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A beautifully desolate and ancient kingdom that has since grasped the future firmly by the horns and embraced the natural energy that swirls around the island, Iceland is most decidedly undergoing a renaissance in the midst of economic woes. Resting on the edge of the Arctic Circle, this volcanically intense region has much to offer a capricious visitor, from ancient literature to friendly folk to an unparalleled Northern Lights experience. HAPPYCAR is here to help you find the best car hire Iceland has to offer so you can take full advantage of this ethereal country, and a car hire from Reykjavik Airport is also available. We check the prices of international and local providers so that you don’t have to check each website, and provide you with the best deals to make your money go further.
The majority of Iceland revolves around its capital, Reykjavik, but there are also plenty of characterful, if not quiet, towns and villages dotted all over the coastline. But further inland the terrain quickly becomes frigid, mountainous and visually arresting, and largely remains unmarked by humans. Icelanders are proud but relaxed, and revel in their surroundings – their resilience against the elements has turned their leisure activities into what others might see as somewhat extreme. But the hot springs and ice-cold walks are definitely to be experienced.
The capital, and natural starting point for most tourists, is full of bold contrasts, young but full of dense, quickly-packed history. There is much to do in the most northerly capital in the world, including museums, galleries, theatres, monuments, cafés and swimming pools, and a ton of restaurants with fresh local ingredients. In the summer, Iceland enjoys almost 24 hours of daylight and the atmosphere thrums with vibrant energy, and in the winter, when there are only about five hours of daylight to be had each day, awe-inspiring views of the Northern Lights can be enjoyed. What this small capital lacks in size it more than makes up for in hip bars, restaurants and shops.
Nature is undoubtedly Iceland’s biggest attraction, with a number of incredible sights just waiting to be seen. The Blue Lagoon is perhaps the most famous sight of them all, a geothermal spa in southwest Iceland that can easily be reached with an Iceland car rental. Far west you can find Þingvellir, the most popular national park in Iceland, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which is mentioned in many Icelandic Sagas and the site of the Althing, one of the oldest Parliamentary institutions in the world. Close by with a car hire in Iceland is the Geysir, the hot spring that is the namesake for all geysers in the world and one of the most popular stops in Iceland. The spectacular Gullfoss, or Golden Falls, are also worth a visit as it is the largest volume waterfall in Europe and can also be accessed with an Iceland car hire.
Road trips and day trips within Iceland are many, and are best done with a car rental Iceland. The Golden Circle tour generally includes the Geysir, Gullfoss and Þingvellir, at the least, and a tour can be found but the best option, especially for two or more people, is to rent a car and see more sights for less. This also affords you the option of varying the length of time you decide to stay at each site. For a number of perfect hiking opportunities, the Snæfellsnes Peninsula can be found off the western arm of the island, and provides a view of the monster glacier at its tip. And with some of the most dramatic scenery to be found off to the northwest, where tiny fishing villages nestle in between looming mountains, your trip to Iceland will be one you will not soon forget.