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Iceland's Volcanic Highlands Multi-Adventure Tour

Majestic Mountains, Waterfalls & Geothermal Splendor

Iceland's stunning Highlands delight at every turn. Trek through wild lunar landscapes and lava fields. Find steaming vents, verdant canyons and colorful rhyolite. Relax at remote and stunning hotels where Icelandic horses roam—places that feel a world away, yet are minutes from Southern Iceland's plunging waterfalls and spouting geysers.

THIS ITINERARY: 6 days, 5 nights

ACCOMMODATIONS: Premiere Hotels

FROM: $6,899 - $7,349 pp dbl occ
($1,650 for sgl occ)

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Horseback
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Iceland Multi-Adventure
Iceland Multi-Adventure

Iceland

Start/End Reykjavík

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

Highlights
  • Witness Iceland's geothermal wonders—boiling and bubbling hot springs and mud pots, spouting geysers and steaming pools and lagoons
  • Hike through breathtaking scenery of Seltún on the Reykjanes Peninsula, also home to the newly erupting Fagradalsfjall volcano
  • Walk through “waterfall way,” where 26 falls vie for your attention, and visit the mighty tiered Gullfoss (Golden Falls) in its dramatic canyon
  • Embark on a private Super Jeep expedition to explore the remote stunning wilderness and hidden valleys of Iceland's colorful Highlands
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Itinerary
Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
6 Days Premiere Hotels
Accommodations may vary based on departure.
Days 1-2

In the heart of the Seltún geothermal area, climb up a lunar-like landscape amid an array of red, orange and golden hues | Sweeping vistas unfold of picturesque Kleifarvatn Lake and surreal Green Lake | Hike past a quiet tarn, jagged cliffs, bright green pastures and lava fields with views of the North Atlantic Ocean and Mount Keilir | After witnessing the mighty Skógafoss, walk along picturesque “waterfall way,” passing 25 more waterfalls | Explore lush green canyons, pass by grazing sheep and take in views of the Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull ice caps | Return to the valley bottom by Super Jeep | Stroll the grounds of our hotel’s farm and visit the resident horses.

Skálakot Manor, Hvolsvöllur
Skálakot Manor
Hvolsvöllur
| Premiere Hotel

This elegant and cozy family-owned hotel and working farm with Icelandic horses and sheep is set in stunning countryside.

Days 3-6

For a special adventure, hop back in a Super Jeep for a drive across rocky lava beds, glacial outflows and rivers near Katla Volcano | Discover Thórsmörk, where lime-hued hillsides, snowy mountains and wildflowers create an alpine oasis at the end of the Laugavegur Trail | Hike from bizarre rock formations and canyons to beautiful viewpoints above a vibrant green wonderland | Raft the glacial blue Hvítá River and explore Gullfoss Canyon | Ride an Icelandic horse and walk in the Golden Circle, where the Geysir geothermal field awaits—Strokkur hurls steaming water 100 feet into the air and massive Gullfoss waterfall flows and sprays along its wide staircases | Travel in a Super Jeep over a rocky desert to find an awe-inspiring and untouched wilderness filled with some of the most surreal landscapes on earth—colorful jagged peaks, ice caps, hidden verdant canyons, ancient calderas and the beautiful and smoky Hveradalir valley | Walk through remarkable Thingvellir National Park, where two tectonic plates meet and are slowly tearing away from each other | At day’s end, slip into a basalt stone hot pool at our unique retreat.

Torfhús Retreat, Selfoss
Torfhús Retreat
Selfoss
| Premiere Hotel

This remote retreat isn’t your average hotel—its traditional residences blend into the beautiful landscape with their living turf roofs and stone and reclaimed wooden walls.

Dates & Prices

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy

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Activity Level: 1-3

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. Several routes and a range of levels are offered each day so you can choose how much or how little activity you want to do. Learn more about how we determine activity levels.

Daily Route Options

Day 1
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 3 miles* | 600 ft. gain
Level 2 | 6 miles | 1000 ft. gain
Day 2
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 5 miles | 900 ft. gain
Level 3 | 7 miles | 1400 ft. gain
Level 4 | 10 miles | 1700 ft. gain
Other
Super Jeep Expedition
Day 3
Other
Super Jeep Expedition
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 2 miles | 200 ft. gain
Level 1 | 4 miles | 400 ft. gain
Level 2 | 4 miles | 1000 ft. gain
Day 4
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 3 miles | 300 ft. gain
Level 2 | 6 miles | 900 ft. gain
Rafting
on Hvítá River (3 hours)
Horseback Riding
3 Hours
Day 5
Other
Super Jeep Expedition
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 2 miles | 200 ft. gain
Level 2 | 4 miles | 1000 ft. gain
Level 3 | 5 miles | 1200 ft. gain
Day 6
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 4 miles | 400 ft. gain
* Includes shuttle.

What's Included

  • All breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners
  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips with biking, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

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.

Climate & Itinerary Changes

The combination of Iceland's prolific waterfalls, vast ice fields, vibrant green landscape and warm ocean currents makes this island like no other place in the world. The island's climate can be as surprising as its terrain, with weather patterns and microclimates that can bring sun, wind, fog, sleet, rain and snow all in the same day (or hour!). Please be sure to bring warm layers and waterproof gear for every day of the trip. In addition, the fluctuating weather might result in flight and mid-trip itinerary changes, but rest assured your Backroads Leaders are always prepared to make necessary adjustments to ensure a great trip while keeping safety the top priority.

Shuttle Time

In order to access the most scenic routes and significant points of interest on this trip, multiple shuttles of one to three hours in our support vans and in Super Jeeps are incorporated into our itinerary.

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