Journey to the Centre of the Earth

from £698
excluding flights *
7 nights Year round


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
  • For winter 2018/19, book this 7 night holiday for the price of 6

What's Included

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

Full description

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

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We really appreciated the Jouney to the Centre of the Earth itinerary which gave us the chance to see so many different landscapes.
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Prices & Dates *


Airfares are quoted separately to the holiday price and start from around £120 per person (with higher fares during peak times). When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.

From prices per person based on 2 sharing a room with private bathroom, including car hire

Departure Duration Car category Twin Price (pp)
Feb - Apr 2019 7 nights D - Skoda Octavia (4WD) £698
Feb - Apr 2019 7 nights G - Toyota Rav4 £793
May 2019 7 nights B - VW Golf £897
May 2019 7 nights D - Skoda Octavia (4WD) £963
May 2019 7 nights G - Toyota Rav4 £1,039
May 2019 7 nights I - Mitsuishi Shogun £1,147
Jun 2019 - Aug 2019 7 nights B - VW Golf £1,221
Jun 2019 - Aug 2019 7 nights D - Skoda Octavia (4WD) £1,330
Jun 2019 - Aug 2019 7 nights G - Toyota Rav4 £1,481
Jun 2019 - Aug 2019 7 nights I - Mitsuishi Shogun £1,717
Sep 2019 7 nights B - VW Golf £1,027
Sep 2019 7 nights D - Skoda Octavia (4WD) £1,093
Sep 2019 7 nights G - Toyota Rav4 £1,169
Sep 2019 7 nights I - Mitsuishi Shogun £1,277

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

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • Daily breakfast
  • 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
  • Full financial protection »

Itinerary & Accommodation

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. This day involves a long drive along Iceland's South coast from Reykjavik to Skaftafell but offers plenty of interesting sightseeing spots on the way.

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 - Geysir

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 one night in Geysir at Litli Geysir Hotel in the heart of the Golden Circle.

Day 5: Golden Circle - Snaefellsnes

A day to explore three of Iceland's best-known natural wonders: the Geysir hot springs area, mighty Gullfoss and Thingvellir National Park for a walk around the ancient assembly site. After, continue north towards the Snaefellsnes Peninsula in West Iceland and if you wish to in the summer, take the scenic route around the edge of Hvalafjordur to visit Glymur waterfall. Spend three nights at Fransiskus Hotel in Stykkisholmur, a delightful harbour town with a strikingly modern church, and take a stroll to its connected island, Sugandisey.

Days 6- 7: Snaefellsnes Peninsula

Spend the next two days exploring 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. Or take part in optional excursions such as whale watching in Grundafjordur or horse riding on the coast (summer only).

Day 8: Stykkisholmur- 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.

Reykjavik Natura


Grade: Standard

Type: Hotel

Located between Perlan and the domestic airport, the hotel is a brief, 20-minute walk to the city centre

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Hotel Litli Geysir


Grade: Standard

Type: Hotel

Hotel Litli Geysir is a modern building with 22 ensuite rooms. It is located opposite the hot spring area which gave the hotel its name.

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Fransiskus Hotel


Grade: Standard

Type: Hotel

Located by the harbour in Stykkisholmur, this hotel is the site of an original monastery, founded by three catholic nuns in the 1930's

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Hotel Skaftafell


Grade: Standard

Type: Hotel

The Hotel Skaftafell makes an ideal stopping off point for excursions into the park, out onto the glacier and to the area's iconic waterfalls.

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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

Our next generation iDiscover app is here! Free to download for all Iceland holiday bookings before you travel, iDiscover is our innovative and exclusive digital travel guide that has been designed by us to enhance your holiday experience and to allow you to use your own smart device whilst on holiday. Personalised with your full itinerary, this easy-to-use app is packed with useful features such as a guide of must-see sites, local hikes and places to eat that you can add to you daily itinerary.

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