Visit Iceland – all you need to know to plan your holiday.

Iceland – all you need to know:

Iceland’s breathtaking landscapes, colourful
history and vibrant culture.

Iceland is a destination like no other – a magical, beautiful landscape of endless adventures.  Known as the “land of fire and ice”, Iceland is home to some of the world’s most active volcanoes and several of Europe’s largest glaciers.

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Iceland_Glaciers_1

Iceland is also a land of light and darkness. Summer days of constant daylight contrast with dark winter days with only a few hours of daylight.

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Where is Iceland?
Iceland is an island lying in the North Atlantic Ocean. The nearest neighbour is Greenland, 286 km away, followed by the Faroe Islands at 420 km,Scotland 795 km and Norway 950 km.

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volcano_Iceland

The Arctic Circle runs just north of the Icelandic mainland. The small, inhabited island of Grímsey, off the north coast of Iceland, lies on the ArcticCircle.

It takes approximately five hours to fly from New York to Iceland, and three to four hours to fly from most airports in Western Europe.

Iceland is Europe’s second largest island, and the world’s 18th largest. Iceland stretches across 103,000 km2, which is slightly more than Austria, Hungary or Portugal, but about the same as Kentucky.

It is easy to drive around Iceland island and enjoy many outstanding sights within a 10-day holiday, even though other visitors spend a month or more year after year and still have plenty left to experience. At its widest, Iceland measures 500 km from east to west and 300 km from north to south.

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road_map_of_Iceland

Iceland’s highest peak is Hvannadalshnjúkur, reaching 2,110 m above sea level, very few Icelanders live at altitudes of over 250 m, instead live on the coast and fertile lowlands, almost 80% of the country is uninhabited.

About 11% of Iceland is covered by glaciers and washout sands, As well as glaciers, which includes Europe’s largest, Vatnajökull, there are many lakes and  fjords,  waterfalls and  rivers,  hot and cold springs, beaches of black basalt sand or light-coloured shells, volcanoes and fresh lava fields, as well as older fields overgrown with thick moss.

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Iceland_Lava_field_courtesy_Daily_Telegraph

Lava fields also cover around 11% of the island’s surface area.
With all surface rock dating less than 20 million years in age, Iceland is one of the planet’s youngest landmasses and continues to be built up by some of the world’s most active volcanoes.

The island has risen above the ocean surface due to a volcanic hotspot located under fissures in the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. These fissures make up a rift dividing the American tectonic plate of the earth’s crust from the Eurasian plate and running roughly from southwest to northeast.

If there were no erosion along its east and west coasts, the island of Iceland would grow wider by about 2 cm per year, as these two tectonic plates float apart from each other on the molten magma underneath.

The last volcanoes to erupt were Bárðarbunga in 2014 to 2015, Grímsvötn in 2011 and Eyjafjallajökull in 2010. Iceland also has several recently formed islands off shore, such as Surtsey, which rose above the sea in a 1963-64 volcanic eruption and has ever since been kept isolated and protected due to its international importance for science.

Earthquakes happen frequently, fortunately so frequently that their collected tension is seldom great enough to cause destruction. The same may generally be said about the island’s volcanic eruptions, which have occurred on average every five years or so since the first people arrived.

From a global perspective, earthquakes are less likely to be destructive where tectonic plates move apart, as along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, rather than butting up against or scraping alongside each other.

Culture and society
Though rooted in ancient Norse heritage, Icelandic culture has been shaped by
isolation and the extreme forces of nature. These conditions have led to a
resilient society, where the ties to family and nature are often close. While the
sense of tradition and customs is also strong, today’s Icelandic society is quite
modern and progressive.
A small country by most measures, where most people who meet may soon be
talking about someone they both know or are mutually related to, Icelanders
work hard to ensure a high standard of living as well as extensive political
freedoms.
History
Not many countries can name their original settlers in a factual manner, but
Iceland’s well-documented history, not least through its world-famous sagas, is
one of its many claims to an international reputation. In the early 870s, having
first dwelt briefly at a few places farther east on the island, Hallveig
Fróðadóttir and her husband Ingólfur Arnarson, who had been a chieftain in
Norway, arrived with their household on the southwestern shores of Iceland.
Thinking of the steam which rose from thermal springs there, they called that
vicinity Reykjavík, which means the smoky inlet.
Although this household is generally recognised as Iceland’s first permanent
settlers, there is both written and other evidence that at least Christian hermits
and perhaps some other Celts from the British Isles had already been living in
the country for a number of decades but were gradually assimilated by the new
settlers in various ways. Moreover, the Norse settlers often brought with them
wives and slaves directly from the British Isles, so that today’s DNA studies
demonstrate most of the Icelandic female genes to stem from the Celts, even
though the original males of the nation were mostly Norse.
Hallveig and Ingólfur were quickly followed by other Norse settlers, who also
chose land in the low-lying, more easily inhabitable areas of Iceland. By the
year 930, just fifty or sixty years after settlement officially began, the country’s
more desirable agricultural land was considered fully claimed, giving occasion
to organise a common government by founding the Icelandic Althing, or Alþing.
With þing meaning parliament and al- meaning that it represented all of the
island, the Althing is often referred to as the world’s oldest parliament that
continues to meet more or less in its original form. For many centuries, the
Althing met at Þingvellir, which is about 50 km from Reykjavík and has today
become a national park.
The ruling male settlers of Iceland were predominantly pagan, following the
traditional Norse religion. As Scandinavia and other parts of Europe became
more and more Christian, political pressure mounted on the Icelanders to
convert to Christianity. Tensions were eased in 1000 AD, when the Christian
faction at the Althing allowed Þorgeir Ljósvetningagoði, who led the Althing as
speaker of the orally transmitted laws, to decide on a future religion. Although
Þorgeir (Icelanders prefer to use first names even in formal situations) was
himself a pagan priest, he decided to proclaim that the country would convert to
Christianity, with the easy-going compromise that current pagans would be
permitted to continue practising their religion in private.
In contrast to that peaceful solution, deadly fighting occurred between major
clans in the 13th century, accompanying the hard times caused by the
eradication of woods, overgrazing and cooler weather. After decades of
conflict, the Icelandic chieftains agreed to accept the sovereignty of Norway.
Political shifts in the Scandinavian countries put Iceland under Danish rule in
the late 14th century. In 1550, the Icelanders switched by royal decree from
Catholicism to a Lutheran denomination, similar to that in the rest of the Nordic
countries. Fortunately the Icelandic reformation, except for leading to the
execution of the southern Icelandic bishop and two of his sons, was mainly
peaceful and thereby helped save the country’s wondrous medieval
manuscripts from destruction in religious wars.
From around 1600 to 1900, the climate became even colder and less
favourable for agriculture and the regrowth of overgrazed, eroded areas.
Whereas up to a third of the country was covered by at least low-growing birch
when the first settlers brought their livestock, this cover had been reduced to
only 1% of the surface area by the end of the 19th century, adding immensely
to the difficulty of Icelanders in sheltering and feeding their livestock, which in
addition to fish were their main source of livelihood. Between 80 and 90% of
the residents still lived on farms just before 1900, above all in homes built of
turf and loose stones.
In 1874, celebrating the official millenium of the country’s settlement, Denmark
granted Iceland a constitution and home rule. In 1918, Iceland became a
sovereign state under the Danish crown and remained such until 17 June 1944,
when the Republic of Iceland was declared while the Nazis were in possession
of Denmark. Since then, June 17th has been celebrated as Iceland’s National
Independence Day.
Demographics
With its physical size and a population of only 335,000, Iceland represents the
lowest population density in Europe. The nation’s capital is Reykjavík, and twothirds
of the nation’s residents live in the municipalities of the greater capital
area, leaving the rural areas yet more sparsely settled. Outside of the capital
area, the most populous town, Akureyri, has only 18,000 residents. Since the
rest of the population also lives primarily near the coast, the middle of the
country with its lower temperatures and very short growing season remains
uninhabited.
Although the recent financial crisis struck a heavy blow as of autumn 2008, the
Icelanders have largely recovered and maintain good standards of living, with
the nation ranking highly in worldwide measures of well-being such as life
expectancy, safe births, literacy, gender equality and overall happiness.
During the twentieth century, Iceland’s main industry was the fisheries, though
recent decades have seen an increasing emphasis on renewable energy and
its use in the metals or other heavy industry. On a world scale, tourism has
been mushrooming, often increasing between 10 and 20% annually, so that
since 2014 the nation receives about three times more visitors per year than it
has residents.
Language
The language of Iceland, Icelandic, is one of the many Indo-European
languages, belonging to the sub-division of North Germanic languages like
those in other Nordic countries, excepting Finnish. Icelandic is very similar to
Faroese and demonstrates some Celtic influence, perhaps including some of
the country’s narrative traditions in literature.
As an insular language, however, Icelandic has not been heavily influenced by
other languages since the settlement. For this and other reasons, such as the
sagas, poetry and an emphasis on reading ability, the language has changed
comparatively little over the centuries. It did not become markedly different from
Norwegian until the 14th century, when Norwegian underwent increasing
influence from Swedish and Danish. Because of how minor the language
changes have been in Iceland, 12th-century texts remain largely accessible to
Icelandic school children.
Literature
Language is a cornerstone of Icelandic culture, and Icelanders are justifiably
proud of their literary heritage. Some poetic traditions, especially the age-old
Germanic patterns of alliteration, are alive and common, with thousands of
people composing at least occasionally according to such patterns, and crowds
of the general populace gathering around the country in hundreds to listen to
poets who can humourously follow these rules. Iceland has often been termed
a classless society, though this description is debated, but it certainly holds in
reference to this type of traditional poetry and to some extent has also been
typical of the sagas. The capital, Reykjavík, has become a UNESCO City of
Literature, and in 2009, the country’s main collection of saga manuscripts was
entered in the UNESCO Memory of the World Register.
The Icelandic Eddas and sagas are certainly the country’s most recognised
contribution to global literary treasures, with the 13th-century Snorri Sturluson
being an important figure behind preserving ancient historical and literary
knowledge, even crucial for the entire Nordic realm.
Written in the 13th century, the Eddas tell vivid stories of Norse mythology and
legend, as well as explaining poetic rules. The sagas to a great extent report
enhanced tales of actual people and events, in the main occurring between 850
and 1050. Above all, these events include the deeds of the nation’s early
settlers and their first descendants, with plenty of violence, intrigue, romance,
and pithy proverbs. Such combinations of stories and history were mostly
passed on orally until being written down in the 12th to 14th centuries. Many
authors in other countries have been influenced by the sagas and other old
Icelandic literature, including J.R.R. Tolkien, author of the Lord of the Rings
and The Hobbit.
Iceland’s only Nobel Prize winner so far was recognised in 1955 and was in the
category of literature. Halldór Laxness composed prolifically (over 60 novels, in
addition to poetry, plays and other writings), on themes ranging from the
Icelandic national identity to global communism. His most famous works are
Independent People, The Atom Station and Iceland’s Bell.
Literature still thrives today, with modern Icelandic authors getting more books
published per capita than in any other country. In recent years, Icelandic crime
fiction has garnered an international following, adding onto that of the sagas.
Most famously composed by Arnaldur Indriðason and Yrsa Sigurðardóttir, the
Icelandic works can be related to the fashionable, overall genre of Nordic crime
literature.
Films
Icelandic film producers are industrious and creative enough to have turned
native cinema into an important cultural as well as economic factor. The film
industry has been prospering, producing several films per year. Moreover,
Iceland’s scenic landscape provides popular shooting locations for many
foreign parties, including Hollywood productions such as Tomb Raider, Die
Another Day, Batman Begins, Flags of our Fathers, Journey to the Centre of
the Earth and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Icelandic authorities help through
policies which reduce production costs for foreign film makers. The Film in
Iceland commission is ready to assist foreign film companies which are thinking
of shooting in this country.
International recognition has been earned by several modern Icelandic
filmmakers, such as Friðrik Þór Friðriksson, whose film Children of Nature was
nominated for a 1991 Academy Award as Best Foreign Film. Dagur Kári’s full
length debut, Nói Albínó, received critical acclaim and was nominated for the
European Film Awards in 2003. Dagur Kári has gone on to turn out such
movies as The Good Heart. Another successful Icelandic filmmaker is Baltasar
Kormákur, who has built on such Icelandic hits of his as 101 Reykjavík to start
a Hollywood career. However, the leading Icelandic name internationally has
been that of Sigurjón Sighvatsson, producer, whose long filmography includes
titles ranging from Beverly Hills 90210 and Zinedine: A 21st-Century Portrait to
cult favourites like Wild At Heart. In 2015 at the renowned Cannes festival,
Grímur Hákonarson’s Rams won the category of Un Certain Regard.
In recent years, Icelandic television production has also been on the rise. The
children’s television programme LazyTown has seen unprecedented success
abroad, with stations in dozens of countries around the world broadcasting its
message of healthy lifestyles. The Night Shift, a sitcom about the hapless lives
of night personnel at a petrol station, has received critical acclaim and been
broadcast in several European countries. Fortitude, a 2015 TV crime series
from Sky Atlantic, was to a great extent filmed in Iceland.
Traditions
Icelanders have several of their own unique holidays, besides celebrating some
international holidays in special ways. Many festivities are related to ancient
Norse traditions, while others frequently connect to the Christian calendar.
The traditional winter holidays are especially meaningful for Icelanders. The
Christmas period is an intriguing mixture of religious practices and traditional
folklore, beginning on 23 December and ending on 6 January, Epiphany. In
between, there is a whole lot of food to eat, people to meet and fireworks to
launch.
Yule lads
You might say the Icelanders have not one Santa figure but a whole series of
thirteen, the jólasveinar or Yule lads. Descended from trolls, they were
apparently often mentioned to scare children, but in recent times have been
personified as a lot friendlier.
One by one, they come to town in the days before Christmas; the first one
arrives during the night preceding December 12 and the last one during the
night preceding December 24. Formerly, they tried to pilfer their favourite things
or play tricks on people (hence their names below), but now their main role is to
give children small gifts. Just about every child in Iceland puts a shoe on the
window sill in the evening so the lad coming that night can leave a present in it.
Of course, if the child has been naughty, the lad might just leave an untasty
raw potato instead!
While the number of Yule lads has varied in different times and regions, it is
now consistently 13. The number 13 and their current names were printed in
Jón Árnason’s folklore collection of 1862, establishing the Icelandic names as
follows, even if various translations are possible:
1. Stekkjastaur (Sheep-Cote Clod)
2. Giljagaur (Gully Gawk)
3. Stúfur (Stubby)
4. Þvörusleikir (Spoon-Licker)
5. Pottasleikir (Pot-Licker)
6. Askasleikir (Bowl-Licker)
7. Hurðaskellir (Door-Slammer)
8. Skyrgámur (Skyr-Gobbler)
9. Bjúgnakrækir (Sausage-Swiper)
10.Gluggagægir (Window-Peeper)
11.Gáttaþefur (Doorway-Sniffer)
12.Ketkrókur (Meat-Hook)
13.Kertasníkir (Candle-Stealer)
As you can tell from the list, these lads are mischievous, and each one has
retained some of his unique characteristics to this day.
Grýla, Leppalúði and the Christmas Cat
The Yule lads’ vices may have something to do with unfortunate genetics and
upbringing, since according to Icelandic folklore they were the sons of a threeheaded
ogress called Grýla – whose favourite dish was a stew that she cooked
out of naughty children – and her third husband, an aged, ugly ogre called
Leppalúði. Nonetheless, their cat was perhaps even more vicious, Jólakötturinn
(the Christmas Cat), who was rumoured to eat those children who had no new
clothes to wear on Christmas Day.
Þorláksmessa
Þorláksmessa (Saint Þorlákur’s Mass) is on December 23 and is named after
Þorlákur Þórhallsson, a 12th-century bishop over the more southerly parts of
Iceland. The ideal dish on Þorláksmessa Day is putrefied skate. As December
23 was traditionally the last day of the pre-Christmas fast, no one was
supposed to eat meat, but was allowed to eat skate and other fish. Eating
putrefied skate on December 23 is still a popular tradition in Iceland, despite
the sharp smell of ammonia. In addition, Þorláksmessa is usually the biggest
day of the year in Icelandic retail stores, as people flock out to do their lastminute
Christmas shopping, which involves a lot of good cheer as everyone
meets others and passes on warm Yuletide wishes.
Christmas
Christmas and Easter Day are Iceland’s longest holidays, with all of the
following day also being a holiday for most persons (the so-called Second Days
of Christmas and Easter). At Easter, both the Thursday and Friday before
Easter Sunday are also holidays, which makes five days in all for people who
are off work on Saturdays. At Christmas, most businesses remain closed from
noon on Christmas Eve till after December 26. For many decades, the main
family celebration in most homes has begun at six o’clock on Christmas Eve.
The family dine together that evening, perhaps dance and sing around the
Christmas tree, and exchange presents. In the following two days people often
gather with the wider family and family friends.
The Icelandic Christmas may be seen as two celebrations: on the one hand
celebrating the birth of Christ and on the other celebrating the beginning of
longer daylight hours. The Icelandic word for Christmas, jól, refers neither to
Christ nor the church, but is a much older Germanic word and also exists in
English cognates such as Yuletide.
New Year’s Eve
New Year’s Eve is probably the wildest party of the whole year. On this night,
everyone is allowed to light fireworks, and the sky is blanketed with an
explosive display that has to be seen to be believed. In many towns and
villages, this is repeated in a smaller scale during the evening on the Thirteenth
Day of Christmas, when the last Yule Lad has left for the mountains and the
Christmas season is considered over. It is easy to obtain protective gear for the
eyes and even ears, and everyone is encouraged to wear it, especially those
who are lighting and shooting the fireworks.
Þorrablót
Early in the Icelandic past, Þorrablót was a mid-winter festival with sacrificial
offerings to the pagan gods. Although it was abolished after Christianisation, it
was resurrected in the 19th century as a social celebration continuing to this
day. Small communities, clubs, schools, etc. often arrange their own Þorrablót.
The timing for the festival coincides with the month of Þorri, which according to
the traditional Icelandic calendar begins on the first Friday after January 19 (in
the 13th week of winter).
Visitors may look for a chance to try out some culinary adventures during the
Þorrablót season. The traditional Icelandic dishes date from times when there
were no freezers and when many common Icelanders even lacked salt for
preserving food. Nor was there always much hot, dry weather for curing foods
as in other countries, although drying was one of the preservation methods, as
well as smoking. Lactic acid, a milk product, was another primary means of
preserving food back then, and in itself provides a certain flavouring. While not
everyone will be enthused about all of the traditional foods served, it’s an
experience to give them a taste and thereby notice flavours and smells that
very few tourists are used to from home. The traditional Þorrablót menu
includes items such as rotten shark’s meat (hákarl), boiled sheep’s head (svið),
smoked lamb, and cooked sheep’s blood and tallow (blóðmör). A traditional
way of washing down such food, at least at a party like Þorrablót, is with some
brennivín – also known as “Black Death” – a potent schnapps made from
potato and caraway.
A Þorrablót banquet is accompanied by traditional songs, specially prepared
skits and humorous talks or pictures, followed by a night of dancing which in
true Icelandic style continues into the early hours of the morning. If it is
impossible to attend a family feast or stay in a community where even visitors
can reserve a ticket in advance, local restaurants will often create a Þorrablót
atmosphere and offer such dishes on their menus.
Food
The mainstays of Icelandic cuisine are lamb, fish, milk products and potatoes.
Nowadays beef, pork, chicken and vegetarian options are widely available.
Farmers take pride in their free-ranging “mountain lamb” as the world’s best –
savouring of the sheep’s summer diet of wild grass, shrubs and herbs. As for
Icelandic fish, it has long had an international reputation for quality and was
exported even in medieval times. Freshwater salmon and trout can be added
on to ocean fish for variety, not to forget the popularity of salted or smoked fish.
Once seen as a staple to the diet, not least in times of poor grazing and
meagre hay harvests, sea birds such as the guillemot and puffin are now often
served as delicacies. The high-quality cod liver oil common in grocery stores is
often taken home by tourists who may find it better and cheaper in Iceland.
Whale and seal meat are also worth mentioning here as traditional, tasty
dishes.
Icelandic dairy products rank first-class. Like the horses, the Icelandic breed of
cows was brought along by the settlers and thereafter bred in isolation, so that
they today comprise a unique species which has never been crossed with
others except to produce beef calves. It is popular to see them cavorting out to
pasture on the first warm days of spring, but with their good hay they give milk
that has a pure, delicate flavour year-round. Visitors should try popular
Icelandic specialities such as skyr, a cultured skimmed milk curd which today is
also copied overseas, and súrmjólk, a soured milk that is for instance delicious
with cereal and perhaps some berries or brown sugar.
Such dairy products are often served with crowberries or bog bilberries, both of
which are plentiful in the wilds of Iceland. Blueberries can be frequent too,
except along the most southerly coasts, and in some places stone bramble
berries and strawberries also await the hungry. Picking is generally possible
from sometime in July till sometime in September, and mushrooms can often
be found at the same time, if the traveller is able to distinguish the wholesome
species.
While the capital area offers the widest spectrum of cuisines, intriguing and
even top-notch restaurants and cafés may be found all around the country. It is
even easier to find establishments serving quick helpings of pizza, burgers,
chicken and fish, while hot dogs are practically a national dish at petrol stations
and fast-food establishments. The range of sweets, including many excellent
Icelandic brands, is likely to be quite different from what people are used to at
home. Grocery stores are on hand in all but the smallest villages, and some
towns have admirable bakeries which serve pastries and nutritious breads on
the spot.
Despite being banned for much of the twentieth century, beer has come a long
way since it was legalised in 1989, and today a whole flora of craft beers is on
offer. Brennivín is Iceland’s traditional hard liquor, though recent decades have
seen the development of excellent vodka and other spirits. Note that State
policy is against alcohol and tobacco advertising and taxes these goods
heavily, with the retail sale of alcohol only being allowed through the State
Alcohol and Tobacco Company, though of course many restaurants and bars
are licensed to sell drinks.
Whereas alcohol is expensive in Iceland, the finest drink available – water – is
free of charge. Icelandic tap water is always safe from the tap and among the
cleanest in the world. In some towns, visitors may be surprised to smell sulphur
when they turn on the hot water, but the minerals which might be left in the tap
from using hot water are harmless too. If you dislike the taste, just let the cold
water run a moment before filling your glass. About 90% of Icelandic homes
are now reached by geothermal water, which of course also heats them,
provides warm showers, comfortable local swimming pools, etc.
Climate
Thanks to being an isolated island reached by the Gulf Stream, Iceland enjoys
a temperate maritime climate, with refreshing summers and surprisingly mild
winters. However, the island is located right at the Arctic Circle, and its weather
is also affected by the East Greenland polar current, which curves southeastwards
off the north and east coasts. The wind direction is thus highly
influential.
While temperatures fluctuate only a little from night to day or season to season,
precipitation often begins unexpectedly and breezes can add to the cold.
Tourists should be prepared even in summer for chilly, wet, windy days; in
winter, blizzards may suddenly delay their travel plans, and blowing sand in
windstorms or late thaws in the highlands might affect their plans even in
summer. As the locals will reassure them, however: if you don’t like the
weather, just wait a bit.
Seasons
Iceland has short, cool summers and long but mild winters, while wet periods
may occur in some area of the island at any time of the year, even when the
opposite side of the island or of a mountain range remains dry.
From June to August, visitors can expect average monthly temperatures of
around 10-13 °C (50-55 °F). Even if the island has of course felt the effects of
climate change, experiencing a general upward drift in average temperatures,
the warmest days are unlikely to peak above 20-25 °C (68-77 °F).
The middle of the year features the midnight sun. Due to its flat trajectory along
the horizon, the island never grows fully dark during what most Western
countries call late spring and early summer. On July 1 in Reykjavík, for
example, even if the sun sets at 23:57 and rises again at 03:04, it stays
amazingly light outside the whole time. This effect is even more pronounced in
the north of the country, where you can easily get around with constant 24-hour
lighting from early May to early August, after which the lengthening nights of
winter, in clear weather away from town lights throughout the island, are often
decorated by the northern lights.
Despite the country’s high northerly latitude, Iceland’s winter temperatures are
relatively mild. The southern lowlands have monthly averages of around 0 °C
(32 °F) in the dead of winter, while even the much colder highlands tend to
average only around -10 °C (+14 °F). Snow is commonplace, and can be seen
both as an exciting attraction as well as a possible hindrance to travel. In the
northern half or so of the island, winter snow is assured enough to open a
variety of adventure and sporting opportunities, particularly in higher reaches.
On the warmer and particularly on rainy, wet days in all of the lowlands, above
all in more southerly regions, such snow can melt away again in short order
even in mid-winter, or else partially melt and then freeze into hard, slippery ice.
Even if Iceland’s temperature figures are not so extreme, conditions are
sometimes harsh and hazardous, with snow storms or near-freezing rain in
strong winds common throughout the colder months. Travellers should always
check the weather forecast and road conditions before setting out on their
journey, preferably even discussing them with the locals, and show full
consideration for road closures or warnings.
Winter days are short, although they nowhere remain dark for the whole time.
On 1 January in Reykjavík, the sun rises at 11:19 and sets at 15:44. While the
hours of potential direct sunlight are shorter farther north on the island, twilight
lasts substantially longer everywhere than nearer the earth’s equator. Also,
although skies may be dark, Icelanders brighten up the winter days with
twinkling fairy lights, warm cosy cafés, a variety of sports and a packed
schedule of winter festivities. Every winter traveller ought to try the swimming
pools, for instance meeting the locals in a hot tub and watching the snowflakes
melt when approaching the surface.
The spring and autumn nights and days are more similar in length to each
other. High winds and stormy weather, however, may be somewhat more
common in the spring and autumn seasons. In northerly regions, snow and
wintry conditions are still likely to occur on occasion in May or even early June,
and at higher altitudes in every month of the year. Finally, one might note that
Icelanders do not follow any exact splitting of the year into four seasons, but on
calendars only show a summer half and winter half. Summer officially begins
on the First Day of Summer, which is on the last Thursday in April, and the
summer is actually supposed to turn out better, according to old beliefs, if there
is frost on that morning.
Dressing for the weather
Since Iceland’s weather is notoriously unpredictable, it’s important that
travellers prepare for any conditions, whatever time of year. They should dress
in sturdy shoes and in several clothing layers which they can add or take off
according to the situation, always having handy a wind- and water-resistant
outer layer. If there is perilous ice in winter, it is easy and advisable to purchase
cleats or other gear to put on shoes, and the wide assortment of reflectors for
the pedestrian or cyclist will help automobile drivers to notice them. Wind is a
major factor in assessing outdoor conditions, with the wind chill and possible
rain or wet snow rendering mild temperatures extremely and even dangerously
cold, if anyone is outside and unprepared. In Iceland, there is often no shelter
and it may rain or snow sideways in the wind, so repellent outer wear is much
more helpful than umbrellas, which strong gusts may quickly destroy.
Transportation to and within Iceland
Getting there
Flight
Iceland is only 3-4 flying hours from Europe, and 5-6 hours from the eastern
coast of North America. From numerous cities on both sides of the Atlantic,
flights to Iceland are operated year-round, accompanied by the competition of
domestic as well as foreign airlines. In addition to normal one-way and return
fares, attractive excursion and family prices are available, as well as group
rates and variations between seasons. The Visit Iceland website presents a
comprehensive and up-to-date list of airlines flying to Iceland.
Ferry
The Smyril Line ferry sails between Seyðisfjörður in East Iceland, Tórshavn in
the Faroe Islands and Hirtshals in Denmark once a week. Travellers can thus
opt for sea passage and avoid air transportation if they wish, as well as having
the option of bringing their own vehicle with them from Europe to Iceland.
Upon arrival
A regular bus transfer service runs between Keflavík Airport and Reykjavík,
and taxis and car hire services are also available. Buses and car hire are also
available for travellers at the island’s other major airports, as well as for ferry
passengers to Seyðisfjörður.
Besides the possibility of staying on the Reykjanes peninsula, near Keflavík
International Airport, the traveller can head to Reykjavík and the rest of the
capital area via a bus ride which takes about 45 minutes, relative to the BSÍ
bus terminal located near Reykjavík’s city centre. Direct drop-off and pick-up
are also available from a few points on the way, as well as from many hotels,
guesthouses and hostels in the capital area. Buses ply the BSÍ – Keflavík route
frequently, and travellers are advised on their return journey to catch a bus
which is scheduled to leave Reykjavík at least 2.5 hours before their flight’s
scheduled departure. Further information can be found at the BSÍ and Keflavík
Airport websites.
Passengers arriving in Seyðisfjörður via the Smyril Line can continue on buses
to major destinations in Iceland, as well as to the nearby airport at Egilsstaðir.
The Visit Seyðisfjörður website provides up-to-date information on bus
schedules.
Getting around in Iceland
Cars and motorcycles
Driving around Iceland is one way for visitors to take in Iceland at their own
pace. Traffic is usually sparse, and parking is rarely any issue outside of the
Reykjavík city centre. Most of the main roads are paved; however, stretches of
loose gravel, especially on mountain or farming area roads and in the interior,
as well as the country’s rugged landscape and unpredictable weather, create
challenges for even the most experienced drivers, so travellers are advised to
drive cautiously and to be well-prepared before setting out on their journey,
besides finding out current conditions and postponing or changing their plans if
necessary.
The minimum age for driving in Iceland is 17. Anyone who has reached that
age and is carrying a valid driving license from another country is permitted to
drive in Iceland during a limited stay (up to one year).
Visitors arriving in Iceland via ferry can bring along their own cars and
motorcycles, not to mention bicycles. A “Green Card” or other proof of thirdparty
insurance is mandatory for motorists driving their own vehicles in Iceland,
except from countries in the EU and the EEA.
There is a wide flora of car rental agencies in Iceland. Cars can be booked
online and through a travel agent or airline, or for instance upon arrival at
airports, though it is advisable to book in advance to help reserve the type of
car a driver wants. Many types of cars are available, including small family
cars, powerful four-wheel drive vehicles and motor homes.
The Icelandic road system is fairly extensive but easy to navigate. Highway
Number 1, commonly known as the Ring Road, is the most travelled route
circling the country, giving access to all sorts of side trips. The Ring Road is
open throughout the year, though weather conditions can can close certain
sections temporarily during winter and even occasionally in summer. Most
major highways are paved, but drivers must take note and slow down in time at
places where the pavement ends and gravel starts, since a large portion of the
Icelandic road system does consist of gravel surfaces, particularly in the
highlands. These surfaces require special care even in 4WDs, but even more
so in other vehicles and on motorcycles. While most of this section will mention
only cars, the points often apply to motorcycles as well.
The condition of gravel roads can vary greatly, including potholes, unstable
loose material and washboard surfaces. Of course, gravel roads are certainly
an interesting phenomenon if the driver maintains a positive, sensible attitude
and takes care. In any case, the driver will need to pay attention to the road
ahead, reduce speed as necessary, and keep to the right when there is any
possibility of meeting others or when someone wants to pass. Loose gravel can
be difficult to drive on, and perilous to turn on sharply if the vehicle is going too
fast. Care must certainly be taken when passing another vehicle, and it also
pays to slow down on gravel when meeting one. Small rocks thrown up by the
tires can easily cause damage such as cracked windshields or a ruined paint
job. Mountain roads are often very narrow and curve frequently and
unexpectedly, definitely not designed for speeding. If you see another car
coming, look immediately for places where other cars have pulled to the side,
so that you can avoid large rocks and also not damage fragile, pretty
vegetation and unspoiled ground surfaces.
While sheep often roam free across paved roads, this is even more the case
along unpaved roads, so drivers must be watchful for them and horses, for
instance when lambs rush to their mothers on the other side of the road. In
East and Southeast Iceland, even reindeer may suddenly run across the road.
Many bridges and some tunnels only have one lane, so that one or more cars
will need to stop in time and wait for others to get by.
All of the above factors mean that journeys are likely to take longer than
expected, not counting abrupt urges to stop and photograph beautiful scenes
or walk up to magnificent waterfalls. Therefore, those who are not relaxing on a
bus tour must allow themselves plenty of time to cover distances, so as not to
get stressed by time shortages which spoil the vacation, perhaps even by
leading to faster speeds and accidents.
The general speed limit in urban areas is 50 km/h; in rural areas, it is 80 km/h
on gravel roads and 90 km/h on asphalt roads. Seat belts are compulsory for
the driver as well as each passenger, and children must be secured in
restraints suitable for their age and weight, meeting the standards of ECE
Regulation 44.04 or later. No alcohol consumption is permitted before driving,
nor open containers of alcohol in the passenger space. Headlamps or at least
daytime running lights must be switched on at all times. Off-road driving is
strictly forbidden in order to preserve the vegetation, soil and landscape. There
is an exception for driving on snow or frost, but you should enquire in particular
about the equipment and possibilities for that, and preferably accompany
experienced persons in suitably equipped vehicles. While special warning signs
often indicate the threats ahead, such as sharp bends, there is often no
separate indication to reduce speed. Every driver has the legal duty to adjust
speed according to actual conditions, at all times and everywhere.
A 4×4 vehicle is essential on undeveloped roads in the highlands and other
places where travellers may encounter rough terrain, rocks, unbridged waters,
etc. The highland roads remain closed in winter, just as the weather may at
times cause other roads to be closed as well. When the weather outlook or
road conditions are doubtful, the people where a traveller stayed or stopped
last need to know where and when s/he is planning on reaching the next
destination. Those who can go online are advised to leave details on their
plans at the SafeTravel website. If drivers are being warned not to travel at all,
or only in better-equipped vehicles, then the tourist must definitely wait for safer
conditions, perhaps asking about other enjoyable routes or things to do for the
time being.
Detailed, up-to-date maps are also important for choosing appropriate routes
and types of road, and navigation systems are in many cases reliable. While at
least self-service filling stations are operated in all towns and along major
highways, population densities and the distances between stations vary
immensely. Drivers should always make sure they have enough fuel to reach
the next station.
Visit the Icelandic Transport Authority, SafeTravel and the Icelandic Road and
Coastal Administration for further information on driving in Iceland.
Air
The country is well-served by domestic flights, even to surprisingly remote
areas and some outlying islands. Charter planes and sightseeing flights are
also available, including by helicopter. Through coordination with bus
companies, domestic airlines enable air/bus connections to over 40 towns
throughout Iceland.
The Visit Iceland website has an up-to-date list of domestic airlines.
Bus and coach
Many important destinations are linked by regular coach services, some of
which operate year-round, and guided coach tours are offered by numerous
companies. Several companies advertise a selection of bus passports, giving
travellers the freedom to wait or continue onwards at their leisure.
Strætó, the public transport company, runs buses in the capital area as well as
between major destinations around the country.
Ferry
A number of ferry lines and boat operators provide transport to particular
islands and fjords, including on scheduled sightseeing excursions during the
summer. See the Visit Iceland website for an up-to-date list of ferry services.
Cycling
For active types wishing to get closer to the environment, cycling is a common
way to experience Iceland. Bike hire is widely available for visitors unable to
bring their own bikes, and cycling tours are available for those who prefer a
guided experience. Spiked winter tyres or the possibility of changing to them
will prove more reliable, depending on the weather and ice conditions, more or
less from October through April, and lights and reflective clothing are a must for
dusky weather.
The capital area and Akureyri have extensive networks of cycling and walking
paths, and many villages have at least some well-built paths, besides enjoying
less traffic. Cycling is thus a healthy, inexpensive means of reaching urban
attractions, including on some guided bicycle tours.
Outside of towns, however, cycling paths are uncommon, so cyclists normally
have to share the road with motorists. On the other hand, tourists on durable
bicycles might try some of the seldom-driven roads or even rough tracks, which
can be asked about in each area and even pinpointed on some maps. Such
options will often be covered by snowdrifts in winter. As always, Iceland’s
weather and terrain are fickle and challenging, so cyclists should acquaint
themselves with conditions before planning the day, in addition to leaving
information on their plans, as at the SafeTravel website.
Accommodation
Iceland mirrors the standards typical for other Nordic countries. Whatever the
clients’ means or choice, they should be able to find suitable or even highquality
accommodation. A comprehensive and up-to-date list of
accommodation in Iceland can be found on the Visit Iceland website.
Classification
VAKINN is the official quality and environmental accreditation system of the
Icelandic Tourist Board. It is a multi-faceted certification that applies to many
types of tourism service companies. To earn the VAKINN label,
accommodation or tour companies must meet comprehensive assessment
criteria and maintain high standards in all aspects of business practice.
Although certification is not mandatory, tourist services are encouraged to
obtain it, as VAKINN assures customers that the company operates in an
ethical, professional and environmentally sustainable manner.
Types of accommodation
There are hotels around Iceland to suit all tastes and budgets, from simple and
sufficient to luxurious. Visitors can choose from a range of small private hotels,
an increasing number of chic boutique locations, and chains of standardised
hotels. Several travel agencies and airlines have special accommodation offers
which can only be purchased outside Iceland, and there are also opportunities
for private people overseas to trade homes with Icelandic residents.
Guesthouses
A comfortable guesthouse can provide lasting, friendly experiences. Most
Icelandic guesthouses are family-owned and -operated, maintaining a homey
atmosphere and personal service. These are plentiful throughout the country,
with individual regional websites providing lists for each area.
Farm holidays
For those who want to enjoy more of the countryside and a rural spirit, farm
accommodation is ideal. Icelandic Farm Holidays is a chain of farms selling
accommodation and a variety of services, such as riding, fishing, etc. The
facilities include farmhouses, country hotels, separate houses, campsites and
cottages. Depending on the location, the client can choose between sleepingbag
accommodation and bed & breakfast services, staying in rooms with or
without private facilities. Cottages are often rented by the week. Farm Holidays
also offer guided tours and independent self-drive tours.
Hostels
There are several dozen Hostelling International establishments around
Iceland, open to people of all ages. So that travellers can keep costs to a
minimum, such establishments offer budget accommodation in clean,
comfortable lodging, as well as opportunities for self-service. All such hostels
maintain a well-equipped guest kitchen and family rooms. Visit the Hostelling
International website for information and bookings.
Mountain huts and cabins
For those traversing the Icelandic highlands, mountain huts are available along
the most common trails and primitive roads. In most cases these huts are very
basic shelters, but space is limited in the high seasons, so guests will need to
book in advance, and in the off-season will need to enquire about openings.
Visitors will also need to bring all of their own food and equipment with them,
unless they can arrange for the popular option of baggage transport, which is
widely available by means of special vehicles or boats.
Camping
There are very numerous

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Campervan Rental and Riding the New Zealand Cycle Trails.

Campervan Hire in New Zealand with bikes and bike rack.

Campervan Hire in New Zealand with bikes and bike rack.

Campervan Rental and Riding the New Zealand Cycle Trails.

Plan your Cycle Trip around New Zealand.

So, you are a keen cyclist and want to explore New Zealand by bike on the cycle trails. The most exciting way is by renting a campervan or motorhome with bikes and a bike rack. Then you have the ultimate freedom to see New Zealand’s back roads.

Bike racks on a campervan.

Many Campervan Rental Companies in New Zealand have the option to add bike racks to your camper.

There are those who will have weeks of time to tour the whole of New Zealand and cover every inch of the 2,500km of cycle trails now available. Then there are the rest of us who want to tour New Zealand and select the trails that we want to do.

The first websites to visit are:

This site offers a full and comprehensive guide including maps of all the current cycle trails that you can have access to as a visitor to New Zealand.

It is organised by region and then by trail difficulty.

Choose from:

  • Auckland
  • Bay of Plenty
  • Canterbury
  • Central North Island
  • East Coast
  • Hawkes Bay
  • Marlborough
  • Nelson/Tasman
  • Northland
  • Otago
  • Southland
  • Taranaki
  • Waikato
  • Wellington and the Wairarapa
  • West Coast
  • Whanganui and Manawatu

Which Campervan Hire Companies in New Zealand rent out bikes and bike racks?

Many campervan and motorhome rental companies offer bikes and bike racks to rent while you are touring New Zealand.

Some only rent out the racks and you will have to either take your own bike or rent from a bike rental company.

The cost of renting a bike from a campervan hire supplier is around NZ$12.00 per day. Bike racks work out at about NZ$50.00 for the duration or your hire.

New Zealand Campervan hire with bikes and bike rack.

New Zealand Campervan hire with bikes and bike rack.

These companies rent out bikes and bike racks:

  • Abuzzy campers: bike rack and up to 3 bikes.
  • Ace: bike racks only.
  • Britz offer bikes and bike racks
  • Spaceships: bike rack only
  • Escape Campers: bike rack only
  • Maui: bikes and bike rack
  • Pacific Horizon: bike rack only
  • RV Rentals: bike rack only

Find out the costs or renting these campers in New Zealand Campervan Hire in New Zealand.

Not all campervans or motorhomes from these companies have bike racks.  They are limited to some models only. You will see in the check list when making a booking to reserve a campervan that the option to include both a bike and a bike rack is listed.

Choose between a man's and a woman's bike to rent.

Choose between a man’s and a woman’s bike to rent.

Bike Rental Companies in New Zealand:

A quick search on google.co.nz came up with a whole list of bike rental companies:

Natural High Bike Rental

Switchback Travel

Cycle Hire in Christchurch

Pick up in one location and return to another.

Once you have chosen the areas you want to explore by bicycle, then plan your pick up and drop off locations.   New Zealand has depots in all the main cities.  But, you need to check that the campervan rental companies that rent out bikes and/or racks have a depot in the city where you want to travel to and from.

Plan to travel between Auckland and Christchurch and you can’t go wrong. You may consider either Queenstown or Wellington as the second options.  Outside of that there will be limited options.

Electric Bikes.

There are a lot of hills in New Zealand so consider renting an electric bike.

Electrify New Zealand Rents out Electric Bikes…it is a bit hilly in NZ.

Ferry Crossing,

If you are considering travelling between the North and South islands in your campervan with bikes then you will have to book a ferry crossing at some point.  Trying to build the ultimate flexibility into your holiday is difficult when there are limited numbers of vehicles spaces on the inter-island ferry. However, out of peak season such as Christmas and Januay/February you may be able to book only a couple of days before you wish to cross the Cook Straight.

There are useful online booking services available to you or you can visit any of the I-sites in every town throughout New Zealand and they can book a crossing for you.I-sites in New Zealand.

Don’t forget that your vehicle will be longer if you have bikes and a bike rack on your camper.

Campervans, Motorhomes and Bikes.

It is not recommended that you keep your bike inside a camper or motorhome.  If you are renting a camper then you will be liable for any damage that occurs while you have it on hire.  Having a bike in the rear of the camper can cause damage to the interior and you could lose your deposit.

Imagine riding through the cool of the New Zealand bush, dense with fern, dappled with light and the only sound is the call of native birds loud above the hum of your bike.

Or, imagine a trail that rounds a wide sweeping bend to a view that simply takes your breath away – stunning snowcapped peaks mirrored in a deep, still lake.

Journeys such as these exist – they are real examples of what ‘Nga Haerenga – The New Zealand Cycle Trail’ has on offer.  And it all started with an idea…

Nine great walks in New Zealand

50 things to see and do in New Zealand.

Snow Board New Zealand

 

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Renting Campervans and Motorhomes Privately

Renting Campervans, Motorhomes and RV’s Privately.

Airbnb has highlighted the opportunity to take advantage of privately owned property and this has turned into a great money making way of earning some extra cash from a spare room or vacant accommodation. Now you can rent campervans, motorhomes and RV’s privately.

Uber works well in offering cheaper taxis and has certainly disrupted the taxi industry.

This is the “sharing economy” where you can make money by renting out your stuff.

Private campervan and motorhome rental.

Private campervan and motorhome rental.

We have started to see various companies setting up to do the same for campervans, motorhomes and RV’s.

It is very appealing to campervan and motorhome owners who often are not able to use their campers all year around so renting them out helps cover some of their costs.

While the hotel and motel industry has seen this as a threat what it also appears to be doing is making holidays away more accessible so it could be said that this will benefit the industry as a whole.

We only book campervans, motorhomes and RV’s directly with the rental suppliers so that we can guarantee the standard of the vehicles especially for customers travelling a long distance for their once-in-a-lifetime holiday. Campervans.com

The companies that we use have full break down services and back up vehicles in cases where the campervan is no longer road worthy either due to mechanical failure or accident.

Privately owned vehicles generally do not offer these services.

Renting a motorhome privately.

Renting a motorhome privately.

However, I do support these companies as I believe that people who may try out a campervan or motorhome holiday in their own country or backyard it will convert them into life time campervannners and so when they travel further afield they will use our services knowing that they have the full back up of established companies.

We only have depots in the major towns and cities all over the world whereas privately owned campers can be found very close to where you live.

If you are considering renting a camper using an Airbnb style listing service we would suggest that you check that they offer the following to you as a renter.

What should you expect to get from companies that manage your campervans if you own a campervan or motorhome and want to rent it out?

Insurance:

The agent that you register your campervan or motorhome with must offer insurance to cover the campervan and damage to third party property.  Check the limits.

Travel Insurance:

Advise your clients that they should have travel insurance to cover their belongings as that won’t be covered by your vehicle insurance cover.

Security Bond:

Make sure that a security bond is held in case of having to repair any damage that may not be covered by the insurance policy.

Commission:

Everybody has to make a living.  Check the amount you have to pay for:

  • To list your campervan or motorhome.
  • The level of commission that you have to pay on any rentals booked
  • When do you get paid your rental rates.
  • Exchange rate that is applied to overseas customers who may pay in foreign currency.
  • Fees and charges for processing incoming and outgoing payments.
  • Is the commission paid to the agent only for the rental days or for additional services such as insurance?
Go Wild in a Camper.

Go Wild in a Camper.

Vetting the Renter.

Will you have any direct contact before the rental takes place with the people who want to hire your camper?

Will you allow dogs or other pets?

Many people like to travel with their dog.  Will your agent add an additional fee to cover extra cleaning or the possibility of some damage?

What Should You Leave in the Camper?

A fully equipped campervan that will allow renters to show up, take the keys and drive off knowing that they are well equipped for sleeping, eating and washing is the ideal option. However, this does mean extra work in laundering the bedding, filling the tanks with water and the gas bottles with gas.

How Well Should I stock the Kitchen?

Customers from overseas won’t have olive oil, salt and pepper in their luggage so perhaps it would be a good idea to leave the basics in the kitchen and ask renters to replenish as they are used up.

If you are hiring out to local people then they can bring bedding and stock the fridge from home.

Explore at your leisure in a campervan.

Explore at your leisure in a campervan.

Where Can I Park My Car?

Can you offer your renters a place to leave their car while they head off into the wilds in your camper? It makes is so much more convenient for them if you can.

Transfers to the campervan?

Do you provide a transfer service for your customers arriving from other parts of the country or from overseas?

Your clients may be arriving from just around the corner or they could be arriving by train, bus or plane. Think through how they will get to you. Prepare some detailed instruction on how they will collect their camper.

The handover.

Your clients may never have driven a camper before or they may be experienced in living in a motorhome. Either way it will take you about an hour to show them how everything works and where everything is.  Take some time to prepare a hand-over leaflet and an instruction manual to remind them what you have shown them.

Some people even provide short videos that can be accessed via the internet.  Some photos would help too.

Keep A Record and Take Photos:

It is in the best interests of both hirer and client to mark on a diagram where there may be damage to the camper before and after the hire.  It is also a really good idea to take photos of the campervan both inside and out before getting on the road. That way there is not dispute when the vehicle is returned.

 Motorhome-hire in all sizes

Motorhome-hire in all sizes

Breakdown cover.

So, what happens if there is a problem with the camper?  The agent should have roadside assistance arranged with a local breakdown recovery service.  You will need this in place for minor repairs or in the worst case for recovering the camper in the event of an accident.

Make sure you have a system in place to help your clients should anything happen to them or the vehicle.

Replacement Campers or Motorhomes:

What is the policy if the campervan or motorhome breaks down and cannot be fixed at the roadside?  Do you have a back up plan for your clients? Do you have a refund policy in the event that they will not be able to continue on their holiday?

Perhaps the agent can assist and rent another vehicle from another owner close by.  It is worth investigating before you start your rental service.

Telephone assistance:

Your clients may want to contact you while they are on their holiday. Be prepared for calls to answer questions about the camper.

Payment processing:

Your agent will process the payment and pay you after the client has collected the camper.  Ensure that you have a secure payment system in place before you start.

Travel everywhere in style in a rented motorhome.

Travel everywhere in style in a rented motorhome.

Privacy Protection:

Make sure that the agent has a GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation)in place to keep your customers’ and your data and privacy protected.

How Do You Set the Daily Rental Rate?

Traditionally the rental rate goes up in the summer and school holidays and gradually decreases depending on the season.  Your agent will be able to advise on the best rates for the time of year that your potential customers will be renting.

Will you offer Discounts for long term hire?

Consider reducing your daily rental rate for rentals that are longer than 2 weeks. Your agent will advise the best reduction to add.

Calendar Management:

If you pre-book your campervan to rent out you must keep a close eye on the booking calendar. It seems obvious but there have been instances where double bookings take place. Don’t forget too to block out the days when you want to travel or when your friends and family have booked it out too!

Wild camp and see the real country.

Wild camp and see the real country.

Overseas travel.

Will you allow your customers to take the campervan out of the country. You will need to check the insurance options with your agent to make sure you are coved.

Limitations to Where your campervan can be taken.

You may want to put some areas off-limits either because you don’t want your motorhome to be taken off sealed or tarmacked or sealed roads and not allow travel on tracks or paths.

Will you let your customers take your campervan to a rock festival or sporting event?

One of the busiest times for campervan and motorhome rental is during rock festival season or when major sporting events are on.  For example Glastonbury in the UK, Burning Man in the USA or a Lions tour of New Zealand.

Think about what the conditions will be like for your camper.  Some owners levy an extra fee is the camper is going to a festival.

Cleaning.

What do you expect from your client?  Explain that you are happy that the campervan is returned in a good and clean condition with the toilet cassette emptied.  If this doesn’t happen then an additional fee will be levied to clean and empty the cassette.

As a renter you will expect to have to clean the campervan thoroughly before the next customer rents it out so expect the camper to be clean but as your customers have been on the road don’t expect it to be in pristine condition on return as they won’t have the facilities to get it as clean as you can with your vacuum cleaner etc.

3-berth Van-conversion with shower and wc.

3-berth Van-conversion with shower and wc.

What are the disadvantages of renting out your own motorhome?

  • The mileage will increase.
  • There will be more wear and tear on your camper.
  • People who rent may not look after your pride and joy in perhaps the same way as you do.

What are the advantages?

You will make money from your investment that may cover any depreciation due to increased mileage on the clock or a bit more wear and tear.

What are the Advantages for a Renter or Client?

Because the campervans are owned individually there will be a more personalised service and much more flexibility of where and when to collect your campervan.

You will need to make sure that you are legally eligible to drive a motorhome and that you are either old enough or not too old. In some countries there are restrictions that the insurance companies impose as to the age and experience of the driver.

If there are more than one drivers make sure you are all covered.

Travelling With Children:

You will have to make sure that there are child seats or booster seats available if your child needs one.  Make sure too that there are enough seat belts for every traveller in the campervan.

 Family Camper hire

Family Camper hire

Fees and Charges:

Make sure you know how much the bond is and how it can be taken before you set off on your hire. Check too the extra charges that may be applied for credit card payments.

There are fees payable to the agent. These should be clear before you rent your camper and should include local taxes.

Cancellation Fees:

Most agents charge cancellation fees. Make sure you know what these are and when they are applied.  Make sure too that your travel insurance will cover these.

Book Extras:

You may be able to drive your own car to the owner’s house and leave it there when you go on your road trip.  This means you could save money by taking your own bedding and tables, chairs etc or any of the chargeable extras.

If not ensure that you know what you are paying for and what you will get in the campervan.  Request an inventory of the equipment in the camper before you start your holiday.

Campervan Maintenance:

As a renter you will be responsible for the general maintenance of a camper. If you are renting a vintage camper then please make sure you know how to keep the fluids topped up and any other little quirks these campers may have.

Rent with friends

Chill out inside the camper.

Fuel and Fluids:

Your camper will come with a full tank and full gas bottles. It is generally accepted that you return the camper with a full fuel tank only.

Fines and Road Tolls:

The renter is responsible for both fines and road tolls.

Is it Always Cheaper to Rent Privately?

No it varies between countries, size and age of campers and length of rental.  To do the comparison you will have to check both options and do a straight comparison.  Don’t make the assumption that one is cheaper than the other until you have a like for like comparison.

Here are some useful links to blog posts about campervan rental:

Reviews of campervans and motorhomes on Campervans.com

Campervan Holiday Check list

FAQ’s for Campervan Rental

Top Tips For Renting a Campervan

Renting a Privately Owned Camper in the USA


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6-berth Motorhome Rental

6-berth Motorhome Rental

Why Book with Campervans.com? Top Tips For Booking a Campervan to Rent.

Are you looking for the best campervan, RV or motorhome Rental?

Are you doing the research and then finding the best price for the rental and then going directly to the rental supplier and booking?

Did you get knocked back and find out that there is no availability?

Did you have to start the whole process again?

What if you could:

  • Get the best rate
  • Have someone else do all the donkey work and find you an alternative vehicle at a great rate if your vehicle is not available?
  • That is why it pays to book with Campervans.com
  • We do have the best rates on the internet.

We also have contacts with many different campervan, motorhome and rv rental companies all over the world so in the event that your first choice of vehicle is not available you will get an email something like this:

Alternative campervans for rent.

How Long Would It Take For you to go to each of these companies directly?

We are book thousands for campervans and motorhome rentals every year all over the world.

Trust us to find you a campervan that you will be happy with at the right price.

Sometimes the alternatives campervans or motorhomes are the same price.

Sometimes the alternative is with the same company but maybe slightly larger or smaller.

Sometime the alternative is available a day later.

Sometimes they are a bit more expensive.

But the point is you will have a choice.

Cheap as Chips! Camper rental with friends.

Cheap as Chips! Camper rental with friends.

You don’t have to accept the alternatives but at least you know very shortly after you make a booking what those options are.

In some countries where the fleet sizes are measured in thousands of vehicles you may have to change where you pick and return the campervan.  But we will ask that question on your behalf if there is no alternatives for your original request.

How we rank campervan and motorhome rental.

Even if you book several months in advance you may not get your first choice of campervan or motorhome.

The thing is the fleet sizes in the UK and Europe are measured in the hundreds, not the thousands.  It is not like renting a car where you will be upgraded to a similar vehicle as the supplier has thousands of cars on hand even in peak season.

new zealand motorhome rental.

Motorhome Rental New Zealand. Book early for the summer.

In the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand there are thousands of vehicles to rent but you are competing with all the locals and all the overseas tourist who also want to rent a campervan during the high season and shoulder seasons.

Check out the range of campervans to hire in the USA Campervan, motorhome and RV Rental in the USA

During these times there is a limited number of campervans and motorhomes available to rent.

Campervan and Motorhome Hire in New Zealand.

Campervan and Motorhome Hire in New Zealand.

In New Zealand, for example, if you rent from the South island and return to the North island you will be more likely to be able to rent your first choice of vehicle as most visitors book North to South.

New Zealand Campervan, motorhome and RV Rental.

Similarly in Canada the Calgary to Vancouver route is often over subscribed as is Route 66 in the USA.

The festivals cause a little chaos to all our other customers.  The Glastonbury Festival in the UK in June and Burning Man in the USA mean that availability for RV’s is very scarce indeed.

Top Tips for Planning a Campervan Holiday.

If you are not sure how to get the best deal or even which is the right camper for your holiday, give us a call. We are here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Find out how much it costs to rent a campervan or motorhome.

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UK Campervan and Motorhome Hire. Find Out all the costs before you book. Simple.

UNITED KINGDOM CAMPERVAN AND MOTORHOME HIRE

Where To Start?

UK Campervan and Motorhome Hire. Find out all the costs before you book. Simples.

When you are looking for quality campervan hire in the UK you need to choose the right size of camper that suits you before you start looking at prices.

Bunk Campers in the UK

2-berth low-top camper. The compact and cheaper option

First Choose the Size of Campervan or Motorhome.

Remember that smaller and older campers are cheaper.

2-berth campervan with shower

Touring the UK in a Self-contained 2-berth campervan with shower and wc.

Make sure there is enough beds and seat-belts for everyone and you can’t go wrong. It’s also a good idea to check out the bed layout too.

Some campers have just one large double bed. The larger motorhomes have a mixture of single beds, double and bunk beds. Check out the pictures above and you will see the day and night-time layouts of every camper.

4-berth campervans

4-berth campervans are great. Loads of room for two or a family of 4.

We have listed above the range and types of campervans and motorhomes by the number of beds in each one. Now you know if it is a small sleeper car, a VW pop-top or a larger motorhome.

Now get going on getting the best price for your rental.

The newest vehicles are a better quality. Rental motorhomes and campervans do high mileage so the newer ones are in better condition but more expensive.

If you don’t mind a camper that is a little tired around the edges but a great rate, then you will find it on our site.

Rent bikes for more freedom.

You won’t find all the campervan and motorhome rental companies on our booking engine and there are good reasons for this.

Here are some of them:

They are too small. So in the event a replacement vehicle is needed…there isn’t one. The companies on our booking engine are well established with good back up services.

Past customers don’t recommend them. If a company consistently gets poor feedback then we will not include them on our website.

They are not in the right place. Most of our customers start with a London to London rental. There is a large choice of campers and several airports to fly in and out of. Collect from Gatwick, Heathrow and Luton airports.

Justgo campervans

We have the best rates for Justgo Campervan hire in the UK.

You will find all the big names on our site. McRent – a German company with depots in London and Edinburgh.

Just Go – a long established campervan rental company who are now working with THL a giant in the industry.

Bunk Campers so popular throughout the UK and Europe

Spaceships an Australian company who offer great value for money both in the UK, Europe and Australian and New Zealand. They offer one-way trips between the UK and Europe including Ireland.

Both Spaceships and Bunk Campers allow vehicles to be rented to people under 25 years old too.

Where Can I book the Best Quality and Cheapest Campervan and Motorhome in the UK?

Book the Lowest Price Campervan Rental in the UK

These well known brands are supported by smaller companies such as Rockin Vans,Getaway, Touring Cars, Easi Campers,Rent Easy and many others.

We thrive on repeat business so for rental companies to be listed on our site they have had to go through our selection process and that is why not every company is here.

It is hard to choose between companies and vehicles. So, we are here to help. We are on the end of a phone or will respond to emails 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.

McRent RV Rental in the UK

Mcrent RV Rental in the UK….just relax.

Our website has all the finer points too.

Check out the extras you can hire. Check out the insurance options too.

Take the motorhome to Europe on the ferry or the Euro-tunnel. The insurance cover that we offer will cover you for most of Europe. You will also be covered for breakdown in Europe too.

One-way hires are popular with the UK. A London to Edinburgh trip saves on back-tracking. Fly into Scotland and out of London or vice-versa. Collect in Dublin and return to Edinburgh. Check out your options.

Save money and take your own bedding. Some companies that we work with offer free parking at the depot while you rent.

Getting to the depot:

When you go through the booking process you will find out many things that are involved with renting a camper.

You make your own selections according to your own special needs.

Stock up the car before you collect your camper with all the essentials like salt and pepper, cooking oil, butter, milk, cheese, eggs etc

Take your own bedding and save on renting it.

Although all the options are listed you can bring your own. Outdoor tables and chairs for example.

Cheap as Chips! Camper rental with friends.

Cheap as Chips! Camper rental with friends.

Arriving from overseas?

If you are arriving from overseas and you don’t want to hire any of the extras listed, then buy them in a local store and leave them behind at the end of your rental. It is sometime cheaper to do this than pay to rent the tables and chairs or umbrella,

The extras include bikes and bike racks. Baby seats and booster seats. Handy if you are arriving from outside the UK.

We make it simple and straightforward by including as much as we can in the daily rate so that you don’t have to make multiple choices and trying to find the best deal by comparing one vehicle with one set of extras and another with a different set.

Plan your trip with everyone included.


Once rented then you can turn your thoughts to taking your family on holiday in the UK in a campervan is just a dream come true. Pile all the children in the back, start the music and you are on your way to one of the most memorable holidays ever.

Campervan Holiday Check list

Take turns into who chooses where to go that day. Check out the weather and change direction depending on what you want to do next.

If you are a family then sleeping arrangements will be one of the first decisions that has to be made. For the budget conscious then the classic VW California pop top easily sleeps 4. Two in the pop top and two below. Fully equipped with a kitchen and small fridge catering for all needs is easy. Park up next to a beach, in the middle of the moors or next to a special attraction. Fully self contained travelling with a family couldn’t be easier or more fun.

Why go bigger?

Up scale to a larger motorhome and add in the convenience of an onboard shower and wc to allow total freedom. The batteries will last about 3 days after being fully charged. The onboard fridge will keep things chilled and the vehicles are self contained so as long as you have filled the water tanks and the gas bottles are full then you can just disappear to your favourite spot anywhere in the UK.

For couples getting away for a romantic break is a must in a camper. Choose from the smaller 2-berths with a shower and wc and stock up for a few days and just go where the mood takes you. Free camp in Scotland, tour Ireland, set up in Wales. Take the surf board, pack bikes, walking boots and take the camera. You will be creating memories from day 1.

Take the dog with you when you rent a campervan or motorhome in the UK.

Take the dog with you when you rent a campervan or motorhome in the UK.

Groups of friends club together to rent a small sleeper car and head off to the beach surfing or make sure that they have a dry place to sleep at a festival or major event. Book well in advance for the Glastonbury or Isle of Wight festival. Formula One and Race meetings are popular too.

Plan your campervan road trip by booking early.

The cheaper sleeper cars are perfect for a really budget. holiday. There are depots thoughout the UK. The biggest and the area that offers the widest range of vehicles is London. Here you will find the companies with the widest range of vehicles such as Just Go, McRent and Spaceships. There are smaller companies such as Bunk Campers, Getaway, Rocking Vans.

There are depots right across the UK from Inverness, Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh in the north and Manchester, Leeds, Bristol, Birmingham, Cambridge, Liverpool, Luton and many others. If you don’t see the perfect camper for your road trip, change the point of pick up and see a different range. Many depots offer to look after your car at their depot.

Where to Camp in the UK?

The UK is also equipped with a huge range of campsites and free places to overnight.

If you need any help planning which vehicle to choose or just want a bit more info on how things work, give us a call or send an email and we will happily help you out to make this holiday the best!

Check out these other pages Reviews

Campsites in UK

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Australia Campervan Rental in the Mighty Double Down Camper for four people. Drivers can be 18 years old or older.

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Check out the rates on this perfect camper for 4 people in Australia. Find cheap rentals on www.campervans.com

Australia Campervan Rental. The Mighty Double Down in Australia sleeps four people and is one of the most popular camper vans for rental in Australia and drivers can be 18 years old or older. No maximum age barrier as long as you have a valid driving licence.

Cheap rental rates and a perfect camper for four people.

Where Can I rent the Mighty Double Down Hi-Top Camper in Australia for 4 people?

The Mighty Double Down is available to rent from the following cities in Australia:

  • Sydney
  • Melbourne
  • Brisbane
  • Adelaide
  • Cairns
  • Darwin
  • Perth
  • Alice Springs
  • Hobart in Tasmania

This awesome campers sleeps 4 and can be rented by drivers who are 18 and over.  There are two double beds.

What does the Mighty Double Down camper van come with?

It contains a handy fridge, a microwave, and a gas stove for cooking.

You will be fully self-sufficient for touring Australia.

The rates include all your bedding, kitchen utensils, crockery and cutlery. All you need to bring is yourselves.

The camper can also be fitted with two children’s booster seats or child seat restraint. These can be hired from the depot. Please pre-order when making a booking. They are usually about AU$36.00 per rental. Though prices may vary.

These campers are cheaper because they are from the older fleet. They have been well maintained and service and there is always the assurance of full breakdown cover.  The Mighty Double Down is over 5 years old.

The base vehicle is a Toyota Hiace or similar. Many campervan rental companies use the Toyota Hiace for their hi-tops and low-top rental vehicles because of their fuel efficiency and reliability.

This is a petrol vehicle and has automatic transmission. Very easy to drive.  If you are used to driving a car then you will have no trouble taking this camper around Australia.  Remember it is a bit taller than a standard car so you can stand up inside.

Mighty Double Down Camper for rent in Australia.

Looking for the perfect cheap camper for a road trip around Australia with friends? Go no further. This is the ideal camper.

Want to sit in the shade and watch the sun go down?  Request an awning with this camper. There is an extra charge but may be worth it as it can be very, very sunny in Oz!

The other extras you can pre-order are:

  • The Big4 Site Pass which gives you discounts on camp sites all over Australia
  • The Express Return Pack which means you can leave the petrol and gas tank empty.
  • Baby seats and booster seats for small children.
  • Extra driver fee approx AU$2.00 per day.
  • Fan/heater
  • Mobile WiFi at 1GB.
  • Picnic Chairs and Tables.

Sometimes it is cheaper to buy your own data, tables and chairs etc.

The campervan doesn’t include:

  • Hairdryers
  • Ironing board and iron
  • Tow-bar

Power Supply:

There are two sets of batteries in your Mighty Double Down hi-top camper. There is the normal car battery that powers the engine and there are separate batteries that charge up while you are driving. These power the lights and water pump.  If you plug into a mains supply on a campsite you will be able to charge up laptops etc as you will be connected to the main 240V supply.

Toll Roads in Australia:

Here is a Wikipedia link to a list of the toll roads in Australia: Toll Roads in Australia.

There are toll roads in Australia that are monitored by number-plate recognition so you may not be aware that you are driving on one until it is too late. Check with the depot before departure especially around Melbourne and Sydney.

Insurance.

The insurance excess on this vehicle is AU$3500.00 so you must have a credit card with this amount of credit on it.  You can purchase extra insurance to reduce this liability. Further information on our website: Mighty Double Down Insurance Options

You can purchase the Mighty Inclusive Pack at AU$39.00 per day and this reduces the excess to nil and also includes baby seats, 1 extra driver fee, fan/heater, picnic chairs and table.  The maximum charge for this is AU$1950.00 so for long term rentals this is probably the cheaper option. We can check this out for you when you request a quote.

4-berth hi-top rental Australia.

Chill out inside the Mighty Double Down. Seats 4 for dinner.

How Do We Recommend Which Campervan or Motorhome to Rent in Australia.

Some important information:

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS
On arrival, you will be required to sign a rental agreement with the operators of Mighty Campers Australia. Here is a summary of their terms and conditions.

The Drivers:

Each driver has to be present with their driving licence and all documents when collecting the campervan.

DEFINITIONS
The following definitions apply for the Terms and Conditions for Mighty Campers Australia.

  • The Supplier means the operator of Mighty Campers Australia.
  • The Client is also referred to as the hirer (s) or renter (s).

PAYMENT TERMS
* The initial deposit paid is non-refundable. Payment will be deducted from your nominated credit card at the time of confirmation (Visa or Mastercard only).
* The balance of monies owing to is required 33 days before the hire commences. If the hire is booked with in 33 days prior to the pick-up date full payment is required upon booking confirmation.
* A bond amount of AU$3,500 for the Highball, Jackpot and Double Down or AU$5,000 for the Deuce, Double Up and Big Six is also due upon arrival. This amount is deducted from your credit card is fully refundable when the vehicle is returned to the correct location on time, is full of fuel and all other terms of the Rental Contract have been complied with. Please read the Terms and Conditions for full details.
Note: full balance of payment (including the deposit) will be collected at the time of confirmation if you have elected to process your booking in a currency different to AUD.

Cancellation Policy
The deposit is non-refundable. In addition to forfeiting your deposit, the following charges apply:
– If cancelled up to-94 days prior to pick-up: No Further Fee.
– If cancelled from 93 to 25 days prior to pick-up:  10% of Total Rental.
– If cancelled from 24 to 10 days prior to pick-up:  20% of Total Rental.
– If cancelled 9 to 4 days prior to pick-up:  50% of Total Rental.
– If cancelled 3 days prior or on the day of pick up or a No-Show:  100% of Total Rental.
– If a vehicle is returned early there is no refund available for the unused days.

Booking Amendments
All amendments to bookings are subject to availability of the vehicle and/or package. Different rates may apply based on the amendment made.

Amendments prior to the vehicle collection date will be re-calculated at the flex rate applicable on the date of the amendment. This applies to changing the vehicle type, reducing the number of rental days, changing pick-up dates and/or changing the pick-up or drop-off location. Where the number of rental days is being extended prior to the vehicle collection date (days are being added on at the end of the rental with no change to the original pick up date), which applied at the time of the original booking, will apply.

Road Trip Australia in a budget camper.

This could be the view on your road trip around Australia this year.

TRAVEL INSURANCE
We strongly recommend that clients ensure they take out the highest level of travel insurance for your campervan rental in Australia. In many cases, this will cover any losses incurred if you are forced to cancel your booking.

Credit and Debit Card Payments
The credit or debit card holder will be jointly and severally liable as a customer. Accepted credit and debit cards are Visa Card, MasterCard and American Express. A non-refundable 2% administration fee will apply to all Visa and MasterCard transactions or 5% for American Express. Credit card administration fees also apply to the Liability Deposit and only the customer’s credit card is acceptable to use for the purpose of the Liability Deposit and the Credit Card Authority. The credit card administration fee is subject to change

Credit Card Authority
The customer authorises Mighty to retain the details of their credit card and to take any action to recover from the credit card the amounts due by the customer pursuant to the Mighty Rental Agreement Terms and Conditions. These charges including, but not limited to, vehicle cleaning (this includes toilet and waste water tank emptying), speeding, toll way, parking or freedom camping fines, on road assistance, delivery and return of vehicle, late drop off fees, failure to return the vehicle with full diesel or petrol tanks or full LPG bottle (pre-paid fuel and pre-paid gas is included in the Express Return Pack), rental extensions or Exclusions. For security purposes, only the customer’s credit card can be used for the Credit Card Authority.

4-berth hi-top budget camper to rent. Cheap rental rates.

See somewhere good to stop? Take time out on your road trip to enjoy Australia.

Exchange Rate / Currency Variations
All credit and debit card transactions are conducted in Australian dollars. Due to exchange rate fluctuations and/or bank transaction fees, there could be some variance in the amount refunded compared to the amount initially charged. Mighty does not accept any such variation or any interest incurred on such amounts.

Did You Know that you don’t need a special driving licence to drive a campervan in Australia?

As long as you have a full motor vehicle licence then you can drive a campervan. If your licence is in another language other than English you will need to provide an authorised translation of your licence.  You must bring your licence with you when collecting your campervan.

What does “self-contained” mean when choosing a campervan to rent?

TERMS AND CONDITIONS 
Here is a summary of some of the Rental Conditions. For full detailed conditions refer to the rental agreement provided when the vehicle is collected. Please note all prices quoted in this document are in Australian dollars. Rates and conditions are subject to change without notice.

FLEX RATE
The flex rate is determined by the date of pick-up, location and date of booking for the rental up to 30 days. After every 30 days the flex rate resets to the rate applicable on that day (I.e. 31st, 61st, the 91st day of hire etc).

INCLUDED IN RATES:
– Unlimited Kilometres.
– Crockery and Cutlery.
– 10% GST (Goods and Services Tax)
– Administration Fees (3% of the total rental)
– Linen & Bedding.
– Mighty Light vehicle liability.
– Customer care 24 hours 7 days per week road-service helpline (toll free)
– All branches have local tourist information and maps available.

RATES EXCLUDE: 
– Liability Reduction Options.
– Extra Driver Fees.
– Refundable Vehicle Security Deposit.
– Fuel and LPG costs.
– One-way Fees and Location Fees where applicable.
– Public Holiday surcharge.

Road trip Australia in a budget campervan rental.

The Australia Road Trip is all about stopping and taking in the view. Be Australian.

VEHICLE LIABILITY AND LIABILITY REDUCTION OPTION
Personal injury is covered in most cases through Registration Third Party insurance. Mighty does not accept any liability for personal injuries sustained during the rental nor for any loss or damage to any personal belongings or property of the customer (or any person or entity related to the customer). Mighty strongly recommend that all people travelling in Australia take out personal travel insurance.

In the USA a liability is referred to as the “deductible”.

All vehicles are insured for the damage to the vehicle or to the property of a third party. The customer is responsible for the first $3,500 (“the liability”) for the Highball, Jackpot and Double Down, and $5,000 (“the liability”) for all other campervans of the cost of any damage to third party property or to the rented vehicle, including single vehicle accident (does not include single vehicle roll over), windscreen and tyre damage, towing and recovery costs, theft, fire, break-in or vandalism with the exception of the ‘Exclusions’. This also includes the cost of the daily rental for the period the vehicle is being repaired. In addition to these costs, an administration fee of $60 may apply, per claim. The liability applies in respect of each claim, not rental. The $3,500 or $5,000 liability can be reduced by purchasing the Liability Reduction Option or the Mighty Inclusive Pack.

Inclusions Campervan Inclusive Pack The Bundle Express Return Pack5
Vehicle Liability $3,500 
Liability Reduction Option
(liability reduced to Nil)1
Single vehicle rollover cover2
WiFi, including 1GB of data
Extra Driver Fees
Linen exchange
Picnic table
Picnic chairs
(chairs per person travelling)
Baby / Booster seat – on request
(cannot be fitted in some vehicle categories)
Portable fan heater if required
Return gas bottle empty
Return fuel tank empty
Express key return4

1 Liability Reduction Option: Reduces Vehicle Liability to Nil
2 Single vehicle rollover cover: The customer will not have to pay for the cost of any damage attributed to an accidental single vehicle rollover.
3 Express key return: In conjunction with Liability Reduction Option or the Mighty Inclusive Pack.
4 Express Return Pack: Pricing and inclusions are subject to change.

When the Liability Reduction Option has been purchased, the hirer will have no liability at all with the exception of the ‘exclusions’.
The maximum public liability is $20,000,000, sub-limits may apply. Please note that the maximum public liability may change during the course of the year for which these terms apply.

MIGHTY STRONGLY RECOMMENDS OUR CUSTOMERS TAKE THE MIGHTY INCLUSIVE PACK FOR TRAVEL WITH PEACE OF MIND.

Liability Deposit

If the Liability Reduction Option or the Mighty Pack is not taken, the customer must pay the Liability Deposit. The Liability Deposit is $3,500.

The customer must provide a valid credit card to pay the Liability Deposit and the amount will be debited to the customer’s credit card on the day of vehicle collection. The credit card holder must be present and able to sign for the Liability Deposit upon vehicle collection. The credit card holder is jointly and severally liable for any damage to the rental vehicle. Any type of pre-paid travel card is not acceptable as a means to provide a Liability Deposit.

The Liability Deposit is subject to a 2% credit card administration fee in addition to the Liability Deposit amount when the credit card used is either a Visa or MasterCard, or 5% when the credit card used is American Express.  The credit card administration fees are subject to change.

The Liability Deposit is fully refundable, including the 2% credit card administration fee, if the card used to provide the Liability Deposit is a Visa or MasterCard credit card, provided the Vehicle is returned undamaged.  Mighty recommend that customers use a Visa or MasterCard credit card for the Liability Deposit, as the credit card administration fee that applies when using American Express is not refundable.

Exclusions
The Liability Reduction Option will not apply and the customer is responsible for all costs arising out of, or incurred in connection with:
1. Any damage caused by wilful misconduct (e.g. sitting or standing on the bonnet or roof of the vehicle) and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and negligence resulting in damage to the hired vehicle or third party vehicle/property.
2. Any loss or damage to any personal belongings or property of the customer (or any person or entity related to the customer). Mighty recommends the customer does not leave valuables in the vehicle and that they take out personal travel insurance.
3. Any damage where the customer is charged by the local authorities for being careless, showing gross negligence or wilfulness in failing to abide by the local road rules, resulting in damage to the hired vehicle or third party vehicle/property.
4. Retrieving or recovering a vehicle, which may include, but is not limited to a vehicle that has become bogged, submerged, caught, trapped, stuck or restricted in any way and/or has been abandoned.

5. Replacing keys, which have been lost or stolen, or retrieval of keys which have been locked in a vehicle.
6. Any overhead and underbody damage to the vehicle, however, caused, except where Liability Reduction Option or the Mighty Inclusive Pack has been purchased.
7. Any single vehicle rollover except where the Mighty Inclusive Pack has been purchased.
8. Damage caused to the vehicle because total load (kg) has exceeded recommended load as stated in vehicle manual. Vehicles are not to be used for the purpose of transporting and haulage of goods other than what might be reasonably expected of a leisure rental.

9. Damage caused by drivers not identified on the rental agreement and/or drivers whose licence that has been cancelled or suspended and/or drivers who have a licence that is classified as learners or probationary licence.
10. Any damage caused to the vehicle due to the use of snow chains.
11. Any damage associated with the incorrect use of fuel (fuel being diesel or petrol) this includes Bio-Diesel which should not be used, or water or other contamination of fuel.
12. Any water related damage which includes, but is not limited to, vehicle submersion, contact with salt water, creek or river crossings, driving through flooded areas and beach driving.

13. The customer has fitted accessories (as provided by Mighty or otherwise) to the vehicle incorrectly or otherwise in a manner which causes damage to the vehicle, the accessories or any other vehicle or property.
14. Using the vehicle in contravention of any legislation or regulation controlling vehicular traffic.

Picnic time with campervan

You have time to chill when taking a camper on a road trip around Australia.

RENTAL DURATION 
– Minimum rental for Campervan rental in Australia with Mighty is 5 days for same city rentals, with exceptions noted below. One-way hires have increased minimum hire requirements – please refer to the one-way rental matrix below.

– Minimum rental period is 10 days for hires where travel dates include 20 December to 10 January.

– Mighty Double Up and Big Six rentals from Sydney that collect during the Bathurst races will have a minimum rental requirement of 7 days. The races usually occur in early October.

– Mighty Double Up and Big Six rentals from Melbourne that collect during the Phillip Island races will have a minimum rental requirement of 7 days.

Late pick-up or early return of vehicle does not entitle the customer to any refund of the unused portion of the rental.
Mighty Pick Up is a self-service process and requires the Customer to have completed Self Check-In online or in the branch. If additional service is required from a Mighty staff member, a fee of $50 may apply.

– If a customer wishes to extend the rental whilst on hire, they must first obtain authorisation from Mighty. The rental extension is subject to vehicle availability. The cost of an extended rental must be paid by credit card over the telephone on confirmation of the rental extension. The rate charged may not reflect the original rate booked. Failure to obtain authorisation will result in a daily fee of $150 in addition to the daily rate.

One Way Matrix:

Key:

  • ADL = Adelaide
  • ASP=Alice Springs
  • BNE=Brisbane
  • CNS=Cairns
  • DRW=Darwin
  • MEL=Melbourne
  • PER=Perth
  • SYD=Sydney

The number refers to the minimum number of days that have to be paid for when booking a one way rental between these depots.

ADL ASP BNE CNS DRW MEL PER SYD
ADL 7 7 14 14 7 14 7
ASP 7 14 14 7 14 14 14
BNE 7 14 7 14 7 21 7
CNS 14 14 7 14 14 28 14
DRW 14 7 14 14 14 14 14
MEL 7 14 7 14 14 14 7
PER 14 14 21 28 14 14 14
SYD 7 14 7 14 14 7 14

Note
– The one-way fee if applicable is charged per hire. The minimum one-way rental duration may apply.

Public Holiday Surcharge
A surcharge of AU$100 will apply to all rentals picking up and/or dropping off on the National and State public holidays listed.

Australia National and State Holidays. 

Operating Hours:
PEAK: Mighty branches are open 7 days a week with the exception of Christmas Day (25 December) and Australia Day (26 January) when they are closed.
OFF PEAK: Mighty branches are closed on Sundays during off-peak months. The Mighty Alice Springs and Darwin branches are closed during off-peak months. See below for more information.

Mighty Camper Rental requests that clients collecting or returning their vehicle to be in the office by 1530 hours.

LOCATIONS DATES AND HOURS OF OPERATION
SYDNEY, MELBOURNE,
ADELAIDE AND PERTH
1 April – 30 April
7:30AM – 4PM
1 May – 31 August
10AM – 4PM
Closed Sundays
1 September – 31 March
7:30AM – 4PM
BRISBANE 1 April – 30 September 
7:30AM – 4PM
1 October – 28 February
7:30AM – 4PM
Closed Sundays
1 March – 31 March
7:30AM – 4PM
ALICE SPRINGS AND
DARWIN
1 April – 30 April
10AM – 4PM
Closed Sundays
1 May – 31 October
7:30AM – 4PM
1 November – 30 November
10AM – 4PM
Closed Sundays
1 December – 31 March
CLOSED
CAIRNS 1 April – 30 April
10AM – 4PM
Closed Sundays
1 May – 31 October
7:30AM – 4PM
1 November – 31 March
10AM – 4PM
Closed Sundays

Multiple Rentals
Should you have more than one consecutive rental in the Mighty Double Down Camper Rental in Australia. they can be combined to qualify for longer-term hire discounts off the daily vehicle rates. Details are on application. So if you rent a campervan from Sydney to Sydney for 14 days and then fly to Cairns and rent another campervan for another 14 days the 28 day long term discount rate would apply as the two rentals are treated as one.

Road Restrictions
Campervans in Australia can only be driven on sealed/bitumen or well-maintained roads.
The only exceptions to this are well-maintained access roads of less than twelve kilometres to recognised campgrounds and well-maintained, recognised roads on Kangaroo Island (South Australia). Should a customer wish to travel on an unsealed road that is greater than twelve kilometres in length to access a recognised campground special permission can be arranged pending road condition, weather and distance. Please contact us to discuss:

Contact Us to ask any question.

Mighty reserves the right at its sole discretion to restrict vehicle movements in certain areas due to adverse road or weather conditions.
Should a customer breach the road restriction rules by taking a vehicle on an unsealed road or restricted road Mighty may impose a fee on the customer of $300 on each occasion that is identified by Mighty.

Licence and Age Restrictions
A current and full motor vehicle driver’s licence is required and must be produced upon vehicle collection. Should a foreign licence be in a language other than English it must be accompanied by a current international driving permit issued in the same country as the driver’s licence was issued. An accredited English translation will be accepted in lieu of an international driving permit. Drivers must be 21 years of age or over. If the rented vehicle is a Highball, Double Down or Jackpot; drivers must be 18 years of age or over.

There is no maximum age as long as you have a valid driver’s licence.

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Change of Drop Off Location
If the customer wishes to change the drop-off destination, they must first obtain authorisation from Mighty Campervan Rentals.
Subject to the change being approved, an additional charge of up to $750 may apply.

Change of Vehicle
Should the vehicle booked be unavailable, Mighty reserves the right to substitute an alternative vehicle without prior notification and at no extra cost.
This shall not constitute a breach of contract and does not entitle the hirer to a refund.

Voluntary Downgrade
Should the hirer decide to take a lesser vehicle than booked they will not be entitled to any refund.
Note: Mighty reserves the right to refuse any rental at its discretion.

Vehicle Age
All Mighty vehicles are a minimum of 4 years of age.

Transfers
Mighty clients will need to make their own way to and from the Mighty branch, at their own expense.

Toll and Traffic Notices and Administration Fees
Mighty reserves the right to charge the customer for any speeding, toll way, parking or freedom camping fines. In addition to the costs associated per fine, the administration fee of $60 may be applicable.
If a customer continues to exceed a speed of 110km or continues to exceed the posted speed limit, as determined by the customer repeatedly ignoring the warnings of the telematics system fitted into the vehicle, Mighty may impose a fee on the customer in the amount of $300.

Calculation Errors
Mighty will not honour calculation errors. Should a calculation error occur, Mighty will charge for the short fall.

Branches:

ADELAIDE 376-388 Sir Donald Bradman Drive BROOKLYN PARK SA 5032.
ALICE SPRINGS Cnr. Stuart Highway & Power Street ALICE SPRINGS NT 0870.
BRISBANE 21 Industry Court EAGLE FARM QLD 4009.
CAIRNS 419 Sheridan Street CAIRNS QLD 4870.
DARWIN 17 Bombing Road, Winnellie DARWIN NT 0820.
MELBOURNE Building 2/9 Ashley St BRAYBROOK VIC 3019.
PERTH 471 Great Eastern Highway REDCLIFFE W.A 6104.
SYDNEY 1/1801 Botany Road BANKSMEADOW NSW 2019.

On-Road Assistance
Any problems associated with the vehicle, including equipment failure, must be reported to Mighty as soon as possible and within 24 hours in order to give Mighty the opportunity to rectify the problem during the rental. Failure to do so will compromise any claims for compensation. Mighty does not accept liability for any claims submitted after this period. Please contact supplier on 1300 850 805.

Baby Seat/ Booster Seat Restraints
The type of restraint required for your child depends on their age as follows:
• Children aged under six months (up to 9kg) must wear an approved, properly fastened and adjusted, rear facing child restraint. Children in this category cannot be seated in the front of our vehicles.

• Children aged between six months and under four years (8 – 18kg) must wear an approved, properly fastened and adjusted, rear facing child restraint OR a forward facing child restraint with an in-built harness. Children in this category cannot be seated in the front of our vehicles.

• Children aged between four years and under seven (14 – 26 kg) must wear an approved, properly fastened and adjusted, forward facing child restraint with an in-built harness OR an approved booster seat which is properly positioned and fastened. Whilst it is legal (under certain circumstances) for a child in this category to sit in the front seat, Mighty does not recommend any child under 26kgs or under seven years travels in the front seat.

• All child restraints must comply with current Australian Standards and it is the responsibility of customers to fit them in the vehicle. We strongly recommend any child restraints are pre-booked.

WHERE YOUR CHILD CAN SIT
• Front seats in Mighty vehicles are not fitted with anchor points and cannot accommodate children under four years in any case.
• If all appropriate rear seats are being used by children under seven years, children aged between four and six years (inclusive) may travel in the front seat, provided they use an approved booster seat.

PLEASE NOTE
Mighty vehicles are not fitted with child safety barriers for top bunk / overhead beds. Mighty recommends children sleep in the lower dinette-converted beds.

VEHICLE CATEGORY 
Vehicles cannot be requested by make or model, only by vehicle category.

ANIMALS 
No animals are permitted in our vehicles, excluding guide dogs.

DISCLAIMER
Illustrations and text in any of our documentation, brochures or website are subject to change. Images are a representation only of the vehicle depicted.
Variances in the vehicles offered for rental may occur due to substitutions made by Mighty or modifications and/or upgrades to the vehicle design made by the manufacturer.

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Terms of booking on this website.

Information disclaimer
The rates on this website are often heavily discounted. This is due to our negotiated rates and bulk buying power. On very rare occasions, a rate may be displayed incorrectly due to our, or a vehicle supplier’s error. In such a case, if you book with us at a quoted rate that is incorrect, we will notify you of any price change and give you the option to proceed or cancel. We make every effort to keep information on our site up to date, but we cannot guarantee this website is free of errors or omissions and retain the right to update or change the information published at any time.

Liability
To the extent permitted by law we/the owners of this website will not be liable to you or to any third party (whether in contract, tort, or otherwise) for any direct, indirect or consequential loss or damage (including but not limited to any accident, injury, delay or loss of enjoyment) arising out of your reliance upon information contained on this website, including but not limited to your use (or inability to use) any products or services described or procured through this website.

When you pick up your vehicle, you will be required to sign a rental agreement with the supplier of the vehicle. Your rental and use of the vehicle will be governed by the terms of the rental agreement and any other documentation or information provided to you by the supplier at the time you pick up your vehicle. The rental agreement is between you and the supplier and we will not be liable to you or to any third party in relation to the terms of the supplier’s rental agreement or any other documentation provided to you by the supplier at the time of pick up.

While we will make reasonable efforts to ensure we are representing only reputable suppliers, we make no warranty about the fitness or suitability of any third party (supplier) product or service and will not accept responsibility for the quality or fitness of any vehicle. If you encounter issues with the vehicle whilst on hire, you MUST report these issues directly to the relevant supplier at the earliest possible time. This will allow the supplier to remedy any issues and minimise any inconvenience to you.  If you fail to report any vehicle issues during your rental, it is likely that compensation will not be offered. We welcome feedback from our customers on their experience with our suppliers. We may, at our discretion, provide you with reasonable assistance in resolving any dispute you may have with a supplier.

Our total liability to you in relation to your use of this website and the information contained on this website will not exceed the dollar amount of the deposit we have received from you in relation to your booking/rental. Refunds will not be made for bookings cancelled due to inclement weather. Again, we strongly recommend that you take out travel insurance. Your use of this website is governed by the laws of New Zealand and the jurisdiction of the New Zealand courts.

Booking information
To make a booking you must complete our booking form which is easy to follow and secured with the latest encryption technology. Once we receive your form, we will, subject to availability, confirm your booking by emailing you a confirmation voucher and invoice. The deposit required to secure your vehicle (as shown on the secure booking page) will only be processed on your credit card when your booking is confirmed. Please note that a 1.95% credit card or debit card surcharge will be added when your payment is processed.

A booking is confirmed when you have been emailed a confirmation voucher and at this stage the deposit is processed on your card and becomes non-refundable and any cancellation fees stated in the supplier’s terms apply. Upon receipt of your confirmation, please check your details carefully and notify us immediately if there are any incorrect details, as it may not be possible to make changes at a later date.

If you are booking via phone, please make sure you have read the terms and conditions of the vehicle you wish to rent first. Our reservations consultant will ask you if you have read the terms and agree to them before proceeding. The onus is always on the renter to ensure they make themselves fully aware of the terms displayed on our website.

Information disclosure
In booking on this website you acknowledge that we disclose your information to your selected Supplier in order to provide the requested rental services.

Amendments
Please note that some suppliers treat an amendment as a new booking and apply the rate current at the time the amendment is made to recalculate the entire booking amount (not just the days changed). If the rental period is increased, an additional deposit may be required. If the rental period is shortened which results in a reduction of the rental charges, the deposit amount will remain unchanged, and the difference between the original and revised deposit is forfeited (it cannot be used towards remaining rental charges). To request a change to a confirmed booking, please use the alterations request link on your confirmation. Any alterations are subject to availability and the approval of the supplier. In addition to the alteration policy of the supplier stated in their terms, the following charges will apply:
Motorhome rental alterations (all charges stated in local currency): 25.00
The alteration fee will not be charged if your alteration request is not possible.

Vehicle Capacity and fitness to drive
Under no circumstances are you permitted to carry more passengers than the vehicle you rent is legally registered to carry, and if you do your insurance may be invalidated. The number of seatbelts (and passengers) is indicated next to each vehicle on this website. Luggage capacity where shown is an indication only and we will not be responsible should you be unable to fit your entire luggage into a vehicle. It is your responsibility to choose a journey that is within your capabilities. A vehicle supplier can refuse to rent a vehicle to any person who is in their opinion unfit to drive or does not meet eligibility requirements. In such circumstances we will have no further liability to you.

Refund Policy
We are committed to providing a quality service and aim for complete customer satisfaction. In the event of cancellation, any refunds or penalties are detailed in the terms and conditions of your selected vehicle that you are asked to read and accept at time of booking.

If you are unsatisfied with our service, please contact us within 48 hours of placing your booking or request and we will work to resolve any issues and determine if compensation is due.

After you have completed your rental and if you are unhappy with your vehicle, we are happy to assist you in seeking compensation from the operator of the vehicle.

Motorhome Republic Ltd.owned and operate the booking engine on this website.   Our financial centre and marketing office is based at Level 5, 12 Madden Street, Wynyard Quarter, Auckland, New Zealand. In Australia, we are based at Suite 3.01, 11 Queens Rd, Melbourne VIC 3004. Thank you for booking with us.

This website is owned and operated by Campervans.com, Polzeath Court, New Polzeath, Cornwall, PL27 6UA.

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Top Tips on Spain Campervan and Motorhome hire for first timers.

Follow the Castle Trail in Spain.

Follow the Castle Trail in Spain.

Top Tips on Spain Campervan and Motorhome hire for first timers.

Is this the first time you have wanted to rent a campervan or motorhome in Spain? Perhaps you want to take the kids on holiday to Spain and just want the freedom to choose what you do each day and where to stay.

Everybody can get involved.  The children can help you plan and you can change plans depending on the weather, the mood or you may have discovered a better option. Your friend can map read or your partner can look for good overnight stays.

If you are looking for early discounts then check out the deals pages.Discounts and Offers on Spain Campervan Hire.

Top Tip on how to choose a campervan to rent in Spain:

There is a wide range of campervans and motorhomes for rent in Spain.  However, unlike car hire, there is not the same selection of vehicles from every depot.

In Barcelona for example, there is a range of sleeper cars.  This one sleeps 4 people but is not available in Madrid but is available from Barcelona, Valencia, Bilbao, Santander, Malaga, Alicante, Seville.  This is a cheap option for 2 to 4 people.

4-berth camper hire Barcelona.

4-berth camper hire Barcelona.

Barcelona has many other choices of campervans and motorhomes too.

Top tip on how to get the cheapest rental camper in Spain:

The smaller, older vehicles are cheaper than newer and/or larger motorhomes. But, balance that with how many people are travelling together.  Renting a 6 berth and sharing the cost between 6 people may work out cheaper than getting three 2 berth campers.  Our handy booking engine will let you compare prices.

Special offers and discounts on Campervan Hire in Spain.

All of the special offers and discounts are automatically applied when you are using our booking engine either to get a quote or to book a campervan.  The Special Offers and Discounts are all listed Here.

Top tip on why you should book your campervan rental in Spain early:

Book early.  This is so important for three reasons:

Firstly, there is a limited supply of campervans and motorhomes in Spain.  They are not as plentiful as cars and they get booked up early especially in the high season which is July and August.  There is such a demand that some companies will limit hires to a 14 day minimum hire and only from Madrid to Madrid.

Secondly, if you know the layout of the campervan or motorhome then booking early will ensure that you get this vehicle.  All of the day and night-time layouts are illustrated on our website.  So, if you need bunk beds, or a fixed double bed or you want a motorhome with shower and toilet, then book it now!

Thirdly, many campervan companies in Spain structure their rates using the “flex” system which means that daily hire rates change depending on availability. So, the few vehicles available then the more expensive the rates.

You have to make a few decisions before renting a motorhome or campervan in Spain:

  1. How many people will be sleeping in the campervan?
  2. The bed layout?

If there are six of you then the 6-berth campervans or motorhomes are your only option. You will need 6 seat belts – one for each passenger.  You won’t be able to leave the depot if there are more people than seatbelts in the vehicle that you have booked.

How closely do you want to sleep to each other? If there are kids in the party then they can top and tail in a double bed or choose a camper with bunk beds.  There is a variety of sizes.  The kids like to sleep in the double cab above the cab as it is a ladder climb to get up to it.

6-berth-night-time-layout-Spain

6 berth night-time layout Spain.

This diagram shows the bed layout in this 6-berth campervan available in Spain. You can also see that there is a kitchen and a shower with toilet and basin.  A full list of the on-board facilities is available for all vehicles listed on our website.

The night time layout is important to get right for a happy and enjoyable motorhome holiday!

Top Tip on which is the best campervan or motorhome to rent for you and your family or friends:

Couples often rent a 4 berth with a fixed bed.  This gives you more room and the bed doesn’t have to be made up daily.

4-berth-fixed-bed-Spain

4-berth-fixed-bed-Spain.

The full range of vehicles is listed depending on where you choose to collect your campervan or motorhome from.  Just be aware that the range varies from depot to depot.


Campervan and Motorhome Hire Suppliers Depot List in Spain:

Barcelona:  A good place to start if you are looking for a wide range of campers that includes budget sleeper cars and low top vehicles.  A very popular depot as Barcelona has a popular airport too with visitors arriving into Spain from all over the world.

Alicante:  Well serviced by an airport that makes it easy to access the Costa Blanca famous for its history and beaches. A good choice of vehicles including the VW California pop top and the very popular Euromotorhome, Autocaravan and Envirocampervan fleets.  A good place to start as there are often cheap flights to Alicante.

Almeria: Perfect place to start a coastal drive.  A great choice for a one-way hire to Alicante or a round trip Alicante to Alicante or Almeria to Almeria.

Almeria to Alicante Spain.

Almeria to Alicante Spain driving route.

This can be extended to Valencia.

Barcelona:

One of the most popular collection points in Spain.  An international airport, a diverse range of vehicles and a great starting point for a coastal or inland road trip of Spain.  Luxury motorhomes from McRent, Autocaravanexpress and Euromotorhomes as well as budget campers from Indie and Touring.

What does “Seniors & Just Married Rates” mean?

If you are a senior citizen and have retired or you are on your honeymoon then Spain offers discounts on campervan hire.   Conditions apply:

“This special is only available for Pensioners & Just Married People. Marriage certification should be provided when you pick up the vehicle. Pensioner normally is minimum of 65 years old.

This special is not available for one pensioner travelling with the others passengers without pensioner condition. It is only available for the pensioner travelling with his wife and/or children less than 18 years old (children or grandchildren).”

Transfers to and from the campervan rental suppliers depots:

Leave your car at the depot. There is sometimes a small charge for this service and sometimes it is free.  Arriving at the airport:

some companies offer free transfers from both hotels and the airport but not in all depots.It is a popular option in Madrid, Barcelona and Malaga.

Often the depots are right next to the airport so are a short walk or a short taxi ride away.

Terms and Conditions for renting a campervan or motorhome in Spain:

  • “RATES INCLUDE
    – Unlimited kilometres
    – Full Comprehensive Insurance (Except for the first 600.00 € Charged)
    – VAT 21%
    – Third Party Insurance (cover up to 50 million of Euros)
    – Leaving costs (first bottle of gas and WC chemical fluid)
    – 24-hours road assistance (valid in all Europe)
    – Maintenance (according to the hiring contract norms)
    – Free parking for your car during the services
    – Prices in Euros.

Note:
Household Kit. is on request only for International customers. The household kit is not available for domestic customers.

The Kit includes: Set of dishes, glasses, coffee cups, cutlery (knives, spoons, forks). Coffee machine, saucepan, frying pan, skimming ladle, can opener, cooking pot, sleeping bag/s, pillow/s.

If you require any extra specific items, please place your request at the time of booking and we can price this item for you. If you require the household kit please ensure you request this item as it is not a standard inclusion. The Household Kit is available for hire at a cost of €100.00″

On every booking request there is the full terms and conditions that you can read in full for every campervan and motorhome hire on our site.  Please read these as they do vary from company to company and depot to depot.

This example shows that household kits are on request only.  While this is probably just to cover the company in case of a rare case that the household kits haven’t been prepared, it does mean that if they are not available then it is worth knowing and being a bit prepared to go the local shop!

Spain 2-berth with shower and toilet. Perfect for a road trip around Spain.

Spain 2-berth with shower and toilet. Perfect for a road trip around Spain.

Every company in Spain that rents out motorhomes does have a cancellation policy:

This is an example only and may not apply to every company:

“CANCELLATION POLICY
The initial deposit paid is non-refundable. In addition to forfeiting your deposit, the following charges also apply:
– From day of booking confirmation up to 33 days before the commencement of the hiring: 50% rental cost.
– If it is notified between 32 and 19 days before the commencement of the hiring: 80% rental cost.
– If it is notified within 18 days before the commencement of the hiring: 100% rental cost.”

There are many reasons that customers have to cancel and we try and refund wherever possible. However, we incur costs ourselves and try to minimise the costs that our customers have to pay.  Please check your travel insurance if you have to cancel after you have booked.

Campervan and Motorhome Hire Availability:

Customers book through us because we have been booking campervans and motorhome rentals since 1998 and they know that their vehicle will be ready and waiting for them when they arrive.

This is true if the campervan is booked in Spain or as far away as New Zealand or Australia.  However, in the rare case that a vehicle has been damaged by a previous customer and the vehicle that has been pre-booked is not available then the usual practice is to offer and upgrade wherever possible.

We operate with companies that have good quality campervans and motorhomes but also have enough vehicles on their fleet so that in the event of damage or breakdown – yes, it sometimes does happen! – they have back up vehicles.  Some smaller companies ask why we won’t include them on our booking engine and this is one of the main reasons even if they pass our strict quality requirements.

Campervan and Motorhome rental Insurance:

All vehicles are insured.  The level of liability does change depending on the company that provides the rental vehicle.  Check the insurance excess as this is the customer’s liability. This has to be covered by a credit card.  Details here:

“INSURANCE
Motorhomes mentioned in this contract are insured according to law , with a €600.00  excess deposit. If there are any accidents during the term of the rental contract, the customer would assume that amount.

SECURITY DEPOSIT
In order to guarantee good use and correct return of the vehicle, a Security Deposit of €600.00 by credit card is required before departure, ( accepted credit cards are -Visa , Diners or American Express).

The security deposit will be refunded after checking the vehicle by the technical service,who will decide with a detailed note, if there is any damage caused by the wrong use,the amount that customer will have to pay.

In that case, the customer will approve to use the deposit. If the valuation of damages could not be made immediately, the lessee would have 30 days to refund the remaining deposit, once it had been deduced the reparation cost for the caused damages.

If the bill is not over, and consequently ,the payment for using of the rented motorhome, penalties and other concepts, the customer will accept that, that amount will be paid with the credit card used for the renting.”

Each customer is advised to take out their own travel insurance and this covers medical emergencies and belongings cover. The campervan hire company’s insurance covers the vehicle only.

Tour Spain in Comfort with everything you need on board.

Tour Spain in Comfort with everything you need on board.

Top Tip for Motorhome and Campervan Travel Insurance:

Please check as some credit card companies offer travel insurance as part of their package. Sometimes travel insurance included vehicle excess cover on rental vehicles too. It is worth checking so that you don’t pay twice.

Minimum Rental when renting a campervan or motorhome in Spain:

Minimum rent is usually around 3 days outside of high season. High season can be up to 14 days minimum in some areas. This only occurs during high season (July and August) or over Easter.

Campervan and Motorhome Supplier Depot Hours:

Pick up and return times are often set at time of booking.  This is to allow a good amount of time after the vehicle has been returned by a previous customer to be cleaned and checked.  This ensures that when a new renter collects the camper or motorhome it is fully stocked and the extras that have been ordered are in place.  The vehicles also have regular mechanical checks too.

This is one of the main differences between car hire and camper hire is that cars take a lot shorter time to clean and prepare.

Campervan and Motorhome One-way Hires between cities in Spain:

Touring Spain is a fantastic experience and some customer maximise this by collecting in one depot and returning it to another.  There are extra costs involved with this and these are shown at the time of booking.  One-way rentals are at the discretion of the fleet manager who has to ensure that at busy times the vehicle is in the right depot for the next hirer.

One way hires also mean that a minimum hire is applied which is often 10 to 14 days.

In Europe a renter can pick up a campervan in Spain and return it to another European country.  This is possible and we can advise and help you make this rental.

Other conditions that apply when renting a campervan in Spain:

All renters need a credit card in their own name.

Drivers must be 25 years old or older.  In some cases with sleeper cars drivers as young as 21 can rent a camper.

All drivers must have a valid driving licence. If it is a European licence then that is sufficient. If the renter is from outside of Europe then an international driving licence is required.

Driving around Spain in the Summer warmth.

Driving around Spain in the Summer warmth.

Pets in Motorhomes :

Some companies allow pets with an additional cleaning charge.

Restricted areas that you can’t drive your campervan:

Customers are advised on collection of areas they are not allowed to travel to. These include Morocco, Bosnia and Russia.

Contracts between the renter and the campervan rental supplier:

There is a rental contract to read and sign on collection of all vehicles.  Please ask at the depot if you are not sure of any of the conditions.

Summary:

Spain is one of our most popular destinations to travel around by Campervan or Motorhome.  Take your time and you will return year after year.  There is so much to see and do for all the family.  It is well set up and there are plenty of campsites and free areas to park up for the night.

You will meet many other campers who will be renting for the first time or are old hands.  Good advice is shared around bbq’s and camp fires.

Top tips to get a cheaper rate for campervan hire

Driving in Spain Safety Advice

Some good guides:

 

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Plan your road trip now and check out these Special Deals.

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Plan your road trip and save money using these special offers and discounts on campervan and motorhome rental.

The first and probably the most expensive part of your next road trip will be getting flights booked.  It makes a lot of sense to book early.  Airlines often use a flex-rate system to fill their planes. So early bookers get the best deals.  Here is a list from Money Supermarket showing when airlines release their flight deals.

Flight release dates for best rates.

We also encourage you to book early for campervan, motorhome and rv rental.  Here are the direct links for early booking special offers:

Australia Australia Campervan Hire Discounts. Book Now.

Belgium Belgium Campervan and Motorhome Hire Discounts. Book Now.

Belgium Touring Routes

Botswana Botswana 4×4 Campervan Early Booking Discounts. Book Now.

Canada Canada RV Rental. Book Early for Cheap Rentals.

Croatia Croatia Campervan and Motorhome Rental Special Discounts for Early Booking.

Denmark

Estonia Estonia Special Discounts for Early Booking. Rent a campervan for next year’s road trip.

Finland Finland Discounts on Camper van, Motorhome and RV Rental. Book Early for the best rental deals.

Check Out the Archiplago Trail Finland The Archipelago Trail

France France campervan and Motorhome Rental Discounts for Early booking. Book Now for the best rental deals.

Germany Discounts on Campervan and Motorhome Rental in Germany for Early booking. Book Now for the Best Rates.

Holland/Netherlands  Find the best rates here for campervan and motorhome rental in the Netherlands. Book early. Save money.

Hungary Discounts on Camper van and Motorhome Rental in Hungary. Book Early and Save Money.

Iceland Discounts for Early Booking. Book a Campervan or Motorhome to Tour Iceland. Discounts for Early booking. Book Now.

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Ireland Tour Ireland in a Campervan. Book Early for the best rates. Book Now.

Italy Book a campervan to tour Italy next year. Book early and save. The best rates online.

Japan Try something Different. Save on campervan and motorhome rental in Japan.

Mozambique Put Mozambique on your list to tour in a 4×4 camper next year. Book now for the best rates.

Namibia Namibia discounts on 4×4 camper rental.

Netherlands Find the best rates here for campervan and motorhome rental in the Netherlands. Book early. Save money.

New Zealand Top of the Bucket List? Make it happen next year. Book early and find out that it is cheaper than you think with these great deals.

Norway Early bookings get the deals. Book here for great discounts on campervan and motorhome rental in Norway.

Portugal Summer in Portugal and at a great price. See here for discounts on long term hire and early booking.

South Africa Book campervan and motorhome rental in South Africa. Great discounts for early booking.

Spain Tour Spain in a campervan or motorhome. Save with our early booking special discounts.

Sudan Experience Sudan in a 4×4 camper. Book early and save.

Sweden Book now for early booking discounts. See Sweden by road.

Switzerland Switzerland Road Trip. Book Early for great deals.

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Australia Road Trip – Route Planning ideas.

 

Campervan hire in Australia Campervan hire Australia

Australia Road Trip – Route Planning ideas:

Planning a campervan or motorhome road trip around Australia takes a bit of time as Australia is a vast country and unless you have unlimited time, it will take at least a year of travelling just to see the highlights.

Great Ocean Road by a rented campervan

Wind your way along the great highways of Australia in a budget camper van.

So you don’t have a year to travel around Australia in a campervan.

Our customers book campervans and motorhomes to tour Australia at their own pace and in their own time.  Generally the book a rental for about a month and start to tour Australia in smaller areas at a time.

Maui motorhome

Australia Road Trip with Maui – book with Campervans.com for the best rates.

The Regions You can explore during one month in Australia in a rented campervan or motorhome:

Visitors to Australia tend to arrive in Sydney and explore the Blue Mountains and head up the East Coast on the Pacific Coast Highway and get as far north as Cairns.

They explore Sydney, the Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Rocks and the Harbour.  After about three days they start a road trip.

We have put together a list of useful links to help you plan your Australia Road Trip Here Australia Road Trip Planner Check it Out.

Tour the Real Australia by Motorhome

Australia Out Back by Campervan.

The Pacific Coast Highway in Australia starts in Sydney and ends in Cairns.

This is a well trodden route for campervan and motorhome renters in Australia and rightly so as it offers so much to the first time visitor who wants to see the real Australia.

The Pacific Coast highway has fantastic campsites, great beaches and of course you can snorkel and dive the coral reef.

The Gibb River Road is a more challenging option for those wanting an adventure in the Outback:

We are often asked about the Gibb River Road and if campervans and motorhomes can be driven.  Here are the comments from some of our campervan hire suppliers in Australia.  I have also included some info from Wikipedia.

There is a bitumen section from Derby out to Kimberley Diamond Mine now, and most of the windy areas over the ranges are sealed, but it is still recommended that you hire a 4wd because there are river crossings without any bridges. Generally you need to hire a 4wd OR the inform the rental company of where you intend to travel so that the rental company can check the current conditions of the road before allowing the vehicle to go to the area. EG – Traveller’s Autobarn say in their T&C’s:
Outback Road Restrictions
Travellers Autobarn reserves the right at its sole discretion to restrict vehicle movements in certain areas due to adverse road or weather conditions.
*Note that the same restrictions as above also apply to compact cars.

Cheapa Campa/Apollo say for their T&C’s for the Hitop: (the THL ones are very similar)

Travel Restrictions:   
Two Wheel Drive Vehicles can only be driven on sealed/bitumen roads or well maintained access roads less than 12 kilometres long to
recognised campgrounds.

Four Wheel Drive Vehicles can also be driven on recognized unsealed tracks but may only travel to the following remote areas with the express written permission of the supplier: Any islands (including Tasmania, excluding Fraser Island and Moreton Island), Simpson Desert, Cape york (North of Daintree River), Oodnadatta Track, Mereenie Loop, Birdsville Track, Tanami Track, Gibb River Road, Kalumburu Road, Warburton Road, Strzelecki Track, Cape Leveque, Bungle Bungles, the Plenty highway, Burke Development Road from Chillagoe to Normanton and Savannah Way from Normanton to Borroloola, Finke Road, Central Arnhem Road, Arnnhem Land in general and any other remote area.

Please call our fleet department within 24-48 hours of travel to the restricted area to request permission.

Vehicles are NOT permitted to travel on Fraser Island, Moreton Island, the Canning Stock Route, The Lost City in Litchfeld Park, Old Gunbarrel highway, the Old Telegraph Road section of the road to Cape york, Boggy hole (Finke Gorge National Park), the Old South Road from Maryvale to Finkea and the last 2 kilometres of the Lennard River Gorge Road, at any time.

Vehicles are NOT permitted to travel to Cape york between the months of December to May. At all other times permission is required.


Cheapa Campa reserves the right at its sole discretion to restrict vehicle movements in certain areas due to adverse road or weather conditions, and the distance to nominated destinations in relation to the length of the rental period.

Around Australia just require that their motorhomes and campervans don’t go on unsealed roads.
Wikipedia link

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gibb_River_Road

The Gibb River Road is a former cattle route that stretches almost 660 kilometres (410 mi) through The Kimberleybetween the Western Australian town of Derby and the Kununurra and Wyndham junction of the Great Northern Highway. Like its namesake, which does not actually cross the road but runs nearby at16°06.108′S 126°31.075′E,[1] it is named after geologist and explorer Andrew Gibb Maitland. The Gibb River Road is one of the two major roads which dissect the Kimberley region—the other being the extreme northern section ofGreat Northern Highway which runs further to the south.

The road is often closed due to flooding during the wet season, which is typically November through March, although delayed openings have been known to happen, frustrating the tourism industry[2] as well as locals who rely on the road. Since the mid 2000s, the road has been upgraded to a formed gravel two-lane road including bitumenisedsections, but 4WD vehicles are still recommended.

The Gibb River Road has scenic views of geological formations and natural scenery, aboriginal and pastoral history, as well as rare and unique fauna and flora.[3] Attractions along the Road include Windjana Gorge National Park,Tunnel Creek National ParkAdcock GorgeManning GorgeGalvans GorgeLennard GorgeBell Gorge, and King Leopold Ranges. Accommodation is offered by several cattle stations in the area including Mount Hart Wilderness Lodge, Mount Elizabeth Station, Drysdale River Station, the El Questro Station, and Charnely River Station.

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Tour Germany in a Rented Campervan or Motorhome. Our Top Ten Road Trip Ideas.

Tour Germany in a Rented Campervan or Motorhome. Our Top Ten Road Trip Ideas.

Germany is one of the cheapest countries in Europe to rent a campervan or motorhome from.  It is easy to drive from Germany to any of its bordering countries and back again. Here are our Top Ten Road Trip ideas for touring Germany:

These countries border Germany:

  • Austria.
  • Denmark.
  • Switzerland.
  • Czech Republic.
  • Poland.
  • France.
  • Belgium
  • The Netherlands
  • Luxembourg
  • and almost Liechtenstein!

Germany is the perfect country to tour in a campervan or motorhome.

Video of Germany:

This video shows the highlights that you might want to add to your itinerary.  For a selection of campervans and motorhomes to rent go no further than Here for Special offers and discounts on campervan and motorhome rental in Germany

Are you a cyclist? Rent bikes when you rent a campervan in Germany.

The cycling network is extensive so add a couple of bicycles to your rental.

You must not miss:

Berlin: 

This is the most fascinating city. See the Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie,Holocaust Memorial,Brandenburg Gate, Museum Island, Tiergarten, the art galleries, the music scene and clubs.

Just walk the streets and you will discover how fantastic Berlin is.

Luxury Campervan and Motorhome rental in Germany.

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German Royal Heritage Route

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