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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the minimum age for renting a car?

The minimum age to rent a car in Iceland with Lava Car Rental is 20 years old.

What documents do I need to rent a car?

You will need a valid driver's license and a valid credit card. The additional drivers also need to show a valid driver's license. Foreign licenses are accepted if they are valid and written in the Latin alphabet. If they are not in the Latin alphabet, you need to come with an official English translation of the driving license.

If the renter can not provide a valid credit card for imprint he is required to purchase the Full Protection waiver.

If you have rented the car through a travel agency, you will need to show the travel agency's voucher.

What is the minimum rental period?

Our minimum rental period is 48 hours. You can rent the car for 24 hours but we will charge for 48 hours.

How can I pay for my car rental booking?

You can pay for your reservation with a debit or credit card. At the moment of booking, you can choose to either pay the full amount upfront or a down payment and the remaining balance upon arrival.

We accept payments from major card providers, including VISA and MasterCard. Prepaid cards are also valid.

Can I be sure that the selected vehicle is available?

Yes, all rental cars marked as available on our website on a selected date are available.

What is included in the rental price?

The following is included in the price of each rental car reservation from Lava Car Rental's website:

  • Super Collision Damage Waiver (SCDW)
  • Gravel Protection (GP)
  • Theft Protection (TP)
  • Free pick-up from Keflavik International Airport
  • Essential equipment for campervan bookings 
  • Exclusive discounts on fuel 
  • Unlimited mileage
  • 24% VAT

What is not included in the car rental price?

There are some fees that are not included in any car rental price, such as fuelling costs, entrance and parking fees, toll fees, towing and damages that are not covered by your purchased car rental insurance.

Lava Car Rental offers the option to add additional insurance and extras to your reservation You can find more information here.

Can I change my booking after the reservation is confirmed?

Yes, you can change your booking up to 48 hours before the car rental pick-up. Please send us an email at or fill out this form and we will modify your reservation accordingly. You can also change it yourself through your personal area in Manage my booking.

Can I extend my car rental reservation once I have picked up the car?

Yes, you can extend your reservation if the car is available on your desired dates. Please contact us at to check with our team.

What insurance is included in my rental car?

All car rental reservations made through Lava Car Rental's website come automatically equipped with the following insurance and a self-risk of 150.000 ISK as a standard:

  • Super Collision Damage Waiver (SCDW)
  • Gravel Protection (GP)
  • Theft Protection (TP)

However, you can upgrade to Full Protection insurance to increase your coverage in case of damage and reduce your liability to zero. You can read more about our insurance options here.

Do you offer zero-deductible insurance?

Yes, the Full Protection insurance is our most complete package and it includes all the standard insurance (SCDW, TP, GP) plus the additional Sand and Ash Protection (SAAP) and Tyre Protection (TIP) with no self-risk for a worry-free trip in Iceland.

You can read more about our insurance options here.

Do I have to leave a deposit to rent a car?

We do not hold a deposit from our customers while they have the rental car.

We only need to see a valid credit card on arrival and we will only hold the imprint of the card as a guarantee.

If the renter can not provide a valid credit card for imprint he is required to purchase the Full Protection waiver.

Can I forfeit the car rental company's insurance?

Yes, you can forfeit our car rental company's insurance directly at our desk when you pick up your car. If you do, please make sure that your credit card insurance covers you well. There is no refund of the insurance in case you forfeit it.

Do you have emergency assistance?

Yes, we have 24/7 emergency breakdown assistance. The breakdown assistance is designed to help you in case of accidents and breakdowns. You can call our emergency hotline at anytime at +354 519 4141 during office hours, or +354 419 2400 if you need immediate assistance outside of office hours. 

If you cannot use the car to continue your trip, we will provide you with another car as soon as possible. 

Keep in mind that if the damage is the driver’s responsibility, Lava Car Rental will charge you a service fee.

How do I pick-up/drop-off the car?

  • At the Lava Car Rental's office

Pick-up: Greeting at the office and you leave with the car

Drop-off: You leave the car at the office

  • At Keflavik International Airport

Pick-up: Lava Car Rental Airport shuttle picks you up at P1 Parking Lot and takes you to our car rental office, located only 5 minutes away. 

Drop-off: You drop off the car at Lava Car Rental's office and our team drops you off at Keflavik Airport with a shuttle. 

    • In Keflavik Area

    For pick-up and drop-off, our team comes to you and takes you to our car rental office.

    Where is Lava Car Rental office located?

    Our office is located at Flugvellir 6, 230 Reykjanesbaer in Iceland. Only 5 minutes driving from Keflavik International Airport. You can see our location on Google Maps.

    Can I pick up and drop off the car at Keflavik Airport?

    Yes, we offer free pick-up and drop-off services from and to Keflavik International Airport during our office opening hours

    Do I get a refund if I return earlier?

    We do not refund for early returns. The price paid upon making a booking is the price paid for the time the car is reserved for in your booking. 

    Does my car have winter tyres?

    All of our vehicles have winter tyres from November 1st to April 14th. Browse our cars and find a rental that fits your expectations and budget!

    Can I drive on F-roads?

    If you only have a 2-wheel drive car (2WD), you are not allowed to drive on roads marked with F.

    F-roads are only suitable for 4-wheel drive cars (4x4). On our list of available vehicles, 4x4 rentals are marked as F-Roads Approved.