If you are looking for a superior company to handle your car hire in Iceland, then look no further than Auto Europe, a company with 60 years of offering the best rates and fantastic service to its customers. With hundreds of cars from which to choose, including luxury sports cars and SUVs, Auto Europe will help you select a vehicle that is a perfect match for your holiday plans without straining your bank account. Book online today or give us a call toll-free at 0800 358 1229. A customer service representative will be ready to assist you with your car rental needs for Iceland.
Iceland is a small country that is easily explored by automobile. In fact, with no train service on the island, a car rental assures you will be able to take in all the treasures of this country at a pace that suits your itinerary. Pick up your car hire in Reykjavik and start your adventure by visiting the National Museum of Iceland, for an excellent overview of the country's history, culture, and geological magnificence. As the world's most northerly capital city, Reykjavik offers travellers a sense of the beautifully eccentric Arctic lifestyle, with 22-hours of daylight in the summer, and practically endless nights in the wintertime. Once you have explored the urban scene of Reykjavik, be sure to explore the dramatic Icelandic wilderness. Drive your car rental to Keflavik and pay homage to Iceland's Viking roots at Viking World prior to taking in some spectacular hiking around the country's glaciers, or even stopping by the seaside for a whale watching tour. The possibilities are limitless when you arrange for a car rental in Iceland, so call Auto Europe today and we will help you create an adventure to remember.
A car hire in Iceland is a must for travellers who wish to fully experience the dramatic beauty of this magnificent country. While there is no train service throughout Iceland, there is a well-kept 'Ring Road' that directs you along the 825 miles of the periphery of the island. Be aware, however, that the Ring Road is not representative of Iceland's road conditions as a whole, as only a third of the country's roads are paved. Also, take extra care when driving, as the roads can be narrow with steep and unprotected drop-offs. It is essential that you follow the speed limit and assure you are not distracted from the road when driving. Below you will find rules and suggestions for driving in Iceland:
Although there are no toll roads in Iceland, you will be charged approximately ISK 1,000 to access the Hvalfjord Tunnel.
To hire a car in Iceland a driver must be at least 20 years of age and have held his or her driver's licence for at least one year in his or her country of residence. Drivers under 25 years of age may be charged an extra fee for driving inexperience when renting a car.
The Icelandic unit of currency is currently the króna (Ikr), however, Iceland has currently applied to become a member of the EU, which may require conversion to the euro.
ATMs are readily available throughout Iceland within each town as well as at larger petrol stations and shopping areas. Credit cards are happily accepted as Icelanders use credit and debit cards for nearly all purchases, and major cards such as Visa, MasterCard, Maestro and Cirrus are accepted in shops, restaurants and hotels throughout the country.
Located in the Western European Time Zone, (the same as Greenwich Mean Time), Iceland and the UK have no difference in time, with the exception being during daylight savings time. Iceland does not observe Daylight Savings Time, so they will be one hour ahead of the UK between late March and late October.
Icelandic is the official language of Iceland, but English and German are commonly spoken as well. Below are a few pronunciation tips as well as some phrases that may be helpful during your travels.
Yes - Já
No - Nei
Thank you - Takk
Thank you very much - Takk fyrir
You're welcome - þú ert velkominn/Gerðu svo vel
Please - Vinsamlegast/Takk
Excuse me - Fyrirgefðu
Hello - Halló/Góðan daginn
Goodbye - Bless
What is your name? - Hvað heitir þú?
Nice to meet you - Gaman að kynnast þér
How are you? - Hvernig hefur þú það?
Good - Góður/Góð (male/fem.)
Bad - Vondur/Vond (male/fem.)
Where is ...? - Hvar er ...?
One ticket to ..., please. - Einn miða til ..., (takk fyrir).
Where are you going? - Hvert ertu að fara?
Bus - Strætisvagn
Airport - Flugvöllur
Bus station - Umferðarmiðstöð
Departure - Brottför
Arrival - Koma
Car rental agency - Bílaleiga
Hotel - Hótel
Room - Herbergi
Reservation - Bókun
The electricity in Iceland operates on 220 volts, so a continental two-round-pin plug is standard. Be sure to travel with the appropriate adapters.
As a member in the Schengen Treaty, there are no border controls between participating countries, except Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Ireland, Romania and the United Kingdom who opted not to sign the treaty. If you possess a UK passport you will not need a visa for stays of up to three months. Other types of British nationals will need a valid Schengen visa to enter Iceland.
British Embassy Reykjavik
Telephone: +354 550 5100
Auto Europe can now offer you campervan hire in Iceland, probably the best way of touring the country. Comfortable motorhomes will take you from one landmark to another and help you organise your holiday at your own pace. Take a swim in a geothermal pool, then have some rest in your home away from home, and continue exploring Iceland's natural treasures.