Iceland campervan and motorhome driving information for campervans and Motorhomes.
We care about your safety.
Please read these instructions carefully
Driving in Iceland is different.
Many roads in Iceland are loose gravel roads. Others are made of asphalt. The surface of the gravel roads can be very loose, especially along the sides. You must therefore slow down whenever you go from an asphalt road to a gravel road and show precaution when approaching an oncoming car by slowing down.
The Icelandic roads and bridges can be very narrow.
While driving on gravel roads speed should be kept to a minimum and driving over rivers that do not have bridges is strictly forbidden.
Weather can Change suddenly in Iceland:
The most important thing to keep in mind while in Iceland is to be aware of the fact that the weather can change suddenly and that the wind speed can become very high. It is strictly forbidden to drive the vehicle when the wind speed exceeds 15 meters per second.
In cases like that find a spot where you can park the vehicle with the front facing the wind and stay in the vehicle until the weather calms down.
Don’t Drive on Highland roads.Driving on highlands roads is prohibited! Driving on all roadsmarked with an “F” strictly is prohibited!
Gravel roads Bridges National highway Mountain roads
Loose surface. Narrow – single lane. Stretches of asphalt Windy.
Loose sides. Often for one car. Often only one car Narrow. Chance of stones from lane.
oncoming cars. Some parts are with
Narrow roads. Slow down. Be careful of the windy No driving on F roads.
Slow down. Slow down. Do not drive over un- bridged rivers!
Narrow gravel roads Chance of animals along country roads
Driving Speed in Iceland:
Even if the maximum speed on gravel roads is 80 km/per hour some of the roads do not bear that speed. We advise you to slow down and always drive according to conditions.
You can expect animals, like cows, sheep and even reindeers, on the road anytime.
Never stop the car on blind hills, bridges or other places were the road sight is bad or narrow.
The Icelandic weather
The Icelandic weather can change suddenly. If the weather forecast is bad and your safety or the safety of the vehicle could be in danger you need to keep the following things in mind:
• Never drive the vehicle if the wind speed reaches more than 15meters per second.
• If the wind speed exceeds 15 meters per second you must stop the vehicle and position it facing the wind. The car you are driving is not suitable for driving in high winds and can easily be blown off the road.
• Try to “read” the wind. Look for waves on small lakes, pay attention to trees or grass along the roadside. The rain can help you to estimate the wind direction. Remember that the wind which blows on the side of the car is the most dangerous one.
• Remain in the vehicle until the weather has calmed down.
• If you are in doubt whether to continue with your journey or not because of the weather conditions, you should remain where you are.
• Call McRent Iceland emergency phone +354 662 6700 for information if you have any questions.
• You can also call the public Road Service in Iceland if you have any doubts over the weather conditions: +354 1778. Please note that you will get an answering machine, which is in English, where you will be able to find your location by pressing the numbers on your cell phone as requested.
• Ask the locals. Icelanders love to talk about the weather and they are helpful.
• If you choose to ignore the weather conditions you do so at your own risk.
• If you have a chance to get on-line please always remember to check the weather forecast: www.belgingur.is www.vedur.is.
• For those of you with an iPhone or an android telephone you can download a weather APP: https://vedrid.is/. We also sell Icelandic SIM cards and internet USB sticks.
The following places in Iceland are windier than other or riskier of a sudden wind (note that the list is not
3 South of Eyjafjöll mountain (Steinar)
4 Snæfellsnes (South; Suðursveit, North; Grundarfjörður, Fróðárheiði)
5 South of Vatnajökull glacier; From Svínafell – Hof (Eastern winds)
and Kvísker (N-West winds)
6 East Coast from Lón to Berufjörður (Vattarnes, Hvalnes)
7 Ingólfsfjall (Near Selfoss)
8 Ennisháls (Strandir)
What to do in case of an emergency
1. Check the the status of passangers
2. Call 1-1-2 for emergency help
3. Where are you?
4. What happened?
5. Who is calling?
6. Do not hang up until 1-1-2 says it is OK!
• 112 registers automatically where you are calling from.
• There are few areas in Iceland where you cannot use your mobile phone.
These areas are few. To get connection youmay have to walk a few steps or drive 1-2 km.
• There is a first aid kit in the car.
• CALL McRent Iceland EMERGENCY PHONE: +354 662 6700
• You can call the Road Service phone: +354 1778. Please note that you will get an answering machine, which is in English, where you will be able to find your location by pressing the numbers on your cell phone as requested.
• We have available internet USB sticks and Icelandic SIM cards, which are not expensive and we highly recommend that you will purchase, not the least for your own safety.
Icelandic camping places
Icelandic camping places welcomes touring campers. There are a few safety tips you should have in mind.
• Be aware of the possible drop from the highway to the lane of the camping area; it can damage the car or influence your steering ability.
• Be careful of the children playing and running on the street.
• When finding a spot to park and backing the car, make sure that nothing is behind the car, like children or a small tent.
• Make sure that your children know where you are parked so they don’t get lost.
• Use child harnesses, safety nets or lock the car door if your children have the habit of sleepwalking.
• Note: if the champing grounds are packed with vehicles using 220 volts and you don’t have access to electricity you should use gas for the refrIgerator.
Icelandic swimming pools
In Iceland there are swimming pools everywhere. They are cheap and a lot of fun.
• Children must use appropriate safety equipment when swimming.
• Most swimming pools in Iceland provide safety equipment free for charge.
• Remember, you are always responsible for your children’s safety.
• Do not leave children alone or without adult supervision.
• While driving: Remember that the camper is bigger and more difficult to maneuver than a normal size vehicle and can react violently to wind, please do not ignore instructions regarding the wind speed. When reversing the vehicle into a parking place it is good that one passenger goes out to assist the driver while reversing the vehicle. Be aware that the camper is higher and wider than a normal vehicle, drive slowly and carefully. Never attempt river crossing with the camper. Never drive on F-roads. Drive very slowly before entering camping places the entrance can be steep and you can break the bumper if the speed is too high. All passengers must wear safety belts while driving. Never get out of your seats while the vehicle is moving.
• Icelandic roads: The Icelandic road system is in places not good, particularly in the North- West. On bumpy roads reduce your speed considerably as driving too fast in poor conditions can damage the camper and cause you delays.
• Driving speed: Be aware of speed limits and slow down before meeting another vehicle, particularly on gravel roads. Speeding fines in Iceland are high and there are road side speed cameras, particularly in tunnels.
• When switching gas bottles: Remember to switch off the gas to both the heater and the fridge and lit the stove for 20-30 seconds. Dirt in gas can clog the nozzles in the fridge and the heater.
• When opening up house part doors and compartments: Remember to remove the keys from the lock, dents are costly.
• Heavy objects in cabinets: Never place heavy objects, such as binoculars or large cameras, in cabinets over the seating group table or the kitchen table. Cabinet doors can open and the objects can fall out and damage the surface of the tables.
• Windows and sunroofs: Always make sure that the windows and sunroofs are securely locked before driving, sudden gusts of wind can rip off windows and sunroofs if they are not securely locked.
Useful websites: www.vedur.is, www.belgingur.is (weather information), www.vegagerdin.is (weather and road conditions) and https://vegasja.vegagerdin.is/ (real time weather/wind information).
In case you are uncertain of the situation you are in, regarding weather or road conditions call us:
00354 662 6700,we are at your service. Drive safely and enjoy your holiday in Iceland. McRent Iceland ehf.
PREPARATIONS FOR CAMPING IN WINTER
1. Always keep the vehicle warm. Instructions: heater and boiler settings
While driving a motorhome when temperatures can drop below 0 degrees celsius it is very important to keep the vehicle warm at all times to avoid damages to the water system.
There are safety systems in the vhehicle which are designed to empty the water from the boiler, which heats up the water that you use in the vehicle. This safety mechanism is automatically activated when the temperature drops below 3 degrees celsius and you will not be able to reset the system unless inside temperature reaches minimum 7 degrees celsius. On board your vehicle you have Truma Combi 4 gas heater, with boiler for the water. Instructions on activating the heater and boiler can bee seen on the images here below.
A) The heater and boiler activation:
1) Gas control knob: Please note that it works only if gas bottles are turned on.
Please keep in mind:
– As the vehicle always needs to be kept warm during your stay it is best to adjust the system down to gas and water heating setting. This way you are heating the water and the air inside the vehicle at the same time. Keeping both systems frost free, you warm and with ready warm water supply.
– You have 2, 11 kg. gas bottles on board your vehicle. In the unlikely event that both bottles will become empty you can resupply your gas at the nearest N1 station. You simply take out the empty bottle/bottles and replace it/them with full bottle/s. Remember that you pay only for the contents of the bottle and please use your N1 card for getting your discount of the gas.
B) Resetting the boiler if you loose water – functions of the drain valve:
The boiler releases the water automatically if the temperature falls below 3 degrees celsius. It is therefore very important to keep the vehicle warm at all times. This system is designed to avoid frost damages to the equipment and pipes, so it is extremely important to always keep the vehicle warm.
2. 230 V electric system – remember it can be good to plug the vehicle in at night: To keep the vechile in prime operating condition it is always good to plug the vehicle into an external 230 V power source at night. This way you can avoid draining the living part battery as using the heater requires energy. Once the vehicle is plugged into an external power the living part battery is automatically charged.
3. Toilet preparation: The toilet on board your vehicle is a chemical toilet with a 25 litre capacity. You will be supplied with Thetford Aqua Kem sackets which are to be used after you empty the toilet tank. 1-2 sachets are enough after emptying the toilet tank for next use. The chemical breaks down waste in the tank and turns it into fluid. You will also be supplied with special environmentally friendly anti-freeze, which you should put into the toilet tank, with the Aqua Kem sachets, after emptying the toilet tank each time. Once you have put the chemicals into the tank it is good to apply a little bit of water. Flushing the toilet for about 10 seconds should do the trick.
4. Environmental friendly anti-freeze on waste water tank: In addition to adding environmental friendly anti-freeze to your toilet tank you should also add the same liquid to the waste water tank each time after you empty it. Half a litre of the fluid should do it.
The tires on the vehicle are spiked winter tires. These tires offer optimal grip on slippery surfaces, but they do not guarantee optimal full stop.
Your stay in Iceland
• We wish you a very pleasant holiday in Iceland and remember that we care about your safety.
McRent Iceland ehf. Smiðjuvellir 5 a 230 Reykjanesbær Iceland.
+354 578 6070
Emergency phone: +354 662 6700
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