Discovering Iceland By Car

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With an abundance of steam vents, lava fields and bubbling mud pools, Iceland is a destination that will simply take your breath away. There is so much to see when discovering Iceland by car that it is important to plan your trip meticulously, particularly when travelling off season.

Driving In Iceland

There are a few things to bear in mind when driving in Iceland. The weather is famous for changing quickly and constantly, so it’s best to be prepared for all eventualities every time you get in the car. And keep an eye out for sheep when driving in rural areas, especially in springtime. It’s also worth noting that petrol stations are mostly automated, so make sure you have a debit or credit card with a valid pin number. Generally speaking, you should always check road conditions before starting out and drive carefully, keep warm and stay alert at all times.

Massive steam eruption from a geysir, watched by a crowd of people
Discover the Geysir hot springs while on an Iceland road trip (Image by Sharon Ang from Pixabay)

One of the world’s leading car hire companies, Auto Europe is the perfect choice for travellers planning a road-trip in Iceland. The company works with all the top global and local suppliers to offer the widest choice of vehicles at the very best rates. Plus you can save even more money by taking advantage of Auto Europe’s regular promotions, including Free Winter Tyres (a major advantage in Iceland), GPS Included, Free Additional Drivers and Weekend Specials.

Exploring The Island

Attractions not to be missed include Geysir, the largest and most impressive of the country’s many hot springs, and the amazing glacial lagoon at Jökulsárlón where huge icebergs can often be seen breaking off and crashing into the water below.

Reykjavík And Keflavík

Iceland boasts the world’s most northerly capital, Reykjavík, which is bursting with tourist appeal for visitors of all ages. The city has an abundance of sights to explore, including the National Museum, Settlement Exhibition, Culture House, Wilderness Centre and Langjökull Ice Cave.

Large ship in a dock outside a museum. There are harbourside buildings and mountains in the background
Outside the Maritime Museum in Reykjavík

Close by lies Keflavík, another fascinating city that is home to many of Iceland’s top tourist attractions, as well as the country’s international airport. The long list of things you shouldn’t miss in Keflavík includes Viking World (whose main exhibit is the Íslendingur Viking ship) and the Duus Museum which offers visitors a fascinating portrayal of the country’s long history.

Natural Attractions

Just a half-hour drive from Keflavík lies the fabled Blue Lagoon, arguably the most scenic of the island’s many picture-book thermal swimming pools. Its pristine, silica-rich water remains pleasantly warm throughout the year and its milky, turquoise colour provides a scenic photographic backdrop.

Another of Iceland’s key natural attractions is Gullfoss (Icelandic for “Golden Falls”) located approximately two hours inland from Reykjavík. Here visitors can enjoy the thrill of watching icy water thundering down into the river below at one of the island’s most spectacular locations.

Man walking along a path beside a stream surrounded by hills
Exploring Iceland by car allows you to enjoy the unspoilt landscape

Westfjords

Also easily accessible by car from Reykjavík is the Westfjords region of north-west Iceland. With Greenland visible on a clear day, this largely mountainous area comprises dozens of fjords surrounded by steep cliffs and is the perfect day-trip destination for people staying in the Icelandic capital.

Driving On The Iceland Ring Road

An extensive motoring holiday in Iceland normally involves a trip round Route 1, the country’s famous two-lane Ring Road. This extraordinary 860-mile circuit offers drivers and their passengers everything from unparalleled ocean views to striking vistas across Iceland’s vast moon-like interior.

A major highlight in the south-east of the island is Vatnajökull, one of the largest national parks in Europe. Covering more than 5,000 square miles, the star feature is its huge 6,500 foot high icecap serenely surrounded by a series of majestic mountain ridges to form a unique landscape.

Exploring Iceland by car, driving along an empty road with barren landscape, mountains and a lake
On the road in Iceland (Image by rgroger84 from Pixabay)

Discovering Iceland By Car

With a car hire in Iceland you’ll also have quick and easy access to the idyllic Reykjanes Peninsula, an area notable for its hot springs and geothermal activity where visitors can tour volcanoes and enjoy a wide assortment of outdoor activities. Or you could choose a longer trip around western Iceland, taking in many of the island’s main sights.

And last but certainly not least, when planning your trip to Iceland, remember that the country ranks as one of the best places in the world to see the Northern Lights. This is a regular feature between September and April when the whole island is a hotspot for a heavenly light show!

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