Buggy Adventures in Iceland: Conquer the Wild, Untamed Landscapes of Ice and Fire
Delve deep into the heart of Iceland's majestic terrains, seeing it in a way reserved for the true adventurers. As you steer your buggy off the conventional roads, the untamed vastness of the country unfolds before you, offering a playground of rivers, mountains, mud pools, and more.
From the dramatic vistas surrounding the famed Eyjafjallajökull volcano to the breathtaking views atop Seljalandsfoss and the Westman Islands, our south coast buggy adventure will immerse you in the very soul of Iceland. If solitude beckons, our highland expeditions transport you to the secluded beauty of Þórsmörk, cradled by imposing glaciers, showcasing the remnants of Eyjafjallajökull's 2010 eruption.
Whether you're seeking the proximity of Reykjavík or the raw charm of the Reykjanes peninsula, our diverse tours cater to every flavour of adventure. A note to our enthusiastic explorers: Icelandic regulations necessitate a full driving license for those steering the buggy and set age restrictions for safety. But for those who meet the criteria, a thrilling escapade on wheels awaits. Dive into our tour options and let your Icelandic adventure begin.
You need a full valid driving licence to drive a buggy in Iceland. Unfortunately, provisional licences, motorbike licences, or licences specific to particular types of vehicle are not sufficient. You also need to be at least 17 years of age. These are rules set by Icelandic law.
Buggy cars are typically designed to fit just two people. They are designed to be small, lightweight vehicles that can cover any kind of terrain. Including space for more people would mean that the vehicles have to be larger, and that would compromise their ability.
A buggy tour is an adventure of a lifetime. On a tour, you’ll take your very own all-terrain vehicle—or buggy—on a spin across Iceland’s rugged landscape. It’s a test of your off-road driving skills and a thrilling way to get off the beaten tourist track at the same time.
Buggies are powerful and versatile two-seater vehicles that are equipped to provide you with the safest of off-road experiences. For example, with a roll cage and double-A arm suspension, you’ll be secure no matter what terrain you tackle.
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At Icelandia, we provide most of the safety equipment you’ll need for your buggy ride. Included in your price you’ll get a helmet, a balaclava, gloves, waterproof overalls, and rubber boots.
These things aside, it’s up to you to wear the appropriate clothes. Usually, we recommend dressing in clothes that will keep you warm. For example, we suggest that you wear lots of layers so that if you get warm you can easily take something off.
As we’ll provide the overalls, you won’t need to wear a waterproof jacket. That said, though, it’s worth packing one if you are doing something on your day out afterwards!
Most buggy cars are fully automatic. We won’t say all of them, because many are custom-made and there’s a lot of variety between models. However, all the buggies we use at Icelandia are automatic—so that anyone can drive them, regardless of their experience level.
A buggy was originally the name for a carriage. For example, in eighteenth-century London, the upper classes often went around in a two-seater “buggy” pulled by a horse. That word is now used for many different vehicles—including our all-terrain vehicles and babies’ pushchairs.
Really, though, it’s just another name for an ATV or off-road vehicle.
There are many different buggy tours available in Iceland to suit every taste. If you would like to take a private buggy tour, get in touch with us to arrange it.
Alternatively, we run buggy tours in small groups. They’re intimate experiences in which you’ll travel with like-minded people. While they’re not strictly private, you’ll have plenty of time to learn from your guide and enjoy the tour at your own pace.
To drive a buggy in Iceland, you will need to be at least 17 years of age and have a full valid driving licence. Unfortunately, according to Icelandic law, motorbike or provisional licences are not sufficient.
If you’re not old enough to drive, you can ride as a passenger on a buggy instead. For safety reasons, though, you must be at least 8 years old to ride.
A buggy is a type of off-road vehicle that’s lightweight, powerful, and capable of covering all terrain. The name was originally used to describe a horse-drawn carriage for one or two people. But now it’s most used for off-road vehicles—particularly those that are custom-made.
On all our buggy tours in Iceland, we require a minimum age of 8. That’s to ensure the safety of everyone involved.
A buggy has just one driver. While there is space for two riders—a passenger and a driver—only one person can drive at any one time.
Of course, if you both want to try driving, feel free to swap over during your buggy tour! There’s plenty of time for you both to give it a go.