Family Nature Adventure Self Drive Holiday

Explore Iceland's deeply-rooted history and wildlife while enjoying some of the most amazing experiences Iceland has to offer.

Type of tour:Road-Trips
Season:01 June - 31 August
Duration:7 Days/6 Nights
Departure:All days

Family Nature Adventure Self Drive Holiday

The Family Nature Adventure is the perfect car rental package for adventurous families looking to get away and explore together. During your holiday you'll travel the off the beaten roads of Iceland and enjoy Icelandic nature at its best while teaching your children about geology, history and wildlife.

Our Family Nature Adventure is full of fascinating sites and activities. Soak in geothermal waters, plant a tree in the countryside, and adopt a goat from an Icelandic farm, giving you a richer connection with Iceland.

We believe that when traveling with children you should spend less time in the cities and your car, and more in the wilderness. 


What's in it for you?

  • Worry- free traveling.
  • Electronic version of Iceland Travel Booklet. Prior to your arrival we will send you an electronic version of our Iceland Travel Booklet. You can start preparing yourself for your upcoming Iceland trip and be all ready for you Iceland adventure!
  • Get a stronger connection with the destination by receiving news of your adopted goats for a year!
  • Limiting your carbon footprint by planting a tree
  • Digital detox! We love the internet, but know we all need a break every now and again. The area around Sælingsdalur offers limited cell phone reception and plenty of opportunities for enjoying family time together!


If you like the day-to-day itinerary for our Family Nature Adventure self-drive tour but are looking for a more budget friendly option, we recommend that you take a look at our Camper Van Adventure.


  • You must be 21 years of age to rent a car, 23 years of age to rent car category 5.0 or higher. 
  • Iceland Travel reserves the right to alter routes without prior notice due to road conditions
  • Car type recommended:  Category 2.0 or higher



  • Rental car for six days with CDW, unlimited mileage, VAT, GPS system, theft protection, and two authorized drivers. Types of Car recommended: 2.0 or higher.
  • Car pick-up and drop-off at Keflavik Airport*
  • Accommodation for 6 nights including breakfast (except arrival), a combination of farmhouses, guesthouses and hotels.
  • Your own (adopted) Icelandic goat for a whole year!
  • A small birch tree for you to plant in our "Iceland Travel Forest"
  • One SIM card worth ISK 2000: Unlimited text and talk for local calls + 1 GB of data. Standard, Micro and Nano cards available. Please check with your service provider to make sure that your phone is unlocked before arrival in Iceland
  • Family Welcome Kit
  • Detailed Travel Booklet (Until 1. May)
  • Detailed Travel Booklet - electronic version (Until 1. May)
  • Detailed road map (1:500 000) (Until 1. May)
  • Emergency phone line available 24/7
  • Service fee and taxes
  • Tablet with a new travel app called Iceland Travel Companion (for guests arriving from 1. May)

    The app includes:
    • Thousands of points of nature sites, historic places, and road side services
    • Safety guidelines and the apps of the Icelandic Meteorological Office and The Icelandic Road Administration
    • Detailed description of the customer´s journey, including hotel itinerary and GPS road guide to each hotel
    • A map view of the Iceland road trip
    • Detailed pdf travel book about Iceland in English, Spanish, Italian, Dutch and French

*Please note that the package price is based on 6 x 24-hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on day 7 an additional supplement will be necessary unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 6 day rental is up and use our Flybus Plus departure transfer.

Optional (at extra cost)

  • Laugarvatn Fontana Geothermal Baths - Entrance fee
  • The Settlement Center - Entrance Fee
  • Viking Sushi Boat Tour - Short Version (from Stykkishólmur)
  • Whale Watching from Reykjavík

Note: We reserve the right to alter routes without prior notice due to road conditions.


Also included on these days

  • A small birch tree for you to plant in our "Iceland Travel Forest"

Your own (adopted) Icelandic goat for a whole year


Optional add on


Day 1: Arrival in Iceland

Approximate distance: ca100km / 62miles

Geothermal LagoonFlower villageGeothermal Greenhouses

Your family holiday starts with arrival and the pick-up of your rental car at Keflavik International Airport. Once you are settled in your car you'll drive through the southern coast of the lava-covered Reykjanes Peninsula towards Hveragerdi. After settling in at your hotel we recommend that you take the time to wash of the ´traveling dust' and relax at the hotel's geothermal pool.  

Overnight in Hveragerdi.



Day 2: Gullfoss – Geysir – Thingvellir – Borgarfjordur

Approximate distance: ca290km / 180miles

Exploding Geysers – National Park with Geological Wonders (UNESCO) – Massive Waterfall

Breakfast at your hotel.  The celebrated natural wonders along the ‘Golden Circle’ route are an absolute “must“ for nature and history lovers alike. Start the day with driving to the small geothermal village of Reykholt,  where you'll pick up a small birch plant.

Visit Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir hot spring area before taking a moment to plant your  tree in the Iceland Travel grove located in Haukadalur, only a minute´s drive from Geysir. Thingvellir National Park (UNESCO) provides a visually stunning lesson in plate tectonics and is a historical treasure as the site of the world's oldest parliament. A drive along scenic Hvalfjordur (Whale) Fjord reveals Bjarteyjarsandur, a working horse and sheep farm,  where you may choose to stop for a friendly visit or even participate in fun farm activities.  Driving further into West Iceland brings you to Borgarnes, known for Iceland’s beloved Sagas, where you can go on a voyage of discovery at the Settlement Center which explores the history of Iceland’s early settlement by Nordic Vikings. Overnight in West Iceland


  • A small birch tree for you to plant in our "Iceland Travel Forest"

Day 3: Borgarfjordur – Reykholt – Haafell Goat Farm - Saelingsdalur

Approximate distance: ca290km / 180miles

Picturesque Waterfalls – Europe's Most Powerful Hot Spring – Icelandic Goats - Viking Heritage – Birthplace of Leif Eiriksson

Breakfast at your hotel.  A drive through Borgarfjordur reveals a region proud of its legacy.  It was the setting for most of the Icelandic Sagas.  While in Reykholt,  you'll be walking in the footsteps of Snorri Sturluson, famed Saga poet and author. Drive to Hraunfoss (Lava Falls),  where the water seems to magically appear from the moss covered lava rocks and shiver down into the rushing turquoise blue waters below; its neighbor Barnafoss (Children's Falls) resembles a pale blue milkshake of short, fierce rapids that cut through a narrow canyon.

Nearby is Europe's most powerful hot spring, Deildatunguhver, where visitors can buy organic tomatoes grown using geothermal heat in the nearby greenhouses. On your westward route take a short detour to Haafell goat farm. Here your family will take part in the protection of the rare Icelandic goat breed, as we have adopted a goat for a one year support on your behalf* We also recommend a stop at Erpsstadir dairy farm, where you can get an introduction to Icelandic farm life, pet the bunnies and taste the freshly-made ice cream. 


Head onwards to Laugar in Saelingsdalur for a relaxing evening and overnight accommodation

*Please note, you do not bring the goat back home with you. While you will be the “adoptive parents/family”, the goat will remain in Iceland with its friends at the farm.



Your own (adopted) Icelandic goat for a whole year


Day 4: Explore Saelingsdalur

Distance is variable


Relaxation - Quality Moments - Elf and Viking history and culture

Breakfast at your hotel.  Enjoy having no plans at all! Relax in the outdoor pool and hot tub. Go for a hike to the Elf Church at Tungustapi or maybe a ride on one of the mountain bikes available at the hotel. Best of all, there will be no interruptions from the outside world as Laugar has very limited cell reception.

 If you do decide to go for a drive, the shoreline of Fellstrond and Skarðsstrond leading into Saurbaer offers a picturesque view of Breidafjordur Bay, the largest nesting grounds of the White Tailed Eagle in Iceland.  The peaceful remoteness gives you the chance to feel like the only person in the world.



Day 5: 'The Valleys' - Stykkisholmur

Approximate distance: ca110km / 70miles

Coastal Route - Viking Heritage 

Breakfast at your hotel.  Drive the coastal route to the town of Stykkisholmur.  Make a  detour to Eiriksstadir, where you'll see the Viking Age home and turf-covered replica longhouse of Erik the Red and his son Leif Eiriksson, two of the most celebrated Vikings in the world. As you reach Stykkisholmur,  we recommend you explore the beautifully preserved town center or join a boat tour on Breidafjordur Bay (approximately 2 hours) to admire the rich birdlife and sea life of the area. During the boat tour, a shellfish plough is lowered into the ocean, and a wonderful selection of shellfish and sea life is caught for viewing and tasting: scallops, sea urchins, crabs, starfish, sea cucumbers and much more.

Overnight in Stykkisholmur



Day 6: Snaefellsnes Peninsula – Reykjavik

Approximate distance: ca230km / 140miles

Sea Cliffs with Birdlife – Rock Formations – Quaint Fishing Villages

Breakfast at your hotel.  Start your day early and head out to explore the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. A very interesting and worthwhile stop is the Shark Museum at Bjarnarhofn.  A courageous taste of 'rotten' shark meat, a local delicacy, and a fascinating lesson on shark fishing are sure to leave a lasting impression. Explore the countless natural phenomena of Snaefellsnes National Park from pebbled beaches to wonderful hiking at Arnarstapi sea cliffs with incredible birdlife. The beach near the farm of Ytri Tunga is famous for colonies of curious seals known to climb up on the rocks and well worth a visit.


The approximate distance you'll be traveling today: 230 km / 140 miles


Day 7: Departure

Approximate distance: ca52km / 32miles

Departure.*   Breakfast at your hotel.  We recommend you depart your hotel no later than three hours before your flight.  If your flight is later in the day, you might consider a visit to one of the city geothermal pools this morning.  It is a great way to experience Reykjavik and great fun for children.

*Please note that the package price is based on 6 x 24-hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on day 7 an additional supplement will be necessary unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 6 day rental is up and use our flybus departure transfer.


Prices are per family in EUR valid 1 June - 31 August 2017


Rooms with private facilities

Family of 3 = Double room with extra bed - 2 adults and child 11 years and younger.

Family of 4 = Family rooms which offer beds for up to 4 persons - 2 adults and 2 children 11 years and younger (based on availability, otherwise 2 double rooms).

Family of 5 = 1 Double room with extra bed and 1 double room (adjoining when available) - 2 adults and 3 children 11 years and younger.


Car cat.

Indicative type of car 

Family of 3 

Family of 4 

Family of 5 

1.0 Toyota Yaris or similar 3444 4426 n/a
1.1 Toyota Yaris Automatic or similar 3513 4475 n/a 
2.0 Toyota Auris or similar 3513 4475 5378
2.6 Toyota Auris Automatic or similar 3634 4613 5509
3.0 Toyota Avensis Sedan or similar 3656 4650 5524
3.1 Toyota Avensis Sedan Automatic or similar 3688 4667 5571
4.0 Skoda Octavia 4wd Station or similar 3731 4691 5580
4.1 Skoda Octavia 4wd Station Automatic or similar 3773 4748 5636
5.0 Toyota RAV4 4wd or similar 4021 4999 5904
5.1 Toyota RAV4 4wd Automatic or similar 4103 5087 5975
7.1 Toyota Land Cruiser GX 4wd Automatic or similar 4473 5430 6352
9.9 VW Caravelle 4wd 9 seater or similar 4619 5591 6478



Discounts & special offers

25% discount for departures in April and October
20% discount for departures in May and September


Prices may change without prior notice. If an incorrect price has been listed, we reserve the right to refuse, cancel or limit any order placed at the incorrect price.


Car Rental

Our selfdrive packages include basic insurance (CDW), unlimited mileage, VAT, a GPS system and two authorized drivers.


Quality is an important factor for Iceland Travel. When organizing our tours we choose accommodation with regards to quality, value for money, location and service provided.

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Budget self-drive holiday

By selecting a budget self-drive holiday you'll lower your costs considerably as you'll be staying in accommodation with shared facilities.
These are a combination of basic hotels, farmhouses and guesthouses. All rooms have made-up beds and some rooms have washbasins. Showers and WC are shared facilities. The first night in all budget self-drives with Iceland Travel include a accommodation with private facilities in the town of Hveragerdi.

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Economy self-drive holiday

Our economy self-drives offer you the chance to travel around Iceland in a worry free spirit, staying in accommodation with private facilities without stretching your budget. Throughout your stay you'll be residing in a combination of standard hotels, farmhouses and guesthouses. Your final night will be in a 3 star hotel in Reykjavik.

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Comfort self-drive holiday

Our comfort self-drive holidays allow you to spend your days exploring rural Iceland, knowing your nights will be spent in the most comfortable accommodation each area has to offer. Throughout the tour you'll stay in quality hotels and guesthouses where all rooms have private facilities. Your final night will be in a 4 star hotel in Reykjavik.

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Superior self-drive holiday

Upgrade your comfort car rental holiday to the best possible accommodation with premium amenities, either for the full duration of your stay or only selected nights. The upgrade can either be to a superior room in a comfort hotel, or a standard room in an upscale hotel.
The cost for a superior upgrade is 84 EUR per room per night (on prices in comfort category).
This upgrade is only available upon request. Let us know during the booking process just how superior you want your holiday to be, and we'll customize your trip!

Late Arrival Supplement

Late Arrival Supplement for passengers arriving late evening/night. Stay at Airport Hotel Smari at Keflavik International Airport for your pre night instead of Hveragerdi Area. Supplement per room per night is 48 EUR in Category Comfort and 63 EUR on prices in Economy and Budget.


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