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Iceland Family Multi-Adventure Tour – Teens & Kids

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Ice Walk

Iceland's Awe-Inspiring Land of Fire & Ice

From $4,998 - $5,448 pp dbl. occ. | 6 days / 5 nights

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

Internal air: $475


In Iceland, opposites attract. Heath beside ocean. Glaciers atop volcanoes. Icebergs on black-sand beaches. A temperate climate, yet named Iceland. It's rumored that adults and kids even gravitate toward one another here. It seems implausible. To have such extremes so close. But maybe it's just the natural order.

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Iceland

Start/End Reykjavík

Iceland Family Multisport Map

Highlights

  • Explore a mystical, raw, wild landscape of crevasses, fissures and waterfalls by land, water and air
  • Learn about Iceland's incredible geologic wonders, ranging from glaciers and geysers to volcanoes and sea stacks
  • Pedal into a geothermal valley while kids have fun at an outdoor adventure park on othe shores of Lake Thingvellir
  • Cross creeks and rivers alongside an active volcano in “super jeeps”—the ultimate family adventure!
Iceland

Start/End Reykjavík

Iceland Family Multisport Map

Itinerary

Days 1-2 By Zodiac boat and on foot, marvel at a ghostly iceberg “sculpture garden” in the silty water of Fjallsárlón Lagoon  |  While grown-ups walk in the highlands, youngsters follow a path to a massive ice field  |  Go for an ice walk in Skaftafell National Park and discover a frozen world of crevasses, fissures and waterfalls  |  Kids saddle up for a ride on Icelandic ponies.

Day 3 Ride in a “super jeep” across creeks and rivers near simmering Katla Volcano  |  Discover Thórsmörk, an alpine oasis of icy peaks, caves and wildflowers  |  Hike from bizarre rock formations and canyons to stunning highpoints with views of pristine vales and brilliant lakes.

Day 4 Set out on two wheels to explore Thjórsárdalur Valley, with flourishing birch woods and stunning waterfalls  |  Kids meet up with locals at an outdoor adventure scout camp  |  Soak in the warm waters of a secret lagoon  |  Learn about geothermal energy at Fridheimar Greenhouse.

Days 5-6 Witness steaming mud pools and thermal rivers as you pedal along the shore of sparkling Lake Thingvallavatn to Thingvellir National Park, a World Heritage site and geologic wonder  |  Kids are in for an afternoon of adventure on the shore of Lake Úlfljótsvatn  |  Ramble through the Reykjadalur Valley, where a lush hanging valley is crisscrossed with steaming tributaries and dotted with hot mud pools.

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. Call or email us to reserve your date.

2018 Private Trip Pricing
  • 10 or more guests: from $4,998 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $5,498 pp dbl occ

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Prices

From $4,998 - $5,448 pp dbl. occ.
6 days / 5 nights

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

Internal air: $475


Traveling with Kids

Premiere Hotels

Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon
Fosshótel Glacier Lagoon

Hnappavellir (1 night)

Hotel Ranga
Hotel Rangá

Hella (2 nights)

Hotel Grimsborgir
Hótel Grímsborgir

Selfoss (2 nights)

Activity Level

This trip is rated Levels 1-3

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 (1 night)

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.

Hotel Grimsborgir

Hótel Grímsborgir

Selfoss (2 nights)

Set along the River Sog, in the heart of the Golden Circle, this country inn welcomes guests with spacious rooms and friendly service.

This Trip Is Rated Levels 1-3

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 4* 500
Other Zodiac Boat Cruise (45 Minutes)
2 Walking/Hiking 2 0
Other Skaftafell National Park Glacier Ice Walk (2 Hours)
Kids Horseback Riding (1.5 Hours)
3 Walking/Hiking 5* 1500
Walking/Hiking 5* 800
Other Super Jeep Expedition (5 Hours)
4 Biking 15 500 30 800 37 1700
5 Biking 12* 800 26* 2000 48* 3500
Walking/Hiking 3 300
Kids Kids: Úlfljótsvatn Adventure Park (3 Hours)
6 Walking/Hiking 4* 200
 

Note: To make for the most comfortable ride to this particular trip, we've outfitted our titanium road bike with slightly wider tires. The hiking terrain on this trip includes a mix of well-maintained paths and rugged mountain trails with some steeper sections. Liberal van shuttling is incorporated into the itinerary in order to access the best hiking and biking routes.

* 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.

Custom Kids Bikes (Included in your trip price)

Backroads is the only travel company to manufacture its own line of kid's bikes. While the wheels might be small, the performance is big—it's the perfect choice for kids. On all Backroads Family Trips, you'll find 20" and 24" bicycles for the younger set. They say good things come in small packages; when it comes to bikes for kids of all ages, Backroads is the expert.

Custom Kids Bikes

Custom Kids Bikes (Included)

Burley Kazoo trailer bike (Included in your trip price)

The Burley Kazoo trailer bike, for children up to 85 pounds, attaches to an adult bike with your child providing some of the pedal power for a real team effort! It's ideal for kids who may be comfortable pedaling around the neighborhood but aren't yet ready for bike touring.

Burley Kazoo trailer bike

Burley Cub trailer (Included)

Burley Cub trailer (Included in your trip price)

The Burley Cub trailer, for one or two children 60 pounds and under, is sturdy carrier that attaches to our bikes. It provides a comfortable and safe ride in the spacious interior with inner pockets for snacks and drinks, a reclining seat with a secure five point padded harness system and an adjustable sunscreen.

Burley Cub trailer

Burley Cub trailer

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

Local Friends of the Family

Our team of experts in Iceland – people like Elizabet the volcanologist and Saeli, who takes his jeep far off the beaten path – create an incredible experience for the whole family, whether they're sharing tales of trolls or hiking lava fields to show why this island is in fact the world's fastest-growing land mass. Your trip opens with a 30-minute private flight to the trailhead, with incredible views of the glaciers below.

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.

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.

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.

A Great Trip for Teens

This Family Adventure, with its blend of challenging activities and cool places to explore, is ready to erase the doubtful looks of the toughest travel critics around: teenagers. We're not saying there won't be a single eye-rolling response (or the odd WhatsApp exchange with the gang back home), but this trip has plenty to keep teens in the moment and part of the family.

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.

Plenty of Kids on Your Trip

It may be hard to imagine being on a family trip with no other families on it—but it happens regularly with some companies. On a Backroads Family Adventure there are typically several families on each departure, creating more opportunities for your kids to make new friends as they try fun things together – which is a big part of the experience.

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.

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.

Like You, We're Family Experts

At Backroads we've honed our expertise in active family travel over many years and a lot of trips. We host at least 20 times more family guests than any other active company, so we're constantly gaining new insights that make our trips even better. Detailed planning, behind-the scenes logistics, unrivaled support from three Trip Leaders—all backed by a team that proudly creates the kind of experiences we'd want to share with our own families.

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Backroads Iceland Family Multisport Tour
Backroads Iceland Family Multisport Tour
Backroads Iceland Family Multisport Tour
Horses - Backroads Iceland Family Multisport Tour
Hiking during Backroads Iceland Family Multisport Tour
Horseback riding - Backroads Iceland Family Multisport Tour
Backroads Iceland Family Multisport Tour
Hiking on Backroads Iceland Family Multisport Tour
Backroads Iceland Family Multisport Adventure Tour
Backroads Iceland Family Multisport Tourc
Backroads Iceland Family Multisport Tour

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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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