Our Premium Self Drive itineraries are designed for travelers who want help creating the perfect vacation and finding the best of Iceland, coupled with the freedom of driving themselves. Our Premium Self Drive team will plan and book all parts of your vacation and support you along the way, so you can focus 100% on enjoying your trip, stress-free.
Please note: Hidden Iceland only provides Self Drive itineraries that run between the 15th of April and the 15th of October. If you are travelling outside of these dates, consider our small group tours or private packages.
What makes our self drive itineraries premium?
Hidden Iceland’s self drive itineraries are designed with quality and a high level of service in mind.
1 | Personalised Itineraries
Our trip planners will create a personalised itinerary, just for you! Nothing is ever ‘off the shelf’. Everything that’s included has been handpicked and approved by Hidden Iceland. Whether that’s your remote stay in a luxurious country hotel, your adventurous glacier hike or tranquil horse ride, or even just a great restaurant recommendation. We’ve meticulously trialed every aspect of your experience. We know you’ll love the finished version.
2 | Step by Step Guide
Once you are happy with the outline, we’ll do the rest. We’ll book the vehicle, accommodation and all activities. Then once the trip is paid for, you’ll receive an in-depth step-by-step guide, loaded with hints and tips, connected to Google Maps, to lead you around Iceland (see sample images below). This can be downloaded on your phone, viewed online, or printed. It includes everything you could possibly need while in Iceland.
3 | On the Ground Support
When you’re in the country, we’re here to support you at every corner. Iceland’s weather changes quickly and we’ll be on hand if something in your itinerary needs to change too. Or if you just want to add something extra along the way. You can contact us between 8am and 7:30pm each day by phone or email, with emergency numbers provided outside of these hours.
Have a great vacation! We can’t wait to hear how it goes. Check out our past customer reviews for what they have to say.
Example images from a sample itinerary
What do you get as part of a premium self drive itinerary?
– All hotel bookings
– All activity bookings
– Vehicle hire for the duration
– Full itinerary planning by our expert trip planners
– Locations, timings and advice for each location online or as a downloadable app
– Vehicle emissions automatically offset as part of our environmental strategy
– Meal suggestions and hints and tips to maximise your time on each day
– Support from Hidden Iceland by call or email whilst in country
Sample itineraries to get you started
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does this premium service cost? Are there up front fees?
There are no up front fees to receive your itinerary outline. All of our ‘service fees’ are embedded in the overall price of the tour. A small margin is added to the confidential NET rates that we get when booking each part of the trip e.g. hotels, vehicles and activities. This allows us to not have to charge any flat fees and keeps the overall price of the tour fair.
When will I receive my final step by step itinerary?
To confirm the trip and for us to book and hold all the reservations, we accept a deposit (once you’re happy with your custom itinerary). We then receive the remaining balance 2 months before the trip runs. We will then do the finishing touches and provide you with your step-by-step guide no later than 2 weeks before departure.
Would it be cheaper booking everything myself?
Every trip is bespoke planned to you. When we are planning an itinerary for you, we will do our best to work to your budget, high or low. We will mix and match hotels, activities and car types to fit your needs. This can end up making the trip cheaper than if you tried to plan each component of the trip yourself. However, we do know that with last minute deals or the odd online offer, it may well be cheaper doing it yourself. If you have a shoestring budget then our premium service might not be the right fit for you.
Can I get an itemised quote for everything that’s included?
We only provide quotes for full packages. Your entire vacation, excluding international flights. The individual prices we receive from hotels, activities and car hire are confidential rates, with our service fee embedded. This can’t be broken down. However, we will provide you with upgrade options and prices of optional activities to allow you to further personalise your trip.
Will my itinerary include every great spot that Iceland has to offer in that area?
In a word, no. We want to avoid the trap of becoming a guide book. Our itineraries are designed to be achievable, fun and immersive, without exceeding our recommended driving times each day. Just remember, you’re on vacation! So we will include our favourite spots, activities and the odd optional stop off that we think you will like. If you follow the itinerary as described, you should never have to rush breakfast or miss dinner.
Do you offer budget itineraries such as camper van or camping trips?
Sadly not. We only provide premium self drive itineraries where we only put you in hotels (comfort, quality or luxury) that we’ve personally approved. We only use activity operators that meet Hidden Iceland’s stringent safety and quality levels. We only use vehicle hire companies that provide a great service and have clean and well maintained cars. We don’t have enough visibility of quality levels at camp sites and budget operators to be able to confidently offer a great service every time.
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