The Ultimate Guide to Driving in Iceland 2020

The Ultimate Guide to Driving in Iceland 2020
 
 
 
 

With active volcanos, beautiful rugged landscapes, glorious waterfalls, an engaging, friendly culture, hot springs, lava fields and exploding mud pits, you have to ask what is not to love about Iceland? The answer is nothing, and this is why you should go there at your earliest opportunity.

The best way to see the country and feel the power of the land is to take a road trip around the country. It isn’t a large landmass by any means, but given the days you’ll spend hiking and soaking up the delights the country offers, you’ll soon find that the time spent on the road will be minimal. Your days will be long, brilliant, and enriching.

The best way to see the country and feel the power of the land is to take a road trip around the country. It isn’t a large landmass by any means, but given the days you’ll spend hiking and soaking up the delights the country offers, you’ll soon find that the time spent on the road will be minimal. Your days will be long, brilliant, and enriching.

F-Roads and Driving in Iceland

F-roads are the Icelandic designation for difficult roads. These require four by four vehicles due to the terrain. You’ll find that some F-road are closed during the winter months. When planning your Icelandic road trip, ensure that you determine what kind of vehicle you need. Even the best rental car won’t be able to handle this if it is a two by two-vehicle.

Don’t be put off by hiring a four by four. You’ll delight in the extra control and power the vehicle offers and the views of the country as you scale one hill after another are unsurpassed. Just check a few reviews to find the best car rentals options, and you’re good to go.

Iceland’s Weather

Iceland in the spring and summer is when it receives the most visitors. The F-roads are normally open, and most of the country is accessible. It is important to listen to the radio and pick up the weather forecast. Cold fronts can hit quickly. If this happens, park up and wait for the storm to pass.

When driving in Iceland, it is wise to ensure you have supplies with you. This includes blankets, first aid kits and things to eat and drink.

Try not to get out of the car during a storm as high winds can damage the doors, and it is quite dangerous.

Car Rental Insurance in Iceland

Given the nature of Iceland’s terrain and the cold fronts, it is wise to consider taking the extra rental car insurance in Iceland, as it saves you money in the long run as damage can occur to the car. Not that the hire cars are of substandard quality. One look at Reykjavik Cars will confirm this. Iceland is a volcanic land and vehicles can easily get scratched.

Choosing the Right Vehicle

As stated the kind of vehicle you need for a great Icelandic road trip will be determined by whether you are staying in hotels or spending the nights camping under the stars. Both are popular. The better car rental options provide both four by four vehicles and two-wheeled drive cars. If you’re planning to stay on the normal roads, you won’t need a four by four.

As well as standard cars you’ll find a large selection of campervans. These are perfect if you are planning to pitch up overnight. This gives you a true sense of adventure when the backdrop is a volcano. You can also get motorhomes so that you have a living space as you tour the country.

Fuel

There are certain rules for refuelling in Iceland, and it is wise to form good habits in this regard. The golden rule is that every time you pass a filling station, you stop and top up the tank. You never know when the next station will appear, and given the country’s arctic circle location, you don’t want to take any risks.

Some stations are self-service, and here you simply use your card to pay for the fuel. You may want to consider carrying spare fuel as an essential supply.

Obey the Speed Limits and other Rules of the Road

Fines for breaking speed limits and other rules can be upwards of around £800. This is obviously no fun, so it is wise to stay below the speed limit. On that note, speed is shown in kilometres and not miles per hour, so don’t get caught out.

When you stop to take a photograph of something amazing, use the designated parking spots. Simply stopping and taking a picture is frowned upon, especially on single-track roads.

Driving in Iceland is an adventure in of itself, and when you combine this with the brilliance of the land, it is hard not to fall in love with the country.

Enjoy your driving adventure in Iceland. It is something you will always remember.

 
 

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