With the freedom and flexibility to explore your own route, at your own pace, a self-drive holiday puts you in the driving seat. You may choose to pull over and savour the panorama atop a rugged Corsican mountain, detour to enjoy a leisurely lunch of fresh seafood in a traditional Norwegian fishing village, or stop off for a soothing dip in thermal baths after visiting the archaeological treasures of Ancient Olympia. On a self-drive holiday you are free to take the road less travelled and set your own itinerary along the way.
Our travel experts are on hand to offer a wealth of local knowledge and personal recommendations, guiding you towards little-known attractions and sights away from the usual tourist-trails. We can suggest a route tailored to your interests and, if you’d like, we can pre-book local activities for you in advance. Your car will be waiting for you on arrival at the airport, ready to begin your adventure. Equipped with maps and GPS, it’ll be just you and the open road.
Where will your Artisan Travel self-drive holiday take you?
Iceland in particular lends itself to being explored by car; a 1,333 km continuous road loops the perimeter of this captivating island, making it incredibly easy to navigate. Our travel expert Dawn discovered the geo-thermal wonders of Iceland’s famed Golden Circle and appreciated the flexibility of the self-drive option. Reaching the more popular natural attractions, such as the explosive Strokkur geyser, before the morning tours arrive gifts you an almost private viewing, whilst capturing Gulfoss waterfall in the early evening sunlight makes for some truly breath-taking photographs.
With 18 National Tourist Routes, Northern Norway is another of our self-drive favourites. Specially commissioned architecture, sculptures and artworks are proudly displayed along the routes, showcasing renowned Scandinavian design against a backdrop of untamed coastline and jagged alpine peaks. Summer in Senja is not to be missed- kayaking amongst the inquisitive local seals on Bergsfjorden, with its pure white coral sands, was a personal highlight of travel expert Andy’s trip but back on dry land, a short drive along winding fjord-side roads, you could find yourself conquering a glacier or picnicking alongside a forest trail. Travelling by car gives you the flexibility to experience all that Norway has to offer.
Image credits: Hamn i Senja, Iceland Pro-Travel