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    Car hire in Iceland at the best prices

    Welcome to Iceland, the land of geysers and Arctic nature, where the polar day lasts for several months before the darkness creeps in for a few long weeks. Explore the country that produced the phenomenal music of Sigur Rós and futuristic sounds of Björk. Get inspired!

    Iceland is a small country that is easily explored by an automobile. In fact, with no train service on the island, a car rental is a sure way of taking in all the treasures of this country at a pace that suits your itinerary. As the world's most northerly capital city, Reykjavik offers travellers a sense of the beautifully eccentric Arctic lifestyle. Once you have discovered 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.

    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 at +441233225114. A customer service representative will be ready to assist you with your car rental needs for Iceland.

    What are the most important driving rules in Iceland?

    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:

    • Drive on the right side of the road in Iceland.
    • There are no right turns on red.
    • Headlights must be on when driving.
    • Seat belts are mandatory for passengers in both the front and back seats, and children under 6 must be secured in a size-appropriate restraint.
    • Children under the age of 12 are not allowed to ride in a front seat of a vehicle equipped with a passenger airbag.
    • Mobile phone use while driving is strictly prohibited unless using a hands-free device.
    • Drivers must carry a valid driver's licence, car rental, and insurance documents in the car when driving.
    • To protect the fragile sub-Arctic vegetation, all off-road driving is strictly prohibited, except on some beaches.
    • Most bridges in Iceland are single-lane with the first car to arrive assuming the right-of-way.
    • Bring a good pair of sunglasses on your holiday - the sub-Arctic sun sits low in the sky, causing a potentially distracting glare for drivers.
    • In Iceland, you may not drive with a blood alcohol content of .05 or above, which is roughly the equivalent of one drink. Police have a very low tolerance for drunk driving, so if you are going to drink, do not drive. For more information on driving in Iceland, please see our driving information page.
    • Petrol Stations in Iceland are generally open from 7.30 am to 8:00 pm with some stations in major cities open until 11:00 pm. Most pumps are automated and accept standard chip-and-pin credit cards. You may also buy pre-paid cards for petrol.

    What to do in Iceland

    History: Begin your adventure in Iceland by paying a visit to the Viking World Museum, an excellent introduction to the country's history. The museum is located on the way from Keflavik International Airport to Reykjavik. Besides Viking ships, the collection has many inspiring things to see, including the modern museum building – a perfect blend of the old and the new, a metaphor of today's Iceland. Take a deep dive into the country's cultural heritage and continue your trip to the past by visiting the National Museum of Iceland in Reykjavik, for an outstanding overview of the country's history, culture, and geological magnificence.

    Midnight Sun and Aurora Borealis: With 22-hours of daylight in the summer, and practically endless nights in the wintertime, Iceland is a fantastic place to witness both natural phenomena. While spring and summer are the best seasons to traverse Iceland, autumn and winter give you more time for watching Aurora Borealis. Have you ever seen one? It's a sight to remember.

    Whale-watching: Icelandic shores provide an excellent possibility for spotting different types of whales, including blue, humpback and killer whales. Did you know that the killer whale that starred in a Warner Bros "Free Willy" movie was captured in Iceland? Keiko, the real name of its movie character Willy, has been flown back to its homeland from the USA to be trained to live free in the ocean with other killer whales. The best places for watching whales in their natural habitat are Akureyri, Hauganes and Húsavík. Trips from these ports account for the highest number of sightings. Other ports include Reykjavik and Ólafsvík.

    Road trips with my car hire in Iceland

    The whole island is circled by the afore-mentioned Ring Road, called number one road. The entire route measures 825 miles and can be driven in 15 – 16 hours. However, given the attractions that are located off the Ring Road, you might like to plan some more time, a few days at least to tour around with your car rental in Iceland. Travel during winter may require a four-wheel-drive vehicle or, sometimes, even a guide. Driving in summer is safer and, since the daylight lasts for longer, you can see more during a day. The Ring Road will take you to the country's landmark – Seljalandsfoss – a waterfall on the south coast. Due to its breathtaking beauty, it is one of the most photographed sites in the country. From the Ring Road you can make trips to idyllic villages, explore majestic fjords and take a bath in the hot springs! Iceland’s Ring Road offers you fantastic scenery all around, since there are no trees, the views stretch as far as the horizon. The route takes you through various landscapes, passing mountains, waterfalls, geysers, lakes and farms with sheep, reindeer and horses grazing in the endless pastures.

    How old do I need to be to rent a car in Iceland?

    To rent a car in Iceland a driver must be at least 20 years of age and have held his or her driving 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.

    Do I need to pay tolls when driving my car rental in Iceland?

    Although there are no toll roads in Iceland, you will be charged approximately ISK 1,000 to access the Hvalfjord Tunnel.

    A bit of history

    Written records mention Irish monks as the first settlers who came to the island around the 8th century. They left shortly before the Norman settling began. Gradually, between 870–930 the Normans colonized the island. Christianity was introduced in 1000. The Catholic Church was reformed to Lutheranism by the Danish king in 1550. The following years saw the Danish crown take control of the island. Iceland declared independence in 1918. At the beginning of the Second World War Iceland stayed neutral, however, in 1940 British troops were sent to the island, later to be replaced by the American army. Today, Iceland is an independent country, part of NATO and the EU.

    What is the currency in Iceland?

    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.

    What time zone is Iceland in?

    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.

    Which are the most common phrases in Icelandic?

    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.

    • a is pronounced like the a in father
    • e is pronounced like the e in test
    • i, y are pronounced like the i in little
    • u is pronounced like the German ü in für or the French u in tu
    • ö is pronounced like the German ö in höher or the French eu in neuf
    • æ sounds like eye
    • ð is pronounced like the th in weather (voiced th)
    • þ is pronounced like the th in thorn (unvoiced th)

    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

    Electricity - Do I need a power adapter in Iceland?

    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.

    Do I need a visa to travel to Iceland?

    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 residents will need a valid Schengen visa to enter Iceland.

    British Embassy Reykjavik
    Laufásvegur 31
    101 Reykjavík
    Iceland
    Email: info@britishembassy.is
    Telephone: +354 550 5100

    Can I hire a campervan in Iceland?

    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.

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