When planning a winter trip to Iceland, one question that many travelers have is whether or not they need to rent a 4×4 camper. After all, Iceland can see some pretty harsh weather during the winter. Iis a 4×4 camper really necessary, or can you get by with a regular campervan? It is one of the most common questions we get. So if you are wondering the same – you came to the right place.
Here are some pros and cons to consider whether to rent a 4×4 camper for your winter trip to Iceland:
Regardless of what camper you choose, make sure that your vehicle is equipped to handle Icelandic winter. Here are some general safety tips and resources.
We include all these items in the winter kit for all Happy Campers. Additionally, all our vans have wool insulation and an overnight heating system. Moreover, most vans have two extra batteries (3 total) to guarantee to keep you warm.
The most important thing when it comes to safety in Iceland is keeping up with weather updates and road conditions. Driving in Iceland can be a challenge and sometimes downright impossible due to roads being difficult or closed.
At Happy Campers, we prioritize the safety and convenience of our customers. That’s why, when you book a van with us, you’ll get access to our Happy App. It is a tablet-based navigation system that provides real-time road conditions and weather updates (included in all rentals, except EX models). This handy tool navigates according to your itinerary and helps you stay informed while on the road, ensuring a safe and enjoyable trip.
Additionally, we highly recommend having a working phone with you at all times. You can either opt-in to an international plan from your local provider or buy a pre-paid SIM card at the airport or any gas station in Iceland.
So, do you really need a 4×4 camper for winter travel in Iceland? The answer really depends on your specific travel plans, driving experience, and preferences. Generally, when traveling to Iceland in the wintertime, a 4×4 camper may be worth the investment. However, as long as you follow safety rules, a properly equipped 2WD campervan is sufficient.
With our weather warning system, winter kit, GPS tracking, 24/7 emergency service, studded winter tires, extra power, and other safety features, Happy Campers is the safe choice for winter rentals.
For more winter tips, make sure to check out our Winter Travel Guide, and do not hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions before or during your rental.