Travel around Iceland in style and comfort — and all while knowing you’re doing your part to protect the beautiful landscapes around you. When you rent a Tesla Model 3 for your Iceland road trip, you’ll be able to visit the large majority of the main tourist sites throughout the country, and all with the high-powered, eco-friendly electric efficiency that Tesla is known for.
The Tesla Model 3, slightly smaller than the Tesla Model Y, is a sedan that offers just enough space for two or three adults. While there are five seats in the sedan, for the most comfortable ride possible, we recommend this vehicle just for couples or small groups of friends (after all — you have to be able to store all of your luggage, too; this vehicle has enough luggage space for three large suitcases and two small suitcases).
Beyond comfort, the car’s elegant and sporty look is a top draw for travellers looking for their perfect rental for an Iceland road trip. However, the Model 3’s sporty aesthetic isn’t just for show. It can accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour (96.5 kilometres) in as little as 3.1 seconds.
Given this vehicle's size and that it’s an AWD and automatic car, it’s only suitable for driving on Iceland’s main roadways. You won’t want to take the Model 3 out on, for example, the F-roads in the Highlands. There, the rugged terrain requires 4x4 capabilities and high clearance, for crossing the unpaved, bumpy roadways. Don’t worry, though — you’ll still have plenty to see in your Model 3, as you visit much of the rest of the country.
Wherever you decide to go in Iceland, the electric, dual-motor, long-range Tesla Model 3 can get you there quickly, without lots of stopping for recharging. The Tesla can easily take you between 200 and 400 miles (or 300 and 600 kilometres) on a single charge, depending on your driving habits and the weather conditions. Need a quick recharge? Iceland offers Tesla Superchargers and other electric charging stations all across the island, where you can get a quick, 15-minute charge that will take you another 150 miles (or 240 kilometres).
In addition to all the above, the Tesla Model 3 offers a range of other features to keep both you safe and comfortable. The Model 3 has achieved NHTSA 5-star safety ratings in every category and subcategory. Features like emergency brake assist and a 360-degree camera help you stay alert to everything happening around you, so you can respond accordingly — and even if you don’t, the emergency brake assist is there to help.
A cruise control feature and speed limiter makes those long road trips easier (as does the Bluetooth connectivity and a 15-inch touchscreen display, for playing all your favourite tunes and podcasts). No matter the season, you’ll appreciate the interior’s climate control, with AC and a tinted glass roof to keep you cool in the summer and heated seats to keep you cosy in the winter.
Does the Tesla Model 3 sound like exactly the kind of vehicle you’ve imagined for your upcoming Iceland road trip? Don’t wait to book a Tesla Model 3 with Lava Car Rental today. Check our availability here.
As mentioned, the Tesla Model 3 isn’t a great option for every single Iceland road trip. Instead, you’ll want to pick this vehicle only if you’re visiting the main attractions throughout the country. For those travellers hoping to get off the beaten path, they might want to go with a vehicle that’s a little less sporty and a lot more rugged.
For those who book a Tesla Model 3, some of the most popular driving routes throughout Iceland await. The Ring Road is easily traversable, and will take you around the entirety of Iceland in one giant loop. If you don’t have a full week or longer to travel the Ring Road, you can go on a South Coast road trip over a handful of days, to see this region’s glaciers, black sand beaches, waterfalls and more. Even more pressed for time? See the Golden Circle in one day. The Tesla Model 3 will easily zip you around Reykjavik and to the nearby Golden Circle and its major points of interest.
Why should I rent a Tesla in Iceland?
Tesla has a well-deserved reputation as one of the most reliable, luxurious, and comfortable electric cars to travel in. With the Tesla Model 3, you can enjoy premium comfort while saving money on gas and helping the planet.
What are the Tesla Model 3's unique features?
The vehicle includes a premium connectivity feature, enabling you to use the internet for navigation, music, video streaming, and general browsing.
This model doesn’t have the camp mode feature. Please take a look at our extensive range of campervan rentals if you’re interested in camping.
Can I drive in the Highlands with a Tesla?
No, sorry - Teslas aren’t suitable for driving on F-roads.
Where to charge a Tesla in Iceland?
You can go to electric charging stations. There are many stations in the capital area and all around Iceland, mainly located along the Ring Road. You can see the nearest charging stations with this online map or search for the charging stations on Google Maps. You can find more info about charging stations in Iceland in this article.
How often do I need to charge my Tesla?
This depends on several factors including driving style, weather conditions/temperature and the total weight of the car with luggage and passengers. Information on the car’s driving range is relative and to be used for guidance only. In ideal conditions, the Tesla Model 3 can be driven for 600 km between charges.
How long does it take to charge a Tesla?
It depends on your type of charger. The Tesla can charge at three voltage output levels– Slow, Fast, and Rapid.
Slow: It will take you up to 24 hours.
Fast: it will take you between 5-8 hours to charge it fully.
Rapid with Superchargers: it will take you 15 minutes to add electricity for more than 300 km.
We recommend picking the rapid charger to spend only a few moments charging your car during your trip in Iceland.
How to charge a Tesla?
Go to a charging station, turn off the car, and then simply plug the charging cable into the charging port. You can either wait if it is a supercharging station or leave your car for a few hours if it is a normal charging station.
How much does it cost to charge a Tesla?
It depends on current electricity prices, but in January 2023 a Tesla could be charged using Fast Charge (DC 50 kW) for 3.750 ISK or $26,13. In comparison, filling a similar gas car at January 2023 prices would cost 15.000-17.000 ISK or $104,52 to $118,46. An electric car is definitely more cost-effective!
You can also purchase Tesla Supercharge which allows you to charge your Tesla at all Tesla Supercharger stations throughout Iceland at a fixed daily rate.
How do I pay for using the charging stations or Tesla superchargers when renting with Lava Car Rental?
You can charge the vehicle in the different charging stations by creating yourself an account OR If you bought the supercharger options, this is included in your rental and you will have nothing to pay.
How charged will be delivered the Tesla and asked at drop off?
At car rental pick up, your Tesla will be delivered with more than 70% charged. You will have to drop off with a minimum of 70% charged.