Iceland Self Drive Holidays
Explore incredible Iceland by car with our self drive holidays. Imagine cresting a rise in the road to be met with views of a mighty icecap. Or rounding a bend to discover a waterfall cascading over sheer cliffs. Empty roads and epic landscapes add up to the perfect road trip.
Freedom of the road
With 38 years’ experience behind us, our self drive holidays have been carefully researched to show you the very best of Iceland’s amazing sights and experiences. With great savings available for summer 2021, spend a few days touring the easily accessible highlights of the southwest. Roam the spectacular South Coast. Head out west. Plan a two-week driving odyssey around the Ring Road. Explore off the beaten track in a 4WD.
Prime time for Iceland fly-drives is June-August, but availability goes fast during this peak season, so plan early. May and September are also ideal months for hitting the road. May has long hours of daylight, wildflowers and bustling seabird colonies. In September, the Highland tracks of the interior are usually still open and you can enjoy breathtaking autumn colours and the start of the northern lights season. We also have winter options for self drive holidays, which are typically shorter duration.
Planning to visit in 2021
Our self-drive itineraries allow you to enjoy the country’s natural wonders safely and at your own pace. You may even have the rare opportunity to witness a live volcanic eruption.
Working with our partners in Iceland, we’ve secured some great rates for summer 2021 – with savings up to £370 per person – plus when you book you have the reassurance of our industry-leading Flexibility Promise should you need to change your plans including FREE cancellations up to 7 days before departure.
Read our comprehensive travel advice outlining what you need to know before, during and after a trip to Iceland this summer.
Why self drive in Iceland?
Iceland is a superb self drive destination. No matter how many times you visit, you will always get a thrill as the plentiful natural wonders come into view at each bend in the road. The ring road is easy to navigate and if you travel full circle offers one of the world’s classic drives – to be savoured rather than hurried.
Complementing this circular route around the island are numerous shorter circuits and intriguing detours. There are also convoluted routes along the crinkle-cut coasts particularly in the West Fjords and in the east as well as easy-going routes such as the recently way-marked Arctic Coast Way in the north. For anyone looking for a more technical drive, the summer months open up 4WD routes across the interior providing fun and spectacle in equal measure.
Our well planned routes have been carefully researched over nearly four decades and allow you freedom to explore with the comfort of pre-booked accommodation. They can also be adapted and tailored to suit your own preferences. Just speak to our expert team.
Inspiration and information before you travel.
Travel advice for your trip to Iceland
Iceland is on the UK Government’s list of ‘green’ countries meaning you do not need to self-isolate on return. Quarantine measures remain in place in Iceland, but there are exemptions for individuals with a valid certificate of previous infection or a vaccination certificate.
Exploring Iceland’s Waterfalls by Car
One of nature’s most powerful and beautiful features, waterfalls have long been popular attractions for tourists and travellers, especially in Iceland. With so many waterfalls to explore, hopping into a hire car and adventuring at your own pace can be a wonderful way to see them. In this guide, we will look at some of Iceland’s most popular waterfalls and how you can make the most of your trip.
Your Guide to Exploring Iceland’s Volcanoes
Iceland is known as the ‘Land of Ice and Fire’, defined by its many glaciers and multitude of volcanoes. Erupting from the ocean over 18 million years ago, the island's terrain has changed little since, scattered with moss-covered lava fields, black sand beaches, and jagged mountainous peaks.