I have this thing with over-googling everything before our trip: how to rent a car in Iceland, cheapest car rental, how to drive, what to look for, what kind of car is good to drive, etc. While researching, I typically tend to scroll down and focus on the comments. To me, comments are much more useful than the written article because they’re people’s truest thoughts that hasn’t been filtered for a particular audience. To my dismay, almost every comment was saying, “DO NOT DRIVE IN ICELAND IN JANUARY!” Many have expressed how terrible of an idea it is because the weather is absolutely horrible and if you’re driving in a foreign land– don’t even bother trying Iceland in the winter. Every 7 comments persuading people not to drive, there was 1 comment that would be like, “ehhh…it’s not so bad.” I guess we can call be a gambler of fate because we decided to rent a car anyway!
Once we arrived in Iceland, it was raining but it was warm. When I say “warm”, I mean it was 40 degrees Fahrenheit. The roads were fine because it wasn’t cold enough to freeze. The thing about Iceland in January is that the sun did not rise until 11:07am. We had a limited timeframe to sightsee while there, so the day that we did a massive road trip — we had to drive in the dark. That was a bit nerve-wracking because once you leave the city of Reykjavik, the highway was pitch black. I suppose they really don’t believe in lighting their roads, haha!
Once dawn broke, we started feeling a lot better with our decision to drive because guys –Iceland wins my vote for one of the most scenic places to drive through. Here are some of our shots from the car:
Benefits of Renting a Car
Time: You can stop and go whenever you want. There were many times when we would stop the car to just stretch our legs and let our child roam the land. My son was running around with his arms spread. I imagine being on the bus, you wouldn’t get as much luxury because you’re usually stuck on a schedule and stopping every 20 mins is not good. haha
Music: As much as we love talking to one another ,there are moments when silence would be nice or even having music to jam too. It’s also a distraction from a long drive. Personally, I like sing rather loudly (and off key) to some Ed Sheeran.
Schedule: You can make up a schedule as you go. We had an idea of what we wanted to do and see. With a car, we were able to just create our own plan and that’s much easier than looking at all the tours that were offered. You can easily do your own research on what to see and then look on the map to see how navigate with the limited time frame. Some thing s will be out of reach, but you won’t be disappointed when you get to see a million and twenty mountains and waterfalls that will leave you breathless.
Motion Sickness: I get easily sick when I sit in a vehicle too long. Or maybe it’s a mental note of needing control of the wheel.
Boredom: Ultimately having a car is beneficial for feeding your need to explore. You’re not stuck on bus, you can jam, you can stop — whatever!
Family Closeness: It’s sort of like a family dinner. When you’re in an enclosed space for so long, it’s inevitable to have some quality time. Moments available to have some in-depth conversation about anything and everything. You ever think that you have to filter your conversations when you’re around strangers? When you’re in your own car, you can say what you want! PG because I do have a four yr. old.
Sometimes, you just gotta take a leap of faith and hope for the best. We’re glad that we rented a car while we were there but we were also very fortunate with the weather. I can’t imagine driving in a hailing blizzard. Final tip, just remember to book your car early if you do rent because it can be quite pricey! Also, always always ALWAYS agree to the insurance because that includes the windshield protection. You’re driving in a very gravel-road most of the way, lots of rocks shoot up at your windshield and it will crack.