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.
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.
THIS ITINERARY: 6 days, 5 nights
ACCOMMODATIONS: Premiere Hotels
Special Kids Prices
Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.
In Reykjavík board a scenic flight to Iceland's southeastern shore, landing near Vatnajökull, Europe's largest ice cap | Explore the coastal town of Höfn and its stunning glacier backdrop | Arrive at the remote Cape of Ingólfshöfdi for an expedition through its spectacular seabird sanctuary–keep an eye out for puffins! | By Zodiac boat and on foot, marvel at a ghostly iceberg sculpture garden in the silty water of Fjallsárlón Lagoon | Surrounded by wildflowers, glaciers, mountains and views out to the coast, make your way through purple dwarf fireweed to several impressive waterfalls, including Svartifoss (Black Falls), a gorgeous cascade that plunges from a cliff made of black hexagonal basalt columns.
A modern Scandinavian-style hotel featuring wonderful views of the surrounding mountains.
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 horses followed by a special dinner of their own | Voyage by ferry to the Westman Islands to discover Heimaey, the largest and only populated island | Bike around the island for spectacular views of sea stacks, moss-covered cliffs and black sand beaches, plus get a glimpse of local island life | Discover bird colonies such as fulmars and kittiwakes, and during April through August the iconic Atlantic puffin.
UMI is a peaceful and modern riverside hotel with superior service and mountain and seaside views.
Ride in a "super jeep" across creeks and rivers near simmering Katla Volcano | Discover Thórsmörk, an alpine oasis of icy peaks, caves and wildflowers at the end of the Laugavegurinn trail | Hike from bizarre rock formations and canyons to stunning highpoints with views of pristine vales and brilliant lakes | Ramble through the Reykjadalur Valley, where a lush hanging valley is crisscrossed with steaming tributaries and dotted with hot mud pools.
Set along the River Sog, in the heart of the Golden Circle, this country inn welcomes guests with spacious rooms and friendly service.
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. 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. LEARN MORE.
Note: 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.
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.