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.
Best for ages 9+ (Ages 4+ ok) | Min. age to ride own bike: 7+ | Min. age to ride e-bike: 16+
Family — Teens & Kids
6 days 5 nights
Activity Level: 2-4
From: $6,099 - $6,499 pp dbl occ
Plus $350 internal air
($1,250 for sgl occ)
In Iceland, opposites attract. Mossy lava fields 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.
Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.
Board a scenic flight to Iceland's southeastern shore | Start your adventure with your family west, stopping at Jökulsárlón and Diamond beach to marvel at the blue icebergs | By zodiac boat, explore Fjallsárlón, an iceberg-filled lagoon at the foot of a glacier | Venture across remote black-sand marshland on a vintage sheep cart | The young and young-at-heart explore a seabird sanctuary on a pristine and secluded cape | Enjoy classic Icelandic cuisine with a modern twist at our hotel’s chic restaurant.
A modern Scandinavian-style hotel featuring wonderful views of the surrounding mountains.
Get close to a glacial tongue on an ice-walk in Skaftafell | Kids venture on an exciting zip-lining adventure across Vík followed by dinner with their Adventure Leader | Travel into the green pastures of often pony-sized and always unique Icelandic horses | Caused by a massive eruption, learn how the dramatic lava flows we pass influenced the French Revolution | Hop aboard a ferry and cross to the enchanting Westman Islands | The youngsters are in for a splashing good time with activities at the pool | Hike along a volcano crater's rim, formed in 1979, and soak up local knowledge at a house excavated from the volcanic ashes | Admire coastal birds and get to know the local traditions of egg collecting | Sip coffee or cocoa with your family and enjoy a kleinur (Icelandic donut) while people-watching in Heimaey, the largest of the Westman Islands and the only one with a human population.
Superior service plus mountain and seaside views await at this peaceful and modern riverside hotel.
Jump in a Super Jeep for an off-road adventure crossing lava beds and glacial rivers | Discover the magnificent remote valley of Thórsmörk, at the foot of three volcanoes | Walk original sheep tracks and find incredible vistas near Básar base camp | Explore vibrant green landscapes and pass dramatic rock formations | Enjoy an Icelandic lunch in a hiker’s refuge | Stop by Seljalandsfoss waterfall to snap the perfect Icelandic waterfall photo with your family | Wander around the geothermal mud pots and see the otherworldly Geysir erupt | Extend your vacation in Reykjavík, where there’s plenty to fascinate the whole family.
This sleek, family-run hotel is located near some of the world's most powerful geysirs in the historic Haukadalur valley.
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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Our Private Trips are best for groups of 6 or more. We suggest joining a scheduled trip.
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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 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 30 passengers.
In order to access the most scenic routes and significant points of interest on this trip, multiple shuttles of one to three hours in our support vans and in Super Jeeps are incorporated into our itinerary.