Travelling around by car allows you to experience Scandinavia or Iceland in your own pace. You have the possibility to visit places which could otherwise be difficult to reach - places such as small villages, breathtaking viewpoints and scenic roads. Our selection of self drive tours includes it all, making the journey itself part of the attraction.
Generally the tour price includes hotel accommodation with breakfast. We also include the cruise on the Geirangerfjord for those tours including this stretch. Other domestic ferry crossings have to be paid on spot (no pre-booking and payment possible); information about the necessary ferry routes and schedules will be provided. A complete overview of the services included is specified for each tour (at the bottom of the tour page).
Since we offer tours throughout the Nordic countries, the Baltis and Russia we do not have staff available to meet you in person during your travels with us. Please rest assured however that we are always available through phone and email during our office hours and through our emergency phone outside our office hours should you require any assistance during your travels.
A rental car is not included in our self drive tours in Scandinavia since many travellers prefer to bring their own car or have special deals available for rental cars through their credit card provider. The major rental car companies like Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz and Sixt have offices all around Scandinavia.
Our self-drive tours in Iceland also include a rental car (category 2 = Toyota Auris or similar; car upgrade possible for an additional fee) with CDW, theft protection, unlimited mileage and including VAT. Free GPS system and free additional driver. Car pick up/drop off at Keflavik airport including airport service charge. The car is included for the amount of days of the itinerary x 24 hours, starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on the first day and departs late on the last day, an additional cost will occur unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik.
You can start the self drive tours any day of the week during the travel period (this is usually from May/June until October). If booking a self drive tour including a cruise with Hurtigruten, please note that not all cruise ships can take cars so that the date might have to be moved by a day or two.
For the tours in Scandinavia, road maps are not provided as part of the travel documents. We do however provide a detailed day-by-day travel itinerary with an overview map showing each day’s drive. In Iceland, you will receive a tablet for the time of the rental that includes a travel app with a road map, travel guide and other useful information, for example about the weather and road conditions.
Driving in the Nordic countries, and especially in Norway and Iceland, may differ from your previous driving experiences. Especially in the fjord region and in the mountains the roads tend to be narrow and winding. This means that the driving time per day may be longer than you expect just by looking at the distance in kilometres. To give you a better understanding of the driving involved per day, we have therefore specified both the distance and duration per day for each tour on our website.
Free parking is offered at all the hotels with countryside location (fjord village, mountain village etc). In the cities you will have to pay for the parking on the spot (Oslo, Bergen, Ålesund, Trondheim, Reykjavik etc.). Parking in the cities will either be in the hotels’ private parking garage or a public parking garage close by (we inform about parking in the travel documents. However, no parking is booked). The price per 24 hours is normally from EUR 20-25 but can be as much as EUR 35-40.
As a tourist the following applies regarding driver’s license:
Visitors from EU/EEA countries can drive with the driver’s license from their home country as long as it is valid in the country of origin.
Visitors from the following countries outside the EU/EEA can use their licence usually for up to three months if the text is (also) written in the Latin alphabet and the licence includes a picture: Albania, Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Egypt, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, New Zealand, Peru, Russia, San Marino, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Tunisia, Ukraine, USA and Venezuela.
Extra nights can be added when submitting the tour reservation through our website.
Extra nights before the start of the tour or after the end of the tour can also be added until the due date of the final payment by sending an e-mail to [email protected]
Please note that there will be an amendment fee of EUR 50 for adding extra nights and/or overnight experiences in the middle of the tour once the tour is confirmed. The amendment fee also applies if adding an extra night after you have received the travel documents.
Should you wish to exclude any hotel overnights included in the tour we ask you kindly to specify this in the remarks field when submitting the reservation through our website.
It is not possible to take out majority of the overnights included in the tour price. For tours including only 2 or 3 nights, no nights can be removed. For our Iceland tours, the removal of overnights will change the tour price since the package will then be considered as tailor-made.
To get the amended tour price please contact us through the request form during the online booking process or by sending an email to [email protected]
There is normally a 50% child reduction on our self-drive tours when 1-2 children are sharing a room with two full paying persons. The age the child reduction applies to is usually up to 11 years for our Iceland tours (note: only 1 child per room since the hotels in the countryside don't have rooms with space for four) and 12 for our tours in Scandinavia. To find the exact price for all travellers for a specific tour please enter a travel date, travelers, room type and hotel category.
We highly recommend not to book your flight tickets before you have received the tour confirmation from us. All of our tours are subject to availability, meaning we cannot guarantee availability until we have sent out the tour confirmation. We try our best to send the tour confirmation within 24-48 hours (Monday-Friday).
All travel documents will be sent by e-mail approximately one month before travel and after final payment is completed.
Included in the travel documents are a detailed travel itinerary, an address list, travel vouchers and ferry schedules. You will receive a travel voucher for each service included in the package tour. These vouchers are your proof of payment and must be presented during your trip.
Trude is the heart and soul of Authentic Scandinavia! She has built up the company from the very beginning and made Authentic Scandinavia her "baby no. 1".
Lisa has returned for her second stint at Authentic Scandinavia - the first time being back in 2010 when it was still in its infancy. She now looks forward to sharing her knowledge of Scandinavia.
Victoria joined Authentic Scandinavia in August 2014. It is very important to her that our customers are given an unforgettable experience when choosing Scandinavia as their travel destination.
Jessica is originally from Germany and loves to explore the world herself. She moved to Oslo in 2017 after finishing her degree in International Tourism Studies.
Josefine is from Denmark. She grew up in Copenhagen where she also worked in the travel and tourism industry before moving to Norway in 2018.
Annika is originally from Germany and moved to Oslo after finishing her degree in 2017 . She loves to travel and especially fell in love with travelling in Scandinavia.
Lea is originally from Austria and moved to Oslo in 2020. She has studied and lived in Copenhagen and worked as a tour leader in Norway. She loves nature and in Oslo nature is never far away.
Zsofia is from Hungary and she joined Authentic Scandinavia in 2017. She is passionate about digital marketing and is eager to make Authentic Scandinavia known to a wider audience.
As the CEO of the Haman Group Anette’s days are not your typical 9-5 job but she very much enjoys it! Anette is the one who made the dream of Authentic Scandinavia possible.
Orijana is born in Bosnia and Herzegovina but came to Norway in 1994. She has been in charge of Authentic Scandinavia's accounts since 2011. In 2013 she became the Chief Accountant of Haman Group.
Zana was born in Lithuania and moved to Sweden in 2011 to study tourism. She joined the Haman Group in 2017 and she is responsible for all contracts with our suppliers.
Authentic Scandinavia has several interns throughout the year. These are mainly foreign university students who want to gain some practical experience during their studies. They stay between 3 and 6 months, and are valuable members of the team.