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A Drive Across Iceland

Depending how long your stay is, you may be looking if its worth hiring a 4×4 to drive across Iceland. No matter whether Iceland is your dream destination or a simple stopover, you’re in the land of elves and surrounded by natural beauty in Iceland, wherever you go.

If you’re visiting Iceland you will most likely discover there are many tour agencies offering day trips around the Golden Circle where you can visit Thingvellir (Þingvellir) National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, The geysers including the Great Geysir and the Gullfoss waterfall. If you can’t spend a full week driving along Iceland’s ring road, those who are on a short break or layover waiting for their next scheduled flight, this option is a perfect way to glimpse just what Iceland has to offer, but bear in mind that as tourism in Iceland grows, these tours are becoming more and more popular.

Before we even booked our trip, we knew the only way to truly explore Iceland was to hire our own 4×4 and find out for ourselves. Of course after reading multiple websites, you realise a drive across Iceland is not like normal driving in most countries. You don’t realise how far away from civilisation you can be with remote areas of Iceland, the low temperatures of an Icelandic winter and of course the icy snow ridden roads. Thankfully settled any nerves as I could see what the typical road conditions were like before we even set off on our journey.

Whilst in Iceland, we took up an Icelandic horse riding tour along volcanoes – As we were pausing for lunch the weather turned completely and the roads around the mountains had closed. The main road back was out of action so we were diverted through some back roads. Within a couple of moments the weather can change without any prior warning, from sunshine to snow storm in a blink of an eye. We found ourselves having to take detours that we had not planned due to closed roads just to get ourselves back in time before the weather became any worse. It’s only then you realise how Mother nature still controls Iceland and anyone visiting. With my brave pants on we managed to navigate our way back to Reykjavík safely.

It’s worth noting you should always check your route is clear before driving anywhere just to make sure you don’t end up stranded and always listen to what locals advise. Of course if you aren’t sure, it’s worth waiting it out and letting any snowstorms pass rather than trying to drive through anything crazy. Visibility can also be a big issue whilst driving as when the roads are white, covered in snow and all around you is also white snow you may find it difficult to see far ahead.

Don’t let this put you off because the sheer enjoyment to be able to drive across Iceland made up for any hairy moments where you wish you weren’t the dedicated driver. The ongoing beautiful scenic views all around you is almost dream like. Something I could never imagine and loved every moment.

We hired our rental 4×4 through Geysir Car Rental and have to say they were absolutely brilliant. We had no problems at all with hiring a Dacia Duster through them. Before booking I had read numerous forums and TripAdvisor reports of some rental companies charging extortionate amounts for damage caused by wind blowing sand and ash onto the car’s paintwork. With so many insurance cover options it can be a little misleading what the right amount of cover is to take out and what level covers for what. So please read the small print! Thank fully we found the booking process straight forward with clear explanations for each insurance option which led to a worry free drive across Iceland. We had confidence in the brand new 4×4 we were provided rather than an older half worn out 4×4 that other rental companies provide in Iceland – so be warned! After all if you are planning on driving off the ring road and onto the F roads, you want to have confidence in what you’re driving.

The most important fact to reiterate is there’s no rush when you’re traveling at your own pace. The massive benefit of hiring a 4×4 in Iceland means you can travel at your own speed and go see what you want to, when you want to. This is what myself, Kate and our friends did and we wouldn’t have seen as much or experience Iceland the way we did without.

Here are some highlights of our drive across Iceland…

IMG_6173 IMG_6163 IMG_6321 IMG_6157 Drive Across Iceland

We are already itching to go back this winter, so what’s stopping you taking a drive across Iceland?

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**PLEASE NOTE – we received complimentary car hire courtesy of  Geysir Car Rental, but rest assure all opinions are honest and our own**

Article written by Adam Boston

Discover the most inspiring travel stories, must do adventures, and photography of the world seen through the eyes of Adam. Uncovering what the world has to offer, from one country to another.


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  • Mike – Wandering Me

    Commented on 10/10/2015 at 09:31

    We very much went for the worn out car with 430k on the clock rather than the brand new 4×4! How did you manage to receive a complimentary hire car? Very jealous.

    Iceland is a great adventure.
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    • Adam Boston

      Commented on 10/10/2015 at 09:40

      Hi Mike, the next time you visit Iceland – give us a shout. I wish I had posted this article sooner to have helped you guys out. Just read your article on the Toyota Avensis.. the fuel gauge not working would worry me too much to drive long distances without stopping at every fuel station I see.
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  • Agness

    Commented on 10/10/2015 at 17:17

    Iceland is absolutely amazing! I can’t actually believe that you managed to take such amazing pictures with such extreme weather conditions!!

    • Adam Boston

      Commented on 10/10/2015 at 19:33

      Thanks Agness, we loved every moment in Iceland and I’m itching to go back already! I love how different the landscape looks between winter and summer.. might be an excuse to go back soon 🙂 Have you been yourselves?

  • Traveling Rockhopper

    Commented on 11/10/2015 at 17:47

    Beautiful winter pictures!
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  • Angie@Angie’s Recipes

    Commented on 11/10/2015 at 19:01

    It’s COLD…but those photos you took are just breathtakingly beautiful that I want to be there too!
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    • Adam Boston

      Commented on 11/10/2015 at 20:17

      It’s cold the first time you step off the plane, but once you’ve climatised Iceland is your oyster 🙂

  • Tim UrbanDuniya

    Commented on 12/10/2015 at 11:10

    Wow – not just across Iceland, but DRIVING across!! And that shot of the plane wreck – spectacular!

    • Adam Boston

      Commented on 12/10/2015 at 11:33

      Would you be astounded if I told you it was taken with an iPhone? I’ll be uploading some more of the abandoned Douglas Super DC-3 airplane shortly 🙂

  • Becky Padmore

    Commented on 12/10/2015 at 14:19

    Love Iceland one of my favourite places in the world especially at winter – the landscapes are incredible!

    • Adam Boston

      Commented on 12/10/2015 at 14:38

      Completely agree with you Becky! The untouched landscape is just stunning with every bend in the road. Being able to drive across Iceland was a test at times, but so so worth it. It’s one place in the world I really would love to live.

  • Aaron Jade

    Commented on 16/10/2015 at 11:16

    Hey Adam, great pics. would have to have some nerves of steel on those ICY roads. I like the idea of CRUISING around at your own pace and not having to be in group transport, far more enjoyable.
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    • Adam Boston

      Commented on 16/10/2015 at 19:01

      Nerves of steel.. definitely without a doubt on some occasions, but that made it all worth while.. a nice feeling of accomplishment once we handed the keys back, with the car and us all safe and sound 🙂 Seriously, I loved every moment out there.

  • Katie

    Commented on 28/10/2015 at 13:15

    Iceland is so high up on my travel wishlist! Great driving tips here, we love the freedom of renting a car when we travel. Great snowy photos!! 🙂
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    • Adam Boston

      Commented on 06/11/2015 at 20:11

      Freedom of driving at your own pace, at your own time. Something I can’t explain any stronger why everyone visiting ICeland should rent a car (4×4). Don’t be scared, just do it and you’ll soon have the time of your life! 🙂
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