Campervans in Iceland

There are quite a few companies that offer campervans in Iceland. There are also quite a few different options for the campervan itself (4WD, number of people they can seat and sleep, automatic vs. manual, etc). Depending on your needs, you can choose the campervan that works best for you. 

Happy Campers Iceland Campervan Rental
Happy Campers Iceland Campervan Rental

For us, we only needed room for two people. We also did not need a 4WD and we were fine with a manual transmission (automatic transmissions cost more). We did a lot of research before finally choosing our campervan. We ended up going with Happy Campers because they fit within our budget and their presence on social media made me feel confident about them.

Happy Campers will pick you up from the airport and take you directly to their location in Reykjavik. Then they will drop you off at the bus station or a Reykjavik area guesthouse at the end of your reservation. We got dropped off at the BSI bus station and then took the Flybus to the airport. 

Happy Campers Iceland Campervan Rental

We went with the Happy 1, which is their smallest campervan. The price ranges from €126-€180 per day depending on the season. That might sound a bit pricey, but you have to remember that the van serves as both your rental car and your hotel. The Happy 1 seats two and sleeps two. The back has a kitchen unit with space to prepare food or set the gas camping stove on. There is also a sink with a water tank (we filled it up at gas stations and campsites), as well as a pretty large cooler/refrigerator. The bed (which is actually pretty comfortable!) can be lifted into a seat when you want to cook. There is storage under the bed/seat as well as drawers in the kitchen unit. The campervan comes fully stocked with plates, bowls, cups, silverware, a pot and a pan, a knife, a spatula, a cutting board, etc. You are also provided some bedding including pillows, and two blankets for each person. There is a heater in the back that runs off of the diesel, but if you are traveling in the winter, I highly recommend renting sleeping bags as well, because it gets VERY cold at night! I also suggest renting a GPS and buying one of those archaic paper maps, we used both every single day.

Happy Campers Iceland Campervan Rental

The campervan is bright red, so it definitely gets some curious looks, but it was easy to point out other “Happy Campers” along the road. There was enough room for our large and small suitcases along with all of our camera gear (which was a lot). Apart from not being the most confident manual transmission driver, Alex said that the van was easy to drive.

In Iceland, you are allowed to stop anywhere (that is safe) for one night as long as you are not on private property. It is preferred that if you are in a town, that you stay in a campsite (you can stay on campsite property even if the campsite is closed). Otherwise, in the country, you can pull off wherever. We preferred campsites, but did spend a couple nights at picnic sites or random pull-offs.

The campervan does not have a bathroom or a shower. I joke that I have used the bathroom in every gas station along the Ring Road. That is only a slight exaggeration. We showered at local swimming pools or at campsites.

Happy Campers Iceland Campervan Rental

Alex and I traveled in our Happy Camper campervan for ten days and drove around the Ring Road. I am so happy we decided go with the campervan, it was an experience we will never forget!