Iceland - Gullfoss Falls
Introducing Dolce Tempo From Backroads
Iconic Geysir, geyser in Iceland
Hveradalir Valley in Iceland
Skogafoss waterfall in Iceland
Backroads Iceland Multi-Adventure Tour
Fish dinner with vegtables
Horseback riding in Iceland
Hiker among the cliffs in Iceland
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Iceland's Golden Circle & Volcanic Highlands Easygoing Multi-Adventure Tour

Dolce Tempo Journey among Mountains, Waterfalls & Geothermal Splendor

Couples, Friends & Solos

6 days 5 nights

Activity Level: 1-2

Premiere Hotels

From: $7,299 pp dbl occ

($1,650 for sgl occ)

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.

Iceland Easygoing Multi-Adventure Tour
Iceland Easygoing Multi-Adventure Tour


Start/End Reykjavík

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


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.

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.

Introducing Dolce Tempo From Backroads
Dolce Tempo
The Backroads Experience
The Backroads Experience
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Meet Our Leaders


Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
6 Days Premiere Hotels
Accommodations may vary based on departure.
Day 1

Start your journey with a hike to the recent eruption site of Fagradalsfjall Volcano | Wonder at the black lava and the marks and scars from the prolonged eruption | Continue to Gljufrabui, a hidden waterfall inside a narrow ravine, and walk behind the iconic Seljalandsfoss waterfall | Relax in your luxurious hotel, which sits in Iceland’s peaceful south and overlooks the North Atlantic Ocean.

Skálakot Manor, Hvolsvöllur
Skálakot Manor Hotel
| Premiere Hotel

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

Days 2-3

After witnessing the mighty Skógafoss, learn about the area's rich culture at the Skógar Folklore and Cultural Heritage Museum | Drink in spectacular views of the south coast and the wide-open Atlantic OceanExplore lush green canyons, pass by grazing sheep and take in views of the Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull ice caps | Raft the glacial Hvítá River and explore Gullfoss Canyon | Stand in awe of the Geysir geothermal field and watch Strokkur hurls steaming water 100 feet into the air | At day’s end, slip into a basalt stone hot pool at our unique retreat | End the day with a lively performance by an Icelandic musician.

Torfhús Retreat, Selfoss
Torfhús Retreat
| 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.

Days 4-6

Travel over a rocky desert to the heart of the remote Iceland Highlands in a Super Jeep | Ride an Icelandic horse in the heart of the Golden Circle and marvel as the massive Gullfoss waterfall flows and sprays along its wide staircases | Explore an awe-inspiring and untouched wilderness filled with some of the most surreal landscapes on earth | Colorful jagged peaks, ice caps, hidden verdant canyons and ancient calderas await | Journey through the moon-like Hveradalir, the "valley of hot springs" filled with volcanic rhyolite, fumaroles and rising steam | Continue to Ásgard and be amazed at the rainbow-colored mountain slopes with the Hofsjökull glacier and the highlands in the distance.

Kerlingarfjöll Mountain Resort
Highland Base at Kerlingarfjöll
| Premiere Hotel

Experience the Highlands at this remote and newly renovated lodge, a historic oasis with panoramic views of the surrounding landscape.

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: 1-2

Our Dolce Tempo activities allow you to leisurely explore local hidden gems and to get away from the crowds, experiencing the essence of your location on your own terms and at your own pace. Easier than our other trips, but still wonderfully active, itinerary options typically include 2-4 hours of walking, e-biking or other excursions per day. On e-bike routes, our custom electric-assist bikes allow you to pedal effortlessly. Your trip is fully supported with dedicated Trip Leaders, vans, meticulously selected routes and downloadable GPS files available for use on your own device.

Route notes

The walking terrain on this trip includes a mix of dirt paths and uneven, rocky and sometimes muddy trails which can make the routes feel more challenging than the mileage may suggest. 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.

Daily Activity Options

Day 1
Level 1 | 1 miles | 100 ft. gain
Level 1 | 2 miles | 400 ft. gain
Level 2 | 3 miles | 700 ft. gain
Day 2
Level 1 | 1 miles | 100 ft. gain
Day 3
Super Jeep Expedition
Level 1 | 3 miles | 800 ft. gain
Level 1 | 2 miles | 200 ft. gain
on Hvítá River (3 hours)
Day 4
Horseback Riding
3 Hours
Super Jeep Expedition
Level 1 | 3 miles | 200 ft. gain
Day 5
Level 2 | 4 miles | 500 ft. gain
Day 6
Level 1 | 2 miles | 200 ft. gain

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

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 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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