How to Explore Iceland in a Rental Car

Throughout Iceland, there are many places to explore that are off the beaten path. To access the best sites, you'll need the right vehicle and a good gameplan.

Practical Transportation for Iceland

The weather can be a major factor in Iceland. It can alter a vehicle's stability, speed, handling, and traction. In order to explore Iceland with no limitations, you'll need a proper automobile that suits the season. 

Summer Vehicles

You can traverse the island effectively in the summer in a small vehicle that utilizes 2WD. Many of these automobiles are subcompact cars.

We offer a variety of hatchbacks and sedans with 2WD. If you need some ideas, we recommend any of the following vehicles:  

  • Kia Rio
  • Toyota Yaris

Winter Vehicles

In the winter, the conditions beyond the main roads in Iceland are usually harsh. To explore these locations, you'll need a powerful 4WD vehicle like a

  • Toyota Rav4
  • Suzuki Vitara
  • Dacia Duster

geyser in Iceland

The Best Sites to Visit in Iceland

You can drive to beaches, lagoons, and other fantastic spots in Iceland. Here are three places you have to visit before you leave the island.

The Golden Circle

The Golden Circle has a lot to offer. You'll see lava fields, powerful geysers, large waterfalls, and more.

If you're going to explore this region in the winter, we recommend that you rent a vehicle that utilizes four-wheel drive. It will help you conquer terrains that are covered with snow and ice.

The East Fjords

The East Fjords are a wild, beautiful place in Iceland. It is best to explore the remote area in a rental car. During your time in the East Fjords, you'll learn all about the local culture at the fishing villages. The landscapes beyond the villages are vast. If you go exploring, you'll encounter narrow valleys, steep cliffs, and other marvelous sites.

Snaefellsnes Peninsula

The Snaefellsnes Peninsula is located in the western part of Iceland. In this region, there are breathtaking views of the entire island.

Snæfellsnes peninsula

Food Destinations

While you're hungry in Iceland, grab a map and take a trip to these restaurants.

Bergsson Mathús in Reykjavik

Bergsson Mathús is located in the middle of Reykjavik, so it's not hard to find. This restaurant serves baked desserts and brunch dishes.

Fjöruborðið in Stokkseyri

Fjöruborðið is a short drive from Reykjavik. You can order langoustine soup, langoustine tails, and other seafood dishes at this restaurant.

Bryggjan Cafe in Grindavik

Bryggjan Cafe is located close to the Blue Lagoon. At this restaurant, you can order hot seafood broth or a fresh bowl of lobster soup.

If you want a rental car in Iceland, visit our booking page. We offer cars by Toyota, Kia, Dacia, Nissan, and other top brands.

For more useful travel tips you can also visit our blogs about driving in Iceland and other practical information.






Panorama ATV tour

Panorama ATV tour

Iceland is the perfect place to ride an ATV in. The Panorama ATV tour will take you up between Húsafell and Fiskidalsfjall mountains along beautiful lava and black volcanic sand. After that, your guide takes you up mount Hagafell, where you´ll have the perfect view over the Blue Lagoon and the Eldey island.