Campervan vs Motorhome: What is Best For My Trip to Iceland?

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blog authorBy Johanna Sigurðardóttir shield verificationVerified Expert

When planning an Iceland road trip, there are many factors to take into consideration. Probably the first and biggest decision is what type of vehicle to rent. When camping in Iceland, there are pretty big differences between camper rental and motorhome rental. Each mode of transport has its pros and cons, so let’s take a look. When trying to decide between campervan or motorhome rental for your trip, please keep the following points in mind.

What’s the difference between a campervan and a motorhome?

This is a question that comes up surprisingly often. Many people use the two terms interchangeably, but they are actually quite different. While both are homes on four wheels, the difference in the features is quite large. Motorhomes are the larger, more luxurious way to travel around Iceland’s Ring Road. They’ve got a spacious kitchen, full bathroom, dining/recreation area, and beds that you can use at any time. Everything is divided into various sections of the motorhome. Campervans, on the other hand, have everything in one place. The sleeping area doubles as the cooking area and it’s usually only big enough for two or three people. Campers also don’t have a bathroom and the kitchen space is much smaller, as is the campervan overall.

Advantages of Camper Rental in Iceland

Campervans are basically vans that have been repurposed and retrofitted with sleeping quarters, a kitchenette, and a heating system like a Webasto heater. Some models like the VW California or the Mercedes Marco Polo were designed specifically for camping, so they are modern versions. These models also come with an expandable roof tent. There are several advantages to renting a camper in Iceland. First, the price is significantly lower than motorhomes (they cost around 40-50% less). You’re already saving money by camping in Iceland rather than staying in hotels, and a camper is the most economical way to visit Iceland.
Second, because Iceland camper rentals are smaller than motorhomes, you’ll be able to access more places with a campervan. In addition, 4x4 camper rentals in Iceland allow you to drive on F-roads and visit Iceland’s Highlands.

Disadvantages of Camper Rental in Iceland

While size is one of the camper’s advantages, it’s also one of its disadvantages. You might feel a little bit cramped in an area that’s only designed for two or three people to sleep in. Remember you’ll also be cooking here, so you’ll need to keep the back of the camper open to air things out, even if you’re just boiling pasta. And the kitchenette doesn’t have the fancy layout of a full motorhome kitchen. It usually has a gas stove and a small sink, so as long as you’re fine with getting back to basics, a camper rental in Iceland is just fine.
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Advantages of Motorhome Rental in Iceland

Probably the biggest advantage to motorhome rental in Iceland is the fact you have so much space and such wonderful facilities. You really will want for nothing, whether it’s taking a nice, hot shower, whipping up a tasty meal, or just laying down for a nap en route to the Diamond Circle. If you decide to splurge on a motorhome rental in Iceland, you won’t be disappointed. These Kings of the Road will take you around Iceland’s Ring Road in style. You’ll have a much nicer, more luxe experience overall if you decide to rent a motorhome in Iceland. It’s basically the next best alternative to staying in a hotel.

Disadvantages of Motorhome Rental in Iceland

Just like the campervan size could be considered an advantage or a disadvantage, the same can be said about motorhomes. The larger vehicle and fuel tank will be costly both to rent and fill up at the gas station. In addition, if you’re not used to maneuvering a large RV, then the smaller campervan might be much easier for you to handle driving. Motorhomes also can’t go all of the places that are easily accessible in a camper. And unfortunately, you won’t be able to rent a standard motorhome in Iceland if you are planning your trip during the winter. Road conditions are simply too dangerous for such a large vehicle, so rental companies don’t make them available.
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Campervan or Motorhome Rental For My Iceland Road Trip?

Whether you choose a camper rental in Iceland or a motorhome, you’re sure to have a great time. Taking a road trip around Iceland’s Ring Road is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure that you won’t soon forget. Each mode of transport has its upsides and drawbacks. It’s up to you to decide which one is right for you based on your travel style and preferences. If you have any questions about our campervan and motorhome models, please feel free to contact us. We’d love to hear from you and help you plan your road trip around Iceland in campervan or motorhome.

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