Is a 4×4 vehicle essential for me when taking a drive around Iceland?

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Providing recommendations about touring Iceland is at times hard, as the suggestions you offer are totally determined by the person you are offering them to. For instance, if a person from Southern Spain asks me about the climate in Iceland, their opinion totally differs from an individual who is born and bred in North Norway or a place in Canada where it can reduce to 30°C in winter. To the individual from LA, our summer climate is possibly cold while the individual from Canada is unable to accept that it regularly does not go lower than 10°C during winter in Reykjavik and just carries their light attire for winter. The query about the model of vehicle you require for your tour to Iceland is the same. The response is determined by what you normally use, your destination and time. It is usually more costly to rent a 4WD and also, not all 4×4 are built the same. The strength of the four wheel drive is not important; for instance, you would not be able to cross Krossá River using a Skoda Octavia.
A personal experience: John possessed an ancient Citroen C5 and from the time he purchased it some years back, he has used it to take drives throughout the Island in all types of weather. The tires are great for winter however, it is not 4×4; therefore, in brief, the response is no. It is not necessary for you to have a four wheel drive to tour Iceland. However, below are a number of exceptions and some factors to think of.
Here are a few factors to keep in mind while driving in Iceland. First and foremost, many of the highlands in Iceland are just reachable in 4×4 jeeps (by itself, 4WD is not essentially sufficient) and huge penalties can be imposed on you if you drive a standard rental vehicle inside these regions. Same goes for offroad driving – it is competely and fully prohibited!! Normally, the roads on the highlands have F road marks; however, Kjolur is included, even though it is not an F road. Therefore, in case you intend to pay a visit to any of those regions or drive on roads that are F marked, you certainly require a four wheel drive.
If you desire to visit regions such as Þórsmörk, then a regular jeep may not even be adequate as you need to cross a number of unbridged rivers to arrive there.
During summer, you can take a drive without a 4×4 along the entire ring road. During winter, in case you are touring regions that are prone to lots of snow, a 4×4 can prove useful. This mainly applies to the Westfjords, the North as well as East. However, many of the roads near Reykjavík are sustained well (for instance, the South Shore, Golden Circle and Snaefellsnes Peninsula) and they just close when there is excessively bad weather. When it is this bad, you should avoid taking a drive there despite what type of vehicle you have. If you are not skilled in driving in snow and ice, you might be more content with the knowledge that the vehicle you are driving is a 4WD, in the event of anything.
The climate in Iceland is unpredictable at all times and plays a part also. You may pay us a visit when winter is at its peak and you will be unable to even sight one snowflake during your entire visit. Or snow might be experienced in July, similar to what happened this year in the highlands. Therefore, it is not possible to predict whether snow will be present during your visit or not.
In conclusion: In view of all that has been mentioned, the four wheel drives’ costs are significantly reduced during winter compared to summer and normally the disparity in cost is not massive. The 4ED are slightly larger also, and also offer more comfort; therefore, if you desire extra comfort, they are the best option. Keep in mind, whatever you do, that the weather here can totally differ from what you are accustomed to. It is vital to rent cars in good condition which have great tires, and so on. A GPS system is also useful and alway always check the forecast for weather and road conditions before you start your journey!