I’ve heard a lot of debate back and forth as to whether renting a car in Iceland is the way to go. Quite frankly I don’t see the appeal in booking a tour bus when Iceland is meant to be explored in it’s wild and raw form. Tour buses are a good option for anyone not comfortable enough not to drive in Iceland, but since our core foundation, here at the Wandering Chocobo is adventure, I think booking a car is the way to go. Take that one step further and rent a camper van, which can be done even in the winter. How do I know? I did it! Renting a camper van from KuKu Campers Rental in Iceland allowed me have the dream visit to Iceland I always wanted because it was a custom trip created just for me.
With local Iceland employees at KuKu Campers the best part of renting from KuKu was a personalized custom experience. We got insider tips with realistic advise to empower us to do the trek on our own. KuKu offers a whole fleet to choose from, but with just two of us traveling in the winter we knew we had to pick a heavy 4×4 as the wind and icy can be quite tumultuous. We chose the hefty Dodge Durango. Check out my guide to renting cars and safety in Iceland Here
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KuKu Camper Van Rental Review in Iceland
Our experience started with prompt pick up at the airport where our two jovial guides helped us with the luggage and we were on our way. The drive from the airport to the city was 45 minutes filled with jokes, laughter, inside tips and personal stories about growing up in Iceland.
Back at the office we went over paperwork. I read that if you don’t purchase as much additional insurance they offer you can get rather screwed. I guess in Iceland liability can rest on the shoulders of the person driving the car more than the company and as someone who saw a car door get ripped off, trust me, pay for the additional insurance! After the paperwork was done, we began to plan our trip. With access to their computer and easy to read maps they marked some exclusive places. Have you heard of the over popular Blue Lagoon? Yes? Well, how about Secret Lagoon… ; ) We came prepared with ideas we researched and they helped us map a realistic day by day itinerary. Check out our Iceland 5 day Itinerary, that was created with the help of KuKu Campers here.
The campers come fully equipped with phone charging plug, cook stove and utensils, fridge/icebox that cools when the car is on, cleaning supplies and a heater. Additional items that can be purchased for small fees are sleeping bags, pillows, camping chairs, table and GPS. Since it was winter out we doubled up on sleeping supplies and nothing else. I would recommend the GPS for anyone who doesn’t have international data, like we did. We used maps A LOT. There’s also a share pile of unopened food, water and toiletries that were never used by the previous customers to reduce waste.
After the safety training, we were allowed to inspect the car before we departed. Once you hit the road you’re mostly on your own. KuKu does however have a network of offices and garages around the country that you can pull into or call if you need any help, but for small things, like tire changes and general safety precautions you do need to be able to perform yourself..
We did have issues with our heater and I heard a few other complaints about heaters. Make sure they work before departing and if you’re traveling in the winter you have plenty of warm clothing and blankets in case the heater goes out.
Overall, KuKu Campers is a perfect option for the confident, whimsical traveler. If you don’t want to worry about changing a tire, driving on rough terrain and peeing in the woods this may not be the option for you. BUT if you want the freedom of the open road, rustic and exciting camping adventures and a personalized itinerary on your own time this is a great option.
Check out their website for additional pricing and vehicle options. KuKy Campers