ROAD TOLLS AND ENTRANCE FEES IN ICELAND
Vaðlaheiðargöng (Vadlaheidi tunnel) is a new tunnel in the northern part of Iceland. The tunnel is right next to Iceland’s second-largest town, Akureyri, and even though it only shortens the Ring Road by approximately 16km it eliminates the need for travellers to drive over the Víkurskarð mountain heath, which can be difficult and dangerous in winter.
Drivers need to pay road toll when they drive through the Vadlaheidi Tunnel and it is unique in the fact that there are no toll booths or pay machines around. Instead, travellers must visit www.tunnel.is and pay the 1.500 ISK fee for each single trip via card, either three hours prior to or after their trip through the tunnel.
· We would like to point out to our summer travellers that driving over the Víkurskarð mountain heath will not delay your trip by more than a few minutes and is totally free of charge. It is only in winter that the tunnel is the far better option.
Please note that if the toll is not paid via www.tunnel.is during the 6-hour time window, the road toll is raised and the bill is sent directly to Blue Car Rental as the registered owner of the vehicle.
In these cases Blue Car Rental needs to add a service fee / handling fee of 2.500 ISK to the toll fee resulting in a total charge of 4.000 ISK* for the customer. This is due to the work that is done by our staff in relation to any official inquiry the company must respond to and the ascertaining of the renter at the exact time of the presumed day of the event and other investigation needed.
*Note: If a customer drives through the tunnel more than once, the charge for each trip is added to the total amount.
We therefore encourage all our customers to please make sure to pay the toll fee via www.tunnel.is in time.
NATIONAL PARKS ENTRANCE FEES
Þingvellir National Park and Skaftafell National Park, a part of Vatnajökulsþjóðgarður National Park, are two National Parks in Iceland where drivers need to pay Entrance Fee / Parking Fee if entering. In both parks there are signs and payment information which nobody should miss. The charge at each park is based on length of stay of a vehicle determined by license plate recognition. The charge is for one day, valid until midnight each day, and drivers are able to pay on the spot through parking booths or pay machines or via these websites; https://myparking.is/pay/thingvellir/or https://myparking.is/pay/skaftafell/.
In both of the above mentioned national parks the Entrance Fee / Parking Fee is:
- 750 ISK for Category A - family car with up to 5 seats
- 1.000 ISK for Category B – family car with 6-9 seats.
Please note that if the Entrance Fee / Parking Fee is not paid at the spot or via https://myparking.is/pay/thingvellir/ or https://myparking.is/pay/skaftafell/ before leaving the National Parks, the charges are raised and the bill is sent directly to Blue Car Rental as the registered owner of the vehicle.
In these cases Blue Car Rental needs to add a service fee / handling fee of 2.500 ISK to Entrance Fee / Parking Fee resulting in a total charge of 3.250 – 3.500 ISK for the customer. This is due to the work that is done by our staff in relation to any official inquiry the company must respond to and the ascertaining of the renter at the exact time of the presumed day of the event and other investigation needed.
We therefore encourage all our customers to please make sure to pay the Entrance Fee / Parking Fee at the spot or via the beforementioned websites!
For more information about Þingvellir National Park and Vatnajökulsþjóðgarður National Parks see the below websites:
· Vatnajökulsþjóðgarður - https://www.vatnajokulsthjodgardur.is/en
· Þingvellir - https://thingvellir.is/en