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Old March 12th, 2011, 04:30 PM
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Renting Defender in Iceland

We're headed to Iceland in late April for a wedding and we're planning on taking a week to explore. Although we've been looking at the organized self-drive tours, we're thinking of renting a Defender 110 and winging it, car camping and stopping in at hostels and hotels every second night.

Does anyone have any recommendations or experience renting LRs in Iceland? I don't need a super jeep, just something that will allow us to check out the F roads and explore without having to be concerned about getting stuck everywhere.
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Old March 12th, 2011, 05:13 PM
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Old March 12th, 2011, 07:47 PM
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FAIL on the use of LMGTFY. JL was asking for recommendations or experience from members of this board. How does your google search answer that?

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Old March 12th, 2011, 07:59 PM
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I have a buddy down here in Florida that did just that. He rented a 110 and explored the country, and wrote an article about it. It was published in a Rover's North Catalog two/three years back. I can put you in touch with him. if you want.
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Old March 12th, 2011, 10:08 PM
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I can't help with who to rent from because its been 9yrs. I checked Iceland out in December back in 03. I don't know about April but when we were there you needed signifigantly oversized tires to leave the beaten path.
Pretty expensive place-take lots of money.
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Old March 12th, 2011, 10:36 PM
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I've done it. I was there in 04 so things may have changed a bit. What do you want to know? I don't think there are too many options if you want a 110. I vaguely recall only 2 available that were close to the airport. It's definitely not cheap but boy are you going to have fun. Here are some pictures. Have some rotten shark and pony meat for me while you're there.
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Old March 13th, 2011, 08:29 AM
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Do not forget to wash the rotten shark down with the Black Death vodka, as previously mentioned Iceland is very expensive. If you go to the Blue Lagoon put conditioner in your hair before you go in the water. We had a great time there.
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I have done Iceland Twice, Its not advisable to venture into the Interior unsupported. http://www.highlander.is/ This guys name is Oli Schram and he is the premier tour guide in Iceland. I fitted his rovers out. His knowelege is unmached. I have his cell number too if you require it. We spent 7 days in the interior. 2 Land Rovers, both TD5, 1 x 110, 1 x 90, also a toyota and an izuzu.
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If you're just going to stick to Route 1 just rent a small wagon or something like that. As I remember it from my three weeks there, there wasn't much in the way of hostels/hotels around the ring road so maybe a wagon or SUV would be best for sleeping in. My opinion of the best way to do Iceland is in the summer when there is no darkness. You can hit all the tourist sites at wee hours of the night in light without tourists.
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Off Roaders Rant Page - Trip to Iceland

If you have not already checked out the trip on ORRP....

http://www.orrp.info/smf/index.php?topic=29336.0

These guys self drove thier own trucks - they did not hire - but they self guided.

It is a marathon thread - there are cool pictures starting around page 50 or so....

That ORRP thread put Iceland on the Land Rover destination bucket list.
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Actually didn't Iceland's economy crap out a bit? I think it's much cheaper than it was 5-6 years ago when things were booming all over the world. Now they're hurting just as bad - or worse - than everyone else I think.
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Thanks for all the replies except the google thing, that was pretty lame.

We have to be there for a wedding so we can't really move the dates. I know it will be winter type weather but I'm used to it, no issues there. The good part about it is that it's the off season, so everything is cheaper. Iceland also took a huge hit in the global meltdown so prices are much better than they were before.

I was mostly wondering about experiences renting from the larger rental chains, and driving around on the main and secondary roads. I have been told that a 4wd is good idea in the winter just due to the unpredictable weather, I'm not planning on going on any glacier drives, but I will probably try and explore some of the less used roads. Plus, it's a chance to rent a newer 110, which should be a blast.

We're planning on doing a 6 or 7 day mostly tarmac drive and we're trying to figure out whether to camp or to do the inn thing. Campgrounds are closed for the winter but apparently some are still accessible. April is late winter/early spring so it should not get too cold. I'd love to rent a roof tent but I haven't found anyone that rents such a thing in Iceland, so we'll probably just bring an air mattress and crash out in the 110 for a few nights, mixed in with hotels.
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Not to cold Icelandic standard is -40 with winds of 80mph. If your going to sleep in the car make sure you have an Eberspacher D2 diesel heater fitted. You can have one warm day, the next will be very wet and the following can be blizzard conditions. We experienced all three in a week 2 yrs ago!. Its slightly cheaper than it was before, but fuel and alcohol is still more expensive than the UK so buy plenty of booze and take it in in your luggage!
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