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A Nordic Adventure in the Land of the Inuit, Sled Dogs & Glaciers
It's been more than 1,000 years since Viking Erik the Red sailed from his Icelandic home to a vast wilderness at the edge of the world - a remote and untouched land he lyrically dubbed Greenland (even though Iceland's green and Greenland's icy!). Don't be surprised if you enjoy a similar sense of discovery during your trip, because these two northern realms still have the power to captivate the 21st-century consciousness. Here, glaciers loom larger than life. Waterfalls roar and icebergs crack. And indigenous Inuit rely on the intrepid sled dog as they've done for millennia. Welcome to an epic week on the Arctic Circle - your family's very own Norse saga come to life.
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.
Meals & Service StandardsBecause agriculture is limited in this rugged region, produce can be in short supply - while meat and seafood is abundant, fresh and local.
Also note that due to Greenland's remoteness, you may not always experience the level of convenience or service that we expect. If you can be flexible and approach the region with an open mind, you’ll enjoy your trip to the fullest!
Days 1-2 Get set for six thrilling days of rich culture and sublime natural sights Marvel at Reykjavík's natural beauty on a scenic spin along a coastal path Head to Snaefellsnes Peninsula, called "Iceland in miniature" because it contains many of the country's quintessential landscapes Youngsters descend 100 feet underground on an exhilarating lava cave tour Pedal and hike along the coast past marvelous moss-covered rock formations, windswept beaches and craggy seaside cliffs.
Days 3-4 Our flight to Greenland gives you an eagle's perspective on the landscape In the atmospheric arctic town of Ilulissat, perhaps you'll check out a museum or visit the busy fishing pier A postcard-perfect hike through a typical arctic coastal landscape takes you to Oqaatsut This community of hunters and fishermen boasts twice as many sled dogs as people!
Days 5-6 Walk along the sea to witness the staggering Ilulissat Icefjord, a World Heritage site containing some of the world's largest and most active glaciers Soak up the stunning blue-green color of the lakes and ocean, listen to the intense cracking of the calving glacier, and consider the remoteness of this place, with no roads linking it to the outside world Admire the otherworldly white nights of the midnight sun Then greet the day with an exciting flight-seeing trip back to Reykjavík.
- Experience summertime's "white nights," courtesy of the midnight sun
- Explore the rugged, windswept stomping grounds of the indigenous Inuit
- Watch - and listen! - for calving glaciers on the amazing Ilulissat Icefjord
- Some of the freshest and most delicious fish you'll ever taste
- An ideal add-on to our Iceland Family Multisport trip - extend the adventure!
Icelandair Hotel Reykjavík Marina (2 nights): Enjoy a unique vista of the harbor from this new and stylish hotel in the heart of Reykjavík just a few steps from art museums and shopping in the city's revitalized downtown.
Hotel Arctic (3 nights): View a magical world of icebergs and glaciers from this elegant minimalist hotel set on the edge of the awe-inspiring Ilulissat Icefjord.
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.
Routes For All Abilities
|Daily Route Options|
|Level 1||Level 2||Level 3||Level 4||Level 5|
|miles||feet gain||miles||feet gain||miles||feet gain||miles||feet gain||miles||feet gain|
|Kids||Vatneshellir Cave Tour (1 hour)|
|3||Other||Flight to Ilulissat, Greenland (3 hours)|
|Other||Ilulissat Cultural & Historical Tour (3 hours)|
|Other||Midnight Iceberg Cruise (2.5 hours)|
|6||Other||Flight-seeing journey to Reykjavík, Iceland (3 hours)|
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
Recommended Kids Ages
- Recommended minimum age for the trip: 9 years
- Minimum age restriction to ride own bike: 9 years
- No Burleys or Piccolos available on this trip
General Info on Minimum Ages:We strongly encourage families to join our Family Trips, designed with kid- and adult-friendly features. Please note that we have a minimum age requirement of 1 year for all Inn trips and 2 years for all Camping trips. Other than that, we do not restrict trips to a minimum age except in the rare case of a hotel age restriction. We do, however, recommend minimum ages based on the following criteria:
- 12+ amount of cultural appreciation, difficulty of activities, routes
- 9+ difficulty of activities/activity age restrictions, routes
- 6+ several longer dinners; routes are difficult for pulling a Burley and therefore not appropriate for younger children; difficulty of activities/activity age restrictions
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 from a large selection of dates for your group of 8 or more. 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
- 2 - 3 guests $6,598 pp dbl. occ.
- 4 - 5 guests $5,798 pp dbl. occ.
- 6 - 7 guests $5,298 pp dbl. occ.
- 8 - 9 guests $4,998 pp dbl. occ.
- 10 - 11 guests $4,398 pp dbl. occ.
- 12 or more guests $4,098 pp dbl. occ.
Youth savings do not apply to Private Trips.
Guest Trip Reviews
If you're dreaming of a family getaway that's a little different from the usual European vacation, set your sights on the Arctic Circle and come play with us in Iceland & Greenland! The natural wonders here - from wild windswept beaches and thundering waterfalls to massive glaciers with Manhattan-sized icebergs - will take your breath away. And our engaging local friends will welcome your gang like longtime friends and happily introduce you to their remote and spectacular home.- Regional Manager