Rent a Car at Keflavík International Airport with Höldur Car Rental

If you’re planning an Icelandic road trip, the best place to hire a car is with Höldur at Keflavík International Airport (KEF). It’s quick, convenient, and hassle-free, allowing you to start your adventure right away.

Höldur is the largest car rental operator in Iceland, with over 7,000 vehicles in rotation. We’re also Europcar’s local franchisee.

In this guide, we share everything you need to know about car rental at Keflavík Airport. You’ll learn where to pick up and drop off your vehicle and discover the benefits of hiring a car with Höldur. Plus, you’ll find the answers to some frequently asked questions.

Europcar desk in the arrivals hall at Keflavik airport in Iceland


Where to find your car rental at Keflavík International Airport

If you’ve booked a car rental at Keflavík Airport, you’ll likely be looking for information on where to find your vehicle.

It’s hard to miss Europcar (that’s us at Höldur) when you arrive at Keflavík. We’re one of three car rental operators with a desk within Keflavik airport. Our car rental desk is conveniently located in the arrivals hall on the left after passing through Customs.

After that, your car will be located in the airport car park just outside the terminal (but one of our staff will help you find it).

This makes Höldur Europcar particularly convenient because you don’t need to take a bus ride to reach your rental. It’s just a short walk within the terminal.

Map of car rental pick-up and return at Keflavik International Airport in Iceland


Höldur-Europcar at Keflavík Airport: Address

Holdur-Europcar Keflavík Iceland airport (KEF)
Flugstöð Leifs Eiríkssonar
235 Reykjanesbær


Picking up your rental car at Keflavík

Picking up your rental vehicle at Keflavík International Airport is easy, as it should be.

If you’re coming from the arrivals hall, simply turn left, and you’ll find the Europcar rental desk within the airport. If you haven’t just landed but you’ve booked your rental from Keflavík Airport, come and say hi to us in the arrivals hall too.

From there, it’s just a short walk to where your vehicle will be parked waiting for you. You just need to leave the arrival hall, walk across car park P1 and then you’ll find Höldur-Europcar on your right.

If it’s useful, the GPS coordinates of the parking are:

  • 63° 99747449931309
  • -22° 630548947952306

When you pick up your vehicle, we want to ensure the experience is as smooth as possible for everyone. It can be helpful if you:

  • Make sure you’re at the right rental. Some people accidentally book their vehicle from Reykjavík Domestic Airport (RKV), rather than Keflavík International Airport (KEF). Double-check before you pick up your vehicle.
  • Bring all the documents you need. We’ll need to see a valid driving licence (which you’ve had for at least a year), a valid ID, and a valid credit card.
  • Have the details of your booking to hand. It’s useful if you bring your booking email with all the details of your rental.
  • Check the condition of the vehicle before driving off. Ensure the condition of the vehicle matches the rental agreement.

With all this done, you’re good to go!


Returning your rental car to Keflavík

Returning your vehicle is just as easy as picking it up. It’s just important to be aware that the return location is slightly different to where you’ll pick up your car (it’s just across the road).

When you come off the roundabout in front of the airport, keep right and follow the signs toward the Europcar return centre. It’s located just 300 m (about 900 ft) before the departure entrance of the terminal.

Follow these GPS coordinates if it’s useful:

  • 63° 595087N
  • 22° 374917W

When you drop off your vehicle, it’s very helpful if you can:

  • Refuel your vehicle. Höldur-Europcar vehicles are rented with a full tank and you should return your vehicle with a full tank too. If you don’t, fuel costs apply.
  • Remove all your valuables before returning your car. Please check all compartments and under the seats. Höldur-Europcar is not responsible for the loss of any items.
  • Review the vehicle for any damage. You’ll need to report any bumps or scrapes to the returns desk when you deposit your keys.

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Höldur-Europcar car rental Keflavík Airport: Opening hours

Höldur Europcar rental is open every day at Keflavík Airport:

  • Summer Hours: Daily 05:30 – 02:00
  • Winter Hours: Daily 05:30 – 01:00

You can return your vehicle outside of these hours. Simply park up and deposit your keys in the return box.

Please be aware that the vehicle will remain your responsibility until it is checked by a staff member the following day.

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Why choose Höldur-Europcar car rental at Keflavík International Airport

There are many good reasons to rent a vehicle with Höldur. Ultimately, these come down to convenience and the quality of our service:

  • Höldur-Europcar is easy to reach within the airport. You’ll find our rental desk within the arrivals hall, and it’s just a short walk to where you’ll pick up your car.
  • You don’t need to take a shuttle. Many rental operators are based at a distance from the airport and can require the hassle of a shuttle bus. With Höldur-Europcar, you’ll be driving your vehicle away in moments.
  • Höldur-Europcar has the largest range of rental vehicles in Iceland. With over 7,000 vehicles in rotation, we have over 30% of Iceland’s entire rental fleet. That means a huge selection for you to choose from.
  • We have a selection of premium vehicles too. Want to travel in luxury? Choose from our premium range. You can also book a chauffeur-driven service if that suits you.
  • We offer best-in-class customer service. Across all our locations at Europcar, we’re known for our superb professional service. That’s exactly what you’ll receive at Höldur too.

Book your Höldur car rental for Keflavík Airport today

There are so many reasons to book your Iceland car rental with Höldur-Europcar. With our convenient location and the largest selection of rental cars in Iceland, it’s simply the best choice.

Start planning your Icelandic adventure today. Book your rental vehicle directly via our website.


Cars available for rent at KEF airport

Suzuki Jimny 4x4

Kia Ceed

Kia Sorento

Skoda Octavia Combi

Dacia Duster 4x4


Toyota Landcruiser 4x4

Kia Picanto


Frequently asked questions about Iceland car rentals

Got more questions about renting a vehicle from Keflavík International Airport? We provide the answers here.

Which rental car companies are located at Keflavík Airport?

Most of Iceland’s car rental companies have a location at Keflavík, but most are a shuttle ride away.

At Höldur-Europcar, our rental desk is located within the arrivals hall. And all our vehicles are just a short walk away. It’s a much more convenient choice.

Where is the rental car counter in Keflavík Airport?

You’ll find the Höldur rental car counter within the arrivals hall. You’ll see the Europcar signage immediately to the left as you leave customs.

Where can I rent cars in Keflavík Airport?

The best car rental at Keflavík Airport is Höldur-Europcar. It’s conveniently located within the arrivals hall (unlike most other rental operators) and we have the largest range of vehicles in the country.

What is the best car rental service in Iceland?

The best car rental service in Iceland is Höldur-Europcar. We’re also the largest, with over 7,000 vehicles in rotation. This means we’re able to offer the perfect vehicle to suit your needs.

Which car rentals are available at Keflavík Airport?

Keflavík Airport has most of the car rental operators in Iceland, including Höldur (the local Europcar franchisee). But we’re just one of three operators who have their desks within the arrivals hall—making the rental much more convenient for you.

How do I get a car rental at Keflavík Airport?

To rent a vehicle at Keflavík Airport, explore our range of rental cars. Book online to set your dates, choose your vehicle, and compare prices.

What are the best sites to rent a car in Iceland?

It’s always best to book your rental vehicle directly through the Höldur website. It’s where you’ll get some of the best deals. Make your booking here.

How do you return a rental car at Keflavík Airport?

It’s easy to return a rental vehicle to Keflavík Airport with Höldur-Europcar. When you drive into the airport, follow signs for “Europcar returns”. You can simply leave your vehicle there and return your keys to the office.

Remember to refuel your vehicle before you arrive, and check your car for any personal belongings.

Do I need to rent an SUV to travel in Iceland?

You don’t need to rent an SUV for travel in Iceland, but it can be useful. For instance, if you want to travel to the Icelandic highlands, a four-wheel drive is a must, due to the unpaved roads. Some drivers specifically want an SUV for the added comfort and handling.

However, there are many other vehicles to choose from, including passenger cars, minivans, and motorhomes.

What documents do I need to present at the counter when I pick up my car?

When you come to pick up your vehicle, you will need:

  • Your passport.
  • Your driving licence. You should have had it for at least one year. It will be requested at every rental. Note that your International Driving Licence is valid only if accompanied by your normal licence. (For licence holders from the UK, where the driving licence is issued in two parts, both parts of the licence need to be presented).
  • Your valid credit card with an expiry date after the due check-in date or a valid Europcar charge card. If you use a Europcar prepaid voucher as means of payment (with a specified value or the mention 'Group & Days apply'), you must also present a credit card for those charges which have not been prepaid (such as extras, refuelling charge, excess due in the event of damage to or loss of the rented vehicle).

What payment methods are accepted by Europcar (Höldur Car Rental) in Iceland?

We accept major credit cards, including American Express, Diners Club, Mastercard, and Visa. Credit cards are accepted to the limits authorised by the credit card company. Debit cards are not accepted at the time of reservation or rental.

Europcar charge cards and Full Credit vouchers are accepted. Europcar prepaid vouchers are accepted as means of payment of the rental charges, but they must be accompanied by a credit card for the charges which have not been prepaid (such as refuelling charges or excess).

Do I need to check the condition of the vehicle prior to leaving the location?

Yes, you must check the condition of the vehicle prior to leaving, alongside the car rental operator. Any existing damage will be recorded on your vehicle rental agreement.

May I use my credit card coverage for the rental?

Yes, you can use your credit card for your rental. We don’t accept debit cards.

Can I return the vehicle outside the location opening hours?

Höldur-Europcar opening hours at Keflavík Airport are as follows:

  • Summer Hours: Daily 05:30 – 02:00
  • Winter Hours: Daily 05:30 – 01:00

Outside of these times, you can return your vehicle by leaving the car in the returns area and depositing your key in the key returns box.

Do I need to return the car with a full tank?

Please return your vehicle fully refuelled. As you’ll pick up your vehicle with a full tank, you should return it with a full tank too. If you don’t, you will need to pay a refuelling charge.

What do I need to know about driving in Iceland?

Driving in Iceland may not be like what you’re used to back home. With sudden changes in weather, local road rules, and surprises such as sheep on the road, it’s worth being prepared.

Find out everything you need to know about driving in Iceland in our guide.

What are the operational hours for the Europcar (Höldur Car Rental) rental counter at Keflavík Airport?

The Höldur-Europcar desk at Keflavík Airport is open every day, with the following hours:

  • Summer Hours: Daily 05:30 – 02:00
  • Winter Hours: Daily 05:30 – 01:00

How do I contact the customer service centre if I have issues during my rental period?

If you need to reach our customer service team throughout normal hours, call +354 461 6000 or email us at .
You can call the Höldur-Europcar after hours emergency line outside opening hours throughout your rental: +354 840 6000.

What should I do in case of an emergency with my rental car outside opening hours?

In case of vehicle breakdown or road assistance call 24 Road Assistance at +354 419 2400