FAQ about self driving in Iceland
BEFORE THE TRIP
Are the trips for independent travelers, without a guide?
Yes they are! Our tours are self-drive and unaccompanied. We will provide you with a detailed route that includes directions to each point and to the hotels that have been booked for you.
Are the routes you offer on the website subject to change?
Definitely! All routes can be changed and we will be happy to adapt the best route for you!
Can I add a one-night stay (or more) in Reykjavik?
No problem! We can add as many nights as you want in Reykjavik (in the same hotel) with or without a car – as you prefer!
What exactly do your packages include?
All of our packages include:
Hotels for all nights of your trip according to the standard you choose – Click here for more details
An insured car throughout the trip (the type of vehicle will be chosen by you in advance).
Detailed route plan with precise guidance for each point along the route.
A road map and guide to Iceland (waiting for you at your first hotel).
Insurance for two drivers.
Taking the vehicle and returning it to the airport (at the agreed time of collection).
GPS installed in the vehicle.
Emergency phone 24/7 for any issue or problem that may pop up!
How is driving in Iceland?
It is very easy to drive in Iceland! The roads are very well maintained, as are the signs and directions. The drivers in Iceland are very kind.
Is previous experience required in this type of trip?
Definitely not! We have dealt with thousands of hikers and all of them found it easy to get about! We will prepare a detailed program for you that will take you (using the GPS device in your vehicle) from any location to any destination, without any problem.
Do I need 4WD experience?
No! There is no need for special driving experience, even along F-ROADS (the 4WD roads in Iceland).
Do I have to book a 4WD vehicle on the trips you offer?
Most routes do not need a 4WD vehicle and any other standard vehicle we offer is fine. 4WD is mandatory for routes that include mountainous terrain and F marked roads. During the winter months we do recommend you rent a 4WD vehicle.
Do I need an international license to drive in Iceland?
If your license shows your details in English, you will not need another license. If the license you are carrying is not written in English, you should take out an international license from your home country.
Can you tour Iceland during winter?
The Boston Globe included Iceland in its top ten recommended fall-winter list this year. The article mentions the popular belief about the "hidden people" (Huldufólk), living in harmony with nature, eruption of hot springs, volcanoes and waterfalls and other attractions. The most spectacular attraction during this season is the Northern Lights, which can be seen in Iceland at this time of year. Take into account that prices in winter are lower which makes it an attractive winter destination!
What are the hotel standards that can be included in the package?
You can choose from three standards of hotels, from the most affordable Budget standard to Comfort and Quality standard - Click here For more detailed information
Do all hotels serve breakfast?
Yes! Breakfast is served in all hotels.
What other activities can I book and when should I book them?
Additional activities should be booked in advance to ensure your place. You can do this when booking your trip or directly with the suppliers at a later date (either way you will receive all necessary help from us). In both cases, the price will be the same. Click here for further details
When should I book my trip?
It is recommended to book your trip immediately after you have purchased your flight tickets. In any case, it is recommended to book your trip to Iceland as early as possible! The demand for hotels in recent years in Iceland is enormous. By booking the trip as soon as possible, you will guarantee the best hotels.
So how do I book?
It is very simple! Choose the route that suits you best, the standard of hotels and the vehicle you prefer and wish to include in the package, and schedule your trip online. You will be charged a down payment of 20% of the package price. 4 weeks before your arrival and after all the hotels have been booked, we will send you a secure link to complete the rest of the payment.
When will I receive all the documents for the trip?
From the moment you book the trip and pay the 20% down payment, it will take us between two and three weeks to finish booking the hotels and preparing all the required documents. On last-minute bookings, we will of course make sure to reduce this time to a minimum.
What about cancellations?
Please find here detailed terms of cancellation
DURING THE TRIP
We have landed in Iceland! Where do we collect our vehicle?
Pick your vehicle up at the Hertz counter at the airport. You can pick up your vehicle any day and at any hour!
I will not be able to return the vehicle to the airport on the last day and at the same time that I collected it, what should I do?
You may also return the vehicle at Reykjavik center. If you return your vehicle before 18:00 you can get a ride back to your hotel. You can return the car after 18:00 and leave the key in the box outside the office.
If you are unable to return your vehicle at the same time you collected it at the airport (e.g. your return flight departs later from the flight you arrived on ), you can add another day's rental and return it to the airport before your flight home.
What happens if I find myself in some emergency during the trip?
We provide emergency service that runs non-stop throughout the year! We will make every effort to resolve any emergency situation as quickly as possible!
Approximately how long will I drive each day?
It varies greatly from day to day and from route to route. On average, you will drive 3 hours a day, on some days less and on other days more.
Can I stay at certain points along the route longer than usual?
Definitely! All our routes are customized so that you can take a break wherever you choose as much as you want. However, it is important, at the end of the day, to arrive at the hotel booked for you!
Do the routes also include hiking?
Each day the route will include a couple of hours of hiking. All hiking routes are convenient and suitable for all ages.
I am vegetarian!
Great! Hundreds of vegetarians travel with us each year and they all enjoy the hotel breakfasts and the vegetarian food served at well-known restaurants.