Iceland is known for being an expensive country to travel around. So combining accommodation and transport with a Go Campers campervan seemed the obvious choice. Visiting in the summer, where the sun doesn’t go down until nearly midnight. The campervan gave me the freedom to explore this beautiful country whenever I wanted. And have the odd afternoon nap when needed!
Go Campers have campervans to suit all needs. Myself and my travel buddy Tessa opted for the manual Go SMART Camper, for 2 people. Travelling on a budget means compromise. And although, we could have chosen the 3 person camper for a bit more space I figured I could manage in the Go Smart for our 10 day road trip.
How to book with Go Campers ?
The booking process for Go Campers is straightforward. Go to the website and complete the online booking form. You’ll need your driving licence and payment details to hand. It gives you options for a variety of extra items. Ranging from sleeping bags to power inverters. But don’t worry you can select these when you pick the vehicle up.
Within a few minutes you’ll receive your confirmation email. And that’s it, you’re all set for your big Iceland adventure.
What is included in the price?
The cost for hire is based per day and includes unlimited mileage. Good job, as I clocked up 1,926 miles/3,101 km over the 10 days. For me, it meant I had no concerns about adding in all the extra side trips along the way (and there were a lot!) Also included with the campervan, are the following items:
- Gas stove (gas not included – see below)
- Cutlery, bowls, plates and cups
- Saucepan, frying pan and cooking utensils
- Water container (20 litres)
- Mattress, pillows and blanket
- Free extra driver
- Fuel discount card
- AUX, USB and Bluetooth connection
What paid extras are available?
There are many extras available to choose from on Go Campers website. Including a camping table and chairs, tent, BBQ and GPS. As mentioned above you can select these when you pick the vehicle up. Here’s the extras we chose:
Camping card (149 EUR/ 170 USD)
This card allows you to stay at any one of 42 campsites around the whole of Iceland’s Ring Road. Go Campers provided us with a booklet that detailed all the campsites.
Sleeping bag (20 EUR/ 23 USD)
I had my own sleeping bag but my travel buddy hired one. Unfortunately, the zip was broken but Go Campers provided a full refund.
Power inverter (20 EUR/ 23 USD)
I truly think this was the best thing we purchased for our trip. It meant we could keep both our phones and camera batteries fully charged. And I used my camera a lot!!
Cooling box (15 EUR/ 17 USD)
Although, the temperature didn’t go much higher than 14 degrees, the cooling box was really handy to store all our food in. And of course, helped reduce the costs by not eating out all the time.
Large gas canister (15 EUR each)
We cooked most mornings and nights, however only used 2 of our 3 gas canisters. Go Campers kindly refunded the unused canister on returning it with the campervan.
what is it like Sleeping in the campervan?
My main concern when I initially looked at the photos on Go Campers website was whether I would have enough space to sleep. I was pleasantly surprised once I’d picked up the van. The pillow provided was a little bit thin for my liking, but since they also provide a blanket I used this and had a very comfy sleep.
Flowery curtains are in place at the front and back to make your sleeping area private. Although for summer months the light colours did let the light in. Just remember to bring an eye mask and you’ll be fine.
What storage space is there in the campervan?
At first glance you might not think there is much storage in this campervan. But actually it had many hidden areas! The back had a great storage area, with pull out boxes to store dry food and cooking equipment. It also included a pull out table, which came in very handy providing shelter from the wind when cooking. It was also perfect for stopping and preparing sandwiches for lunch.
At the front there’s plenty of space to keep your maps and small items. And there was a top storage area above our seats which we didn’t find until day 3! During the day time we used the sleeping area for storing our bigger bags. And moved them to the front seats at night time.
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Do you need a 4WD for driving Iceland’s Ring Road?
Although our campervan was a 2 wheel drive, the vehicle was more than able to deal with the varying road surfaces. You’ll drive on a few gravel roads whilst you in Iceland. And as long as you slow down when the road changes you’ll have no trouble.
You might like to read: Tips for driving in Iceland
The Iceland campervan experience
Overall, I found my experience with Go Campers to be very good. I was impressed at the quality of the campervan including the cleanliness and equipment included. It’s great how the vehicle is full of fuel when you pick it up so it means you can start your adventure straight away. For me having the campervan really made my Iceland trip a very special and memorable one.
The best thing was being able to stop off at every beautiful spot on Iceland’s Ring Road. We didn’t need to worry about where we were going to eat or sleep. Simply enjoy the moment and the beauty that I will always remember as ICELAND.
For more information or to book your adventure simply click here : Go Campers
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