Keflavík International Airport is Iceland's main hub for international travel. The airport location in Keflavík, a small town with less than 15,000 residents, makes it almost mandatory for tourists to rent a vehicle. Luckily, there are four major rental companies on-site at the airport.
Finding a Cheap Car Rental at Keflavík International Airport
Renting a car at Keflavík International Airport is relatively simple. Renters can choose among many available makes and models. The most affordable options are usually the mini and economy cars, but there are also full-size, intermediate, and premium rentals available. The rates vary depending on availability, so travellers looking for cheap rates should check all rental types for the best deals via Skyscanner first. The major international rental brands available at Keflavík International Airport are below.
Booking a car before arrival makes picking up a vehicle much easier. To streamline the process, drivers also need to bring documents, which each company requests during the booking process. Each of the companies has different policies on the items below.
- Driver age
- Additional drivers
Rules of the Road in Iceland
Renting a vehicle from the Keflavík International Airport makes a trip around spectacular Iceland easy. Driving through the lush green Icelandic countryside is an experience comparable to few other places. It is important for drivers to know some rules of the road, though. Below is a list of important information for visitors driving in Iceland.
- Drivers drive on the right and overtake on the left.
- The speed limit is 30-50 kph in populated areas, 80 kph in rural areas, and 90 kph on paved roads.
- All vehicle occupants must wear a seat belt.
- Drivers must always use headlights, day and night.
- Consuming any alcohol before driving is strictly prohibited.
- Talking on a hand-held device while driving is illegal.
In addition to adhering to the laws above, drivers should consider purchasing a gas card to make refueling at unmanned pumps easier. Credit cards in Iceland use pin numbers, which most credit cards do not use, meaning that most tourists are not able to use theirs to fill up at unmanned pumps.
Must-See Places in Iceland
There is not a lot to do in Keflavík, but there is a lot to do in Reykjavik, the capital, and in Iceland as a whole. Keflavík International Airport to Reykjavik is a 40-minute (50.3 km) drive via Route 41. Reykjavik is a fun city with many attractions. Below is a list of some of the best places to visit in the area.
- Perlan is a glass-domed restaurant in Reykjavik that offers incredible views of gorgeous Iceland. The journey is 38 minutes (47.6 km) from the airport.
- Hallgrímskirkja, a modern contemporary cathedral, is a 41-minute (49.1 km) drive from Keflavík International Airport. Standing at 74.5 metres tall, the cathedral is the largest in the country.
- The National Museum of Iceland, established in 1863, is a 43-minute (50.9 km) drive from the international airport. It is the world's leading museum for Icelandic history.
- National Gallery of Iceland is the country's premier art museum, featuring many Icelandic and international works of art. The gallery is 44 minutes (50.9 km) from Keflavík International Airport.
- Volcano House, a geology exhibit on the volcanic systems in Iceland, is a 45-minute (51.7 km) drive from the airport via Route 41.
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