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Exploring Iceland: A Traveler's Guide to Gas Stations

It is always a good idea to be prepared before a road trip. While hitting the open road with no agenda seems relaxing, the stress suddenly kicks in when you are almost out of gas. Since Iceland is 39,769 mi², you have a lot of ground to cover.

Some areas can be out in the remote wilderness while other places are near large cities. So is it hard to find gas stations in Iceland? Not entirely, but we will go over the main gas stations in the country and where they are located. That way, you can roll the windows down on your rental car from Go Car Rental and enjoy the drive with ease.

Interactive Map of Gas Stations in Iceland

Navigating through Iceland becomes a breeze with our comprehensive interactive map! Highlighting every gas station across the country, this tool ensures you're always just a click away from finding your nearest refuel point. Whether you're in the heart of Reykjavik or on a scenic drive around the Ring Road, our map keeps you informed and on the move. So, before you embark on your next Icelandic journey, give our map a glance and plan your pit stops with precision. Safe travels!

Major Gas Station Brands in Iceland

N1 Gas Stations

N1 has 95 locations throughout Iceland, so chances are you will most likely fill up at one. They are a popular gas station chain that is conveniently located throughout the Ring Road loop. They also have locations in the isolated Westfjords region, in case you are heading out that way.

N1 gas station in Iceland

Some of their locations offer oil changes, auto repair, and tire service too. Their normal gas stations are all self-serve with most having indoor snacks and food. Gas stations in Iceland require you to have a pin number attached to your credit card. If you don’t have one, you can get a prepaid card at N1 which will have a pin attached to it for you. That way you can use your credit card to buy one. A nice loophole if you forget your debit card.

Be sure to try their burger when you fill up, travelers rave about how delicious it is!

Locations: https://www.n1.is/en/locations/

Costco Gas

Costco is a household name in America, so there is comfort in knowing that there is one located in Iceland. It is a short 15-minute drive south of Reykjavik Airport, in the town of Gardabaer. An immaculate fill-up spot that you can stop at, before getting on the road. Also, great news for all of you international travelers out there, your Costco membership will work worldwide. Allowing you to pull up and fill up relatively quickly. Costco fans know that the brand also brings some cheap gas to the table, so take advantage of those discounts when you can.

Costco station Iceland

Since there is only one location, you will not be spotting any other Costco Gas Stations along your route. However, it can be a great location to start or end your trip, since it is so close to the airport. Don’t forget to go into Costco and stock up on any road trip snacks too!

Orkan Gas Stations

Orkan has 65 self-service gas stations around Iceland. They pride themselves on offering the lowest fuel price in every region. While we can’t officially confirm that, reviews of the gas station back this up! Orkan’s locations are spread out through the country and mostly sit along the Ring Road Route. You will probably notice their hot pink-colored gas pumps, making them hard to miss. At Orkan you pay at the pump before fueling and all pumps are open 24/7.

Orkan Gas Stations

We recommend trying one of their piping hot coffees before getting back on the road. Travelers have said they love it and it is not your typical gas station coffee.

Olis Gas Stations

Olis is another gas station company in Iceland, with over 50 stations located all over the country.

Take advantage of their Olis Discount Card, which you can get at any Olis Gas Station. Some benefits include discount coffee, free WI-FI, a 5 ISK discount off every liter of fuel, and a 10% discount at their restaurants. You can also wash your car at Olis, an excellent option for those adventurers who may have gotten a bit carried away when off-roading.

Olis Gas Stations

We recommend trying one of their bacon-wrapped hot dogs before getting back on the road. Make sure to “top it” with all of Iceland's fresh ingredients.

Locations: https://www.olis.is/english/stations

Tips on Refueling in Iceland

Self-Service vs. Full-Service

Most Icelandic stations are self-service. But fret not! They're user-friendly, and instructions are usually available in multiple languages.

Payment Methods

Credit cards are widely accepted. Some remote stations might require prepaid cards, so always be prepared.

Gas prices in Iceland

Gas prices in Iceland are up and down with the rest of the world these days. To give you an idea of what to expect, it averaged 1.77 USD a liter from 1998 until 2023. Then it reached an all-time high of 2.59 USD a liter in June of 2023, with a record low of 1.05 USD a liter in December of 2000.

In America, gas goes by gallons not liters, so remember that 1 liter equals about 0.26 cents gallons. This means it is anywhere from a high of $10.36 a gallon to a low of $4.16 a gallon. Anywhere from $8-$10 a gallon or $100 total is average to fill a tank of gas in Iceland. Basically, gas in Iceland is downright expensive. It is actually one of the most expensive countries in the world for gas. This is mostly due to the fuel tax imposed here.

While it is more costly than in other countries, it is so worth it to be able to see the insanely gorgeous landscapes. A good resource is www.gsmbensin.is, where you can see up-to-date prices varying from the cheapest stations up to the most expensive ones.

Is it hard to find a gas stations?

No, it really isn’t. You just have to remind yourself to fill up before heading into vast and remote areas. Usually, they are placed every 30 miles around Ring Road. If you have a credit card, make sure to request one with a pin before leaving or have a backup. Luckily, Iceland built gas stations along some of the most popular routes, making it easy for visitors to explore the country.


Whether you're on a road trip through Iceland's breathtaking landscapes or simply exploring its cities, understanding the nuances of its gas stations can enhance your journey. They're not just places to refuel your vehicle, but also spots to recharge your spirits and immerse in the local culture.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the most common fuel type in Icelandic gas stations?

Regular unleaded petrol and diesel are widely available.

Can I find electric charging stations in Iceland?

Yes, with Iceland's push towards sustainability, the number of EV charging points is steadily increasing.

Are Icelandic gas stations open 24/7?

In cities and urban locations, many gas stations operate around the clock. In contrast, those in remote areas may have restricted operating times. However, it's noteworthy that even if the station appears closed, it's common for them to provide 24/7 self-service options for credit card holders.

Is it expensive to refuel in Iceland?

Due to import duties and taxes, fuel can be pricier than in many other countries.

What services can I expect beyond fueling at an Icelandic gas station?

Many offer dining, shopping, restrooms, and even showers for travelers.

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