The Dacia Duster (older model) is a budget 4x4 car, compact enough to explore Iceland’s city roads while also being capable of off-roading and venturing across the challenging F-Roads. With a spacious interior, it seats 5 people along with 2 large and 1 small suitcase. This compact, dependable, and fuel-efficient vehicle is equipped with modern features, including a rearview camera, cruise control, air conditioning, USB connectivity, Bluetooth, and a charger, ensuring you have an exceptional road trip experience in Iceland. It runs on diesel. Suitable for Highlands.
The brand new Dacia Duster is one of the most popular 4x4 cars to drive in Iceland all year long. It has a spacious interior that seats up to 5 passengers along with 2 large and 1 small suitcase. It is solid enough to drive on both Iceland’s city roads and the mountain roads of the Icelandic Highlands. Whether you are driving on a well-marked road or a gravel road, the Dacia Duster has you covered. Compact, reliable, and fuel-efficient as the previous model, the new Dacia Duster comes with a rearview camera, cruise control, A/C, USB connector, Bluetooth, and charger to make sure you have the best road trip in Iceland. It runs on diesel. Suitable for Highlands.
The brand new Suzuki Vitara is a stylish, compact and spacious 4x4 car to travel around Iceland in total safety and comfort. It seats up to 5 people along with 1 large and 2 small suitcases, and it is the perfect choice to explore the cities, countryside and natural places that Iceland has to offer, including the majestic Highlands. It comes with automatic transmission, heated seats, rearview camera, cruise control, A/C, Bluetooth and USB/AUX connector for an excellent road trip in Iceland. It runs on gasoline. Suitable for Highlands.
The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is a great SUV 4x4 for driving in Iceland all year round. It seats 5 passengers and has space for 2 large suitcases plus 1 smaller bag in the trunk. The Eclipse Cross combines the comfort of a hatchback and the efficiency of an SUV, making it the ideal choice for long trips with family and friends in Iceland. It comes with automatic transmission, heated seats, rearview camera, cruise control, A/C, Bluetooth and USB/AUX connector. It runs on gasoline. Suitable for Highlands.
The Suzuki Jimny is a compact 4x4 Jeep ideal for 2 people visiting Iceland. This rugged and versatile vehicle is designed for off-road adventures and urban exploration alike. Its 4x4 capabilities make it capable of F-Roads, while the manual transmission offers a more engaging driving experience. With its iconic boxy design and compact dimensions, the Suzuki Jimny is a practical and fun choice for those seeking adventure in Iceland. It comes with heated seats and A/C. It runs on gasoline. Suitable for Highlands.
The Nissan Qashqai is an excellent SUV 4x4 for your road trip to Iceland. It accommodates 5 passengers and has space for 2 large suitcases plus 1 smaller bag. The Qashqai boasts the compactness of a hatchback and the efficiency of an SUV, making it the perfect choice for long trips with family and friends in Iceland, all year round. The Nissan Qashqai comes with automatic transmission and is equipped with Bluetooth, USB, 12V plug, heated seats, A/C and a rearview camera. It runs on gasoline. Suitable for Highlands.
The Hyundai Tucson is a spacious, solid and comfortable SUV 4x4 car to drive in Iceland all year round, on both paved and gravel roads. It accommodates 5 passengers with 2 large and 2 small suitcases. It comes equipped with the latest safety and connectivity features for an excellent and worry-less road trip in Iceland like cruise control, touch-screen, USB connectors, Bluetooth, heated seats, A/C, rearview camera and lane-keep assist. It runs on gasoline. Suitable for Highlands.
The Nissan X-Trail is the ideal SUV 4x4 to travel all year long around Iceland, explore the most popular attractions and access the less-visited regions. It can fit up to 5 passengers and 3 large and 1 small suitcase or up to 7 passengers with less luggage. The X-Trail is comfortable, spacious and reliable, and comes equipped with heated seats, A/C, Bluetooth, a touch-screen camera, automatic emergency braking and lane-keep assist. It runs on diesel. Suitable for Highlands.
The Toyota RAV4 is compact enough to drive on city streets and durable to withstand Iceland’s Highlands terrain. This mid-size 4x4 car has enough space for 3 large and 1 small suitcase and can seat 5 people comfortably. Complete with heated seats, Bluetooth, A/C, an integrated touch-screen and a rearview camera, you’ll be sure to have a comfortable trip in this reliable 4x4 car. Explore Iceland’s cities or the F-Road in confidence and comfort with a Toyota RAV4. It runs on gasoline. Suitable for Highlands.
The Hyundai Santa Fe is a 7-seater, spacious, solid and comfortable SUV 4x4 car to drive in Iceland all year round, on both paved and gravel roads. It accommodates 7 passengers with 3 large and 2 small suitcases. It comes equipped with the latest safety and connectivity features for an excellent and worry-less road trip in Iceland like cruise control, touch-screen, USB connectors, Bluetooth, heated seats, A/C, rearview camera and lane-keep assist. It runs on gasoline. Suitable for Highlands.
The largest car rental option in our fleet, the Toyota Land Cruiser, is a spacious, luxurious and comfortable car that seats 5 adults with 3 large and 1 small suitcase up to 7 adults with 2 small suitcases. It’s an automatic model, so you won’t have to worry about switching gears while navigating Iceland’s F-Roads. The higher clearance on the Toyota Land Cruiser makes it the ideal 4x4 SUV for rugged terrain and boulders and for driving long distances comfortably. Loaded with all the latest features: Bluetooth, cruise control, rearview camera, heated seats, A/C, an integrated screen and USB connector. It runs on diesel. Suitable for Highlands.
Explore Iceland with total freedom in the Volkswagen Transporter Campervan. It is a 5-door vehicle (side door slides open) and it can seat and sleep up to 3 people comfortably. The car boot can carry 2 big and 1 small suitcase and it is perfect for a couple or group of 3 friends camping together in Iceland. Equipped with a cooling box, kitchen kit, sleeping bags, camping table and chairs and a Webasto heating system to ensure that you have a nice sleep during the night. It comes with built-in seating, Bluetooth and USB/AUX connectors. With an automatic transmission and 4-wheel drive, feel confident in exploring Iceland’s mountains and countryside in this car rental. It runs on diesel. Suitable for Highlands.
The Tesla Model Y is an electric car and a Hatchback SUV to travel around Iceland in a stylish and different way. It seats up to 5 passengers and has space for about 4 large and 1 small suitcase in the trunk. This Tesla Model Y long-range comes with a dual motor and is equipped with automatic transmission, heated seats, Bluetooth, A/C, an integrated touch-screen, and the latest safety features. Drive in Iceland in an environmentally friendly and comfortable car with the Tesla Model Y. Not suitable for Highlands. Not suitable for Highlands.
Rent a 4x4 car or SUV for your trip to Iceland and explore this amazing country with total ease and comfort.
Perfect for all-season travellers, a 4x4 rental in Iceland lets you venture off the beaten track to remote areas such as the Highlands and interior. Four-wheel drive (4x4 or 4WD) vehicles let you drive on gravel roads and safely navigate through snow and ice. Iceland's terrain can be challenging, but a 4x4 car hire provides the stability and power needed for the country's most rugged landscapes.
SUV rental in Iceland is another popular choice for travellers. Typically more comfortable and spacious than 4x4 cars, SUVs are an ideal option for families or larger groups. While SUVs don't have the same level of off-road capabilities as 4x4 cars, they can still handle many of Iceland's unpaved roads and gravel tracks.
Icelandic weather can be unpredictable too and conditions often change rapidly. Renting a 4x4 car or SUV gives you the safety and security you need to drive in adverse weather conditions, such as snow, ice and strong winds. For winter travel, 4x4 rental cars and SUVs are our number one recommendation.
Generally more comfortable and spacious than standard vehicles, 4x4 cars and SUVs also have larger boot capacity and give you more room to stretch out and relax during long drives.
At Lava Car Rental, we have a wide selection of 4x4 rental cars and SUVs. We offer everything from affordable range vehicles, such as the Dacia Duster, to more luxurious models like the Toyota Land Cruiser. Choose from manual and automatic vehicles with 2 to 7 passenger capacity. Whatever your Iceland road trip budget, you can find the best hire car for your needs. And if you need more space, we also offer 4x4 campervans in our rental fleet.
Browse our 4x4 cars and SUVs below and click on "check availability" to book your 4x4 or SUV rental in Iceland today!
4x4 cars have a four-wheel drive (4WD) option and higher ground clearance, meaning they’re perfectly suited to gravel road travel and snowy conditions. Spacious and comfortable, 4x4 cars are ideal for families and friends who are travelling together. We offer a wide range of 4x4 hire cars, including the Dacia Duster, Toyota Rav4 and Toyota Land Cruiser. Discover more about 4x4 cars in Iceland in our complete guide.
An SUV, or Sport Utility Vehicle, combines traditional passenger car features with those of a larger, more rugged vehicle. SUVs typically have higher ground clearance, larger boot capacity and more interior space compared to regular cars. Designed for versatility, SUVs are capable of handling various driving conditions. Unlike 4x4 cars, SUVs don’t have four-wheel drive options and are prohibited on Iceland’s F-roads.
4x4 cars and SUVs are suitable for driving in Iceland during all seasons. Thanks to their height and ground clearance, they allow you to travel on gravel roads and snow with ease. 4x4 cars also give you the option to drive on Iceland’s Highland F-roads during the summer months.
With a 4x4 car, you can drive on F-roads and visit Iceland’s Highlands. The Highlands can only be accessed in a 4x4 car and during the summer season when F-roads are open.
SUVs do not have four-wheel drive capabilities and are forbidden for Highland driving by law. Please check car features carefully to ensure they have 4WD options.
It depends on your itinerary and travelling season. We recommend renting a 4x4 car or SUV for winter travel, as these vehicles are more suitable for adverse winter weather and road conditions than economy cars.
Although you don’t need a 4x4 car or SUV for driving along Iceland’s Ring Road in summertime, they can make your journey more comfortable. Please bear in mind that a 4x4 car is mandatory for driving on Iceland’s F-roads and to access the Highlands like Landmannalaugar.
You must be aged 20 or older with a valid driving licence to rent a 4x4 car or SUV with Lava Car Rental.
No, off-road driving in Iceland is forbidden for any vehicle. If you’re caught driving off-road in Iceland, you could receive a hefty fine and/or jail sentence.
River crossing is not permitted, even in a 4x4 car, and is not insured by any car rental company. It is at your own risk.
The rental booked on the Lava Car Rental website includes unlimited mileage, Super Collision Damage Waiver (SCDW), Gravel Protection (GP), and Theft Protection (TP). The VAT is also included and you get discounts on fuel with the rental.
During winter, from November to April, our cars have winter tyres. For the rest of the year, our cars come with standard tyres.