I'll be in Iceland in mid-October, and I would like to visit the Golden Circle by driving around it myself. I've never been there before. I investigated tours, but the times aren't generally working out for me. I'm landing in Iceland in the morning 9am, and I'm thinking I would like to drive out, see the sights, and stay in the Gullfoss area in a hotel for the night. The next morning, I'll see some more sights and return to Keflavík for an afternoon 5:30pm flight out.
I'm gathering the temperature will be somewhere between -10 to 0 degrees at that time in Gullfoss. This is definitely not the Summer time, but I'm no stranger to driving in this kind of weather in North America.
- Are rental cars geared up for this kind of driving? Winter tires? Will I need a 4x4 or SUV, or might a regular car work?
- Will there be help available if required? e.g. I plan to drive the well-travelled golden circle round. Guessing there will be lots of traffic on this route.
- Are there "gotchas" with getting a rental car and driving this route this time of year?