Iceland (the country, not the shop) car hire + other suggestions

Any helpful tips on car hire in Iceland would be greatly apreciated for two people staying in Hveragerdi in mid-February.

I assume a 4x4 would be best, but there seems to be a lot of extra insurance options on car hire sites. Along with the usual theft waiver and collision waiver, there is also a sand + ash damage waiver and a gravel damage waiver - are these necessary/useful?

Any other helpful suggestions would be useful too (eating at a reasonable cost, etc).

Many thanks,

Hooj.

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In mid-February I'd do your research carefully about driving. That said Hveragerdi area is near the ring road so driving conditions may be fine on main routes but yes a 4*4 is recommended. I'd hope you are comfortable with snow and ice driving to contemplate driving in February. Download the 112 app for emergencies.

Regarding insurance you can look at places like insurance4carhire which covers the excess. Gravel cover is also advised and a lot of roads, even main side roads are gravel like substance so can flick up etc.

My other half is a confident driver and it wasn't until the last day of just over 2 weeks and the words "we didn't need that extra insurance" that saw the bumper being ripped off the motorhome a few minutes later in a gravel parking area that had a 'disguised' ledge oO luckily we took out cover so paid the minimum around £200 (thank God we did as it would have been over £1000)!

Get a good map and GPS. Sometimes GPS would tell us we had arrived and actually covered a huge area and we were miles away so don't just rely on it. The Lonely Planet was great and the maps detailed too.

hoojie

Iceland (the country, not the shop)

X) lol

Hi, been to Iceland and hired with a company named route 1. Genuine firm. If you intend to drive off tarmac roads get all the insurance. You will be more relaxed knowing you are covered. Jim.

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rachelandgromit

In mid-February I'd do your research carefully about driving. That said … In mid-February I'd do your research carefully about driving. That said Hveragerdi area is near the ring road so driving conditions may be fine on main routes but yes a 4*4 is recommended. I'd hope you are comfortable with snow and ice driving to contemplate driving in February. Download the 112 app for emergencies.Regarding insurance you can look at places like insurance4carhire which covers the excess. Gravel cover is also advised and a lot of roads, even main side roads are gravel like substance so can flick up etc.My other half is a confident driver and it wasn't until the last day of just over 2 weeks and the words "we didn't need that extra insurance" that saw the bumper being ripped off the motorhome a few minutes later in a gravel parking area that had a 'disguised' ledge oO luckily we took out cover so paid the minimum around £200 (thank God we did as it would have been over £1000)!Get a good map and GPS. Sometimes GPS would tell us we had arrived and actually covered a huge area and we were miles away so don't just rely on it. The Lonely Planet was great and the maps detailed too.



Thanks for your reply - especially the 112 emergency app, I had not heard of that.

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jco83

X) lol



Have you seen some of the jokey replies on this site
One person asked about waterproof boots and got the reply:
"It's not that cold / wet in Iceland. They keep most of the ice in freezers with lids on. You get the odd little bit on the floor but trainers or shoes will be fine."
Edited by: "hoojie" 30th Jan

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jimbo17

Hi, been to Iceland and hired with a company named route 1. Genuine … Hi, been to Iceland and hired with a company named route 1. Genuine firm. If you intend to drive off tarmac roads get all the insurance. You will be more relaxed knowing you are covered. Jim.



Thanks for the recommendation, that company is much cheaper than the main rental companies.

hoojie

Have you seen some of the jokey replies on this site ;-)


The jokey replies are one of the biggest reasons I come here! X)

Gravel insurance a good idea here, but the driving is fabulous, no traffic and only the ring road to navigate!
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