Iceland Northern Lights Multi-Adventure Tour
Winter Wonder in the Land of Glaciers & Volcanoes
Iceland is awe-inspiring at any time of year. Massive glaciers and ice caves, volcanoes, geothermal wonders. Add to this the mesmerizing display of northern lights undulating across the arctic winter sky—we keep our fingers crossed for clear night skies giving way to those dancing lights. Embrace the chill in the air and be rewarded with Iceland's winter majesty.
THIS ITINERARY: 6 days, 5 nights
ACCOMMODATIONS: Premiere Hotels
Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.
- Discover the full diversity of Iceland's raw and wild landscape, where Mother Nature's drama is on full display
- Ice-walk on a glacier for an up-close perspective of glacial ice, then walk into the heart of Katla Ice Cave
- Marvel at the aurora borealis in one of the world's best spots to experience the magic of the northern lights—if luck is on our side!
- Travel to a town built on a 5,000-year-old lava bed and ride in an all-terrain super jeep to access frozen waterfalls
6 Days Premiere Hotels
Travel from Reykjavík to take your first walk in Thingvellir National Park, a World Heritage site | Explore a stunning valley in the Hengill geothermal hiking area, taking in views of Lake Thingvallavatn, the largest natural lake in Iceland.
This sleek, modern and award-winning hotel sits amid geothermal pools, near the shore of Lake Thingvallavatn. (pool)
Hike among hidden mud pots in Nesjavellir Valley, witnessing firsthand the power of renewable geothermal energy | Ride aboard a private "super jeep" to explore a remote and rocky road past frozen waterfalls and canyons near the active Katla Volcano | Discover hidden valleys and beaches on foot | After a day in this wintry wonderland, warm up with a relaxing soak in an outdoor geothermal hot tub.
A countryside log cabin-style resort with three geothermally healted hot tubs and views of mountains, glaciers and the Hekla Volcano. A Small Luxury Hotels of the World member.
With ice ax in hand, don crampons for an unforgettable glacier ice walk with our local mountain guides at Sólheimajökull Glacier | Navigate through the blue-and-black ice walls of Mýrdalsjökull Glacier's alien-like ice cave | En route to the small fishing village of Vík, stop at Reynisfjara—a vast and stunning black-sand beach | Stroll along the coast, taking in views of sea stacks, black cliffs and Dyrhólaey's famous arch | At thundering Skógafoss waterfall, the Skóga River puts on a breathtaking winter spectacle as it plunges over nearly 200-foot-high ice-crusted cliffs | Hike in Reykjadalur (the "smoky valley") amid bizarre rock formations, a hanging valley lined with hot springs, bubbling hot pools and steam vents.
UMI is a peaceful and modern riverside hotel with superior service and mountain and seaside views.
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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Activity Level: 1-2
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: During this trip we hike on snow, ice or frozen ground. Iceland does not get a lot of snow but we may we wear ice cleats if needed (or, less likely, snowshoes).
Available Bike Options
- All breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners
- 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
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.
Northern lights are an incredible natural phenomenon and as such, are unpredictable. The probability of sightings are affected by weather, the phase of the moon, and many other factors, so even in Iceland, sightings are not guaranteed. Our journey through the Land of Fire and Ice is a magical winter adventure full of the planet's most remarkable natural treasures, whether or not we're lucky enough to see northern lights.
It's not surprising that winter in a place called Iceland can be downright chilly. In order to enjoy hiking in the snow or rain you must wear waterproof snow boots or hiking boots and waterproof breathable pants, jacket and gloves. We may walk on snow, ice or mud so your clothing should be warm enough to allow you to comfortably remain outside in at- or below-freezing conditions for 2–4 hours at a time. Layers are encouraged to help regulate body temperature during activity. If necessary, we provide ice cleats or snowshoes based on terrain conditions.
You can't have a winter wonderland without some winter weather. During your trip snow, high winds and below-freezing temperatures are likely, and even rain is possible. Itinerary changes are quite common, so please know that if and when we encounter severe weather during the trip that causes road closures or affects our planned activities, your Trip Leaders will find alternate activities that you're sure to enjoy.
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, breakfasts tend toward a local buffet-style affair and dinners are pre-ordered with limited-choice menus, which is simply a part of the cultural experience of Iceland.