Iceland Multisport New!
- Experience the full diversity of Iceland's raw, wild landscape
- Remarkable geologic treasures, from glaciers and geysers to volcanoes and sea stacks
- Savor crisp coastal air and deliciously fresh seafood
- Venture on a unforgettable guided ice walk
- Extend your stay in vibrant Reykjavík
Exploration at the Edge of the Arctic Circle
Ready to let off some steam in the Land of Fire and Ice? Here, in the ancient stomping ground of the Vikings, you'll zip in Zodiac boats across an unearthly lagoon. Trek on lava beds to the Forest of Thor. Journey by "super jeep" near an active volcano. Gaze at geysers and hike to a seabird sanctuary. Soak in geothermal pools near frigid waterfalls... And that's just the tip of the iceberg! Come discover Iceland at its beautiful, rugged and mythical best with Backroads.
We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.
AccommodationsPlease note that Hotel Skaftafell is significantly more basic than the usual Backroads standard. We've chosen this property in the remote area of southeast Iceland for its superb location, amazing glacier views and proximity to our trip activities.
Days 1-2 On foot and by Zodiac boat, explore a glacial lagoon with an iceberg "sculpture garden" in its jewel-like water A breathtaking landscape awaits in Skaftafell National Park, shaped over millennia by volcanic eruptions, glacial runoff and rivers Hike through forest and heath to Svartifoss or "black falls," a stunning cascade pouring from hexagonal lava columns Strap on crampons and trek over Falljökul (Falling Glacier), admired for its ice formations, water caldrons and pinnacles At Iceland's southernmost tip, walk in the protected habitat of puffins, Arctic terns and guillemots.
Day 3 Ready for a quintessentially Icelandic outing? Hop aboard a "super jeep" for a drive across creeks and rivers near Katla Volcano Discover Thórsmörk, an alpine oasis of lime-hued hillsides, icy peaks and wildflowers Hike from bizarre rock formations and canyons to a glacier tongue surrounded by pristine valleys, lakes and ice fields A never-ending string of waterfalls line the Skógá River, including mighty Skógafoss, 200 feet high and set off by moss-covered rocks.
Days 4-6 Venture into the realm of bubbling mud pools and thermal rivers - up for a dip? Hike among geysers and streams and pedal through Thingvellir National Park, a World Heritage site Stroll the shores of crystal clear Lake Thingvallavatn, the largest natural lake in Iceland Witness lava fields and steaming tributaries as you walk in the Nesjavellir geothermal area.
Guests Reviews About This Trip
We're excited to debut this incredible multisport adventure that lets you experience the remarkable natural beauty of Iceland by bike, foot and on the water. Whether you're looking for a self-contained escape offering something a little different from the usual European vacation, or you'd like an action-packed centerpiece to a longer getaway, you're certain to have an unforgettable travel experience in the Land of Fire and Ice.- Regional Manager
Freysnesi (1 night) A very basic lodge chosen for its proximity to Skaftafell National Park.
Hella (2 nights) A countryside resort with hot tubs overlooking a river and the Hekla volcano.
Nesjavellir (2 nights) This sleek modern hotel sits amid geothermal pools and near the shore of Lake Thingvallavatn.
Private Trips Options & Pricing
Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities.
You can pick any open date in next year's lineup for your group of 8 or more - just book by December 31st of this year. Call us for date availability.
If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.
Pricing for Private Trips
|8 - 9 guests $5,198 pp dbl. occ.||12 or more guests $3,998 pp dbl. occ.|
|10 - 11 guests $4,598 pp dbl. occ.|
For groups of 2 to 7 guests, please call for Custom Trip pricing.
This Trip Is Rated Level 2-4
Routes For All Abilities
Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next-and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.
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|Other||Zodiac boat ride (1 hour)|
|Other||Guided ice walk (1.5 hours)|
|Other||Optional horseback riding (1.5 hours)|
See the detailed itinerary for kid-specific activities.
To make for the most comfortable ride to this particular trip, we've outfitted our titanium road bike with slightly wider tires.
* Includes a shuttle