Are you KúKú for camping

The all you need to know guide

Land Rover Defender 110 - 4x4 or similar
MANUAL Transmission

Sleeps and drives 2

Category E - Side

Category E - Day

Category E - Night

gas stove - electric cooler - night heater
pot - pan - plates - bowls - cups - cutlery
radio - bluetooth - cd - usb

G category

Useful websites
and phone numbers


  • www.vedur.is – Weather forecast
  • www.safetravel.is – Travel plan submissions, weather or road warnings
  • www.road.is – Roads condition and web road cameras
  • www.visiticeland.com – Travelling and camping info
  • www.n1.is/en/locations – Service station, 95 location around Iceland

    Getting close to the end of your trip and needing to refll the car?
    Check out this website to find all the nearest N1 gas station around you on the virtual map and get your 3kr discount per liter on your refill thanks to the N1 gas card your received at pick up. SO KÚKÚ!!

  • +354 415 5858 – KuKu Campers HQ
    Choose 1 for reservation (8am – 4pm) or choose 2 for Road Assistance (8am – 8pm)

  • 112 - Emergency
    (Police, ambulance, firefighters, rescue team – not for towing)

  • For more information about the workings of the car please check “owners manual”.
    You can find it inside the glove box.kio

G category

Accessories manual

Car information - Land Rover Defender 110 or similar

Brand: Land Rover Defender 110 | Engine: 2.4 Diesel | Gearbox: Manual


1. Sleeping area [Click here to watch the video]

Our G category is equipped with a bed, size 180 x 105 cm. During the night you can place your luggage in the storage space underneath the bed (1) or on the front seats (1.1). To transform the bench/seat into a bed, pull the wood plate down (1) and unfold the mattress to place it on top of the wood plate and it’s ready for bedtime (1.2).

Interior - In the back of the car you can find shelves which contain everything you need to cook and clean the camper.

2. Webasto heating system

Our G Category campers are equipped with a parking heating system: Webasto.
Here are few things you need to know about it:

  • The heater runs with electricity and fuel. The amount of fuel used is minimal, so you don’t have to be worried about getting an empty tank in the morning but make sure to always have a little bit in the tank or the heater won’t work.
  • The heater works with an extra battery, which, fully charged, can run approximately 8-10 hours depending on the temperature outside.
  • You need to drive the car for about 2 hours to recharge the battery fully.
  • It takes 2-3 minutes for the heater to warm up and start heating.
  • Remember to turn off the heater before you start driving or you can cause serious damages to the heater. Indeed, gravel might clog the air intake underneath the car if you drive while it’s on.
  • It takes 2-3 minutes for the heater to cool and shut down after you turned it off
  • It is normal that the heater makes a clicking sound from time to time, it comes from the pump which is delivering fuel for the heater to burn. Don’t panic, there are no bombs in our KuKus!

How to use Webasto heater [Click here to watch the video]


  • OFF position
    OFF position.
  • OFF position
    ON position.
  • OFF position
    OFF position no lights.
  • OFF position
    ON position.
    Press top button and red light will appear.

Troubleshooting

In any case, when the heater stops functioning, the error code is indicated by a fashing power light (depending on the heater that you have, it is either a green arrow or a red dot). The number of fashes in a row identifes the error. The most common error code is 3x fash. If it indeed blinks 3 times in a row, then it means that there is an undervoltage problem (battery completely empty). To solve it, you must charge the battery fully, meaning that you need to drive the car. If the heater shows the same problem after that the car was running for about 2 hours then please remove all the fuses for 20 sec and put them back in. It will restart the remote. You can fnd the fuse box on the wooden panel when you open the passenger side door.

The second most common problem is a clogged air intake. In order to fush it you must visit one of our workshops. In any other case, a mechanic inspection will be necessary. Please contact us in order to get assistance. We would like to kindly remind you that our road assistance is open from 8am until 8pm. For road assistance, call +354 415 5858 and press 2.

G category

Accessories manual

3. Cooler [Click here to watch the video]

    stove [Click here to watch the video]

In our G Category you can fnd other accessories like a 12V cooling box (3.3), a sink (3.2), a water tank with running water (3.1) and a gas stove (3.4).

To turn your cooling box, you must have the car running as it is connected to the main battery. Once you turn on your car, you can press the red button to switch the cooler ON. By pressing the HOT COLD button, you can switch between cooling down or warming up the box. When you press the TEMP button you can monitor the scale minimum to maximum (3.3).

In your kitchen unit you will fnd a gas stove packed in a black plastic box. Take it out of its box and turn the metal lid around. Then open the compartment on the right side of the stove and install your gas bottle. Of course, you frst have to remove the red cap from the bottle before you insert it in. To light up the stove then turn the knob to the OFF position and press down the LOCK lever. Once the lever stays down you need to turn the fre knob all the way to the left until you hear a click sound. It might take a few sparks to light up the gas.


WARNING

  • When you are done using the stove, remove the gas bottle!
    Unlock the lever frst by pulling it up.
  • Do not put the stove on the plastic box and do not put a stove back in its box right after usage. Wait until it cools down.
  • At any time when you are cooking, please open the door to let the smell and the smoke leave the car.

Gear [Click here to watch the video]

4. Spare tire and tools

You can fnd the spare tire either on top of the car or attached to the back door.
The tools are usually located under the driver’s or passenger seat.

Please read official car manual for further information.

You drive me KúKú
Things to do on your KúKú trip
  • Have sex outdoors... errrday!

  • Send a KúKú postcard to your friends back home

  • Make a campfire and BBQ hot dogs on it

  • Enter a hot natural pool with your swimwear on your head

  • Do a baywatch Hasselhoff run on a black sandy beach

  • Eat shark meat without loosing faceYour swimwear on your head

  • Sleep outside in a lava moss field

  • Post a nude picture on KúKú campers facebook page

Camper van rental

Watch out

for the speed limits!

NO NEED TO SPEED

If you get a ticket from a speed camera then KúKú will be sent the ticket and we will have to charge you for it along with a €50 processing fee.

Remember to pay for parking where needed

If you get a parking ticket and it is not paid then KúKú will be sent the ticket and then we will have to charge you for it along with additional €50 processing fee.

Vaðlaheiði tunnel
and service stations

Online payment


  • Pay toll online within three hours before or three hours after driving through the tunnel, using the Single Trip Toll payment option at www.tunnel.is.

    For further information contact tunnel helpdesk: +354 464 1790.

  • If you do not pay for the Vaðlaheiði tunnel KúKú will be sent the charge for it and we will have to charge you with additional €20 processing fee.

 

How to take a dump in

Iceland

As you are probably aware, Iceland is a rural country. That means, no public Restroom every 5 minutes. Yes, we see you coming. Locals too.


When you really need to drop one, there are a few basic rules to respect. Be kuku, don’t be kuka. Plz.


1) do not poop on peoples land

Driveways, farm felds, black sand beaches – iceland is 90% privately owned. Wherever you end up, you’re probably in someone’s backyard. Respect people, respect nature, and do not do to others what you would not like done to yourself. Basic human decency.

2) know the stops

Gas stations, camping grounds, swimming pools, cute cafes and cool bars. Iceland is full of life and these places are your go to for organic matter. Ask us for maps to assist.

3) in case of emergency

We understand that, well, shit happens. But if you REALLY NEED to go, make sure to dig a ditch AT LEAST 6 inch deep. Careful not to hit elves homes.


We get aroused so much by the outdoors that we always want to have sex there. Help us and help yourself by protecting nature with all your heart.


1) leave no trace

Cardinal rule, never trash nature. Pack garbage bags and pick up your stuff wherever you go. You can even go plogging to pick up the trash you fnd on your way! Giving back is real sexy. Make it fun!

2) recycle

Bring back all plastic bottles, gas canisters, beer containers and paper, you can recycle it all at our offce or most campsites. Then who knows, they might turn into a kukucamper one day!

3) travel smart

Avoid buying stuff you don’t need, it prevents useless packaging and saves precious money. Stuff you don’t buy is stuff you won’t have to throw away. Genius logic.

Insurance

Summer deliveries

KúKú Campers Basic insurance CDW

[CollisiOn Damage Waiver – Included as standard insurance]

  • Covers against damages to the car in an accident = Cost 0€
  • Liability: 3000€ (plus a towing fee around 500€ – 1000€)

KúKú Campers Super insurance SCDW

[Super collision damage waiver]

  • Covers against damages to the car in an accident (see exceptions)
  • Cost: 20€ per day and reduces the liability from 3000€ to 750€

KúKú Campers Platinum Damage Waiver PCDW

(Platinum Collision Damage Waiver)

  • Covers the lessee in case of damages on the car or accident (see exceptions)
  • Cost: 30€ per day and reduces the liability from 3000€ to 0€.

KúKú Campers Gravel Protection

[insures the glass Of the car]

      • Covers against chipped/broken window and headlight
      • Cost: 10€ per day and reduces the liability from 500€0€

KúKú Campers Sand and Ash Protection

[against natural damages]

      • Covers against possible damages caused by sand and/or ash storms to the whole car including the paint, windows and lights
      • Cost: 10€ per day and reduces the unlimited liability to 750€

KúKú Campers Tire insurance

[covers possible damages of the tires]

      • Covers the cost of repairing the tire or the tire itself if a new one must be purchased. It also covers the workshop cost of mounting the new/fixed tire. You will however have to change the tire yourself when you have a flat and bring the damaged tire to a workshop.
      • Cost: 7€ per day.

Exceptions

Regardless of what insurance option you chose, we’d like to remind you about the things our insurances do not cover. Please keep in mind the following exceptions


  • Reckless driving - driving too fast, driving under the infuence of alcohol or drugs.

  • Categories A, AA, AB, B, BA, C and CA are allowed on paved plus smooth gravel roads only. However, driving on gravel part of road 35 and 550 voids insurance policy! If your car is found on F-roads, you will be fined 500€.

  • Campers categories D, E, EA, F, G, H, I & J are 4x4 vehicles  which can enter mountain roads (the F-roads)
    They can drive and are insured on them, except road F-88, F-210, F-249. 

  • Undercarriage damage is not covered. If you drive over a big rock, check the car, especially for oil leakage.
    Let us know how severe the damage is (Small unchecked problems can become major ones).

  • Rivers – Only 4x4 vehicles can cross rivers. Damage caused by river crossing is not covered. Please note that drowning the engine/car might result with extremely high costs (even around 40 000€). KúKú recommends to skip river crossing if you are unsure or uninsured.

  • Damage due to the wind catching the doors is not covered by the insurance.

  • Foreign objects blown onto the car such as: ashes, sandstorms, objects blown by storms.

  • Flat tires – It’s the lessee’s responsibility to change the tire, find a workshop and get the flat tire fixed.
    (See obligations of the lessee, section 20 for further information).

KúKú Tips

... for a KúKú trip

KúKú Campers 

Other things KúKú Campers wants you to be aware of...

 

  • SHEEP – BE CAREFULL
    They are dumb animals and behave illogically. Hurting or killing a sheep will result in a 500EUR payment for damaged property to the farmer.

  • CLEANING THE CAR ON THE INSIDE IS YOUR JOB
    If you don’t, we will charge you 50€ for: A–AA–AB–D–G–J campers and 100€ for: B–BA–C–CA–E–EA–F–H–I campers and the staff will party for it!

  • KILOMETERS
    Unlimited mileage for you, KUKU friend.

  • BRAKES
    When going down long hills, down shift and use the engine to slow the car down. Automatic cars not concerned. However, all cars must slow down when passing a car on a narrow road to avoid causing gravel damage to the vehicles.

  • SPEED LIMITS
    SPEED LIMITS Highway 90 km/h – Towns 50 km/h – Gravel roads 60 km/h – Tunnels 70km/h. Speed cameras have really low tolerance! Note that you will be charged €50 processing fee if you get a fne!

Don't worry be sexy

  • CAMPING IN ICELAND
    We recommend staying at camping sites during your stay in Iceland.
    Check www.visiticeland.com

  • STAY CONNECTED
    If you are planning on driving around the ring road make sure you share your itinerary with someone who can help in case of an emergency, see www.safetravel.is
    It's a good idea to check in with friends and family online too. Grandma misses you.

  • STAY CLEAN
    Please don´t poop in nature. Restrooms and trash cans are available at gas stations, campsites and tourist information. Showers can be found at local swimming pools and campsites.

  • BE A GOOD TOURIST
    Keep Iceland beautiful by leaving no trace! Dispose of your trash and use proper toilets, don´t enter roped off areas, park only in designated parking places, don´t go off road, avoid standing in the middle of the road to take selfes but most importantly stay clear of elves and trolls

  • SAFETY
    We recommend you check the weather forecast and road conditions regularly as the weather in Iceland can change so quickly and it is very common to experience all 4 seasons in just a day, so… be ready, avoid the storms and drive carefully! We’d like to remind you that driving when wind speed reaches 20m/s is not recommended at all. It is advised that you’d reconsider your plans and change your route. Check www.vedur.is for weather forecast and www.road.is for road conditions.

Roundabouts in Iceland

... a headache to visitors


Before you hit the road and start driving your KÚKÚ mobile, you might be interested in finding out more about the Icelandic rules on the road.

While you might be focused on things like how traffic lights work here or what actual side of the road Icelanders drive on – the right, in case you didn’t know – you will be surprised to learn that the diffculty comes from somewhere completely different.
In fact, it’s the country’s roundabouts that will possibly cause you some small trouble. Here’s why:

RIGHT OF WAY IN ICELAND

What keeps the traffc mainly fuid in Iceland is that drivers all understand who has the right of way in roundabouts.

On a two-lane roundabout in Iceland, the vehicle in the inner lane has the right of way.
The vehicle in the outer lane must yield. As simple as that!

Roundabout

You probably stopped for a second and are now wondering how it is then, back home. Be sure that the opposite is true, but don’t even bother checking a copy of the Icelandic highway code, there’s nothing about roundabouts’ rules except that it’s forbidden to park on one. The right of way thing is not really a law but an accepted convention which is working well so far as everyone is aware about it and respect it.

In Iceland, it is required by law to have the headlights of any vehicle in motion switched on, any time of the day, all year round. Whether it is daytime or night-time, a bright summer day or a dark winter night, the headlights of your KÚKÚ car must be always on! Keep that in mind or you could risk getting fned by the police if they stop you with your headlights switched off while driving.

!!! BATTERY !!!

Remember to ALWAYS turn lights off when the car is off – unplug chargers from cigarette lighters and go easy on radio use when the engine is not running. Flat batteries happen faster than we think, and roadside assistance in that case is at the lessee’s cost.

Holidays
... in Iceland

Given that you might be here for a short time, we thought it would be good for you to know and organize yourselves when Iceland has its public holidays, because a lot of businesses, stores and even banks may be closed or have limited opening hours.
Here is a recap for the next two years to come:

2022 2023
New year's day January 1st January 1st
Maundy thursday April 14th April 6th
Good friday April 15th April 7th
Easter sunday April 17th April 9th
Easter monday April 18th April 10th
First day of summer April 21th April 20th
Labor day May 1st May 1st
Ascension day May 26th May 18th
Whit sunday June 5th May 28th
Whit monday June 6th May 29th
Independence day June 17th June 17th
Commerce day August 1st August 7th
Christmas eve December 24th December 24th
Christmas day December 25th December 25th
Boxing day December 26th December 26th
New year’s eve December 31st December 31st

Drop off options and how to get back to the airport...

How to get back to the airport

In the event where you can’t remember our drop off options or if your plans have changed and you would like to arrange a different return.


Here is what we can offer you:

A free shuttle service from our office to the airport, every hour. If you would like to get dropped off at the airport, please ensure to call us in advance and book the shuttle according to your chosen timeslot.

The shuttle leaves our offce every hour from 8am to 6pm but, remember that we need to inspect the vehicle before we drop you off. Therefore, you need to make sure to arrive 15min before the scheduled departure time.


Drop OffShuttle departure
7H307H45
8H308H45
9H309H45
10H3010H45
10H3010H45
11H3011H45
12H3012H45
13H3013H45
14H3014H45
15H3015H45
16H3016H45
17H3017H45

Car drop off
... at the airport

Airport bus

  • Car drop off at the airport after hours only (from 7pm to 7am) for a price of 55€.

  • You can’t return the camper at the airport during different hours.

  • If you would like that option, please contact us before dropping off as last-minute changes might not always be available. If you got that option confrmed by our staff, you will then need to leave the car at the airport in the long term P3 parking lot – section K, as KÚKÚ of course.

  • From that point you will leave the parking ticket and the car keys in the glovebox of the car and you will leave the vehicle unlocked.
    Take pictures of the whole car and send them to us at returns@kukucampers.is.

 

Bus


  • You can take the bus not far from our offce to the airport for 490 ISK

  • Here are the directions on where to take the bus: www.straeto.is/en

  • You must look up for the route from Keilir to KEF airport and click on the search button. It’s a direct line – the number 55 – a simple ride of 15 min.

Here you can check the timetable of the bus to plan your return without having to rush:

fares


Payment method when taking the bus


Strætó

  • Children up to 11: FREE

  • Children between 12 and 17: 245 ISK

  • Adults: 490 ISK

  • Elderly from 67: 245 ISK


Since November 2021, Strætó uses a new ticketing system called KLAPP. If you would like to take the bus, you must download the app to be able to pay, as, by the end of the year 2022, it will be the only way available to purchase tickets. (The KLAPP app is available on Android and Apple smartphones.)

Yet, if you prefer to pay with cash, it is still possible to do so today, but remember to have the exact change as the driver will not give you any cash back so you will end up overpaying.

 

Taxi


You can also take a taxi from our offce to the airport if that is more convenient for you. The price for such a ride would be around 3000 ISK.
We can of course book the taxi for you, don’t hesitate to ask!