Car hire in Keflavik
Car hire in Keflavik
The town of Keflavik is located on the most southwesterly region of Iceland - Europe’s most sparsely populated country. The town forms part of a municipality called Reykjanesbær along with Njarðvík and Hafnir. Combined, they boast a population of just over 15,000 people.
Keflavik may sound remote but the town sits right next to Keflavik International Airport (KEF) - the biggest airport in Iceland - which is accessible via the number 41 highway.
What I need to know
When you book your Keflavik car hire through Holiday Autos, you’ll be able to compare car hire across 1,500 rental companies to make sure you get the best price. So far, over five million customers in more than 170 countries have done just that. We’ll never charge you to use your credit card and if you don’t need the vehicle anymore, for whatever reason, there’s no cancellation charge.
Where to pick up my car
There are no car rental companies in the town of Keflavik itself. However, that becomes irrelevant given how close the airport is. At the international airport, you’ll have no shortage of car hire providers to choose from, boasting vast and varied fleets made up of all types of vehicles. You’re sure to get the car you need at a price that suits.
“The pick-up was easy, it took 5 minutes from arriving at the desk to driving out the car, and the return took even less time.”
Where to go
Keflavik is close to many unique and fascinating attractions such as Viking World, The Giantess in the Mountain and the Icelandic Museum of Rock ‘n’ Roll. You’re also less than 50km away from Reykjavik - Iceland’s capital city - as well as Reykjanesfólkvangur - a nature preserve featuring volcanic formations, crater lake and bubbling geothermic fields.
If you seize the opportunity to explore Reykjavik, you’ll have chance to visit the National and Saga museums, which trace Iceland’s Viking history. Stunning buildings can be found throughout the city, such as the striking concrete Hallgrimskirkja church and rotating Perlan glass dome, which offers captivating views of the sea and nearby hills.
Driving further into Iceland brings you to many small villages, most of which only have a few hundred people living there. Outside of the city, most Icelandic people live a very humble and laid-back life. The next largest city outside of the Capital Region is Akureyri with a population about a sixth of the size of the capital (around 18,000 people) and it is more than four hours’ drive away.
Eating and drinking
Iceland has given the world some remarkable food over time. Some of it is delicious and appealing like Hangikjöt (smoked lamb) or the ‘Ein með öllu’ - the iconic Icelandic lamb-based hot dog with ketchup, a sweet brown mustard, raw onions, fried onions and remoulade - a sauce made with mayonnaise and relish.
There are some bizarre traditional Icelandic dishes though; not many stomachs would start rumbling at the mention of Svið (boiled sheep head) or Hrútspungar (ram’s testicles).
Things to do
There are so many great attractions near Keflavik that you won’t struggle to fill your time. We’ve already mentioned some of the best (Viking World, The Giantess in the Mountain, The Icelandic Museum of Rock ‘n’ Roll) but you should also consider visiting the Duushus Museum and Saga Museum.
The Northern Lights are one of Iceland’s biggest draws and being based in Keflavik means you’re well-placed to witness this natural phenomenon, with many tours operating out of nearby Reykjavik. Booking onto one of several volcano tours is also a surefire way to ensure your time in Keflavik is unforgettable.