Any sort of commentary on driving in Iceland needs to start with a note about the sheer size of the island. Looking at how Iceland sit so far out on its own on a world map, with no other land nearby as a reference point, this might lead visitors into the false impression that this is actually quite a small place, when the opposite is actually true.
Although there are relatively few roads in Iceland outside the capital, there are still just about enough options to suggest various different popular tours, varying from the express one-way Golden Circle which picks out some of the most impressive places to visit within a day’s travel from Reykjavík, up to a full circuit of the whole island.
If you were to drive around Iceland non-stop without taking any additional inland detours, it might take you about 24 hours, hence a typical self-drive itinerary might take anything from 4 days to a fortnight.
Iceland might be the sort of destination where the non-driver or the visitor who otherwise doesn’t want to rent a car can still get around, but options are always going to be heavily limited when compared to getting your own hire car.
Should you rent a car in Reykjavík? Yes!
[footer2 num=”233″]Useful Reykjavik Car Hire and travel links
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|Life with a View||A really good local introduction to the unique driving conditions in Iceland.||http://www.livelifewithaview.com/everything-you-need-know-car-rental-iceland/|
|Extreme Iceland||A few suggestions on getting around Iceland without a car.||https://www.extremeiceland.is/en/information/news-and-blog/3113-how-to-get-around-in-iceland-without-a-car|
|Miss Tourist||A step by step guide to renting a car in Iceland.||https://misstourist.com/8-things-you-should-know-before-renting-a-car-in-iceland/|