Car rental in Akureyri airport (AEY)
Akureyri airport is one of four Iceland international airports located in ‘the Iceland capital of north’ -Akureyri. Not only offers domestic flights connecting Reykjavik, Grimsey Island in the North, Thorshofn and Vopnafjordur in the East, but Akureyri airport also offers international flights connecting Denmark, UK, Spain and Greenland.
A new Icelandic airline, Niceair, based in Akureyri, began international flight operations in June 2022. Niceair operates direct flights twice a week between Copenhagen and London, once a week to Tenerife, and various flights per week to Greenland Nerlerit Inaat airport.
Tourists who want to start their self-drive trip different from the majority; booking a return flight and renting your car at Akureyri International airport would be ideal.
Our cars for rent in the Akureyri airport location
We offer a wide range of vehicle selection for tourists had different travel needs. From a cheap economy car to a full-size 4WD SUV, you can rent an automatic or manual vehicle effortlessly at Akureyri airport with Hertz Iceland. You can learn more about the rental cars available at Akureyri by clicking the ‘more details’ button below each vehicle.
Picking up your car at Akureyri airport
To reduce time spent on picking up your car, we advise you to prepare:
- Your reservation confirmation email
- Valid driver’s license (held for a minimum of one year at the time of rental)
- A valid credit in the main driver’s name
* We DO NOT take any deposit when renting out a car. The credit card information is held only for security purposes
We offer a ZERO excess rental car coverage package at our AEY airport rental desk. If you would like to maximize your rental car’s protection level, you can ask any of our station staff when picking up your vehicle.
We strongly advise you to read our rental requirements and Car protection coverages and Extras: items and price list before renting a car with Hertz Iceland.
Driving in Akureyri
The speed limit
- Residential area roads: 30 km/hr
- Urban roads: 50 km/hr
- Rural gravel roads: 80 km/hr
- Rural paved roads: 90 km/hr
*Off-road driving is illegal in Iceland. Please ONLY drive on marked roads or paths when touring around Iceland
There is a tunnel with toll–Vaðlaheiðargöng located outside Akureyri city. If you are planning to travel from Akureyri to Husavik, it could shorten the driving distance and time you spend on the road.
Unlike many toll roads equipped with either staffed or automatic toll booths, Vaðlaheiðargöng tunnel tolls must be paid online at the tunnel’s official website.
The standard cost for a single trip for a passenger vehicle is 1.500 ISK, and you have to pay online within 3 hours of travelling through the tunnel. If you paid after 3 hours, the fee increases to 2.500 ISK. If you forget to pay the toll with a rental car from Hertz, we will charge the authorized credit card with the toll fee and an additional service fee. We strongly advise you to be careful and pay the toll fee after using the tunnel.
Parking in Akureyri
There are two parking zones (i.e. P1 and P2) in the centre of Akureyri. The charging hours are from Monday to Friday, 10:00-16:00 in both parking zones. You can see all the Akureyri parking zones on this map.
Parking fees & payments
- P1: ISK 200 per hour
- P2: ISK 100 per hour
If you are driving a camper or caravan, PLEASE go to a designated campground and stay overnight INSIDE the camping site. Sleeping in a car, campervan, or a caravan is illegal within town limits.
Top 6 tourist attractions in Akureyri
Akureyri is the second-largest city in the country after Reykjavik; here is the list of attractions worth visiting inside Akureyri city:
- Arctic Botanical Gardens (Lystigardurinn)
- Akureyri Church (Akureyrarkirkja)
- The Old Farmhouse Laufás
- The Aviation Museum
- Christmas house, Jólahúsið
- Hof Cultural and Conference Center
Top 8 places to visit outside Akureyri
As northern Iceland’s biggest city and transportation hub, tourists visiting Akureyri can effortlessly use route one Ring Road and surrounding rural roads to visit the famous attractions in north Iceland. Here is a list of worth visiting natural wonders that you can see outside Akureyri:
- Dettifoss waterfall
- Lake Mývatn
- Mývatn Nature Baths
- Goðafoss waterfall
- Húsavík town
- Dimmuborgir lava formations
- Krafla volcano
- Namafjall and Hverir hot spring area
Rent your car in Akureyri with Hertz today to secure your spot. You can also learn more about travelling by a rental car from our Iceland rental car travel guides.