• Iceland Northern Lights Multi-Adventure Tour
  • Northern Lights on Backroads Iceland Northern Lights Multi-Adventure Tour
  • Geothermal spa on Backroads Iceland Northern Lights Multi-Adventure Tour
  • Ice cave on Backroads Northern Iceland Snow Adventure Tour
  • Skogafoss Waterfall - Iceland Winter Snow Adventure Tour

New! Iceland Northern Lights Multi-Adventure Tour

 
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The Spectacular Winter Northern Lights

  • Marvel at the shifting colors of the aurora borealis dancing across a starry winter sky—a sight you won't soon forget!
  • Experience the full diversity of Iceland's raw and wild landscape, where Mother Nature's drama is on full display
  • Enjoy an up-close perspective of glacial ice while on a memorable guided glacier walk, replete with ice ax and crampons
  • Behold steaming hot springs and the Blue Lagoon—pure magic against the snow-brightened landscape

The Land of Fire and Ice is awe-inspiring at any time of year. Massive glaciers and lava caves, active volcanoes, geothermal wonders. But that's just the tip of the iceberg! Add to this remarkable setting a mesmerizing display of the northern lights. Colorful bands of green, yellow, pink and violet undulating across an arctic winter sky. You have to see it to believe it. Embrace the chill in the air and the crunch of snow underfoot and be rewarded with the wonders of Iceland's winter majesty.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Situated just below the Arctic Circle, Iceland is among the world's best vantage points from which to take in the magic of the northern lights | Frigid water rushes past dramatic icicles and jagged lava rock into turquoise pools below the semi-frozen cascades of Barnafoss and Hraunafoss | Explore the otherworldly ice tunnels and caves beneath Langjökull, Iceland's second-largest glacier. 

Days 2-3 Discover Vidgelmir Cave, among the planet's largest lava tubes | Venture into the realm of bubbling mud pools and thermal rivers | Take in views of Lake Thingvallavatn, the largest natural lake in Iceland | Walk or snowshoe in Thingvellir National Park, a World Heritage site and symbolic heart of the Icelandic nation | Relish the unique perspective winter offers at iconic sites in the Golden Circle.

Day 4 Ride aboard a “super jeep” across rocky lava beds, glacial outflows and rivers near Katla Volcano | Discover Thórsmörk, a rugged alpine wonderland of majestic mountains and pristine valleys | Hike or snowshoe amid bizarre rock formations, frozen waterfalls, caves and forests.

Days 5-6 Ice ax in hand, don crampons for an unforgettable glacier ice walk | At thundering Skógafoss, the Skógá River puts on a breathtaking winter spectacle as it plunges over nearly 200-foot ice-crusted cliffs | Soak in the mineral-rich waters of the famed, geothermally heated Blue Lagoon.

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. Read the Straight Talk

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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

It's not surprising that winter in a place called Iceland can be downright chilly. But rest assured, when properly dressed you can comfortably enjoy the outdoors at any time of year. In order to snowshoe or hike in the snow, you must wear waterproof snow boots or hiking boots and waterproof breathable pants, jacket and gloves. Your clothing should be warm enough to allow you to comfortably remain outside in below freezing conditions for 2–4 hours at a time. Layers are encouraged to help regulate body temperature during activity.

Severe Weather & Itinerary Changes

You can't have a winter wonderland without some winter weather. During your trip snow, wind and below-freezing temperatures are likely, and even rain is possible. Please know that if we encounter severe weather during the trip that affects our planned activities, your Trip Leaders will find alternate activities that you're sure to enjoy.

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.
$5,398
pp dbl. occ.
(+$1,740 for sgl. occ.)

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Premiere Hotels

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Hotel Husafell

Hotel Húsafell

Húsafell (1 night)

Surrounded by some of Iceland's most iconic scenery, 100 percent of this green hotel's energy comes from hydroelectricity and geothermally heated springs. (pool)

Ion Luxury Adventure Hotel

ION Adventure Hotel

Nesjavellir (1 night)

This sleek, modern and award-winning hotel sits amid geothermal pools, near the shore of Lake Thingvallavatn. (pool, spa)

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.

Silica Hotel

Silica Hotel

Grindavík (1 night)

Nestled among lava fields near the famed Blue Lagoon, this contemporary hotel features its own exclusive geothermal bathing pool. (pool, spa)

Guest Reviews

There's no better way to find out about Backroads than by hearing it from the people who have traveled with us. For more about the Backroads Experience, read our Guest Testimonials.

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Dates & Prices

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.

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This Trip Is Rated Levels 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.

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Daily Route Options
Day Activity EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
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1 Snowshoeing Barnafoss & Hraunafoss Waterfall Walk or Snowshoe (30 Minutes)
Snowshoeing Riverside Walk or Snowshoe (45 Minutes)
Other Langjökull Glacier Expedition (3.5 Hours)
2 Other Vidgelmir Cave Exploration (1.5 Hours)
Snowshoeing ION Geothermal Hike or Snowshoe (1 Hour)
3 Snowshoeing Thingvellir National Park Hike or Snowshoe (2 Hours)
Snowshoeing Geysir & Gulfoss Hike or Snowshoe (1.5 Hours)
4 Other All-Day Super Jeep Expedition (5 Hours)
Snowshoeing Volcano Huts Hike or Snowshoe (45 Minutes)
Snowshoeing Gigjökull Glacier Hike or Snowshoe (1 Hour)
Snowshoeing Húsadalur Hike or Snowshoe (1.5 Hours)
5 Other Sólheimajökul Ice Walk (3 Hours)
Other Skógafoss Visit (30 Minutes)
6 Other Blue Lagoon Visit (3 Hours)
 

Learn more about how we determine our activity levels 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.

Why Travel with Backroads in Iceland

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.

The Right Local Pairings

Our Trip Leaders combine deep local expertise with a firm grasp of North American expectations around quality of service. By the same token, we pair experienced Backroads leaders with local guides who know how to cater to your needs while cracking open the culture or natural history in ways that are meaningful, memorable and often magical.

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.

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.

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've Set the Standard

For nearly four decades we've worked to earn and maintain our right to call Backroads the world's #1 active travel company. In pursuing that vision on behalf of our guests, we believe we've set the standard for our industry—captured in the Backroads Quality Guide, which clearly sets out the benchmarks of excellence, choice and support that we live by

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.

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Private Trips Options & Pricing

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. You can pick from the selection of dates below for your group; some dates are only available for 16 or more guests while other dates are available for 8 or more guests. If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you. Call or email us to reserve your date.

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Pricing for Private Trips

2018

  • 10 or more guests: from $5,398 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $5,898 pp dbl occ

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