Travelling around Iceland is always an amazing experience, no matter the mode of transport. Some desire the company of a small group, others want the security and comfort of having a private guide, and then there are those who seek the adventure and independence of self driving in Iceland. Our Premium Self Drive Iceland team are here to make sure you have an incredible time, even without a guide.

Desiring the freedom of having your own car and pace does not necessarily mean you have to spend endless time on research and bookings. Self driving in Iceland can be a daunting proposition if you don’t know where to start. Or, if you don’t know how to handle the weather. With the help of Hidden Iceland you can stay at Iceland’s most charming accommodations and visit all our favourite places, hidden or otherwise. When a challenge arises on your journey, we’re here to help.

PLEASE NOTE: We only provide self-drive itineraries during the warmer months in Iceland (mid-April to mid-October). Outside of these months the weather can become more of a challenge and we recommend joining our small group tours or private & package trips instead where you will be guided by an expert on Icelandic terrain, nature and weather. 

Iceland Roads | Hidden Iceland | Photo by Norris Niman

The Premium Self Drive Itinerary

At Hidden Iceland, we pride ourselves in hand-crafting bespoke tours across the entire country. We use our local knowledge, years of experience and expert guides to create something that fits your every need.

Every hotel, guest house, and apartment we take guests to has been chosen for location as much as comfort. Each route we drive is painstakingly built to minimise long drive times between stops. We also believe we have developed the perfect blend of ‘must see sights’ and ‘off the beaten path travel’. Check out the hundreds of 5 star reviews on TripAdvisor if you want to make sure. If you are also looking for adventure, that’s right up our alley too.

Our tours can range from a one day tour of the Golden Circle all the way up to a ten day journey around the entire island. It can be easy and tranquil, or focused on photography, or something for the adventurer. Or maybe a mix of them all.

Snæfellsnes drive | Winter Lights photo workshop with Tom Archer & Wahyu Mahendra | Hidden Iceland | Photo by Tom Archer

Local Guides and Specialist Activities

We often say that a passionate and experienced guide can have such a profound impact on your trip. This is true, even if you are self driving in Iceland. You will of course drive yourself in the most part. However, when the terrain or activity requires the specialists, we know who to call. This includes things like glacier hikes, whale watching or snowmobiling. We also carefully pick cosy and unique accommodation perfect for your onward travels. The local operators that we work with, if the activity is not run by us, meet our high levels of service. This could be local ice cave explorers, super jeep guides or horse riding instructors. Nothing is ‘just googled’ in our itineraries. Our relationships with like minded companies are strong and fluid so that when you drive on your own to the next location you don’t need to worry about quality, only having a great time.

Inspiration For Your Trip

Our contact form below was designed to cover all the necessary questions to help us come up with something truly special for you. However, if you need a little inspiration before contacting us perhaps have a look at some of our private tour options here. Although these tours are driver-guided they do make a good blue print for our self-guided tours too. If you like the look of one, let us know.

Contact us for a self-drive tour and we’ll come up with a customised package and share our knowledge of all Iceland has to offer with pleasure.

Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach | Hidden Iceland
Black Sand Beach | Hidden Iceland

What You Get From a Premium Self-Drive Itinerary?

• Full itinerary planning by our expert trip planners (connected to google maps)
• Locations, timings and advice for each location in an online itinerary or as a downloadable app
• Hotel bookings
• Activity bookings
• Vehicle hire
• Office hours support from Hidden Iceland by call or email

Sólheimajökull Glacier Hike | South Coast: Fire & Ice Tour | Hidden Iceland | Photo Danny Mcgee

Some of Iceland’s Highlights

• A glacier hike on Iceland’s many ice caps
• Discovering blue ice caves in winter
• Bathing in different types of geothermal pools
• Exploring subterranean lava tunnels
• Going horseback riding past waterfalls and lava fields
Snorkelling or diving in crystal clear glacier water
• Zooming across a snow covered glacier on a snowmobile tour
Whale watching in beautiful fjord surroundings
• Dining at unique restaurants with local ingredients
Overnight stays with friendly hosts in a quiet setting
• Enjoying the nature and any opportunity for solitude and peace
Northern lights hunting in secluded areas

If this sounds great then please fill in the form below to receive a suggested itinerary for your self drive tour around Iceland.

Ready To Make Your Dream Trip Come True?

Please try to give us as much information as you can in the form below so that we can come up with the best premium self drive Iceland trip for you as quickly as possible. We will respond to all messages within 48 hours.

Not Self Driving?

If you don’t feel comfortable in driving on unknown terrain in a foreign country don’t worry! Hidden Iceland specialises in offering guided private tours and small group tours to all parts of Iceland and we would love you help you come up with the perfect itinerary for guided tours.

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