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. Warm up in geothermal pools after walking on a glacier... And that's just the tip of the iceberg! Come discover Iceland at its beautiful, rugged and mythical best with Backroads.
Days 1-2 Strap on crampons and trek over Vatnajökul (Glacier of Rivers), admired for its ice formations, water caldrons and pinnacles 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 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 rocky lava beds, glacial outflows and rivers near Katla Volcano Discover Thórsmörk, an alpine oasis of lime-hued hillsides, caves, 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? Witness lava fields and steaming tributaries as you walk in the Nesjavellir geothermal area with our local expert Pedal through the Golden Circle and Thingvellir National Park, a World Heritage site and symbolic heart of the Icelandic nation Forty percent of all Icelandic flora can be found here, though nothing is taller than a dwarf birch! Stroll the shores of crystal clear Lake Thingvallavatn, the largest natural lake in Iceland and soak in the geo-thermal baths at Fontana.
- 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
Hotel Vatnajökull (1 night): Newly renovated, this simple yet well-appointed hotel offers panoramic views of the Vatnajökull Glacier.
Hotel Rangá (2 nights): A countryside log cabin-style resort with hot tubs overlooking a river and the Hekla Volcano.
Hotel Ion (2 nights): This sleek modern hotel sits amid geothermal pools and near the shore of Lake Thingvallavatn.
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|
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|Other||Zodiac Boat Ride (1 Hour)|
|Other||Guided Ice Walk (1.5 Hours)|
|Other||Optional Horseback Riding (1.5 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
2015 Dates & Pricing*
- 6/13-18 Price: $4598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $990 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $420
- 6/20-25 Price: $4848 pp dbl. occ., (+ $990 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $420
- 6/27-7/2 Price: $4598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $990 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $420
- 7/4-9 Price: $4598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $990 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $420
- 7/11-16 Price: $4598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $990 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $420
- 7/18-23 Price: $4848 pp dbl. occ., (+ $990 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $420
- 7/25-30 Price: $4598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $990 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $420
- 8/1-6 Price: $4598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $990 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $420
- 8/8-13 Price: $4598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $990 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $420
- 8/15-20 Price: $4598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $990 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $420
- 8/22-27 Price: $4598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $990 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $420
- 8/29-9/3 Price: $4598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $990 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $420
*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.
Private Trips Options & Pricing
Pricing for Private Trips (prices may vary based on departure date)
|8 - 9 guests from $5,398 pp dbl. occ.||12 or more guests from $4,598 pp dbl. occ.|
|10 - 11 guests from $4,898 pp dbl. occ.|
Guest Trip Reviews
GREAT TRIP! How do you express the Iceland experience to people who have never thought about going there? Backroads did an amazing job of weaving together scenic splendor, physical challenge, local color, history, science and contemporary society. This trip was a huge "WOW" in so many ways. Thank you so much for the experience!!