I did a lot of research before finally deciding which type of camper I wanted and which company to book with. Here’s seven essential things to consider when booking your Iceland camper.
1. Reputation of the company
This might be the last thing you check before making a booking, but it should be the most important factor since it’s your only hope of really getting what you’ve paid for.
Plug the company name into a google, trustpilot, and social media to see what people are saying about them.
Bear in mind that people are more likely to take the time to write a review if something went badly than if everything went as expected, but too many examples of bad customer service should definitely set alarm bells ringing.
I also contacted a few of the companies by email before I made my booking, and it was really obvious which ones have a good customer service attitude.
As well as the daily rental rate of the camper, you may need to factor in a number of additional costs:
- Transfer to and from the collection point (some companies offer free airport transfer, for example)
- Camping supplies (e.g. bedding, gas canisters, pots and pans)
- Fuel: some companies include a discount card, also diesel is slightly cheaper
- Mileage: some companies set a cap on how many miles you can travel per day
- Insurance upgrades: there are a number of possible damages to insure against, including damage caused by stones or volcanic ash
- Special offers: some companies offer an extra day free if you rent for seven days.
If an extra seems expensive then question it – the company may be happy to negotiate rather than lose your booking. I was almost put off by a $190 fee for a camping kit, but I emailed (from my personal account) and the company agreed to throw this in for free.
3. Off-road capability
If you’ll be sticking to the ring road, then a two-wheel drive vehicle will be fine, but if you’re planning on driving on Iceland’s infamous F-roads, then it’s a legal requirement to have a 4×4.
This was a really important factor for me; I love overlanding and I’m keen explore Iceland’s dramatic highland interior.
4. Drive comfort
If you’re planning to put in long days behind the wheel then think about how comfortable the vehicle is likely to be.
If, like me, you’re quite tall you should consider whether you’ll be able to slide the driver seat back far enough to be comfortable. As much as I rave about the off-road capabilities of the Land Rover Defender, I wouldn’t want to be such long distances in one.
5. Sleep comfort
Take a look at the floor plan, and as many internal pictures of your chosen vehicle as possible to scope out what the sleeping arrangements will be like. Also consider whether you’ll be happy to pack the bed away each morning, or would prefer to have a permanent bed arrangement.
I’m a light sleeper so it was important for me to find something with a decent sleeping compartment.
This is all about your creature comforts. Bear in mind though that since the law change, you should now be spending each night in a designated camp site.
- Cooking (stove, pots & pans, gas)
- Sink (running water, hot or cold)
- Food storage (cool box or fridge)
This was really important for me, I want to write about my experience on this trip and have something to help the memories last forever: the photos and videos of our camper will definitely be a big part of that.
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