Car Hire in Iceland
Explore Iceland by car with AvisArrive in Iceland and pick up your rental car to embark on a journey of new cultures and experiences. The country is a mix of natural wonders with volcanoes, glaciers and waterfalls to see at every turn.
There are plenty of time honoured traditions. Whether you're keeping warm in outdoor hot springs or celebrating some of the unique holidays that date back to ancient Norse folklore, there's plenty of activities to make a road trip around Iceland unforgettable.
Plan your trip to IcelandReykjavik
Iceland’s capital and only city is a vibrant hub, offering everything from trendy bars and restaurants to great museums and galleries.
Reykjavik's Settlement Museum is a great place to learn about Iceland's Viking past. The multimedia exhibitions provide an immersive experience of how life in this part of the world has been throughout the centuries.
To see Iceland in its present day form, head to the Reykjavik's most iconic building, the Hallgrimskirkja church. Climb to the top of the 244ft high steeple for a panoramic view of the city.
Golden Circle Tour
This classic all-day trip is one of the most popular tours to take in Iceland, linking some of the must-see sights such as Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss, the Blue Lagoon and Geysir. At most, the sights are an hour's drive from Reykjavik. It’s a great way to see the world-renowned natural beauty surrounding the capital.
The biggest attraction is the Blue Lagoon in Grindavik. Only a 30-minute drive away from Reykjavik, this geothermal spa and open-air swimming pool is set in the middle of a lava field. It's often the first stop for visitors who come to enjoy the sublime waters. The lagoon is considered one of the top spa experiences in the world.
A night near Thingvellir National Park is one of the best places to see the Northern Lights (aka Aurora Borealis). It's only a 20-minute drive east from Reykjavik. Witnessing this natural phenomenon is an unforgettable experience. Head to Almannagjá, a small canyon with huge cliffs, for the best chance to view the lights.
Akureyri, Húsavík & Lake Mývatn
Venture further afield from Iceland’s usual sights to see the country's more far-flung offerings. Akureyri, on the north coast, is Iceland’s second-largest town. It's renowned for its great bar and restaurant scene. Nearby is Eyjafjörður, the longest fjord in central northern Iceland. One of the best ways to explore the land is on an arranged horseback tour.
Húsavík is often referred to as the whale watching capital of Iceland. Whale sighting tours often last for three hours with frequent sightings of the giant sea mammals. Most tour operators provide sight-seers with hats, gloves and raincoats to keep warm. Some even prepare hot chocolate and cinnamon buns as an extra sweet treat.
About 45 minutes away is Lake Mývatn, an area that's made up from an amalgamation of natural wonders, from an abundance of water birds to bubbling mud pits and steaming nature baths.
Iceland is yours to discover. Hire an Avis car and explore in style and comfort.
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Your car hire in Iceland awaits and the open roads lie ahead. Pick up the keys and start your journey.