Going on a road trip in Iceland is a great adventure, whether you visit Iceland in the summer to witness the midnight sun or if you come in the winter time to experience the northern lights. Road trips are a fantastic way to enjoy Iceland’s incredible and pristine nature with the freedom and flexibility. 

Our road trip packages are designed by our team of travel experts. They are created for people like you who want to experience the very best of what Iceland has to offer. To get the best value Iceland Travel has to offer, book our road trips online. Please note that changes to the packages will incur a service fee.

Iceland Travel has 27 different road trips of various length, covering different areas of the country, so everyone should be able to find something to suit their taste. Every road trip includes rental car, CDW insurance, GPS navigation, accommodation, and a tablet with the exclusive Iceland Travel Companion App to use for the duration of your trip.

Reinventing the Iceland Road Trip With the Travel Companion App

Every year Iceland Travel welcomes thousands of travelers who embark on a road trip adventure in Iceland. If you book any one of Iceland Travel’s 27 self-drive packages, you will receive an internet connected tablet with our new app when you pick up your vehicle. Its easy-to-use interface lets you see your trip mapped out, thousands of points of interests, services, and a GPS road guide that will take you right to your hotel after a day of exploring. Better yet, if you find yourself in a place that you’d like to explore further, you can now book day tours and activities directly in your app. It’s that easy!

Getting Started

All our road trips come with a rental car as part of the package so all you have to do once you’ve collected your luggage is find the car rental desk in the arrivals lounge and pick up your car. Your car rental company and booking number will be on the travel documents you received after confirming your booking. At the car rental desk, you should also receive a tablet with the Iceland Travel Companion App preinstalled. The tablet should have a case, a car charger, a standard outlet charger, and a printed instruction manual.

To get started using your app, simply follow the instructions in the manual to turn on the tablet and put in your booking number into the app when prompted. You’ll find your basic itinerary in the app, as well as safety information, a road book in several different languages, thousands of points of interest around the country, plus other features which we will discuss in detail below. We recommend booting up your tablet while you are connected to the hotel wifi system to ensure a smooth start.

The app perfectly complements the GPS in your car, so while that guides your way, the app lets you know of interesting places to stop and have a look around. Driving in Iceland can be different from what you’re used to so make sure you check out our Do’s and Don’ts of driving in Iceland, the local weather forecast and road conditions before you set off.  Armed with all this information, you’re ready to head off into the vast, open spaces of Iceland.

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Enjoy Your Freedom

Our road trips are designed to be flexible to afford you the freedom to explore and get to know the country on your own. I should add, all of our car rentals include unlimited mileage, so you don’t have to worry about paying extra even if you are driving a lot. Worried about saftey? All of our road trips include CDW insurance. As long as you make it back to your hotel every night, you are free to visit all the sites in the area that interest you. Again, this is where the app can prove invaluable.

Our dedicated team works hard to add to the over thousand points of interest, with even more sites and detailed information on the history, folklore and geographical information on each. It’s like having your very own tour guide in the car with you! By allowing you to control your own time, the Iceland Travel road trips gives you a bespoke experience tailored to your needs. You can stop for lunch wherever and whenever you want and large families won’t have to wait for approved bathroom breaks. You’re the boss!

We’ve recently added a book a Day Tour feature to the app so if you’re in an area that you’d like to explore further, you can now book day tours and activities in that area through the app. Just make sure you have a strong internet connection while booking a day tour so you can get an immediate confirmation.

Driving in Iceland

Every country has its own traffic rules and driving in Iceland can sometimes be more challenging than people expect. Here is a small guide to the do’s and don’ts of driving in Iceland. Let’s stay safe out there! Read up on everything you need to know when driving in Iceland.

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FAQs

Where do I get the tablet?

You will receive the tablet once you pick up your vehicle, whether it’s at Keflavik Airport or at the car rental office in Reykjavik city. If for whatever reason you do not recieve a tablet from the car rental company and you’ve already embarked on your journey, contact our Customer Care team so that they can make arrangements for an alternative location to retrieve your tablet.

How do I turn on the tablet?

Practical information, like how to turn on the tablet, are in the instructions manual included in your kit.

How do I book day tours and activities?

Just click on the green button on the bottom of the main screen. This will give you an overview of available activities. Tap on the activity you want to book with the road trip app and book it.

How do I find my hotel in the road trip app?

Tap on the orange button the bottom right half of the main screen. This will display your hotels.

Can I use the internet for personal browsing on the tablet?

No, the tablet only allows access to the self-drive app which includes your trip, along with apps of the Icelandic Meteorological Office and The Icelandic Road Administration.

Can I keep the tablet after my trip?

No, the tablet is on a rental-basis only. You are kindly asked to return the tablet when you return the car.

Is the app in different languages?

The main interface, points of interest and personal itinerary is in English.  However, the app includes PDF road books about Iceland in English, French, Spanish, Italian and Dutch.

How do I access the road books in different languages within the app?

The road books in different languages are on the overview screen in the app and you push a button called “Read about Iceland”. From there you can select your language.

What does the kit include?

The kit includes the tablet, a sleeve, a charging cable for a regular plug and a charging cable for the car. The tablet is installed with a sim card which has a generous daily limit.

What will the kit not include?

The kit will no longer include any printed booklets nor physical maps.  By going digital, we endevour to minimize paper use in order to reduce our environmental footprint.

My tablet or my charger seems to be broken, how can I get a replacement?

The Hertz offices around Iceland have a stock of tablets and chargers.  They are located at Keflavík Airport, Reykjavik (at Flugvallarvegur 5), Höfn, Egilsstaðir, Akureyri and Ísafjörður.

Hotel Örk in Hveragerði also has a stock.  Please contact our Customer Care team and we will arrange for you a replacement.

Why can’t I download the app to my smart phone?

To make sure you get the best experience, the current version of the app is only available on Iceland Travel Android tablets.

I have booked a car with Iceland Travel. Will I get a tablet with the Iceland Travel app?

No, the Iceland Travel app is only for clients who book a self-drive package with Iceland Travel.

What about the sim card for my phone?

The self-drive packages will still include a sim card for your phone through winter 2018.  Please check with your service provider to make sure that your phone is unlocked before arrival in Iceland. Starting in summer 2018, we will no longer include sim cards with our kits.

What about the GPS in the car?
The self-drive packages will still include a GPS navigation for your vehicle.

What about insurance?
All of our road trips include CDW insurance. We strongly recommend you purchase seperate travel insurance for yourself and your family.

Þorsteinn Mar Gunnlaugsson

Þorsteinn Mar is an avid traveler and reader. He loves going on a road trip in Iceland with his family and often tries to find places that are tied in with the Icelandic Sagas, in futile hope of finding some ancient relic of that bygone era. When not traveling or reading, Þorsteinn spends his days either online or doing some nerdy stuff.