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tigers win2
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Iceland travel -
I'll be heading to an event in Iceland later this year and will need to get to Akureyri to meet up with others traveling from different countries. Flights into Reykjavik are a lot more plentiful and cheaper so I'm considering flying there and renting a car and driving over Akureyri and returning the rental at the airport When I join up with the others.

After the event, my wife may fly into Reykjavik so we can spend 5-6 days there seeing the sites so I'd rent a car and make the 4.5 hour drive back to Reykjavik. I'm the type of person that loves to drive and see the sights along the way when I'm in new places.

Anyone that knows the area see any concerns with this idea?

As I was just looking at rental car rates from Avis, Hertz etc, they are listed in the local currency which is ISK and listed in this format; ISK58.274,00. The last two number "00" are in a font size about half the size of the other numbers. If I'm entering the number correctly, I'm getting a daily car rental rate of over $550. I know things there are expensive, but is that the going rate for a midsized Kia??? If I drop the last two numbers the conversion number number seems way too low.

I was warned about the cost of food from others that have been so maybe that number is correct.

Edit to add; after looking into it more, it appears a mid sized Kia car does cost $564 dollars a day to rent in Iceland. Wow.
This post was edited on 1/13 at 1:43 pm


Penn
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Jax Beach
Member since Jan 2008
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re: Iceland travel -
Rented a car a year ago there for about 30 a day from somewhere in Reykjavik, may want to keep looking


tigers win2
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Member since Oct 2009
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re: Iceland travel -
Thanks for the response. You made me look at it again. The Avis rate appears to be severely impacted by the different drop off location.

Found much more reasonable rates on a quick KAYAK search.



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Tigris
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re: Iceland travel -
I'd definitely rent a car and drive, especially if it's in a warm weather month; that would be a fantastic drive. I actually just reserved a car for the end of the month and plan to see the sights from Reykjavik for a couple of days. It was around $50/day with Thrifty. Icelandair lets you lay over on Iceland for up to a week for no extra charge, and they are the cheapest way for me to get to Germany for business. So I'm going to spend a weekend there. Hopefully the northern lights will be out but they have a lot of cloudy weather in January.

Driving around Iceland in the summer for about 10 days is a bucket list item; hopefully in 2 - 3 years.


AbitaFan08
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Member since Apr 2008
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re: Iceland travel -
I am actually headed to Iceland on Thursday. We rented a car, but I can let you know how my experience with that is whenever I get back.


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tigers win2
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Member since Oct 2009
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re: Iceland travel -
It will be the last week of August for my event, but I plan to explore Akureyri a few days before and then see Reykjavik for 4-5 days after. I'll probably be in Iceland for two weeks total and it will be warmer weather.


baldona
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re: Iceland travel -
FYI most Europe and the rest of the world uses a comma to denote cents, example:
USA. $5.75
Europe: 5,75

One direction and different drop off points is always way more for rental cars. A one way fee is usually $100 or more. If you can hold onto the car and drive it back which is what it looks like you are doing, that will save you bigly. Furthermore, there are often times 7+ day rental rates. It may be $50/ day but $200: week.

So you may need a car to drive somewhere and back only but 7 days apart, and it be $50 for each daily rental along with $100 one way drop off charges each day for a total of $400. Or you could rent the car for a week and hold onto it the middle 5 days you don't need it, and it be $200/ weekly rental. If that makes sense?
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MeTarzanYouInsane
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re: Iceland travel -
We went last March. I rented a car at KEF. We went to Reykjavik for 2 days, golden circle for 2 days, a day down in Vik and then back to fly out. I think it was about $60 for day. They tried to sell us extra coverage for "Ash Season". I passed on it and glad I did. Driving in Iceland is VERY easy. Only thing is traffic circles. Interior lane has the right of way. Read up on that. Otherwise, once you get out of the city, the country is wide open for the most part. I personally don't think you'll need more than 2 1/2 days in the city. FOR SURE drive down to Vik. Views are incredible. Flights are cheap enough I might go back for just 4 days by myself and drive around this fall.


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BobMayonnaise
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re: Iceland travel -
Heading to Iceland in April and I am pumped


Lawyered
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Member since Oct 2016
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re: Iceland travel -
28 and single guy here and debating on traveling there solo for a few days ...but as far as safety goes, is it relatively safe ?

I'm a tad leery of solo international travel .


AbitaFan08
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Member since Apr 2008
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re: Iceland travel -
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28 and single guy here and debating on traveling there solo for a few days ...but as far as safety goes, is it relatively safe ?

I'm a tad leery of solo international travel .


Iceland is one of the safest countries to visit in the world.

Three days and I'll be swimming in the Blue Lagoons in Reykjavik - I cannot wait.
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MeTarzanYouInsane
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re: Iceland travel -
Unbelievable safe is an understatement. I never saw a policeman the entire time I was there and I think the crime of the month was a couple of teens who spray painted the side of a small building.

300,000 white Protestants living on a large island with relatively bad weather.


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auzach91
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re: Iceland travel -
Lol you’ll be fine. You will likely get shots bought for you at every bar you’re at it you talk to the locals. Some of the nicest people you can meet.


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