In Jules Verne’s classic sci-fi novel you could descend into Iceland's Snaefellsjokull volcano, meet a few dinosaurs and remerge at the surface through Italy's Stromboli volcano. We can't quite match that adventure. But on this blockbuster self-drive, you’ll still witness the legendary Snaefellsnes Peninsula – and add your very own riveting chapter on the South Coast.
- Explore the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, gaze on its mighty volcano and hike the rugged coastline between Arnarstapi and Hellnar
- Drive the South Coast to the spectacular glacial lagoon of Jokulsarlon
- Walk to Svartifoss waterfall in Vatnajokull National Park
- Visit the natural wonders of the Golden Circle
- Embellish your trip with our exclusive digital travel guide - Watch video
Fact not fiction
Professor Otto Lidenbrock missed the point. Instead of attempting a Journey to the Centre of the Earth he should have focused on the natural wonders outside – not inside – Snaefellsjokull. This weeklong self-drive not only loops around the 1,446m-high volcano (which last erupted 1,800 years ago), but it also takes you to the surreal black-pebble beach of Djupalonssandur and the wave-gnawed cliffs and sea arches at Arnarstapi. The Snaefellsnes Peninsula has everything from forbidding cinder plains and troll-like sea stacks to friendly fishing villages and elusive Arctic foxes. You really couldn’t make it up.
The plot thickens...
The second chapter in this self-drive is packed with natural wonders in South Iceland. Another famous volcano (Eyjafjallajokull) is a looming presence as you drive along the South Coast. Iconic waterfalls like Skogafoss pour over ancient sea cliffs, while icebergs drift in the mirror-calm of Jokulsarlon lagoon. And that’s not the end of the story. Driving between the South Coast and Snaefellsnes Peninsula you will also be able to visit the Golden Circle and hike to the mighty Glymur falls.
iDiscover digital guide
If you book any self drive in Iceland with us you will also get free use of our exclusive digital travel guide, iDiscover. Your personalised itinerary will be pre-loaded onto an iPad Air which you will get with your hire car and includes all the information you need for your trip.
Your staff are outstanding in their helpfulness and personal service – I have already recommended you to friends.Helen Hyde, Journey to the Centre of the Earth,
Itinerary & Accommodation
- Day 1: Reykjavik
- Fly to Keflavik and collect your rental vehicle. Drive to Reykjavik for an overnight stay, perhaps taking a dip in the world-famous Blue Lagoon en route (at additional cost - pre-booking required).
- Day 2: Reykjavik - Skaftafell
- Head east over Hellisheidi, past the greenhouse village of Hveragerdi to two of Iceland's best known waterfalls, Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss. Visit the Skogar Museum or drive to Reynishverfi and stroll along a volcanic sand beach, backed by impressive basalt columns. Cross the eerie, moss-clad lava field Eldhraun, the biggest lava field in Iceland formed in 1783 after the Laki eruption and continue east to Skaftafell. Be sure to take a walk up to the nearby lake of Systravatn, view the delightful waterfall Systrafoss and the eroded basalt columns of Kirkjugolfid. Two nights at Hotel Skaftafell.
- Day 3: Skaftafell
- Take a hike to either the tip of the Skaftafellsjokull glacier tongue, or Svartifoss, a beautiful waterfall framed by basalt columns. In the afternoon visit the stunning glacial lagoon Jokulsarlon.
- Day 4: Skafatfell - Hveragerdi
- Make your way back along the south coast past Myrdalsjokull and Dyrholaey with its spectacular rock arch. Visit the Thjorsadalur Valley, including the reconstructed farm at Stong, which dates from the Viking period, and finally Mount Hekla. Spend two nights in Hveragerdi.
- Day 5: Golden Circle
- A day to explore three of Iceland's best-known natural wonders: the Geysir hot springs area, mighty Gullfoss and, depending on road conditions, Thingvellir National Park for a walk around the ancient assembly site.
- Day 6: Hveragerdi - Hvalfjordur
- Head north to Borgarfjordur and Hraunfossar and view a waterfall that emerges from under a lava flow to cascade into a glacial river. Visit nearby Reykholt and Iceland's largest hot spring Deildartunguhver. Spend two nights at Hotel Glymur in Hvalfjordur.
- Day 7: exploring the Snaefellsnes Peninsula
- Explore the scenic Snaefellsnes Peninsula, walking among the fantastic coastal formations at Arnarstapi and visit the fjords and fishing villages along its north side. With good weather you may have views of the mystical cone-shaped volcano and Snaefellsjokull icecap.
- Day 8: Hvalfjordur - Keflavik
- Drive back towards Reykjavik, perhaps taking the coastal road around the magnificent Reykjanes peninsula, before dropping off the vehicle at Keflavik and taking the evening flight home.
- The weather in Iceland can be unpredictable and therefore can cause substantial delays which can result in the need to re-arrange or extend your holiday itinerary. Whilst we and our contacts in Iceland will do everything possible to minimise any disruption, it is important that you check the details of your travel insurance and allow for some flexibility in your plans.
Accommodation OptionsThis itinerary is based on the hotels shown below in rooms with private facilities. We offer a wide range of accommodation from farms to self catering cottages, budget hotels to luxury properties, ask our Iceland experts for recommendations.
Hotel Cabin, Reykjavik
- Grade: Standard
- Type: Hotel
Superb value for your money, this 252-room hotel is for …
- Grade: Standard
- Type: Hotel
Found only 5km from the Vatnajökull National Park, thes…
Hotel Ork, Hveragerdi
- Grade: Standard
- Type: Hotel
Found 45km east of Reykjavik in the 'greenhouse village'…
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Prices & Dates
Holiday prices to Iceland have increased significantly recently, due to a number of factors – not least the lower value of the pound. Whilst we offer the best price available, if your budget will not stretch we would be happy to discuss modifying this itinerary in various ways to make it more affordable. Just contact our team of Travel Specialists to discuss.
Prices from, in £ per person based on 2 sharing a room with private facilities, unless otherwise stated.
Pricing for additional passengers sharing the vehicles is available on request. Please advise if you wish to share accommodation or require additional rooms (triple and single rooms are available at most establishments).
|Category||Jun-Aug 2017||May & Sep 2017|
|B - VW Golf||£1,427||£1,090|
|D - Skoda Octavia (4WD)||£1,536||£1,161|
|G - Toyota Rav4||£1,683||£1,232|
|I - Mitsubishi Pajero||£1,924||£1,345|
|Category||Nov 2017 - Mar 2018||Oct 2017 & Apr 2018|
|D - Skoda Octavia (4WD)||£974||£989|
|G - Toyota Rav4||£1,069||£1,084|
|I - Mitsubishi Pajero||£1,168||£1,183|
Prices include flight credit of £150* from 1 October - 30 April or £250* from 1 May - 30 September; accommodation in rooms with private facilities on a breakfast basis; car rental for the agreed period on an unlimited mileage basis (includes semi-comprehensive insurance and no charge for additional driver); use of iDiscover iPad for the duration of the holiday with free WiFi; all airport taxes.
Prices excludes travel insurance, fuel, personal expenses, tips and gratuities
* Flight credit is based on a typical airfare with checked in luggage and is for budgeting purposes only. The actual cost of the flight with taxes will be advised to you when enquiring about the holiday. We will always state the lowest fare available for your route and travel dates which may mean that the price of this element may be more or less than the credit. Booking early usually means the lowest price.
Choice of Vehicles
We offer a wide range of rental vehicles for this holiday provided by the local Europcar franchise. Our long-standing relationship with them means that our clients enjoy many exclusive benefits including priority on the newest and best appointed vehicles available on the day.
Alternatively, consider renting a motorhome and use this itinerary as a route outline. You'll have complete flexibility on where you overnight, yet with the support of our excusive digital travel guide, iDiscover.
iDiscover digital guide
If you book any self drive in Iceland with us you will also get free use of our exclusive digital travel guide, iDiscover. Your personalised itinerary will be pre-loaded onto an iPad air which you will get with your hire car and includes all the information you need for your trip.
How to book
So that we may send you a personalised quote and confirmation of availability, please click on the link below and complete our Enquiry form. One of our Travel Specialists will then be in touch to complete your booking or answer any further questions you might have.
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