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Iceland Multisport Adventure Tour

 
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Exploration at the Edge of the Arctic Circle

  • Experience the full diversity of Iceland's raw, wild landscape
  • Remarkable geologic treasures, from glaciers and geysers to volcanoes and sea stacks 
  • Savor crisp coastal air and deliciously fresh seafood 
  • Venture on an unforgettable guided ice walk
  • Extend your stay in vibrant Reykjavík

Let off steam in the Land of Fire and Ice. In the ancient realm of the Vikings, trek on lava beds to the Forest of Thor. Journey near an active volcano. Gaze at massive mountains, walk on a glacier and warm up in geothermal pools. And that's just the tip of the iceberg! Discover Iceland at its rugged, beautiful best.

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Itinerary

Days 1-3 Hike in Vatnajökull National Park,  shaped over millennia by volcanic eruptions, glacial runoff and rushing rivers By Zodiac boat, explore Fjallsárlón lagoon with an iceberg “sculpture garden” in its silty waters Trek through forest and heath to Svartifoss (black falls), a stunning cascade pouring from hexagonal lava columns Strap on crampons and trek over a dramatic glacier in Skaftafell National Park, admired for its ice formations, water caldrons and pinnacles At Iceland's southernmost tip, walk in the protected habitat of puffins, Arctic terns and guillemots. 

Day 4 Ready for a quintessentially Icelandic outing? Hop aboard a “super jeep” for a drive across rocky lava beds, glacial outflows and rivers near Katla Volcano  Discover Thórsmörk, an alpine oasis of lime-hued hillsides, caves, snowy mountains and wildflowers Hike from bizarre rock formations and canyons to a glacier tongue surrounded by pristine valleys, lakes and ice fields Explore a vibrant green wonderland, ringed with breathtaking caves and icy peaks, and crisscrossed by glacial streams.

Days 5-6 Venture into the realm of bubbling mud pools and thermal rivers Set out on two wheels through the rolling terrain around Lake Thingvallavatn, a beautiful and protected national shrine, and the largest natural lake in Iceland  Walk in Thingvellir National Park, a World Heritage site and symbolic heart of the Icelandic nation Forty percent of all Icelandic flora can be found here, though nothing is taller than a dwarf birch!  Set off on a hike across a stunning valley leading to a gradual climb through a beautiful gorge.

I took this trip with my husband last summer and it exceeded our expectations in every way. The scenery in Iceland is absolutely stunning and traveling with Backroads allowed us to see & do so much in just a 6 days.
Kate - San Francisco

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

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 icefields, 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.

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.
$5,248 - $5,448
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(+$670 to $1,160 for sgl. occ.)
Internal air:
$390


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Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon

Fosshótel Glacier Lagoon

Hnappavellir (2 nights)

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

Hotel Ranga

Hotel Rangá

Hella (2 nights)

A countryside log cabin-style resort with views of mountains, glaciers and the Hekla Volcano.

Ion Luxury Adventure Hotel

ION Luxury Adventure Hotel

Nesjavellir (1 night)

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

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There's no better way to find out about Backroads than by hearing it from the people who have traveled with us. For more about the Backroads Experience, read our Guest Testimonials.

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5.0

Amazing Experience!

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from San Francisco

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Comments about Iceland Multisport Adventure Tour:

I took this trip with my husband last summer and it exceeded our expectations in every way. The scenery in Iceland is absolutely stunning and traveling with Backroads allowed us to see & do so much in just a 6 days.

 
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from Columbus, Ohio

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Comments about Iceland Multisport Adventure Tour:

A great time, with lots of memories I'll cherish. What a beautiful country!

 
5.0

Incredible Iceland

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from Durham, NC

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Comments about Iceland Multisport Adventure Tour:

Iceland was right up there with our best trips ever! We were so lucky with close to perfect weather. Views were incredible. We even got to see the Northern lights, an unexpected "icing on the cake!"

 
5.0

Awesome visit to Iceland

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from Houston, Texas

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Comments about Iceland Multisport Adventure Tour:

Trip itinerary was excellent and balanced activities and intensity. Trip leaders were terrific. Food and snacks were exceptional. Every aspect exceeded expectations.

 
5.0

Backroads Rocks Iceland

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from New Hampshire

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Comments about Iceland Multisport Adventure Tour:

Iceand might be on the"hot" places to visit but Backroads manages to find trails and lunch spots that make you feel like you are the only ones on the island. Because of Backroads' reputation throughout the world locals always welcome us with open arms. This along with the level of the Backroads' guides is what keeps us coming back. We recommended the Backroads Iceland trip to a friend who had such a good experience they came home and booked a trip to Bhutan. As always we have made new friends, have wonderful memories and amazing photos to share with our family and friends. Thank you and hope to see you again soon

 
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Stunning Country!

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Comments about Iceland Multisport Adventure Tour:

This was truly the trip of a lifetime and a real adventure. Iceland is a stunning and dramatic country, and I had a wonderful time exploring it with Backroads. Our group was a mix of abilities, and everyone got to see and experience Southern Iceland's incredible landscapes with their desired level of activity. Our hotels were lovely and comfortable, and the caliber of food was a constant pleasant surprise. Our leaders were total rockstars, rain or shine (and we had plenty of both!) and were the cherry on top of an excellent adventure.

 
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Comments about Iceland Multisport Adventure Tour:

The trip guides were outstanding, but the group was TOO LARGE. As I recall, it was 21 clients, due to a late decision by Backroads to add a family of five, which made both travel and hiking events awkward. This distracted from what would other wise have been a "five-star" experience.

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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.

Please click on a date below for specific pricing and possible itinerary variations.

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This Trip Is Rated Levels 2-4

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.

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Daily Route Options
Day Activity EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 Walking/Hiking 4* 500
Other Zodiac Boat Cruise (45 Minutes)
2 Walking/Hiking 4* 700 6 1000 11* 2400
3 Walking/Hiking 1* 100
Other Ice Walk (3 Hours)
4 Walking/Hiking 4* 1000 7* 1100
Other Super Jeep Expedition (5 Hours)
5 Biking 19* 1500 28* 2500 37 3500
Walking/Hiking 2 200
6 Walking/Hiking 2* 400 6 1200
Walking/Hiking 4* 1000
 

Note: To make for the most comfortable ride to this particular trip, we've outfitted our titanium road bike with slightly wider tires.

* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our route ratings and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources (such as Map My Ride and Garmin devices) may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies. Readings from a Garmin or a smart phone are influenced by other factors such as air pressure.

Why Travel with Backroads in Iceland

We Know How to Say Eyjafjallajökull

Backroads consistently offers the best variety of active travel experiences in the land of fire and ice. Whether you choose this action-packed Multisport Adventure – which begins with a private charter flight to get you quickly to the trailhead – or one of our other Iceland trips, they're all backed by our deep local knowledge and the strong relationships we've built with the country's best hotels and restaurants.

A Variety of Routes Each Day

In Iceland you head off each morning after choosing among several expertly designed routes—all with detailed directions, mileage and shuttle options. Unlike trips with one fixed daily route (or worse, one guide that everyone's obliged to follow), you're free to enjoy the best of the region at your pace, stopping wherever you want to explore further.

Get the Most Out of Each Day

Coordinating multiple activities throughout a single day can be tricky, but with Backroads you'll never know it. When you explore Iceland with us, you switch activities seamlessly without missing a beat. We invented the multisport concept, and we're constantly adding new dimensions and fine-tuning the experience to make it even more enjoyable.

Everyone at Their Own Pace

We design and support our Iceland trips to suit mixed abilities and varied interests—so you can set your own pace, then change things up as the day unfolds. And all guests are free to do the same, traveling together or apart, with no one cramping anyone else's style. Which sounds easy in theory, but it's hard to pull off. Here's more on how we do it.

More Leaders to Support You

On our Iceland trips we have an extra leader supporting you along the road and trail—for a total of three, compared to the industry standard two. So we can be in more places at once, giving personal attention to guests traveling at their own pace. Here's more on our Trip Leaders.

The Best Leaders in Iceland

Backroads has the best-qualified people to lead your trip in Iceland, and our guests back that up, rating our Trip Leaders an average of 9.75 out of 10 for all-around quality of performance. Get the facts (and no fluff) on how we recruit and develop the very best people for your trip.

Experts with Secrets to Share

In choosing the ideal experts to enrich your travel experience, we look for people with a wealth of local knowledge, but also the ability to convey their insights in English. Too often travelers find themselves smiling politely, not quite understanding what they're being told. Our experts share intriguing facts, anecdotes and inside stories that stay with you forever.

Quality You Can Measure

Since 1979, Backroads Founder and President Tom Hale has shown that staying #1 means constantly evaluating our performance using the best possible source of information: our guests. As we systematically analyze your feedback on our trip consultants, leaders, hotels, meals and on-trip activities, we never stop working to make a great company even better.

We Invented the Multisport Trip

After 30 years of creating Backroads Multisport Adventures, our trip designers know how to blend the perfect balance of biking and hiking with other activities to showcase the best of a region. And then they arrange the seamless transitions that would be so hard to orchestrate on your own—adding dimensions to your trip that are exciting, inspiring and just plain fun.

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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 the selection of dates below for your group of 8 or more. If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you. Call or email us to reserve your date.

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Pricing for Private Trips

2017

  • 10 or more guests: from $5,148 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $5,248 pp dbl occ

2018

  • 10 or more guests: from $5,298 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $5,798 pp dbl occ

Click on a date below for specific pricing and possible itinerary variations.

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