Journey to the Centre of the Earth

from £748
excluding flights *
7 nights Year round

Overview

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.

Highlights

  • 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
  • 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.
Ian Featherstone, Journey to the Centre of the Earth

Prices & Dates *

Offers

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.

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

Departure Duration Car category Twin Price (pp)
May 2018 7 nights B - VW Golf £1,082
May 2018 7 nights D - Skoda Octavia (4WD) £1,158
May 2018 7 nights G - Toyota Rav4 £1,229
May 2018 7 nights I - Mitsuishi Shogun £1,342
Jun 2018 - Aug 2018 7 nights B - VW Golf £1,285
Jun 2018 - Aug 2018 7 nights D - Skoda Octavia (4WD) £1,389
Jun 2018 - Aug 2018 7 nights G - Toyota Rav4 £1,550
Jun 2018 - Aug 2018 7 nights I - Mitsuishi Shogun £1791
Sep 2018 7 nights B - VW Golf £1,082
Sep 2018 7 nights D - Skoda Octavia (4WD) £1,158
Sep 2018 7 nights G - Toyota Rav4 £1,229
Sep 2018 7 nights I - Mitsuishi Shogun £1,342
Oct 2018 - Apr 2019 7 nights D - Skoda Octavia (4WD) £748
Oct 2018 - Apr 2019 7 nights G - Toyota Rav4 £829

 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
  • 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: 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

Iceland

Grade: Standard

Type: Hotel

Formerly Hotel Loftleidir, this stylish, 220-room hotel reopened in June 2011 following extensive renovations. The…

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Hotel Skaftafell

Iceland

Grade: Standard

Type: Hotel

Found only 5km from the Vatnajökull National Park, these rooms make the sparkling magnificence of…

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Hotel Litli Geysir

Iceland

Grade: Standard

Type: Hotel

Hotel Litli Geysir is a modern building with 22 ensuite rooms. It is located opposite…

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Fransiskus Hotel

Iceland

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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Excursions

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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