Car Rental Iceland

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Hertz in Iceland

Iceland is something of a treat for motorists. With comparatively little traffic and traffic jams as rare as the mythical trolls, driving in Iceland is a pleasure. Hertz Car Rental operates through Iceland’s major cities, such as Reykjavik, and the smaller towns, offering premium quality cars and the opportunity to explore this beautiful island in comfort and style.

Iceland’s scenery is stunning, ranging from snow-capped mountains to lush, green forests and rolling hills. The majority of visitors take to the Ring Road, which traces a circuit around the entire island. It gives easy access to many of Iceland’s major attractions, such as the Blue Lagoon, which you’ll find between Reykjavik and Keflavik International Airport.

Rules and Regulations for Driving in Iceland

With more than 18 Hertz car rental branches close to the major airports and large hotels, renting a car in Iceland is easy and hassle-free.
To rent a car in Iceland, you’ll need your passport, a valid UK driver’s license, and a credit card. You’ll also need to be 21, which is the minimum age for car rental in this country. While the roads are comparatively clear, there are certain rules and regulations that you’ll need to be aware of before setting off.

The first difference British drivers will be aware of is that Icelandic motorists drive on the right, overtaking on the left. In urban and suburban areas, the speed limit varies between 30kmph and 50kmph. If you find yourself driving on gravel roads, the limit increases to 80kmph and, for rural areas, it climbs to 90kmph.

Whether you’re driving by day or by night, it’s mandatory for you to have your headlights on. The drivers and all passengers are legally obliged to wear seat belts, and drivers are forbidden to use mobile phones while in charge of the car. Iceland takes its drink-driving laws very seriously: drivers cannot consume alcohol and the punishments are stern. A first drink-driving offense typically results in a four-month driving ban and a fine of up to 100,000 Icelandic krona (roughly £7,750).

The Ring Road is well maintained and there are plenty of signs to point you in the right direction. A Satnav with international maps is a great way to recover your route if you happen to take a wrong turn. Depending on when you visit Iceland, the weather will either be bright and sunny or heavy snow. If you’re visiting in winter, there are a few safety tips worth noting:

• Off-road driving is strictly prohibited.

• Studded tires are prohibited between April 15 and 31 October.

• Cars can have winter or summer tires throughout the year.

• If you’re traveling to an out-of-the-way part of the country, it’s worth downloading the Search and Rescue Association of Iceland’s safety app.

Driving in and around Iceland

Special Attractions

You’ll find the Motorcycle Museum of Iceland to the north of the island, in the town of Akureyri. Although it’s a little off the beaten track, the roads in the area are in good condition and, because this part of Iceland is bathed by the Gulf Stream, the weather’s usually temperate. The collection is mainly comprised of motorbikes from the last 100 years, however there are a few racing bikes for dedicated petrol-heads and some more unusual models for those with a keen interest.

The Ring Road is the best way to see Iceland’s attractions, covering 800miles around the island. Look out for Thingvellir National Park, which is part of the ‘Golden Circle’. Here, you’ll find yawning chasms, hissing geysers, and the breath-taking spectacle of the Gullfoss Waterfall.

The Jökulsarlon Iceberg Lagoon is to the east of Reykjavik, and just a short drive from the Ring Road. The Lagoon hosts the slowly-melting Breiðamerkurjökull glacier, from which colossal blocks of ice break off and float on the crystal-clear waters.

Quick Information

• Minimum Car Rental Age: The minimum age at which you can rent a car in Iceland is 21 years old. There is no upper age limit.

• Average Speed Limits: In populated areas, the speed limit varies between 30kmph and 50kmph, according to the road signs. On gravel roads, the limit is 90kmph while, on rural roads, it is 90kmph.

• Required Documents: To rent a car in Iceland, you will need a valid passport and a valid UK driving license. For payment purposes, a credit card is the best option.

• Which Side of the Road to Drive On: Icelanders drive on the right-hand side of the road and overtake on the left. At roundabouts, you must give right-of-way to the driver on the inside lane.

• Seatbelts: All passengers and the driver are legally required to wear seatbelts.

• Driving with Children: Children under 150cms in height must not sit in a seat with an airbag in front of it.

• Tolls and Charges: There is only one toll to pay on the Icelandic Ring Road, which is the entrance to the Hvalfjudor Tunnel. The tunnel goes directly under the Hvalfjudor Fjord, at a depth of 165metres below sea-level and at a length of 5770metres. The price for entering the tunnel is 1,000 Icelandic krona, which works out at around £7.76.