Young Explorers

Relaxed family travel for those with young explorers. Soak in geothermal pools, get to know the history of Vikings, elves and trolls and stop at countless stunning attractions.

Type of tour:Road-Trips
Season:01 April - 31 October
Duration:8 Days/7 Nights
Departure:All days

Young Explorers

This relaxed family self-drive holiday delivers a journey designed especially for those with young explorers.

Relax in geothermal pools while the kids splash and play, prepare to encounter valiant Vikings, and hear extraordinary stories of elves and trolls. Be captivated by countless stunning attractions, which, combined with cultural insights, become more then just  beautiful landscapes where legends were made.

What's in it for you? 

  • Digital itinerary with the Iceland Travel Companion.
  • Electronic version of Iceland Travel Booklet. Prior to your arrival we will send you an electronic version of our Iceland Travel Guide booklet. You can start preparing yourself for your upcoming Iceland trip and be prepared for your Iceland adventure!
  • Flexibility. With comprehensive maps and your own vehicle, drive at your own pace. Choose your preferred stops during the day and hunt for northern lights in the evening.


Must be 21 years of age to rent a car, 23 years of age to rent car cat. 5.0 or higher. 

Our road trip packages are designed by our team of travel experts. They are created for people like you who want to experience the very best of what Iceland has to offer. To get the best value Iceland Travel has to offer, book our road trips online. Please note that changes to the packages will incur a service fee.

With our exclusive road trip app you don´t have to worry about missing out and you will always find your way to your hotel after a full day of traveling. It is easy to book day tours and activities in the app when you are on the road. 


  • Accommodation for 7 nights including breakfast, a combination of farmhouses, guesthouses, hotels and hostels
  • Rental car for 7 days with CDW, theft protection, unlimited mileage, VAT
  • FREE GPS system and no charge for an additional driver
  • Car pick up/drop off at Keflavík International Airport
  • Emergency phone line available 24/7
  • Tablet with a new travel app called Iceland Travel Companion. 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

Possible to upgrade the accommodation upon request. 

**Please note that the package price is based on 7 x 24-hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on day 8 an additional supplement will be necessary unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 7 day rental is up and use our flybus departure transfer.


Day 1: Arrival in Keflavik

Approximate distance: ca40km / 38miles

Pick up your rental car at Keflavik airport. If your flight arrives early in the day we recommend you begin your Iceland experience by exploring the Reykjanes peninsula, where you'll find the GeoPark (Gardur, Grindavik, Reykjanesbaer, Sandgerdi and Vogar), Reykjanes continental bridge, Kleifarvatn and hot spring Gunnuhver.

Another option is to go bird watching at the tip of Reykjanes, take a walk on the beach at Selartangar, go visit the Viking museum Vikingaheimar, or the child friendly troll in Skessuhellir cave in Reykjanesbaer. We also recommend taking a dip in the swimming pool in Reykjanesbaer and tasting the delicious ice-cream at Bitinn.

Overnight stay in Reykjanes

The approximate distance you'll be traveling today: ca. 40 km / 38 miles



Day 2: Hveragerdi - Selfoss

Approximate distance: ca120km / 75miles

South Trail - Eyrarbakki

Breakfast at your hotel.  Drive the south shore route along the Reykjanes Peninsula towards the lowlands of South Iceland. Make a stop at Strandakirkja church, the beautiful beach in Eyrarbakki, and visit Iceland's famous ghosts, elves, and trolls in The Ghost Center in Stokkseyri town.

Overnight stay in Hveragerdi area

The approximate distance you'll be traveling today: ca. 120 km / 75 miles



Day 3: Golden Circle and Fontana

Approximate distance: ca200km / 125miles

Gullfoss waterfall - Geysir hot springs- Geothermal baths – Petting Zoo

Breakfast at your hotel.  Visit the stars of the Golden Circle; Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss Waterfall, and Geysir Geothermal area, as well as Laugarvatn Fontana geothermal baths and Efsti Dalur farmwhere you can enjoy homemade ice cream while you watch the cows through the cafe windows. Our young explorer suggestion for day 3 is to go swimming at Laugaskard in Hveragerdi town.

Overnight stay in the Hveragerði area

The approximate distance you'll be traveling today: ca. 200 km / 125 miles


Day 4: Seljalandsfoss - Skogarfoss - Vik

Approximate distance: ca142km / 88miles

Waterfalls – Glaciers - Birdlife - Rock formations

Breakfast at your hotel.  It's time for more natural wonders!

Today you'll visit the waterfalls of the south shore, where you can walk behind Seljalandsfoss waterfall, and climb the stairs to get an even greater view of Skogafoss Waterfall.

At Reynisfjara beach and a seabird colony, you'll see Reynisdrangar, pillars of rock rising majestically out of the ocean.

Overnight stay in the Vik area

The approximate distance you'll be traveling today: ca. 142 km / 88 miles



Seljalandsfoss  |Skogafoss  |Dyrhólaey  |Vík

Day 5: Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon – Skaftafell

Approximate distance: ca272km / 169miles

Glacial lagoon – National park – Svartifoss waterfall

Breakfast at your hotel.  Drive to the shimmering icebergs and still milky waters of Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon. This is a fantastic area to linger for photographs and enjoying the surreal atmosphere.  Between May and September, you can also take a boat tour between the drifting ice bergs in the lagoon.

An interesting stop in the area is the Thorbergssetur Center, dedicated to a beloved Icelandic author.  The building resembles a bookshelf with works by the author. The center has a nice cafe with excellent food prepared with local ingredients.   

Continue eastward, following the magnificent lines of Vatnajökull, the largest glacier in Europe.  Your family of explorers might enjoy stopping at Glacier World near Hoffell Glacier.  Here your family can take an exciting ATV ride amid glacial scenery and relax afterwards in geothermal hot tubs (Note: children 5 years and younger not allowed on ATVs, a driver‘s license is required to drive an ATV).  Families can also enjoy horseback riding at Arnanes Family Farm (offered between May and September). 

Overnight stay in the Höfn area. 

The approximate distance you'll be traveling today: ca. 272 km / 169 miles


Day 6: Skaftafell

Approximate distance: ca272km / 169miles

Glacial lagoon – National park – Svartifoss waterfall- Icelandic Farm Animals

Breakfast at your hotel.  Drive along the south coast back to Vik. Make a stop on the way at Skaftafell, a beautiful glacier ringed green oasis within Vatnajokull Natoinal Park.  There are many great hiking trails here, including a short hike to Svartifoss waterfall surrounded by beautiful columnar basalt.  If you have children 10 years and older, you can try hiking on a glacier.  This is an amazing experience, and your family will also learn lots of interesting facts about glaciers.   

You might also visit Hólmur, a farm that has a collection of farm animals kids can meet.  In the farm’s zoo you can see sheep, horses, calves, goats, a pig, cats, many different rabbit breeds, Icelandic Viking hens, dwarf hens, silkie hens, pheasants, quail, doves and pigeons, goose and ducks. Many of these animals are rare breeds that have not changed since the days of the Vikings. 

Overnight stay in the Vík area. 

The approximate distance you'll be traveling today: ca. 272 km / 169 miles


Day 7: Reykjavik

Capital of Iceland - Explore Museums - Relax 

Enjoy the beautiful Icelandic countryside with its glaciers and volcanoes as you head back to Reykjavik. Explore Reykjavik with its many outdoor swimming pools, visit the newly opened Whales of Iceland museum, or perhaps spend the day relaxing at Nautholsvik Geothermal beach.

For those traveling with younger kids, Husdyragardurinn city park and petting zoo is a fun place to visit. There you can interact with animals like the sheep, horses, cattle, pigs and goats, and watch the feeding of the seals a couple of times a day.

The approximate distance you'll be traveling today: ca. 180 km / 112 miles


Day 8: Departure

Depart with plenty of memories and an adventure that will certainly impress, and entertain your friends and family for years to come!  We recommend you depart your hotel no later than three hours before your flight.  Car rental return is located at Keflavík International Airport. 

Optional: If you are departing on an afternoon flight, a wonderful way to say goodbye to Iceland is with a relaxing dip in the soothing waters of the Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa, located just 15 minutes from Keflavík International Airport. Facilities also include a gift shop, cafeteria, and an excellent restaurant with lagoon views.



Keflavik  |The Blue Lagoon

Prices are per family in EUR valid 1. May - 30. September 2018


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 

Per family 

2.0 Toyota Auris or similar 5383
3.0 Toyota Avensis Sedan or similar 5557
3.1 Toyota Avensis Sedan Automatic or similar 5598
4.0 Skoda Octavia 4wd Station or similar 5625
4.1 Skoda Octavia 4wd Station Automatic or similar 5665
5.0 Toyota RAV4 4wd or similar 5954
5.1 Toyota RAV4 4wd Automatic or similar 6021
7.1 Toyota Land Cruiser GX 4wd Automatic or similar 6411



Discounts & special offers

1.May - 14.June & 22.August - 30.September 2018 are offered with a 10% discount.

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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