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Iceland offers some of the most dramatic landscapes in the world, as well as an abundance of unique cultural attractions. Reykjavik is the perfect place to begin your road trip in this awe-inspiring country. When you land in Reykjavík–Keflavík Airport, you will be greeted by our friendly team who will hand over the keys so you can pick up your Avis car rental in no time and begin your journey.
We make car rental easy, because we know you can’t wait to feel the freedom of the road. With a large variety of models to choose from – including economy, sedans and 4x4s – you can be sure to get the very most out of your stay.
Looking to rent a car from Reykjavik Domestic Airport instead? No problem, you’ll find our rental office here too.
After a 40-minute drive on Route 41, you’ll arrive in Iceland’s capital city, Reykjavik. Although a small city, it’s constantly full of surprises. A good place to start is Hallgrimskirkja church, Reykjavik’s towering landmark building. Its unique architectural design was inspired by lava cooling into basalt rock. For a small fee, take the elevator to the top of the tower for a perfect 360-degree view of the city.
Another noteworthy architectural feat in Reykjavik is the striking Harpa, the city’s concert hall and conference centre. Check to see what events are happening during your visit or come to admire the building for its award-winning design. Also, be sure to stop by the Sun Voyager, a giant steel sculpture on the waterfront resembling a Viking ship. Jón Gunnar Árnason created this piece of artwork.
Experiencing Iceland’s quirky culture through its unusual cuisine is a must-do. Be sure to try the hakarl, which is fermented shark and is often considered to be Iceland’s traditional dish. Small game, usually seabirds such as Puffin, are also common on menus here.
There’s so much to explore in Reykjavik. Just pick up your Avis hire car at Reykjavík–Keflavík Airport and drive.
Frequent renters get upgraded – and additional days for free – by signing up for Avis Preferred loyalty benefits. Simply choose a date and time and we’ll prepare your quality hire car.
Iceland is a land of geothermal activity, jagged coastlines and mountainous landscapes, all of which can easily be discovered on leisurely drives from Reykjavik.
The Blue Lagoon is one of Iceland’s most coveted tourist destinations. These geothermal pools are located just 40 minutes from Reykjavik via Route 41 and are open all year round. Coming here to relax in the warm waters, which are rich in minerals, is always popular. There are also many of the spa services available here, including floating massages.
The Golden Circle
Many people who visit Iceland are intrigued by this country’s volcanic landscape and its many waterfalls. The Golden Circle is the classic route for checking out Thingvellir National Park, the Gullfoss waterfall, and the famous Geysir, which spouts hot steam into the air every few minutes. The entire route is 300km, but in just 30 minutes along Route 49 you’ll reach Thingvellir National Park.
After a quick 2-hour drive from Reykjavik via Þjóðvegur (also known as Route 1 in English), you’ll arrive in the small village of Vik. From here it’s easy to visit the Reynisdrangar sea stacks, as well as the famous Black Sand Beach. While you’re in the area, you can also stop in at the Skógasafn Folk Museum. Visitors can learn more about Icelandic culture, especially the sod farmhouses that have been restored on the museum grounds.
Iceland Seafood Festivals
Looking for some family-friendly fun? Seafood is an essential part of any visit to Iceland. Get a taste of the local catch at one of the many family-friendly seafood festivals that take place around the island.
There’s no doubt Iceland will leave you spellbound. Just hop in your Avis rental car and drive.
We’ve unlocked Iceland’s driving rules and regulations for your journey to help keep you safe and avoid the unexpected. Familiarise yourself with our comprehensive guide.
Which Side of the Road?
In Iceland, please drive on the right hand side of the road.
Unique Country Driving Laws
For a standard Avis rental vehicle with no trailers:
Unless indicated by road signs.
Child Safety / Seatbelt Laws
It is compulsory for everyone inside the vehicle to wear a seatbelt.
Please note - It is the child’s parent / guardian or vehicle renter’s responsibility to fit the child seat.
Compulsory Equipment in your Avis rental car
Fire Department 112
European Emergency Number 112
- Is it cheaper to rent a car in advance or at Reykjavik airport?
For the best rental experience, we recommend booking your hire car online via our fast booking service in advance of your trip.
- Should you get rental car insurance in Iceland?
When hiring a car in Iceland, it is essential that you get the basic Collision Damage Waiver (CDW). Theft Protection and Third-Party Liability cover will also be included in your rental car.
- Are rental cars in Iceland automatic?
Avis offers a variety of cars to rent in Iceland, including both manual and automatic. Use our online booking form to compare car specs for your chosen dates.