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10 Handy Hints for a Stress-Free Driving Holiday


10 Handy Hints for a Stress-Free Driving Holiday

Now you're ready to head off on your self-drive break, here are some of All Iceland's favourite travel hints and tips to make sure you're not hungry, stranded or fed up during your trip.

1. You'll need your credit card when you pick up your rental car, visit a self-service petrol station or fly by Icelandair.

It's best to keep some cash on you for the more rural areas of Iceland (they'll normally have a small kiosk where you can pay, otherwise self-service petrol stations will need card payments), or in case of emergency.

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2. Be sure to fill up on petrol at the beginning of the day, or when you're in a big city. In the countryside you can be driving for miles without passing a service station.

Remember as well that as you pick up your rental car with a full tank of petrol, it also needs to be returned full- so when dropping off your car allow for time to top up the tank.

3. The best places to stock up on snacks and lunches are large supermarkets. Plenty of larger towns will have at least one of the following good value supermarkets:

4. Contrary to a lot of advice when traveling abroad, we recommend drinking the tap water in Iceland. It's natural, full of minerals, and much more fresh than most bottled water you'll get in the shops!

5. Visit parks and attractions like Gullfoss, Þingvellir National Park and Geysirs later in the afternoon, or even evening. Travelling in the summer means you can make the most of the 24 hour daylight. You'll avoid the crowds and still get some amazing views!

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6. If you want to visit the famous Blue Lagoon, you now need to book in advance. It's become so popular pre-booking is the only guarantee to get in! You can do this through All Iceland by giving us a call on 01904 406534 or dropping us an email on .

7. If you'd like to visit somewhere a little less crowded than the Blue Lagoon, why not try Fontana or the Secret Lagoon? They're both natural hot springs, surrounded by beautiful countryside, and make for something a bit different!


8. Make the most of the guides in the area. We offer a range of excursion bundles, where you can take several guided tours for a bargain price. Bundles range from the basics of Icelandic culture such as Blue Lagoon entrance and whale watching, to more adventurous treks through caves and glaciers.

9. Always call your hotel if you are planning on returning after 8pm, or if you will need dinner that evening.Countryside hotels especially appreciate this, as on site restaurants have been known to close early- it hardly takes any time to call ahead and avoid disappointment/rumbling stomachs!

10. Drive safely! Read our guide on safe driving, complete with links to weather forecasts and traffic control sites

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