4x4 Car Rental in Iceland

Book a 4x4 In Iceland From The Top Car Rental Companies All In One Place

Best 4x4 Iceland has to offer

We offer a wide selection of 4x4 rental cars in Iceland. Northbound is a booking service that works with some the highest rated car rental companies in Iceland and they're all available right here on a single site.

  •     Fast, Secure and Easy Online Booking
  •     All bookings confirmed immediately
  •     Prices as advertised, no hidden fees!
  •     Only 15% deposit, Book now, Pay Later

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Great! Easy and straightforward. Prices a fraction of the big names. This is where you should rent from in Iceland.

Richard - United States Traveled to Iceland in Jan 2018
8.7 / 10 Thousands of satisfied customers

The car was fantastic! IT more than exceeded our expectations and needs. Also the customer service was unparalleled. Couldn't have been happier!

Jay - United States Traveled to Iceland in Mar 2018

Why Northbound?

Best Service Guaranteed

We believe in forming long-term relationships with our users, which is why we only partner with suppliers that provide the best possible service. From beginning to end, your journey shall be spectacular.

Easy to Use

The Northbound platform is designed by us from the ground up with user experience in mind so that you may find everything you need to assemble the perfect holiday in Iceland with the simple click of a button.

Instant Confirmation

All bookings are reserved and confirmed immediately, leaving you with peace of mind and security in knowing that your Icelandic journey is waiting for you to arrive as you rent a car or book a tour in Iceland.

Free Amendments

We realize plans can change, which is why all bookings made with Northbound can be modified or cancelled for a full refund after you've booked for no additional charges. Renting a car in Iceland or booking a tour has never been easier!

No Added Fees

You will never experience hidden fees or added booking fees of any sort with Northbound. The total price you see on your voucher includes everything from VAT to road fees, which makes Northbound, truly, the best way to rent a car in Iceland.

Minimum Deposit

When you rent a car with Northbound you only need to leave a small booking deposit to reserve your vehicle. The rest you can pay when you arrive in Iceland.

All these features available, bookable online right now!

  • Unlimited Mileage
  • Free Cancellation
  • Collision Damage Waiver
  • Theft Protection
  • 24/7 Emergency Breakdown Service
  • Third-party Liability Insurance
  • Manual/Automatic Transmission
  • GPS, Child Seats and more extras
  • Many additional Insurance Packages

Renting a 4x4 in Iceland

4-wheel drive vehicles are incredibly popular in Iceland and on Northbound you will find a wide selection available for booking. Compare everything from the regal 7 seater Land Rover Discovery to the quick and agile Suzuki Jimny, and rest assured that you will find the perfect 4x4 for your journey right here.

Driving in Iceland is an experience unlike any other. With rough terrain, gravel roads, river fords and scenic hillside routes, it should come as no surprise that the landscape of Iceland is best enjoyed from the comfortable seat of a 4x4 vehicle.


Explore the countryside

If you're eager to explore the vast countryside of Iceland a 4x4 rental is the best way to go. Even when visiting in the summertime, when the snow has melted away, the highland roads can be hard to navigate and might only be accessible with a 4x4 vehicle. Most car rentals don't allow their normal cars to be driven on highland roads.

Throughout Iceland you will find various pathways labeled F. These F-Roads provide unique experiences and a thrilling journey for those who may feel up for it. Although, F-Road driving should in all cases be reserved for those experienced with highland driving.

Need Help?

If you need any assistance with your booking don't hesitate to contact us and our team of heroes will help you right away.

+354 539 3009


Reviews from our Customers

I can not express how great our experience was with Northbound and Lotus Car Rental. It was seamless and the person that checked us in at the car rental was exceptional. He made sure we had everything we needed, he put our destinations in the GPS, suggested car wifi (used it every day) and made sure we knew our way before we left. The car was clean and handled great as you need that in Iceland!! Can't say enough wonderful things....Thank You!!

On arrival at the car rental office I was given a free upgrade. The upgraded car was brilliant and the service we got was very professional. Booking the car was very straight forward and easy. I would definitely recommend booking through northbound!!

Fantastic experience!

Really professional and friendly team, car was only 2 weeks old and a dream to drive. I'd definitely recommend Northbound/Lava Auto and use them again. Being independent and renting a car in Iceland made the experience that much more special! Thanks guys!

Thank you Northbound for helping my group and I with our disorderly situation @ Geyser Car Rental. As the rental place wasn't of much help, mixed our rentals, etc., we called the site we booked through (which happened to be Northbound), and they immensely helped our situation by doing all of the organizing of the situation on their own. Thank you so much team, without you, our trip wouldn't have been as great as it was! Thank you!

We had a very good experience with Thrifty and renting a car from them via Northbound. Picking up the car and returning it took very little time. The car was in great shape, yet at the same time, Thrifty had meticulously detailed any minor scratches so there was no issue upon return that we had caused any damage. After examining several rental car websites for Iceland that frankly were very confusing and the subject of some negative reviews, I would highly recommend using the Northbound site. It was easy to understand, easy to compare prices, and it seemed like they had taken the time to make sure they only had quality, reliable cars on their search results...

The car rental from Geysir was without any problems or issues. The Jimny was perfect like always and the staff very nice and supporting. Ich would recommend Geysir and Northbound to all my friends planing a trip to Iceland.

Excellent. Great service from start to finish !

Excellent experience, great customer service! We had a nice time driving around Iceland and had no issues with the car. The rental office in Reykjavik was easy to find.

Who are we?

Northbound is a travel services platform where visitors to Iceland can find everything they need to piece together an amazing experience while in Iceland.

Northbound was established with the main principles of quality service and traveler experience in mind. We aim to become the leading platform in the travel industry in terms of service to the customer.

Northbound is a certified booking service

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Frequently Asked Questions


Do I need a 4x4 in Iceland?

That depends entirely on what you intend to do while you’re in Iceland. If you’re coming during winter then a 4x4 is the safest and most comfortable choice for handling the snow. It’s also a comfortable choice as you roam through the Icelandic roads, some of which are not paved and may prove a challenge for smaller vehicles.


What insurances do I need?

The insurances are there for a reason. They provide security and peace of mind so that you can enjoy your Icelandic adventure happy and without worry. Each optional insurance targets different scenarios in which the standard CDW does not cover.

  • Gravel Protection
    Most of the roads in Iceland, outside of towns, are not paved. Even Route 1, Iceland’s longest and most driven road, isn’t fully paved. The Gravel Protection usually covers damages from gravel roads to the body of the car, the headlights and the front windscreen.
  • Sand and Ash Protection
    We all remember the Eyjafjallajökull eruption. The fact is, loose ash and fine sand still cover much of the terrain in certain areas of Iceland. As the wind blows, the ash and sand may whirl up and blow towards anything and anyone unlucky enough to be in its path. This may cause serious damages to the car and gives it an undesired, matte finish. Icelandic insurance companies do not cover damages such as this in the regular CDW policies, which is why this protection is offered as an optional damage waiver, covering sand and ash damage to your rental car.
  • Theft Protection
    Iceland may be one of the safest countries in the world but, believe it or not, crime still happens here. The theft protection lowers the lessee’s self-risk down to 0 EUR in the case of vehicle theft. It may be worth it for the added peace of mind. Bare in mind though, in the case of gross negligence this protection may be void.
  • Super Collision Damage Waiver
    An upgrade to the standard Collision Damage Waiver, lowering the self-risk of the lessee considerably. Note: amounts may vary depending which car rental you choose.


How old must I be to rent a 4x4 in Iceland?

The required age may vary depending on the car rental that you choose. The usual minimum age is 20 and sometimes higher for larger vehicles. Contact us if you’re having issues with the minimum age and we might be able to direct you to the right rental.


Can I drive highland roads with my rental car?

If your vehicle is a 4x4 then in all likelihood it is Highland Capable, but some smaller 4x4’s are forbidden on F-roads. Certain roads, such as F249 in Þórsmörk, are usually forbidden to drive no matter what rental car you have chosen.


Can I cross rivers and fords in my 4x4?

This depends on which 4x4 you have chosen, which road you are taking and what rental you have rented from. The conditions vary, but if you contact us we may able to help you find the answers you seek.


Can I drive off-road?

No. Off-road driving is illegal in Iceland and will result in a fine, issued by police, of up to 100.000 ISK.


Still have questions?

You can contact us directly via email at info@northbound.is or call us +354 519 8777

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