Few tips to avoid a rental car horror story
It can be pretty expensive to rent a car in Iceland and the least you want to be a part of is getting charged after you arrive to your home for something you did not do. If you want some tips and tricks about how to find the best car for the lowest price, and not to have any surprising expensive cost afterwards, then this is the article to read! I’m here to tell you how to avoid any extra expenses. If you are renting a cheaper, older model then it is really important to be aware of the fact that you are not getting a brand-new car with no dents or scratches on it.
Upon arrival, you will make a report on the condition of the car and it is really important to mark in everything you see so you won’t be charged for something that was there before. If you want to be extra safe, TAKE PICTURES. If you notice some dent or scratches after you have driven away, call your car rental providers and tell them about it as soon as possible & take a picture of it. If you wait until you return you might be charged for it.
The insurances are different with each provider. The smartest thing is always to take the insurance bundle (Gold insurance, if that is an option with your car rental provider). With this package, you are as covered as you can be. But if you are on a small budget you might not always have that option. In order to be covered without the insurances it´s best to have a platinum card. With those cards you are completely covered, and there will usually be no self-risk.
There is a self-risk with all of the other insurances and that is why it is really important to always be careful even if you have the insurances. The insurances do lower the self-risk but they do not completely cover them. Please note to be extra careful when crossing rivers in Iceland as you are never covered if you “drown” your rental vehicle.
Extras!! We all love to have our vacations as comfortable as possible… BUT that also means more expenses. If you do not want to spend another 100 euros on extras. It is good to take the most important things with you on your trip.
Most important things for the best trip:
FM transmitter (if your car doesn’t have Bluetooth)
USB charger plug for the Cigarette lighter
Now the most surprising cost: GAS
Be aware that gas price might not be the same as in your region.
The cheap way to travel in Iceland
If you’re on a budget then you might think it’s not worth it to rent a car in Iceland to get around. You’d be mistaken though, because it’s actually much cheaper to get around in a rental car than taking the bus, if you’re traveling in a group of two or more. See this article for tips on driving in Iceland. And with the added bonus of being totally in control of your own schedule it’s no wonder that self drive tours are becoming increasingly more popular.
If you don’t feel like driving yourself all the time, then you might want to book some daytours where you can enjoy looking out of the window at the nature passing by, instead of continuously looking at the road. For a cheap option you could book Iceland’s most popular tour, the Golden Circle tour, in the South of Iceland. It’s so popular that it runs every day and you can choose between a half day tour or a full day tour, in a bus, Super Jeep, horseback riding or on a motorcycle. You can also combine it with a number of other activities, such as a trip to the Blue Lagoon, where you can bathe in milky blue warm water that does wonders for your skin.
Of course, you won’t be able to drive the entire time you’ll be in Iceland, as Iceland is best explored on foot. Such is the case if you go on a glacier tour or on an blue ice cave tour. Tours like that almost always offer a pick-up service in Reykjavík - but by driving to the starting location yourself you can get a cheaper price – and have the flexibility to spend the night nearby and continue on further into the countryside the following day. The best, and cheapest, option for an accommodation is to camp (summertime only). Or you might want to rent a camper van. To make your trip even cheaper and to be more environmentally friendly, you can share your ride with others through Iceland’s carpooling website.