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Iceland Multi-Adventure Tour

Walk/Hike
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Ice Walk

Iceland's Awe-Inspiring Land of Fire & Ice

From $5,298 - $5,798 pp dbl. occ. | 6 days / 5 nights

(+$1,160 for sgl. occ.)

Internal air: $215 to $475


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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Iceland

Start/End Reykjavík

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Highlights

  • Experience a wide range of Iceland's remarkable geologic treasures, from glaciers and steam vents to volcanoes and sea stacks
  • Savor crisp coastal air and delicious fresh-caught seafood all along the way
  • Venture on an unforgettable guided ice walk through an awe-inspiring glacial landscape at Skaftafell National Park
  • Hike through the ancient and surreal realm of Vikings, trolls and elves
Iceland

Start/End Reykjavík

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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 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.

Day 4 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 beautiful viewpoints | Explore a vibrant green wonderland featuring caves, icy peaks and glacial streams. 

Days 5-6 Venture into the realm of bubbling mud pools and thermal rivers as you set out on two wheels through the rolling terrain around Lake Thingvallavatn | This beautiful and protected national shrine is 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 local flora can be found here, though nothing is taller than a dwarf birch! | Set off on a hike across a stunning steaming valley leading to a gradual climb through the Hengill Geothermal area.

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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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.

2018 Private Trip Pricing
  • 10 or more guests: from $5,298 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $5,798 pp dbl occ

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Prices

From $5,298 - $5,798 pp dbl. occ.
6 days / 5 nights

(+$1,160 for sgl. occ.)

Internal air: $215 to $475


Premiere Hotels

Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon
Fosshótel Glacier Lagoon

Hnappavellir (2 nights)

Hotel Ranga
Hotel Rangá

Hella (2 nights)

Ion Luxury Adventure Hotel
ION Adventure Hotel

Nesjavellir (1 night)

Activity Level

This trip is rated Levels 2-4

What's Included

Services and equipment are included.

Why Backroads

Why Travel with Backroads in Iceland

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Premiere Hotels

Accommodations may vary based on departure date. Any difference from what is listed below can be found by clicking on your desired date on the View Scheduled Dates or Private Dates tabs.

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. A Small Luxury Hotels of the World member.

Ion Luxury Adventure Hotel

ION Adventure Hotel

Nesjavellir (1 night)

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

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.

Daily Route Options (drag to see full )

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 3* 500
Walking/Hiking 4* 500
Other Zodiac Boat Cruise (45 Minutes)
2 Walking/Hiking 4* 700 6 1000 11* 2400
3 Other Ice Walk (4 Hours)
4 Walking/Hiking 2 200 4 700 5* 1000
Walking/Hiking 5 1000
Other Super Jeep Expedition (5 Hours)
5 Biking 19* 1500 28* 2500 36 3500
Walking/Hiking 2 200
6 Walking/Hiking 2* 400 6 1000
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 activity level 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.

Meals

All breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners

Available Bike Options

The key to a stellar day’s ride is a bike that’s perfectly in tune with your cycling style… Backroads has you covered with the best bike fleet in the world! Read on for your available bike options for this trip or view our full bike fleet in further detail.

Backroads Titanium Bikes (Included in your trip price)

Our custom-built titanium bikes are specially designed for you—and we offer different models for varied terrain so your bike is ideally suited to the region. Our custom-made bikes are included in your trip price.

Touring Bike (Included)

For trips departing before 4/15/18, please see available bike options here.

Also Included

  • 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 and porterage

Get the Straight Talk about This Trip

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.

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 Multi-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 multi-adventure 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 Multi-Adventure Trip

After more than 30 years of creating Backroads Multi-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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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.
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