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Guide to Renting a Camper in Iceland


Camper in Iceland

Headed to Iceland? There’s no better way to see as much of this beautiful island as possible, for such an attractive price, than renting a camper. From the Golden Circle to the Westfjords and beyond, renting a camper in Iceland offers a range of benefits for a range of travellers. 

Not sure how to pick an Iceland camper rental or where to go once you have one? Not sure on the rules of the road or the best ways to plan an Iceland camper rental trip? We have you covered with our full, extensive guide to renting a camper in Iceland.

Why Rent a Camper in Iceland? 

There are many reasons why you might choose to rent a camper in Iceland. We see a few different types of travellers renting Iceland campers, but primarily, this option appeals to friends travelling together, couples exploring Iceland on a budget, or families who want a more convenient option to a hotel and Iceland car hire. Regardless of who you are, though, you’ll easily see why renting a camper in Iceland is such a popular travel option. A few of the benefits?

  • Enjoy the freedom to go where you want, when you want

When you’re renting a camper in Iceland, the whole island opens up to you. You can travel anywhere you want, whenever, and you’re not tied down to a tour group or a hotel address. You can drive to some of the most popular stops around the country, set up camp, and then enjoy yourself amid all the spectacular views and vistas, without having to hurry back to your hotel at the end of the evening. 

If you value freedom and flexibility when travelling, there’s no other way to go than an Iceland camper. 

Beautiful Icelandic nature

  • Save a little money

It’s no secret. Iceland is a somewhat expensive destination to visit. However, there are a few ways that you can make visiting Iceland a little more budget-friendly. Renting a camper in Iceland is one way to do so.

Think about it. Renting a car and booking every single night in a hotel can be costly. When you combine your transportation costs with your accommodations costs by renting a camper van, you can save a tremendous amount — leaving you more room in your budget for fun.

But don’t take our word for it. Just look at the prices. If you book a camper van with us for an entire week in June, with pickups and drop-offs at the Keflavik International Airport, rates start at 154,100 ISK, or 1,218 USD/1,036 EUR/879 GBP. To rent a car for the same time period, you’d be paying at least around 86,500 ISK, or 684 USD/582 EUR/493 GBP, plus the cost of a hotel, with rates for accommodations in Reykjavik that week hovering around 12,590 ISK per night, or 100 USD/84 EUR/72 GBP. 

All told, the camper van is your cheapest option, especially if you want to see more than just one region while you’re in Iceland (and, believe us, you do!). 

  • Stay close to nature throughout your entire trip

Soaring mountains, black sand beaches, plummeting waterfalls — there are so many beautiful, natural wonders to see in Iceland. But can you really appreciate the full extent of Iceland’s natural beauty if you’re forced back to your hotel every night? 

Renting a camper van in Iceland allows you to fully immerse yourself in nature throughout your entire trip. From the moment you pick up your rental to the moment you're ready to head home again, you can surround yourself with the stunning views of the Icelandic landscape, from sunrise to sunset — and don’t forget those magnificent northern lights that you’ll be able to catch after dark, too.

Travelling in Iceland in a Camper Van: Who is it For?

Are you considering booking an Iceland camper rental for your upcoming trip? You may be wondering if this unique mode of transportation is right for you. In our experience, camper rentals are most suited to a few types of travellers, including:

  • Adventure travellers who want to see as much of Iceland’s more remote locales as possible
  • Independent travellers who want a lot of flexibility and freedom in their itineraries, without the need to be tied to a hotel reservation
  • Families or small groups of 2 to 4 people who want more privacy during their travels
  • Nature lovers who already enjoy activities such as camping during their travels
  • And budget travellers who want to save a bit of travel cash by bundling the cost of their accommodations and transportation together

If you’re still unsure if an Iceland camper van rental would be right for your trip, check out our top 9 reasons to rent a camper van for your trip to Iceland

The Best Time to Travel with a Camper in Iceland

We always recommend summer as the best time to travel by camper in Iceland. There are a few reasons for this, but primarily, it all comes down to the weather. Weather in Iceland can be very fickle and a lot of our visitors don’t always prepare for the colder weather as they should. Visiting in the summer just about guarantees warmer temperatures (at least warm by Iceland standards!) and you’ll have the chance to see Iceland’s midnight sun, that magical brief moment in the summer when you’re actually able to see the sun at midnight! 

Additionally, visiting in the summer means you can easily access all areas of Iceland, such as the more remote Highlands and Westfjords, without worries about difficult-to-traverse snowy and icy conditions. You’ll also be able to spot summertime wildlife, such as the arctic fox, puffins, reindeer, and whales. 

Summertime temperatures in Reykjavik hover between 7 and 25 degrees Celsius, or 44 and 77 degrees Fahrenheit.

If you choose to visit during the shoulder seasons of spring or fall, you will have a better chance of seeing the northern lights, which are typically visible from September through March. You’ll also save a bit of cash, as demand for travel to Iceland is lower, so prices on things such as car hires and camper rentals are more affordable. The lessened demand also equals fewer crowds at some of Iceland’s top sites. 

You can see the northern lights in Iceland from September to March

Travelling to Iceland during the winter months is probably the least advised, though some do still make the journey to Iceland in the winter, for a few reasons, the most obvious being the cheapest prices and low crowds. However, the gorgeous snow-covered mountains, vibrant northern lights, and frozen waterfalls don’t hurt either. 

If you do decide to visit Iceland in the winter, just be prepared to deal with a lot of snow and a lot of ice; you’ll want to dress accordingly. And while our camper vans are outfitted with Webasto heating systems, they can still get chilly, too. To best deal with icy and snowy road conditions, we further recommend only renting a 4x4 campervan during this time.  

Winter temperatures in Reykjavik stay between -10 and 10 degrees Celsius, or 14 and 50 degrees Fahrenheit. 

How Much Does it Cost to Rent a Camper Van in Iceland?

Renting a camper van allows you to save money on your accommodations while travelling around Iceland. While the upfront cost is larger than what you’d pay for just a car rental, you’ll find that not paying for a separate hotel fee is more than worth it. 

However, not all camper vans in Iceland cost the same. How much you’ll pay will depend on a few factors, such as:

  • The size

You can find camper vans that range from large enough for just two travellers to big enough for a whole family or group of five. As you could probably guess, the larger the camper van, the more expensive the cost.

  • Manual vs. automatic transmission

Manual transmission camper vans, like the Nissan NV200, are more popular throughout Iceland, as is the case with automobiles in general in the country. If you want a camper van with an automatic transmission, such as the Renault Kangoo (recommended if you’re not comfortable driving a manual), you’ll have to pay more for this luxury.

  • 2WD vs. 4WD

Whether or not a camper van is equipped with 4x4 capabilities will also impact the price. While you might think you can cut costs by renting a 2WD camper van, don’t make this mistake if you’re travelling to Iceland in the winter or if you plan on visiting the Icelandic Highlands. A 4WD vehicle of any type is recommended during the winter months when weather can be particularly harsh. Likewise, it’s illegal to drive on the Icelandic Highlands F-roads without a 4x4 vehicle. 

  • The age

As is the case when purchasing or renting any vehicle, age will factor into the cost of your camper van. Older models are (gently) used, but are more affordable. If, though, you want some fancier features or a newer interior, you might want to pay the extra cost for a newer model of a camper van.

  • Features

Speaking of features, the more features a camper van has, the more it’ll cost. A standard modified camper just offers a basic place to sleep. If you want a rental that’s going to be equipped with a kitchen, toilet and shower, you’ll pay more.

  • Season

As is the case with car rentals, hotel rates and even flights, the season in which you travel directly impacts your travel costs. Summer is the high season in Iceland (as is Christmas), so you can expect to pay more around these times than you would in the winter or the shoulder seasons of spring or fall.

  • Rental period

Obviously, the longer you rent your camper van, the more you’ll pay. 

  • Fuel consumption 

If you want to save further money at the fuel station when renting a camper van, you’ll want to opt for a camper van that runs off diesel. Diesel is cheaper than petrol in Iceland. 

Typically, the base cost of a standard camper van in Iceland will be about 10,000–25,000 ISK or $90–$200 USD per day. This does not include the cost of your rental insurance (either a base package or extra insurance add-ons), or the cost of additional available rental features, such as WiFi or a GPS. You’ll also want to factor in the cost of your fuel (current prices in Iceland are 245–280 ISK, or $1.88–$2.14 USD, per litre; do note that a litre is about one-fourth of an American gallon). Other costs that you’ll incur as you travel around Iceland in a camper van include campground and parking fees, as well as tolls; for more information about driving fees and fuel costs, check out our guide to driving in Iceland.

What Type of Camper to Rent in Iceland

Crafter campervan from Lava in the icelandic nature

But ensuring that you have an amazing campervan experience in Iceland relies a lot on choosing the right camper van for your needs. 

If you’re mostly going to be sticking to main roads — so if, for example, you’re planning to travel either the Golden Circle or the Ring Road — and visiting during the summer, you could probably go with a 2WD camper. Lava Car Rental offers two variations of a 2WD camper van, both manual and automatic options, so you can pick the variant that’s best for your comfort. 

If you’re visiting Iceland during the winter or you plan to visit either the Highlands or the Westfjords, it’s advised that you rent a 4WD camper van. This will ensure that you have all of the power and stability needed when traversing some of these trickier, more hazardous landscapes. 

Beyond this, though, you’ll want to consider the number of people that need to travel and sleep in your camper van. Lava Car Rental offers camper vans that can comfortably fit between two and five travellers, with our 2WD vans fitting two travellers and our 4WD vans fitting either three or five travellers

How to choose a camper van in Iceland

As you peruse your Iceland van rental options, how do you know which option is best for you? There are a few things you can consider. 

  • Budget

Obviously, your budget will play a big role in which camper van you pick. Luckily, you can find quite a few cheap camper van options.

  • Comfort

You want to be comfortable during your travels. Make sure that you not only pick a van that will be large enough for all of your fellow travellers and all the associated luggage, but also a van that will be comfortable for you to drive. If you’re not familiar with driving larger vehicles or manual transmission vehicles, you may want to opt for a smaller camper van and/or one with an automatic transmission.

  • Itinerary

Where do you plan to go and what do you plan to do while in Iceland? If you plan on driving the Highland F-roads during the summer, you’ll need a 4x4 camper van, as it’s illegal to drive on F-roads in Iceland without 4WD capabilities. 

  • The rental provider

Lastly, as you shop around for your perfect Iceland camper van rental, you’ll want to take the actual rental provider into account. What do they include in your camper van rental? Will they pick you up from the airport? What do their reviews look like? Do they only offer pick-up and drop-off locations at the airport, or also in the city?

Is a 4x4 camper van necessary for exploring Iceland?

There are a few reasons why you might want to opt for a 4x4 van rental in Iceland, even if it does cost a little more. 

  • Season

If you’re travelling to Iceland during the winter, a 4x4 vehicle will give you extra peace of mind as you travel around the island. You never know what kind of inclement weather will pop up and, if you have a 4x4 vehicle, you’ll be better prepared for icy and snowy roads.

  • Itinerary

If you plan on visiting Iceland’s Highlands and travelling the F-roads, then you’ll definitely need a 4x4 vehicle. Travelling these roads with a 2WD vehicle is illegal and will result in a fine. 

You will need a 4x4 vehicle to drive to the Icelandic Highlands

Pick-up and Drop-off locations and times for your Iceland Camper Van

After arriving in Iceland and before you leave, you’ll want to pick up or drop off your camper rental in the most convenient spot for you. 

If you’re literally picking up your camper van right after arriving in Iceland, you can do so from Keflavik Airport. Lava Car Rental offers free pick-up and drop-off to and from Keflavik Airport with our shuttle service, which will take you to our office, three minutes away. There, you can pick up your camper van and hit the road. 

However, if you’re already in the city, don’t think that you need to find a Reykjavik camper van somewhere downtown. You can still rent from Lava Car and many other rental companies outside the city. Sometimes, this will incur an extra pick-up fee, but it is still possible.

You can typically pick up your camper van anytime in the morning or early afternoon. You will need to pick up and drop off your camper van during the rental company’s opening hours. Lava Car, for example, is open from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m.

When to Book a Camper Van in Iceland

As mentioned before, there are pros and cons to every season of the year when travelling by camper van in Iceland.

  • Summer

Summertime is the most popular time of year to rent a camper van in Iceland. You get the advantages of long days, mild weather and lots of options for campsites. You can more easily reach the Highlands and Westfjords, which are closed off in the winter. You also won’t need to bring all the cold-weather gear with you that you might need during a winter trip. 

Unfortunately, since summer is the most popular time of year to camp in Iceland, you’ll also run into higher prices and crowds.

  • Spring/Autumn

The two shoulder seasons of spring and autumn give you cheaper prices at campgrounds and with rental providers. The crowds are also lessened and you can still see the northern lights if you come to Iceland during the autumn months. 

However, the weather can be a little bit unpredictable and some formal campsites are closed at this point.

While traveling in a campervan in Iceland, check what camping sites are open before you go.

  • Winter

Winter is the least popular time of year for travelling in Iceland via camper van, which means you’ll enjoy great savings on all of your travel costs, and you’ll also experience very few crowds. You likewise get the fun of seeing the northern lights and celebrating the holiday season in the snowy, icy, beautiful Iceland winter landscape. Of course, with that beautiful snow and ice comes potentially dangerous road conditions that may require you to adjust your itinerary, so a bit of flexibility is required. Additionally, most formal campsites are closed during the winter.

However, whatever season of the year that you decide to visit Iceland, book your camper van right after you book your flights. You want to secure your rental as soon as possible, as camper van rentals in Iceland sell out quickly, especially during the summer and the shoulder seasons.

Renting a Camper in Winter in Iceland 

If you still find yourself wondering if you should visit Iceland during the winter months, the short answer is “absolutely!” — but it’s important to know the pros and cons of visiting Iceland in the winter, and especially of travelling in a camper in Iceland during the winter, before you decide if this is a good fit for you. 

On the pros side, visiting Iceland in the winter months provides travellers with a brand-new, winter wonderland-esque landscape that they just won’t see during other times of the year. Additionally, winter is the low season in Iceland, meaning you’ll enjoy more affordable pricing on flights, accommodations, tours, car rentals and more. Likewise, you’ll find activities that are unavailable during the summer months, such as northern lights chasing

On the cons side, you’ll be dealing with potentially dangerous weather, so you’ll need to travel at a slower pace, and likely for fewer hours each day (as Iceland doesn’t have a lot of daylight during the winter months). Some areas of Iceland are additionally inaccessible during the winter, with roads closed off for months at a time. Still, if you go slow, are careful and rent the right vehicle or camper van, you can safely enjoy Iceland during the winter.

Can you rent a camper van in Iceland in winter?

Yes, you can rent a camper in Iceland in winter, but it’s highly advised that you go with a 4WD camper rental in Iceland’s snowier months. Lava Car Rental offers 4x4 Iceland camper options such as the VW Transporter, which is an excellent option for long trips or families. You should only go with a 2WD camper rental when visiting Iceland in the winter if you plan on staying around only the most populated roadways, such as around the Golden Circle. 

Whether you choose a 2WD or 4WD camper rental in Iceland, though, you’ll want to ensure that it’s properly outfitted for winter weather. Your camper van should come outfitted with winter tires (which are legally required in Iceland between November and April anyway), a Webasto heating system, proper insulation and warm bedding. Lava Car Rental’s campers come with all of the above, including full, winter-ready sleeping kits. 

Rent a campervan in Iceland in winter and explore the amazing winter wonders

Can you camp in Iceland in the winter?

If you book an Iceland camper van in winter, you’ll find that not every single campground around Iceland is open, but those that are open through the colder months still offer all the amenities you might need, such as showers, restrooms and laundry facilities. 

One great thing about camping in Iceland in winter? Since demand is down, you rarely need to make a reservation. Just show up and claim your camping spot. 

For more information, check out our full guide to camping in Iceland

Can you sleep in a camper van in Iceland in winter?

Yes, absolutely! All you’ll need to do is find an open campground, where you can park and enjoy access to amenities such as electric hookups, water, restrooms and more. Typically, though, even if a campground is not open, if there are no nearby campgrounds and you’re in a particularly remote location, you’ll be permitted to park there. You just won’t have access to the normal amenities and facilities. 

Tent camping is not recommended during the winter months in Iceland, due to the harsh weather conditions and low temperatures.

Can you drive a 2WD camper in the winter season?

It is possible to rent a 2WD camper van during the winter months. However, a 2WD camper van won’t allow you to travel everywhere around the island during the winter. Because of the snow and ice, several regions of the island are closed off during the winter (mostly the Highlands and Westfjords). Additionally, you won’t want to drive a 2WD camper van on any rural or remote roads during the winter, for the risk of getting stuck or stranded. 

For optimum safety, we recommend renting a 4x4 camper van during any winter trip to Iceland. If, though, you absolutely must rent a 2WD vehicle during your visit, you will find that it’s usually possible to drive on Iceland’s main roads and around the cities, with some caution; you just might not be able to drive everywhere that you could during the summer months.

How the Webasto System Works 

Why is the Webasto heating system the best for camper vans when travelling around Iceland during the winter? 

A Webasto heater works by passing air over a heat exchanger, then dispersing that air throughout the vehicle. The air is kept completely separate from the vehicle’s combustion system. This allows for safer use, while still allowing you full control over the inside temperature. Additionally, Webasto heaters are very fuel-efficient, and they can run for up to 22 hours on one gallon of fuel.

Where to Take your Camper in Iceland

Really, there’s no wrong answer when asking where to take your camper in Iceland. However, we have a few recommended top spots to see, depending on where you’re headed.

Southern and Western Iceland

Southern and western Iceland encompasses both Snaefellsnes Peninsula and Reykjanes Peninsula. The former is home to Snaefellsjokull National Park, where you can see the mammoth Snaefellsjokull glacier; Kirkjufell mountain, which you may recognize from the role it played as a setting in Game of Thrones; and Djupalonssandur Black Beach, one of the most famous black sand beaches in Iceland. 

Meanwhile, the Reykjanes Peninsula is one of the more populated areas of Iceland, but still filled with plenty of natural wonders, including lots of interesting volcanic activity within the UNESCO Global Geopark. 

Other natural attractions in southern and western Iceland include Jokulsarlon and Vatnajokull National Park, a World Heritage Site renowned for its dramatic landscape and plentiful hiking opportunities. There’s a lot to see in this park, so you’ll want to take your time if you visit; in fact, the national park is the second largest in all of Europe and it takes up about 14% of Iceland’s landmass. 

Of course, one of the most prominent and well-known attractions in southern and western Iceland is the Blue Lagoon, a can’t-miss stop on any Iceland itinerary. Stop by to take a dip in the thermal waters and maybe even book a luxury spa treatment. 

Many campervan travellers choose to take the Golden Circle when exploring southern and western Iceland, as this iconic drive takes you to some of Iceland’s best spots (including Reykjavik and Thingvellir National Park), but it only takes a few hours to traverse, not counting stops.

The Ring Road 

Waterfall on the Ringroad in Iceland - Picture by Pixabay

The Ring Road is another popular camper van driving route, but rather than only showing you a portion of the island, as the Golden Circle does, the Ring Road takes you on a journey throughout the bulk of Iceland, circumventing the entire interior. If you’re renting a camper van for a longer Iceland stay, you absolutely won’t regret taking the Ring Road around the island.

Along the way, you’ll see the Reynisfjara black sand beach; Vatnajokull, the largest ice cap in Iceland; the glacial lake of Jokulsarlon; Dettifoss, the second-most-powerful waterfall in Europe and one of the most impressive waterfalls in all of Iceland; and Myvatn, a vibrant green lake known for its moss balls. The Ring Road also travels through the Eastfjords, known for its picturesque jagged coastline. 

The Westfjords 

If it’s a lack of crowds you’d like during your trip to Iceland, and if you’re travelling during the summer when the weather is nicest, you may want to take your camper van to the Westfjords. 

The least-visited region in Iceland, the Westfjords are wild and untamed. All along your drive, you’ll enjoy unprecedented views without even leaving your camper, and when you do stop, you’ll get to see a range of unforgettable sights, from the pink sands of Raudasandur to the flora and fauna of the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve, to the natural hot springs of Drangsnes.

The Highlands

Much like the Westfjords, the Icelandic Highlands are best visited in the summer and only with a 4WD camper van. While the roads there boast incredible landscapes, they can also be treacherous if you don’t visit under the right weather circumstances. A 4WD camper van can ensure you’re as safe as possible. 

While there, you’ll want to pay a visit to Landmannalaugar, with its hot springs at the edge of a lava field, located within the Fjallabak Nature Reserve; the vast mountains of Kerlingarfjoll; Thorsmork, a mountain ridge named after Thor and just as impressive; and the deep lakes and craters of Askja. 

What is Included in an Iceland Camper Van Rental?

While you’ll need to bring a few key items when camping in Iceland, you’ll find that many camping essentials are already provided for you, in your camper van. Lava Car Rental includes the following with each camper van, totally for free:

  • A kitchen kit, with pots, pans, plates and cutlery
  • A gas stove
  • Sleeping kits, with pillows, mattresses and sleeping bags
  • An electric cooler
  • Foldable chairs and a table 

You can also add on more general rental extras, such as having an extra driver or WiFi 4G in your camper van. Extra complimentary amenities that Lava Car offers include free shuttle service to and from Keflavik Airport, unlimited mileage and select insurances.

You can cook your own meals while traveling in Iceland in a campervan

What to Bring when Renting a Camper Van in Iceland 

Your Iceland camper van will come equipped with lots of handy gear, such as a gas stove, refrigerator, mattress and more. However, there are a few things that you’ll want to bring on your own, including camping gear and the right clothes for an Iceland trip

As you build your packing list, make sure to include…

  • Layered, waterproof and warm clothing
  • A swimsuit (for all the Icelandic hot springs!)
  • Gloves, hat and scarf
  • Waterproof shoes
  • A quick-dry towel
  • A 40 to 50-litre backpack
  • Extra chargers for your mobile, laptop, camera and other tech
  • A portable WiFi or Bluetooth speakers
  • Headphones
  • Toiletries, including soap, shampoo, face and hand wash, moisturiser and sunscreen
  • Toilet paper
  • A reusable water bottle
  • A sleeping mask for summer months 
  • Your driver's license
  • All travel documentation, such as passports

What Insurance to Take with an Iceland Camper Van

When you rent your Iceland camper van, you’ll be offered a few types of insurance and insurance add-ons, and when you rent with Lava Car Rental, you’ll find that a few of these are already included in the price of your rental. We include Collision Damage Waiver insurance (which lowers the cost of your deductible in the event of an accident), Theft Protection (in case the camper van is stolen) and third-party liability (which covers your costs if the damage is caused by another person).

However, we also offer a range of other insurances. Get our full guide to the insurance you might need during your Iceland camper van rental trip to learn more.

Where to Park the Camper Van in Iceland (and where not to)

There are very strict rules about where you can and cannot park your camper van in Iceland. Not following these rules can mean some hefty fines. Essentially, these rules state that it’s illegal to park and camp outside of a designated camping zone. This means you cannot park and camp on any private property (unless the landowner gives you explicit permission), including at parking lots, gas stations and hotels. You also cannot park and camp on the side of the road.

Thankfully, you’ll easily find lots of designated campgrounds all over the country. Campgrounds in Iceland typically cost around $10 to $20 per night and come with perks such as electric and water hookups, restrooms, showers and WiFi. 

Best Campsites for Campervans in Iceland

You can find our selection of top camping sites around Iceland in our article here

Landmannalaugar camping site in the Icelandic Highlands

Tips for Travelling in a Camper in Iceland

Once you pick the right camper for you, you’re nearly ready to hit the road! A few tips to help you get started…

  • Choose the right camper and travel period

Research camper van rentals so you can choose the best option for your travel needs. Likewise, choose the right time to visit Iceland based on what you want to see and do.

      • Plan your itinerary ahead

      Plan ahead and make sure you have enough time. For example, it takes about seven days to fully experience the Ring Road, but if you want to really take your time and see some of the other regions, such as the Highlands, you’ll want to be here for at least 10 days. In addition, research your itinerary in full ahead of time; you’ll want to make sure everything (including campsites!) is open before your arrival.

        • Stay organized

        Stay organised and know where everything is; keep your travel documents handy and know where your most important items (like your mobile) are located at all times.

        • Follow the campervan rules

        As you plan your Icelandic camping trip, make sure to know and follow all the rules. Lava Car Rental can only rent camper vans to travellers who’ve had their driver's license for at least a year, and can only rent standard camper vans to those ages 18 years old and up, and 4x4 camper vans to those ages 21 years old and up. Additionally, you also can’t just park your campervan anywhere. Only wild camping in a tent is legal in Iceland; you’ll need to park your campervan at a designated campsite. The good news? There’s no need to book a campsite in advance; just show up and park. 

        • Plan to make stops for showers and restroom facilities

        Our camper vans do not include showers or toilets. However, many campers choose to shower at local campsites and swimming pools and stop into local businesses for restrooms. 

        • Keep in mind what to pack

        While our camper vans include a lot of what you’ll need in order to fully enjoy your Icelandic camping experience, you’ll also want to bring along your own food and snacks, cold weather clothing, towels and toiletries for showering, and any hiking or travelling gear needed for the sites you plan to stop at during your journey. 

        • Bring some food with you

        Speaking of food, you can often find restaurants nearby many of the camping spots you come across but always plan to have some items on hand for when that’s not the case. You’ll find everything needed to cook in your camper van and can stock up at the local grocery store on supplies before you head out on the road. Be sure to pick up some Icelandic favourites, such as Pylsur hot dogs and Pylsusinnep hot dog sauce, which make a very easy lunch, or skyr Icelandic yoghurt, for an easy breakfast. 

        • Pick the right insurance

        Pick the right travel and camper van insurance, so that you’re prepared in the event of an unfortunate accident.

        • Bring some cash

        Bring some Icelandic coins for use where debit cards aren’t accepted, like at bathrooms and showers.

        • Drink the tap water

        Don’t be afraid to drink the tap water! While many countries do not offer safe drinking water, that’s not a problem in Iceland, where the pure water is sourced straight from the glaciers and waterfalls.

        • Don’t forget to have fun!

        While there’s so much to see, do and love in Iceland, don’t make your camping experience more stressful than it needs to be by trying to pack a ton of stops into your itinerary. Go at an easy pace, so you can fully enjoy all the sights and sounds of the island. 

        Why Rent your Camper with Lava Car Rental? 

        Our locally- and family-owned car and camper rental company has been serving travellers to Iceland since 2016. With a fleet of more than 200 vehicles, including camper vans, 4x4 cars, and economy cars, we happily serve a range of travellers, from those looking for a budget-friendly ride to those seeking an all-encompassing camping solution.

        When you specifically rent a camper van with Lava Car Rental, you’ll get everything you need to start your trip out on the right foot. Depending on the camper van you choose, you can expect your camper to be outfitted with mattresses and pillows, kitchenware, sleeping bags, pots and pans, a gas stove and refrigerator, cutlery, dishwashing equipment, table and chairs, a water tank, electric cooler, bed lines and more. 

        Additionally, all of our campers are outfitted with Webasto heating systems, so you and your fellow travellers, be it family or friends, remain cosy and warm as you hunker down for the night, no matter the cold Icelandic temperatures. 

        And, as you’ve already seen when we compared the prices for renting a camper van in Iceland to the cost of renting a car and booking a hotel, renting a camper van is far more affordable than other travel options in Iceland — especially if you’re travelling as a group or a family. 

        Plus, we include all your insurance and you get free cancellation up to 48 hours in advance of your pick-up time. 

        Learn more about renting a camper with Lava Car Rental and start planning your trip to Iceland, today!

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