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Iceland's Glaciers & Coast Easygoing Multi-Adventure Tour - For Families with Young Adults 20s & Beyond

Dolce Tempo Journey in the Land of Fire & Ice

One or more kids 20+ required (siblings 17+ ok)

Family — 20s & Beyond

6 days 5 nights

Activity Level: 1-2

Premiere Hotels

From: $6,599 pp dbl occ

($1,200 for sgl occ)

It’s a pleasure to find warmth in the cold. A hot tub steaming in the chilly air. A hearty bowl of soup at a hiking refuge in a misty volcanic valley. A cozy hotel perched at the foot of one of the world’s largest glaciers. Iceland—the perfect place for inspiring adventurers and families traveling at any pace. Come discover this rugged country. See for yourself why they call it the Land of Fire and Ice.

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Iceland Glaciers and Coast Easygoing Family Multi-Adventure Tour
Iceland Glaciers and Coast Easygoing Family 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 stunning landscapes, where volcanoes and glaciers are a part of daily life, and discover the beautiful Westman Islands.

Immersive Family Travel
Dive into a rich culture, where myths of Huldufólk (elves) and trolls abound, and learn about the fascinating history of this remote island.

Unique Hotels & Delectable Dining
Enjoy modern comfort and tasteful design at our hotels and sample Icelandic delicacies crafted by chefs who blend the traditional and the contemporary.


Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
6 Days Premiere Hotels*
Accommodations may vary based on departure.
Days 1-2

Begin your inaugural family hike in Vatnajökull National Park, shaped over millennia by volcanic eruptions, glacial runoff and rushing rivers | In our Zodiac boat, explore Fjallsárlón, a frigid lagoon with an iceberg sculpture garden in its silty waters | Walk to Svartifoss (Black Falls), a stunning cascade pouring from hexagonal lava columns | Cross a remote black-sand marshland on a vintage sheep cart to explore the seabird sanctuary in the secluded Cape of Ingólfshöfdi.

Exterior view of Fosshótel Glacier Lagoon
Fosshótel Glacier Lagoon
| Premiere Hotel

A modern Scandinavian-style hotel featuring wonderful views of the surrounding mountains.

Days 3-4

Opt to strap on crampons and trek over a dramatic glacier in Skaftafell National Park, admired for its ice formations, water cauldrons and pinnacles | Ferry to the Westman Islands, landing on the largest and only populated island, Heimaey | Walk to the rim of a volcano crater for unrivaled views, then down to the coast and into town to experience local island life | Keep an eye out for colonies of birds such as fulmars and kittiwakes, and from April to August the iconic Atlantic puffin.

Exterior view of Hotel Rangá
Hotel Rangá
| Premiere Hotel

A countryside log cabin-style resort with three geothermally heated hot tubs and views of mountains, glaciers and the Hekla Volcano. A Small Luxury Hotels of the World member.

Days 5-6

Take off in a "super jeep" for a drive across rocky lava beds, glacial outflows and rivers near Katla Volcano | In Thórsmörk discover the alpine oasis created by lime-hued hillsides, snowy mountains and wildflowers at the end of the Laugavegur Trail | Hike from bizarre rock formations and canyons to beautiful viewpoints found above a vibrant green wonderland | Walk to the heart of the Hengill ​geothermal area | Climb through a beautiful gorge and across a valley passing bubbling mud pots | Discover views of picturesque Thingvellir on our final trek before journeying back to Reykjavík—the perfect place to extend your family's epic vacation.

Exterior view of the ION Adventure Hotel
ION Adventure Hotel
| *Casual Plus Hotel

This sleek, modern and award-winning hotel sits amid geothermal pools, near the shore of Lake Thingvallavatn. (pool)

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, uneven ground and paved and gravel roads. Most of our hikes take place at elevations between sea level and 1,600 feet. The Backroads support van intersects with routes at strategic points. Weather and wind conditions can have an impact on our hiking options so be sure to dress appropriately.

Daily Activity Options

* Includes shuttle.
Day 1
Level 2 | 4 miles* | 800 ft. gain
Zodiac Boat Cruise (45 minutes)
Day 2
Level 2 | 4 miles* | 700 ft. gain
Level 2 | 6 miles* | 1000 ft. gain
Ingólfshöfdi Peninsula Puffin Expedition & Hike (2 hours)
Day 3
Glacier Ice Walk (half day)
Day 4
Level 1 | 4 miles | 100 ft. gain
Level 2 | 4 miles | 400 ft. gain
Day 5
Level 1 | 2 miles | 200 ft. gain
Level 2 | 4 miles | 700 ft. gain
Level 2 | 4 miles | 1000 ft. gain
Super Jeep Expedition (5 hours)
Day 6
Level 1 | 2 miles* | 400 ft. gain
Level 2 | 4 miles* | 1000 ft. gain
Level 2 | 5 miles | 1000 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, 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.

Accommodations & Meals

Luxury Iceland-style usually means modern, simple and nicely appointed buildings that prioritize location and views over plush amenities or landscaping. Please note that, due to the remoteness of our properties, dinners tend toward a local buffet-style affair and limited-choice menus, which is simply a part of the cultural experience of Iceland.

Internal Flight

On this trip we travel by air to reach the exclusive hotels and activities this destination has to offer. We'll be flying on a charter flight with Eagle Air aboard a turboprop plane that seats 19 or 30 passengers.

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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