Camper vans and motorhomes allow travelers to travel at their own pace and create a more authentic and unforgettable holiday experience. It should be noted that camper vans and motorhomes are not entirely the same thing. While both are RVs (recreational vehicles), they both have advantages and disadvantages. When people think of RVs they always think of motorhomes, but camper vans are RVs too, so don’t count them out! If you are considering a trip to Iceland, you should consider taking either vehicle out into the Icelandic countryside and having an unforgettable experience. Below I’ll talk about the differences between both.
The driving factor in planning a holiday getaway is usually cost. You want to be able to be comfortable, but you also don’t want to end up with a credit card bill haunting you like the ghost of vacations past. The starkest difference between camper vans, or campers, and motorhomes is the cost. Motorhomes may cost more, but they also offer you much more. If you are looking to pinch some pennies, but haven’t resigned yourself to sleeping in a tent and braving the elements, then a camper van might be the option for you. Price aside, are the amenities that different? I’ll let you decide.
What’s the Difference Between a Motorhome and a Campervan?
Camper vans and motorhomes are an attractive option if you aren’t up for the tent and campsite lifestyle. This is especially true for people with families, those who are in their golden years, or those who prefer not to be bothered with setting up a tent and just want to enjoy the scenery. In short, you are close to nature, but not too close. Just close enough. The best simile I could make regarding the differences between campers and motorhomes is this: camper vans are the little, tougher, brother to motorhomes. Camper vans are recent college graduates, who are hungry for adventure and usually operate on a tight budget. Motorhomes are established business professionals with a family. They are used to certain things, like showers, full refrigerators, and actual beds. Camper vans are okay with mattress pads, sleeping bags, and coolers.
If you want to cruise through Iceland in the lap of luxury, then motorhomes are the way to go. They generally are twice as expensive, but you receive twice the amenities: full beds, running water, wifi, a shower, and ultimate privacy and protection from the wilderness. One of the only downsides to the all of the amenities is the weight. Motorhomes will generally be more cumbersome, and as such, they cannot go off-road. Let’s be honest though. If you are taking the motorhome route, the odds that you are going to go full Mad Max through the fjords and basins of Iceland are astronomically low.
Camper vans are basic. You get a sleeping cot, camping stove and cooler. Depending on the package, you can opt-in for wifi or even running water. They provide you the same comforts as motorhomes but at a different scale. Camper vans can also come equipped with all-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is crucial if you plan on roughing it through the Highlands. The Highlands of Iceland are a photographer’s paradise. This is due to the untouched, hard to find destinations. If you are up for an adventure, and a minimalist, take the camper van route. You won’t regret it.
Several companies offer great rates and packages for motorhomes and camper vans. Campers Reykjavik and Happy Campers both offer great deals on camper vans. But, if you want to be the King of the Road, the Clark Griswald of the Highways, the Captain of the Campsite (or whatever road trip moniker you desire), then a motorhome is the best bet for you. Campervan Iceland has a wide selection of incredible motorhomes and camper vans.
Camper Van and Motorhome Rental in Iceland
Whatever route you decide to take RVing through Iceland, no matter the vehicle, this is preferable to regular travel. Think of it as a road trip: road trips create long-lasting memories, and you are always sure to find something exciting off the beaten path. Take the road less traveled, rent a vehicle, and go exploring. We are going into the high season here in Iceland, so don’t wait too long. Reserve your camper or motorhome today and take the trip of your dreams to Iceland.