Region Overviews: Iceland Travel Guide: Overview
Just shy of the Arctic Circle, Iceland is an island nation that features pristine glaciers, sulfuric hot springs and stunning fjords alongside the trendy bars of capital, Reykjavík.
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Welcome to the Land of Fire and Ice. In the ancient realm of the Vikings, hike on lava beds to the Forest of Thor. Walk on a glacier and warm up in geothermal pools, journey near active volcanoes and behold sharp mountain cliffs dotted with raging waterfalls. And that's just the tip of the iceberg! Feel the energy of nature and let off steam as you and your family discover Iceland at its rugged, beautiful best.
THIS ITINERARY: 6 days, 5 nights
ACCOMMODATIONS: Premiere Hotels
Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.
Begin your inaugural 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.
A modern Scandinavian-style hotel featuring wonderful views of the surrounding mountains.
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 | Hike 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.
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.
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 | Hike 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.
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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Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. Several routes and a range of levels are offered each day so you can choose how much or how little activity you want to do. Learn more about how we determine activity levels.
The hiking terrain on this trip includes some maintained trails as well as some rugged mountain paths with rocky, muddy sections and steep ascents and descents. The weather can also be extreme with wind, rain and fog, all of which can make the routes feel more challenging than the mileage may suggest.
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.
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.
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.
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 passengers.