Reykjavik is maybe among the smallest capital cities in the world, but it is a place that will make you fall in love with it at the first sight. It is located in the southwestern part of the Iceland, and spreads along the shores of the picturesque Faxafloi Bay.
Reykjavik is the capital and the largest city of Iceland, and the place where lives almost one third of the general population of the country. With its unique architecture and unusual charm, Reykjavik is today very attractive tourist destination and a place you definitely must visit after you arrange car renting in Iceland.
Despite its status of the country’s capital, economic and cultural center, Reykjavik is not an overcrowded city and there is a plenty of empty space between houses and city institutions, which only contributes to its uniqueness. In addition, it is a very clean city, with a lot of green surfaces and parks. Reykjavik is also considered as one of the safest cities in the world.
All those who prefer fishing will be delighted because through the city flows a river which is known as one of the best locations for salmon fishing- the Elliðaá River.
Although it could be expected, Iceland’s largest city has pretty much moderate temperature and all credits for that go to the Gulf Stream. In fact, the shores around Reykjavik are rarely frozen, which is typical for this geographical position.
Of course, the majority of the population consists of Icelanders, but the number of the foreign immigrants is in rising. The largest ethnic minorities are Poles (more than 3,000), Lithuanians (856) and Germans (381).
This city was at the forefront of the magnificent economic growth of the country. The performances of the local economy were so fascinating that experts started to call the country “Nordic Tiger”. Everything changed after the latest economic crises, caused by the banks’ speculation. After intense intervention of the government, the local economy is again on the rise. Despite all ups and downs, Reykjavik is still among the richest cities in the world.
A few notes about car rental in Reykjavik
There are no special requirements when you want to take car rental in Reykjavik, and the procedure and policies are the same as when renting a car in France for example. You must have a valid driver’s license from domestic country and your license must be at least one year old.
All drivers younger than 20 years will have to pay additional daily fee for car rental in Reykjavik.
Although all major roads in the city are in excellent condition, you might have a problem if you decide to explore this country a little bit deeper. There are many unpaved roads and roads with one line, which requires additional caution.
For those who are visiting Iceland from continental Europe, probably the best option would be to rent a car in England. However, every similar combination must be checked with local agencies.
Driving in Reykjavik would not be a problem even for inexperienced drivers who are taking car rental in Reykjavik. There are enough traffic signs and you will know your location at any moment. Of course, every driver must respect the speed limits, which means that you must drive slower than 50 km/h in the city. On the open road and outside urban areas, you can drive up to 80 km/h.
The cheapest renting package in the city costs approximately 95 euros per day.