon. 

Read on to find out where you should explore outside the city on a time limit . . . 

Car rentals 

From Keflavik international airport you are able to rent a car from four different companies: Avis, Europcar, Budget and Hertz. 

You are able to book car rental in advance from each company HERE

Or you can book a car when you arrive at the airport, however there could be limited availability and if you are a young driver like us then you are only able to drive certain car types, which could have sold out. Like all companies you are able to choose a car size to suite your liking, this can vary depending on your age and driving experience. 

Getting to the car rental desks . . . the offices for the car rentals are not located within the airport, however they are only a short bus trip away across the car park. When you walk out of the airport front door you will see signs to direct you to the bus. It is a short 100 metre walk down a covered path to the bus, you then get off at the stop where your rental company is. 

If you have pre-booked then picking the car up is quick and easy! 

Driving to the city 

Now the fun part, driving to the city . . . 

Driving in a new place, in a different car, on the other side of the road and sitting on the other side of the car can be daunting but also exciting! 

32 miles from the airport to the city centre can seem like a lot but it is nothing when you start driving. The majority of the journey is on one straight road with two lanes. The right lane is the normal lane and the left lane the overtaking. The speed limits are clearly signed and the roads are well cleared of ice and snow. 

Where to explore 

If you are only in the city for a few days or your main purpose of the trip is to see Reykjavik then you may not want to or can't explore too far outside of the city. But don't worry you will still be able to see the nature of Iceland. As soon as you leave the city you will be amazed by the beautiful scenery and landscape. When people say that Iceland is like to other place then are not wrong. The country has not too many trees and can appear to have its own climate. During our visit everywhere was covered in snow. This made it appear like a scene from frozen and completely magical. 

Visiting during the winter can however have its pros and cons, although it can be stunning, driving in dark, snowy conditions can be challenging. Bare this in mind if you plan on driving far. 

Pingvellir National Park 

Not too far from the city is Pingvellir National Park. Approximately 34 miles and an hour to get to, it is perfect to see the true Iceland on a time limit. The national park is home to lots of walking trails, waterfalls and beautiful scenery. Due to its beauty it is still a popular destination even when covered in snow and freezing cold. 

The cute little church below is located at the national park, only a short walk from the car park. 

Tip: Wrap up warm, Iceland is so pretty, you don't want to miss seeing it because you're cold. 

Important: You are only allowed to drive 4x4 cars on F roads, these are highland roads located in land.

Having a car in Reykjavik 

Staying in the city centre with a car is not a problem. Although most hotels do not have parking, you are able to park on the street. Every road has parking bays which are payable at the parking machines. You can pay for as long as you need and from 6pm - 9am parking is free. However bare-in-mind that it can get quite busy with people parking and you may have to park a little away from your hotel to get a space. 

We hope you have as much fun exploring Iceland as we did!

Love Chloe and Megan

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