– Kids, we’re going on holiday to Iceland this summer!
– Umm…we won’t be able to swim and it’s going to be cold…can’t we go to the beach instead?
– No, you’ll see, it’s going to be a wonderful trip. You’ll go swimming in hot springs and every day we’ll try a new and exciting activity like mountain biking, kayaking, boat tours. We’ll see icebergs and volcanoes and we can go horseback riding. They have a small horse breed that’s perfect for children! Then, there are the beautiful beaches with seals and birds everywhere! Did you know that it’s daylight almost all the time and it’s not actually that cold? So what do you think?
– Let’s go!
This trip is available July through September
Arrival at Keflavik international airport. Rental car pick up and drive to Reykjavík. Settle into your accommodation. The rest of your first night is at your leisure in the world’s northernmost capital.
Distance travelled:50 km. 1h
Overnight in Reykjavík.
Depart taking national road number one that follows the southern coast and that drives between the geothermal area of Hellisheidi then discover the marvels lying at the feet of the Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull glaciers. Black sand beaches and bird cliffs on the ocean-side of the road. On the other side, innumerable waterfalls crash from cliff tops and glacial tongues drift down from the mountains higher up. Stop at the two biggest waterfalls; Seljalandsfoss and also at Skogar, where you’ll be able to visit it’s charming little folk museum.
Distance travelled: 230 km about 4h
Overnight in the Kirkjubæjarklaustur region.
Optional excursion Glacial hike at Sólheimajökull. You are fitted with a harness, crampons, gloves and a helmet as you tackle a glacial tongue from the Myrdalsjökull glacier. A one of a kind arctic experience!
With 4WD option: Discover the Hjörleifshöfði monolith. This gigantic volcanic block is covered in moss and dominates almost 200 meters of black sand beach.
Two days to discover the foot of the Vatnajökull glacier. You keep heading east crossing tremendous expanses of black sand resulting from the glacier’s occasional floods. Hike through some of the many marvels of the Skaftafell National Park, including the Svartifoss waterfall as well as the basaltic rock formations around it. Further east is the glacial lagoon of Jökulsárlón, a truly arctic setting of icebergs and seals with Europe’s largest glacier in the background.
Distance travelled:300 km about 5h
Overnight in the Kirkjubaejarklaustur region.
With 4WD option: Add a day to your trip and discover the Laki region where the biggest recorded volcanic eruption since the island was populated occurred leaving behind surreal and lunar-like landscapes. A chain of 120 craters extends over 25 km here.
– Mini-cruise around Jökulsárlón between its’ icebergs.
– Glacial hike at Svínafellsjökull
– Mountain biking in Skaftafell.
– Ride in a trailer as the tractor takes you to the rocky island of Ingólfshöfdi, from where you’ll be able to get a closer look at puffin and great skua colonies as well as admire beautiful panoramas from the tip of the island.
Discover the verdant Kirkjubæjarklaustur region: waterfall sand ancient moss-covered lava flows that remain from the 1783 Laki eruption. Stop at the Fjardrarglufur canyon, which is reachable from the road after a short walk. Heading west, cross the huge expanse of the Mýrdalssandur desert.
Distance travelled:280 km about 4h
Overnight in the Flúdir region.
With 4WD option: Add a day to your trip to explore the nature reserve of Fjallabak which houses some of Iceland’s most spectacular and wildest sites, the Hekla volcano, the volcanic rift of Elgjá, and of course, the hot water river of Landmanalaugar, nestled in the mountains that geothermal activity has stained many colours over the years! The children will love it!
– Horseback riding on the black sand beach near Dyrhólaey
– Amphibious vehicle tour beneath the cliffs of Dyrhólaey.
Discovery of Iceland’s famous Golden Circle: The Strokkur geyser at Geysir (the place which originally gave the phenomenon its name) and the Gullfoss waterfall where the Hvítá river has dug an impressive canyon. Then on to Thjórsárdalur and the Gjá valley With its myriad of small waterfalls, ponds and rivers that sometimes re-emerge from the basalt volcanic formations.
Distance travelled: 100 km about 2h
Overnight in the Flúdir region.
With 4WD option: A magnificently scenic return trip to and from Hveravellir, where you will discover its hot water spring and be able to relax in this outdoor geothermal pool at the foot of the Langjökull glacier. Possible detour to the volcanic and geothermal systems of Kerlingarfjöll and its landscapes of Springs, geysers, fire and ice. Optional excursions – Horseback ride in the Gullfoss/Geysir region – Rafting or jet boating on the river Hvítá.
A short drive to Laugarvatn and its steam bath spa followed by a dive in the lake’s chilly waters! Hike in Thingvellir to observe the effects of the oceanic rift and the former location of the oldest parliament in the world. Stop at the waterfalls of Hraunfossar and Barnafoss, and the hot water springs of Deildartunguhver (too hot for bathing). After, Borgarnes waits, with its’ Eldborg crater, “the fortress of fire”, fortunately inactive but still breathtaking.
Distance travelled:250 km about 4h
Staying overnight in the Snæfellsnes peninsula.
With 4WD option: Follow the Kaldidalur trail that links the Reykholt valley to the Thingvellir valley along the western flanks Langjökull glacier.
Visit the wild coast in between the tiny ports of Arnastapi and Hellnar. Coves and cliffs alternate along the shore and are the homes of Black-legged Kittiwake Gulls and of Arctic Terns. You can also choose to discover the reefs of Djupalonssandur or the lava flow at Budahraun. Experience the enviroment that inspired Jules Verne’s imagination for the beginning to his novel: “Journey to the Center of the Earth.”
Distance travelled:250 km env. 4h
Staying overnight in the Snaefellsnes peninsula.
With 4WD option: You can drive to the edge of the Snæfellsjökull glacier with its pumice stone expanses and 360 degrees of spectacular vistas.
– Horseback riding on Löngufjörur’s beach.
– Mini-cruise in the fjord of Breidarfjördur from Stykkishólmur.
– Sea kayaking in Stykkishólmur.
Return to Reykjavik through Hvalfjördur, “Whale Fjord.” Hike to the Glymur waterfall that drops 200m and bathe in the overall beauty of this wonderful fjord!
Distance travelled: 180 km about 3h
Return the rental car and stay overnight in Reykjavik
Whale watching tour departing from Reykjavik
Return your rental car at Keflavik international airport and enjoy your flight home.
Distance travelled: 50km about 1 h
Option: If your departure is in the afternoon or the evening, there is a possibility to visit Reykjanes peninsula and the Blue Lagoon. (Not included)
Take your pick: hotels, mountain huts, campsites…
The vast majority of Icelandic establishments are modest, but clean and comfortable. Most of the guesthouses, farmhouses and hotels offer catering. Your accommodation will fall under whichever category of establishment you choose. There is also a camping option (all camping equipment provided). With our voucher system, you’ll be able to camp when and where you want, giving you as much freedom as you want to adapt your itinerary based on the weather as well as your own location choices.
We recommend that your book your Iceland self-drive as soon as possible in order to have to the most choice when it comes to the establishment itself and the type of accommodation you stay in.Customize your trip
Pricing based on two persons, double room, with a regular car
In guesthouse, farm or country hotel, from October to April
– In room with private facilities: from 1200 to 1300 Euros/pers. depending on season
– In room without private facilities: from 1050 to 1100 Euros/pers. depending on season
– for a category D vehicle: from 155 Euros/pers. highly recommended for driving in winter.
– for a category FG vehicle: from 210 Euros/pers.
*Final price varies depending on the number of people, the season and the category of vehicle.
– A great family trip for the festive, winter and spring seasons.
– Best between February and April so you can enjoy the days as they get longer.
– It’s the best season for glacial hiking.
– Rent a D or G 4×4 vehicle for better access to the country during the winter months.
– For a trip based at one location, check out our Chalet/Summer house in the south
– Take a group tour before or after your self-drive trip to access the highlands with a snowshoe hiking trip in and around the huts at Landmannalaugar. Landmannalaugar Winter Retreat
– Take advantage of your trip in Iceland to visit Greenland for 4 to 7 days.