For Valentine’s Day, my new boyfriend and I decided that dinner wasn’t excited enough. Instead, we decided to take advantage of the holiday weekend and head off for a romantic weekend of adventure in one of my favorite places in the world – Iceland. Go Car Rental Iceland was kind enough to provide a premium Subaru Forrester for our 3-day weekend. If you are using a car rental service, you might want to make sure that they have something like i4mt trade insurance so you know both the rental service and your car are covered in case anything happens.
Car pick up
The boyfriend and I were arriving on two different flights about an hour apart. I was meet promptly by a Go Car Rental agent at the arranged pick up time. He had a nice sign board with the Go Car Rental logo and my name on it. We walked outside to take a short ride to their parking lot. There we filled out the required paperwork and inspection on the car. I was impressed that he went walked around the car and checked for existing damage. It was dark, and I didn’t see any. He told me that if I noticed any during daylight to give them a call, and they would add it to the form (a couple of hours later, I checked again and only found the car’s exterior to be a little dirty but that is typical of Iceland plus we had just driven close to 100km). He told me that the car had studded snow tires and showed me the most important feature of the car, the steering wheel heater. He asked if I had any questions about driving in Iceland (I didn’t, but this isn’t my first time diving in Iceland). He let me put the boyfriend on the Car Rental without having to see his Diver’s license without seeing his DL as he hadn’t landed yet, but I had all his information. The whole pick-up process took 15 mins. How I wish it had been this simple for us in Barcelona. I have to admit that this was exceptionaly easy and probably never going to happen again.
My rental car was an upgraded Subaru Forrester. It had as mentioned earlier a steering wheel warm as well as the front seats were heated. It was an automatic which is nice when your boyfriend doesn’t drive a manual every day (Every car I have owned has been a manual and will stay that way for as long as I can get a manual). It had a backup camera as well as studded snow tires.
The interior was spotless, and I really like that they had the plastic floor mats. It makes it so much nicer to get in a car with boots that have still have a little crude on them after a hike, that one couldn’t knock off.
The service numbers are attached to the dashboard of the car, so one doesn’t have to hunt if they need them. I didn’t need them, but it was nice to know I didn’t need to dig out the contract to find them. The sticker on the dashboard also includes some helpful reminds for driving in Iceland like be care opening car doors in the wind. The wind can blow the car open and break it. You can find more detailed info here.
Usually, I decline all insurance because my credit card has me covered, but Iceland is a little different. It’s good to find extremely cheap auto insurance, especially when the credit card insurance doesn’t usually cover sand and ash damage. It is not unheard of for ash and sandstorm that can throw golf ball sized rocks. Getting the special insurance offered by Go Car Rental is an excellent idea. Car repairs aren’t cheap, and they cost about double in Iceland (trust me the bumper I damaged on my previous trip was $1800).
Dropping off the car was easy. Go Car Rental has a small lot located across from the rental car office building. It has a nice big sign out front, plus my pick-up representative showed me where it was during the car pick-up. There is a gas station at the airport, so filling up upon return is easy. We arrived back at the airport two hours before my flight. We packed up our stuff, and in typical Iceland, fashion left the car keys in the glove box and caught the car rental shuttle to the airport.