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drfumblefinger

A quick car rental recommendation

by drfumblefinger »

Glad you had a good experience with islandiacar.com!  Nice to have that as a future reference.

For those reading this thread, I've found that www.atak.is also has good quality (though not brand new) cars at competitive rates.  Just another option to consider.

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RE: A quick car rental recommendation

by /bio/pizzanerd »

 

My wife and I just returned from our trip around the Golden Circle with a car rental from Islandiacar. I wanted to write a review because we had a hard time finding a bargain on car rentals before hand, and don't remember how we stumbled upon Islandiacar.

Anyway, we got a very good deal on a Subaru Impreza hatchback for a little over a week. The cars aren't brand new, which they tell you up front, but it was in great shape with an auxiliary input in the dash for our iPhone. It was great, and the car's reliability meant it was just no sweat. Miguel, our liason and I believe a co-owner of Islandiacar, was very helpful and friendly when I made a mistake on our arrival date and location. When we picked it up we stopped by a coffee shop and we walked through the paperwork quickly. They'll pick you up from your hotel if you like. The whole pickup process was painless and quick, a much faster experience then I've had going to some established car rental companies.

Oh, and Miguel quickly contacted me about a watch I forgot about once I got back. Something he didn't have to do but makes your day.

Their website is here - http://islandiacar.com and we visited for ten days in June 2013

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RE: A quick car rental recommendation

by /bio/travel-rob »

Thanks for both recommendations.

I had a very problematic experience a couple of years ago with the franched owned Budget.It took emails to corporateAvis/Budget to help sort it out and I still wasnt 100% happy about it.

There is a lot insurance issues in Iceland as a whole ,especially in summer whe sheep are all over the ring road because of grazing and no real fencing.Also because of the gravel chip damage, you will find on most rental cars. The agencies fail to mark down those  chips before your rental ,so make sure you have them do that.

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RE: A quick car rental recommendation

by /bio/parnogaszt »

We would like to hire an Arctic truck / modified car in the end of July because we have a lot of F-roads on our itinary. :)

Is it necessary for a two weeks journey or a basic 4x4 is more than enough?  The tracks are mainly on the highland not on the Ring Road.

Did you have any experience with Icelandcruiser car rental company? They have only modified Land Cruisers.

http://www.icelandcruiser.com/

I had a Toyota Land Cruiser 120 a few years ago and that car was really convenient and relyable. So I try to find the same type. 

Another option is mycar.is and geysir.is but they are more expensive. 

Thanks for the responses!

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RE: A quick car rental recommendation

by drfumblefinger »

I don't know anything about icelandcrusier.com, but did look at their website and what they offer seems reasonable.  But I have no way of knowing whether or not their cars or service are any good. 

If you are driving a lot of F-roads, then you MUST have a four wheel drive.  Good insurance is important so that they don't charge you for rock damage, paint scratches, etc. that you often encounter on such roads.  If you like the Land Cruisers and are fine with the price, then I'd go ahead and make a reservation.  We rented a Toyota RAV, much smaller than a Land Cruiser but still fine for the 2 of us, when we did the four wheel driving and it was fine for the roads we were on, but we did not go into the high country like you're planning on. 

Price is important, but so is comfort and reliability of car and service.  Good luck with your trip.  It sounds like fun.

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RE: A quick car rental recommendation

by /bio/travelcheck »

Hi,

In general most roads passable in all seasons. Otherwise I highly recommend you 4x4 car especially if you likes to drive highland roads (F-prefix).

We were there 2 years ago and we able to used F roads (of course when it wasn’t closed… J)Toyota Landcruiser is a great choice! We rented from icelandcruiser.com (parnogaszt).

Theirs car was more than enough but we were in safe during our journey. We had helped 2 times for other travelers just because they tried saving money on the right car cost…(I really don’t know why do this some people?)

Anyway his car’s has big wheels with iron angle what is necessary in snow/rocky road.

We paid ahead so we can save around 10% from the total.

If you arrive winter period you can see the northern lights anytime between September and April. Go somewhere out of the city lights and be patient. Sometimes you have to wait several hours until you see anything... 

Have a nice trip!

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drfumblefinger

RE: A quick car rental recommendation

by drfumblefinger »

In Response to Re: A quick car rental recommendation:[QUOTE]

Hi,

In general most roads passable in all seasons. Otherwise I highly recommend you 4x4 car especially if you likes to drive highland roads (F-prefix).

We were there 2 years ago and we able to used F roads (of course when it wasn’t closed… J)Toyota Landcruiser is a great choice! We rented from icelandcruiser.com (parnogaszt).

Theirs car was more than enough but we were in safe during our journey. We had helped 2 times for other travelers just because they tried saving money on the right car cost…(I really don’t know why do this some people?)

Anyway his car’s has big wheels with iron angle what is necessary in snow/rocky road.

We paid ahead so we can save around 10% from the total.

If you arrive winter period you can see the northern lights anytime between September and April. Go somewhere out of the city lights and be patient. Sometimes you have to wait several hours until you see anything... 

Have a nice trip!


Posted by travelcheck[/QUOTE]

A nicely disguised ad by icelandcruiser.com.

A note to all new people on the forums, take any posts by those who have never posted before with a grain of salt.  Many of these are not by your fellow travelers but posts by people trying to make a buck from you.  Icelandcruiser may be a fine company, but these forums are not a place for advertisements.

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RE: A quick car rental recommendation

by /bio/parnogaszt »

[QUOTE]A nicely disguised ad by icelandcruiser.com.

A note to all new people on the forums, take any posts by those who have never posted before with a grain of salt.  Many of these are not by your fellow travelers but posts by people trying to make a buck from you.  Icelandcruiser may be a fine company, but these forums are not a place for advertisements.

Posted by DrFumblefinger[/QUOTE]

Thanks. We will see how fine are they, because I booked one car from them. After the journey I will share our experiences.

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RE: A quick car rental recommendation

by /bio/mango »

Did you find it easy to drive yourself around Iceland? I'd love to do it independently, but wasn't sure if I'd be able to read road signs there.

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drfumblefinger

RE: A quick car rental recommendation

by drfumblefinger »

In Response to Re: A quick car rental recommendation:[QUOTE]

Did you find it easy to drive yourself around Iceland? I'd love to do it independently, but wasn't sure if I'd be able to read road signs there.


Posted by Mango[/QUOTE]

Very easy to get around, Mango.  The roads are well maintained (except those marked with"F", which need four wheel drive).  Most are paved, although away from the main population centers they may be gravel.  They are plenty wide -- wider than in say rural Ireland.  Traffic is light.  Roadsigns are pretty straight forward, and like those on the continent for the most part. 

With a good map and GPS, it's very easy to get around.  And it's so great to be able to stop when you want and take in a nice view or snap a photo.

One small tip -- never let the gas tank get too low.  Sometimes is very far between gas stations, so don't let it fall much below half full.

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