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Trip Highlights
  • 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! 

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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.

Straight Talk 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. Read the Straight Talk

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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 Standards

Because 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.

Guests Reviews About This Trip

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.
Alison Iles - Regional Manager

Casual Inns

Icelandair Hotel Reykjavík Marina
Icelandair Hotel Reykjavík Marina

Reykjavík (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
Hotel Arctic

Ilulissat (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.

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 (prices may vary based on departure date)

2 - 3 guests $6,598 pp dbl. occ. 8 - 9 guests $4,998 pp dbl. occ.
4 - 5 guests $5,798 pp dbl. occ. 10 - 11 guests $4,398 pp dbl. occ.
6 - 7 guests $5,298 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests $4,098 pp dbl. occ.
Internal flights from $990.

Youth savings do not apply to Private Trips.

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.

Daily Route Options
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
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1 Biking 5* 200
Biking 9* 400
Biking 19 600
2 Biking 6* 300 7 1200 11* 2800
Biking 12 900
Hiking 3* 400
Kids Vatneshellir Cave Tour (1 hour)
3 Other Flight to Ilulissat, Greenland (3 hours)
Other Ilulissat Cultural & Historical Tour (3 hours)
4 Walking 6.2* 800 12.4* 1700
5 Walking 3.1* 300 5.6* 500 8.7 700
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.

On this Family Trip, our routes follow flat and rolling terrain, and there's very little shuttling.

* Includes a shuttle

For 35 years, Backroads has been perfecting the art of active travel. We are the Greenland & Iceland tour experts. See our award-winning Europe At Large multisport tours, Europe At Large biking tours and Europe At Large walking and hiking tours.

Trip Notes

All meals included except 1 dinner

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Cancellation Policy

Cancellation fees may vary based upon departure date. Please call our expert Trip Consultants at 800-462-2848 for more information.

** Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.