We just returned from our Iceland trip and had an amazing time camper-vanning around the country! This was our first time traveling in a camper van and Iceland was the perfect place to do it.
When we were doing our research on camper van rental companies, the few popular names that ranked top on Google searches were Kuku Campers, Happy Campers and Go Campers. Kuku Campers definitely caught our eyes with their funny (and a lil' ridiculous) marketing, while Happy Campers had a lot of blogger reviews. We ended up renting our camper van from Rent.is, which had a great website filled with useful resources and camper stories, but we couldn't find many reviews elsewhere in the blog-sphere. We had positive experience renting from them and I felt they deserved a genuine review.
Obviously, cost is the main consideration for most people. Unsurprisingly, I had a google sheet with price comparisons and all. You'd probably think I'm crazy, but that's what happens when I had more than a year to plan for this trip. =P
Of course, cost wasn't the only thing we looked at. We also looked at reviews and these companies are all quite good. Take note of the currency differences too. Few other things we considered:
Our camper van rental cost $513/pax. However, if we maximized the van capacity and got 2 more people to travel with us, we could potentially reduce the cost to only $308/pax. Not bad at all for a week in an expensive country like Iceland!
The Rent.is staffs were helpful and responsive throughout the entire process:
Camper van design and features
After living in our 'home' for 7 days, I’ve come to the conclusion that the Renault Master 5 we had was very well-designed and equipped, especially for people with no experience camper-vanning like us. After seeing other smaller camper vans at the campsites, we were glad we opted for the larger camper even though it costs slightly more, as it made the trip so much more comfortable and convenient. =)
Easy to Drive
This is probably the least important 'function' of the van, but I really liked their design! It's uniquely Iceland, cute, nice, great for pictures, and not flashy (you know who I'm talking about :P). Love the quote on the van - "Where the midnight sun and the hot springs flow". =)
I think I'm a lil' too obsessed with this van...haha!
If you want to find out more about this camper van, check out this link & the following video by Rent.is
Big thanks to Rent.is, we had an amazing and memorable trip camper-vanning around Iceland! I'll do a separate blog post to share more guides and tips on how we traveled in a camper van around Iceland. If you're interested to experience traveling in a camper van, Iceland is the perfect place to do it! We had a pleasant experience renting from Rent.is, and I would definitely recommend them to anyone planning to travel around Iceland in a camper van!
Now the best part of this post. This review is solely based on our personal experience renting with Rent.is, and I do NOT receive any compensation or kickback from Rent.is for this long post. This is just a way to express our genuine gratitude for a wonderful and memorable camper van experience. =)
Regardless of which company you decide to rent from, make sure to do your research, know what you're paying for, be courteous, be nice, and have a good time in Iceland! Hope this lengthy post will be helpful to anyone considering to rent a camper van in Iceland.
Related post: Iceland Road Trip Expense Report