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Easygoing Multi-Adventure Tour Iceland's Volcanic Highlands

Dolce Tempo Journey among Mountains, Waterfalls & Geothermal Splendor

Discover the delights of Thingvellir National Park. Journey to massive waterfalls. Explore wide lunar landscapes and vast lava fields. Travel to the heart of Iceland's geothermal wonders in a Super Jeep. And when you please, relax at our remote and stunning hotels, where Icelandic horses roam. Join us in Southern Iceland—a nature lover’s playground that feels a world away.

THIS ITINERARY: 6 days, 5 nights

ACCOMMODATIONS: Premiere Hotels

FROM: $6,899 - $6,999 pp dbl occ
Plus $640 internal air
($1,100 for sgl occ)

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Horseback
Raft
Iceland Easygoing Multi-adventure
Iceland Easygoing Multi-adventure

Iceland

Start/End Reykjavík

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

Dolce Tempo Highlights

Refreshingly Active Adventures
Explore Iceland’s mighty cascades, hidden valleys in the colorful Highlands and geothermal wonders of bubbling hot springs, spouting geysers and hissing vents.

Immersive Travel
Dive into the rich culture of Iceland, learning about its myths of fairies and trolls. Ride an Icelandic horse and discover its unique gaits, including its most famous: the four-beat lateral gait.

Unique Hotels & Delectable Dining
Bask in the luxury of our boutique hotels where you can wander the farm, slip into a stone hot pool and sit down to delicious meals featuring fresh local produce, salmon, char and lamb.

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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

From the heart of the Seltún geothermal area, hike in a lunar-like landscape filled with red, orange and golden hues | Sweeping views unfold of picturesque Kleifarvatn Lake and surreal Green Lake | Walk past a quiet tarn, jagged cliffs, bright green pastures and lava fields with views of the North Atlantic Ocean and Mount Keilir | Get ready to witness the mighty Skógafoss, followed by 25 more waterfalls on "waterfall way" | Explore lush green canyons, pass by grazing sheep and take in vistas of the Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull ice caps | Be spoiled by the personal service at our hotel and stroll the grounds stopping to 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

Hop on 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 | Discover the color-washed landscape of the Highlands at Iceland’s mountainous center | For a special adventure, we ride in a Super Jeep through rocky desert to awe-inspiring and untouched wilderness filled with jagged peaks, ice caps, hidden verdant valleys, endless waterfalls and the beautiful Hveradalir Valley | In remarkable Thingvellir National Park, learn about the meeting of two tectonic plates that are slowly tearing away from each other | Our unique retreat awaits at day’s end—sip a glass of wine and relax in a basalt stone hot pool.

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.

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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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Dolce Tempo: What to Expect

Our easygoing Multi-Adventure tours make adventuring a breeze—perfect for beginners or occasional bikers/hikers, or anyone who is interested in exploring the world actively. With dedicated Trip Leaders, support vans and GPS-supported routes, the day is yours to decide. Find an unbeatable blend of walking and biking routes (2-4 hours of activity, 10-30 miles of biking, 2-7 miles of walking) with other fun-filled activities such as kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, camel riding and more. On trips with biking, custom electric-assist bikes allow you to pedal effortlessly!

 

Route notes

The walking terrain on this trip includes a mix of dirt paths and uneven, rocky and sometimes muddy trails. Most of our walks take place at elevations between sea level and 1,600 feet. Weather and wind conditions can have an impact on our walking options so be sure to dress appropriately.

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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