With 11 locations on the island nation of Iceland, Europcar is fully prepared to meet and exceed all of your car hire demands. Our fleet of reliable, safe and comfortable vehicles is is always there with a car to cater for any budget, while useful services and options like express pick-up, easy 3-step online booking, child seats, satellite navigation and additional driver cover, are available to help, along with the convenience of daily, weekly, monthly, long and short term hire, to make sure that whatever challenges meet you during your visit to Iceland, getting around will not be one of them.
Visitors have been drawn to Iceland steadily since the early 1990s, until now the country is visited by nearly three quarters of a million people per year. Iceland is often described as the destination for people looking for the unexpected. Certainly, a lot of the land is extraordinary. The landscape is amongst the most rugged and beautiful on the planet, and the people are warm and welcoming. The culture is rich, varied and appealing, but the experience is not what you would ever expect. Because of its geographical location, Iceland is sparsely populated by Scandinavians and British immigrants and so has a unique culture, unspoiled by European and American influence. This heritage is demonstrated and celebrated in the vast number of museums found in almost every town. With the majority of the nation's population living in the capital city Reykjavik and the coastal towns, there are glorious acres of uninhabited landscape to explore, hike through, ride on, or just gaze at and experience the majesty. Iceland's story telling tradition, or Sagas as they are known, dates back to the 12th century, and lately artists like Sigur Rós and Björk have helped Icelandic music to break into the mainsteam.
The City of Reykjavik – Known worldwide for its nightlife, the city's bars and clubs fill up after midnight until around 4am on weekends, and there are over 100 different bars and clubs in the city. The shopping streets of Laugavegur and Skólavörðustígur are also famous for being full of upscale fashion houses and local designers. Many designer labels allow a 15% tax refund for visitors, so there's an opportunity to grab some bargains. Reykjavik is also home to the Alþingishúsið, Iceland's parliament, the Culture House, the country's centre for cultural heritage, and the nearby Blue Lagoon, a naturally occurring geothermal spa, reputed to have healing properties.
National Parks – There's Vatnajökull, which covers 13% of Iceland's area including the Vatnajökull glacier and the surrounding mountain ridges; Þingvellir, which contains Almannagjá canyon and Þingvallavatn, Icelands largest lake, as well as the premier historic site in the country, the seat of the first ever parliament in the world; and Snæfellsjökull, with its glacier and active volcano that provided the setting for Jules Vernes' Journey to the Centre of the Earth. Each one of these parks must be seen to fully appreciate the incredible beauty they possess, and afterwards they won't be forgotten.
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