Car Hire in Reykjavik Keflavik Airport
Reykjavik Keflavik is one of the airports that services the southwestern part of Iceland. There is also another small airport that services Reykjavik which is much closer to the city.
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This information is correct as of October 2015
Where to hire a car at Reykjavik Keflavik Airport
Hertz, Budget, Avis, and Europcar have offices in the arrivals terminal of Reykyavik Airport, however the car parks are located outside of the terminal. There’s a wide variety of cars to rent here, to suit the changeable conditions of Iceland.
Petrol stations close at Reykjavik Keflavik Airport
Depending on your car rental agreement, you may need to hand your car back with a full tank.
There’s a petrol station at Reykavik Airport, to the left of the entrance of the airport. However, if you’re driving to the airport and would like to top up before you enter, head to Procar. This is a petrol station to the right of highway 41, prior to the roundabout for the airport.
Driving around at Reykjavik Keflavik Airport
Reykjavik Keflavik Airport is located on the southwestern tip of Iceland, near Orkan.
The roads in Iceland really vary when it comes to ‘quality’. Highway 1 is the main road for driving around the island, which is generally easy to drive on, however it’s occasionally closed for repairs. The smaller roads winding through the country are not as consistent, and some are not paved at all. Check with your car hire provider before setting off as to which routes will be easiest for you.
When it comes to winter, not all of the island’s roads are open for driving. The weather and lighting can change rapidly, which makes driving conditions difficult and dangerous. If you’re heading into the centre of the country, you may want to consider hiring a 4WD to make sure you’re prepared for all conditions. Drivers are recommended to carry water and food in their cars in case of emergencies.
You should also note it is illegal to drink and drive in Iceland, there is a zero tolerance policy here.
Popular destinations to drive to from Reykjavik Keflavik Airport
Reykjavik is a city like no other. It brings a little cosmopolitan manner to an otherwise volcanic, rugged Iceland. In recent years, the restaurant, hotel and bar scene in Reykjavik has really started to take off and it’s become a destination in itself.
You will have to pay for on street parking between 10am and 6pm, and many hotels do not have their own car parking facilities. There are also several small car parks around. Parking is divided into 4 sectors: P1, P2, P3 and P4, which escalate in price respectively.
It’s easy to reach Iceland’s capital city from Reykjavik Keflavik Airport. When you leave the airport, turn right onto route 49, and continue onto route 41. When your each the roundabout, continue onto route 41. This will take you into the south of Reykjavik.
If you couldn’t tell by the name, this is the place that gave the name ot all other geysers. The springs spew hot water from deep underground into the air, leaving a magical spectacle many people flock to see.
To get here continue on Route 41 to Reykavik, then continue through the city, following onto Route 49. Continue on Highway 1 until you see the signs for Route 36, then turn right towards inland Iceland. Continue on this road for an hour to reach Geysir.
Vatnajökull National Park
This national park is a place of epic beauty, hosting Europe’s biggest glacier, with the Black Waterfall and Ice lagoon on the outskirts of the park too. During winter, it can get really difficult to drive here, so it’s recommended that you do proceed with caution if you’re driving.
It takes 4 hours to reach the National Park from the airport. Continue on route 41 when exiting the airport, and when your each Reykjavik take route 413 towards Highway 1. This route is about 360km.