Family Explorer the Icelandic Way

from £647
excluding flights *
7 nights Year round


Anyone for whale watching, horse riding, snowmobiling or a superjeep safari...? Iceland is Europe’s ultimate adventure playground. It not only blows children away, but they also get a geography lesson the fun way. This two-centre self-drive is ideal for a family or group of friends. Self-catering in cosy cottages, it’s how Icelanders like to go on holiday themselves.


  • Stay in well-equipped self-catering accommodation in the heart of Iceland’s countryside
  • Visit Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir and Thingvellir National Park on the Golden Circle
  • Spend a day exploring the volcano-studded Snaefellsnes Peninsula
  • Discover black-sand beaches and magical waterfalls on the South Coast

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • Car rental throughout
  • Unlimited mileage
  • No charge for additional driver
  • Exclusive use of iDiscover app

Full description

Two beautiful locations

With the freedom of self-drive and the flexibility of self-catering, this nine-night holiday is great value for families. About 75km north of Reykjavik, your first base is a renovated farm within easy striking distance of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Langjokull icecap and Hraunfossar waterfall. About the same distance southeast of Reykjavik, base number two brings the terrific trio of the Golden Circle within reach – as well as the black-sand beaches, waterfalls and glaciers of the South Coast.

What shall we do today?

That’s not a particularly vexing question on this holiday! Optional excursions include horse riding along the empty beaches of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, a superjeep safari to the legendary Thorsmork valley, ice cave exploration on Langjokull and whale watching in Faxafloi Bay.

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Prices & Dates *

Airfares start from around £70 per person and are quoted separately to the holiday price. When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.

Prices are in £ per person based on 4 sharing (two adults and two children 11 or under) in a cottage, unless otherwise stated.

Departure Duration Car category Price
Oct 2018 - April 2019 7 nights D - Skoda Octavia (4WD) £647
Oct 2018 - April 2019 7 nights G-Toyota Rav4 £755
Oct 2018 - April 2019 7 nights I - Mitsubishi Shogun £885
May 2019 7 nights D - Skoda Octavia (4WD) £893
May 2019 7 nights G-Toyota Rav4 £1,055
May 2019 7 nights I - Mitsubishi Shogun £1,179
June - August 2019 7 nights D - Skoda Octavia (4WD) £1208
June - August 2019 7 nights G-Toyota Rav4 £1,505
June - August 2019 7 nights I - Mitsubishi Shogun £1,775
September 2019 7 nights D - Skoda Octavia (4WD) £932
September 2019 7 nights G-Toyota Rav4 £1,094
September 2019 7 nights I - Mitsubishi Shogun £1,218

 Note Other variations such as single rooms, rooms without facilities, three or four adults sharing a vehicle, will be quoted on request.

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • Car rental throughout
  • Unlimited mileage
  • No charge for additional driver
  • Exclusive use of iDiscover App
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1: Keflavik-Bjarg

Fly to Keflavik, collect your rental vehicle and drive to Bjarg Guesthouse for a 4 night stay in a 2 bedroom cottage, located close to the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. We suggest you stop in the town of Borgarnes to pick up a few supplies before checking in to your accommodation. Alternatively you can travel to the Snaefellsnes peninsula and stay at our privately owned Glacier Lodge in Hellnar.

Days 2-4: exploring Snaefellsnes

Spend your time at leisure exploring the beautiful Snaefellsnes Peninsula. Perhaps hike to the nearby fishing village of Arnastapi with its striking rock formations, join a snowmobile tour on the glacier, go horse riding or take a bird watching tour from Stykkisholmur.

Day 5: Bjarg - Minniborgir

Drive to Hveragerdi/Selfoss area and stay at Minniborgir Cottages for the next 5 nights.

Days 6: exploring the South West

See the sights of the south at your own pace taking in the iconic Golden Circle, comprising Gullfoss, Geysir and Thingvellir National Park, the dramatic south shore and perhaps the volcanic Reykjanes Peninsula, home to Iceland's most famous attraction, the Blue Lagoon.

Day 7: exploring Reykjavik

Make the one hour journey west to Iceland's capital city Reykjavik for a day visit. Here there are plenty of optional excursions to choose from, including whale watching, or simply take some time to walk the streets and soak up the atmosphere of this lively city.

Day 8: Minniborgir - Keflavik

Drive to Keflavik, drop off your rental vehicle and fly back to your destination.

Glacier Lodge, Snaefellsnes


Grade: Standard

Type: Self Catering

Located in a spectacular rural location near to Hellnar, Glacier Lodge offers magnificent views of Snaefellsjokull to the north and a panorama across Faxafloi bay to the south.

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Minniborgir Cottages


Grade: Standard

Type: Self Catering

A collection of 45 summerhouses, the Minniborgir Cottages are found in the isolated Hveragerdi/Selfoss area, only 75km from Reykjavik.

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Other Information

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.

iDiscover digital app

If you book any self drive in Iceland with us you will also get free use of our exclusive digital travel app, iDiscover, pre-loaded with your personalised itinerary. With 4G connectivity, the app allows you access to a vast travel directory featuring scenic wonders, 'must-visit' sites as well as hidden gems and activities.

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