View of Lake Mývatn, Northern Iceland

View of Lake Mývatn, Northern Iceland

photo by Ville Miettinen (Flickr Creative Commons)

Motorhoming in Iceland – General Information

photo by Kenny Muir (Flickr Creative Commons) Jökulsárlón Photo by Kenny Muir (Flickr Creative Commons)

The ultimate in European adventure destinations, Iceland is for people interested in excitement and the great outdoors.  This is the land of boiling mud, volcanoes, glaciers, geysers and waterfalls.  This is where being out on the open road is a real challenge for visitors with motorhome rental, campervan hire, or any type of vehicle

Iceland isn’t really icy, in fact, only around 10% of the country is covered by glaciers, and it has a rather mild climate, considering its proximity to the Arctic Circle.  The official language of Iceland is Icelandic, which is similar to the Norse of the 13th century, but don’t worry, most Icelanders speak English too.  The majority also speak some of the other Scandinavian languages, as well as Spanish and French.

Just like its Scandinavian neighbours Iceland can be expensive, so motorhome rental or campervan hire is a very cost effective way of visiting the country.  The best advice is to overnight in one of the well equipped camp sites, they tend to be sighted around the places of interest, so you shouldn’t have too much trouble finding one.  There are also opportunities to spend the night in farmer’s fields, but the choice is yours; be aware that motorhome rental and campervan hire is popular in Iceland so the sites can get booked up in advance.

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There is one main road, Route 1, which circles the country; the others are either smaller asphalt roads, or rough tracks.  The prices for motorhome rental and campervan hire is high, and so is the demand, so make sure you plan your trip well in advance and book your vehicle before you arrive to get a good discount.

Most of the mountain roads are only open between June and October because they are just too wet and muddy any other time, but the majority of Iceland’s sights can be visited in a ‘normal’ vehicle.  For visitors who want to get off the beaten track a 4x4 is a good idea.  Now, it may sound a bit dramatic but it’s always a good idea to make sure you have plenty of fuel, water and food with you as the weather can change dramatically without warning and roads may be blocked.  If you want to avoid the 4x4 roads don’t travel on roads prefixed with an ‘F’, and if you see a sign, "malbik endar" it means that the paved road is coming to an end and changing to gravel.  If you see a sign which says ‘einbreið brú’ it means that there is a single track bridge coming up and priority is given to the vehicle that is on the bridge first.  

The two last tips are that if you have internet access, check the Iceland Metrological Office Website for updates on the road conditions, and beware of sheep!

Be prepared, and a motorhome rental or campervan hire Iceland will be a holiday to remember, for all the right reasons.

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