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Iceland Northern Lights Family Multi-Adventure Tour – Older Teens & 20s

Walk/Hike
Snowshoe
Ice Walk

Spectacular Winter Wonder in the Land of Glaciers & Volcanoes

From $5,399 - $5,599 pp dbl. occ. | 6 days / 5 nights

(+$1,290 for sgl. occ.)

Iceland is awe-inspiring at any time of year. Massive glaciers and lava caves, volcanoes, geothermal wonders. But that's just the tip of the iceberg! Add to this the thrill of hunting for a mesmerizing display of northern lights undulating across the arctic winter sky. You have to see it to believe it—we keep our fingers crossed for clear night skies giving way to those dancing lights. Embrace the chill in the air and the crunch of ice or snow underfoot and your family will be rewarded with the wonders of Iceland's winter majesty.

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Iceland

Start/End Reykjavík

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Highlights

  • Marvel at the shifting colors of the aurora borealis dancing across a starry winter sky—if luck and the weather are on our side!
  • Discover the full diversity of Iceland's raw and wild landscape, where Mother Nature's drama is on full display
  • Walk on a glacier for an up-close perspective of glacial ice, replete with ice ax and crampons, plus our expert guide
  • Soak in the steaming hot springs of the Blue Lagoon—pure magic against the snow-brightened landscape
Iceland

Start/End Reykjavík

Iceland Winter Tour map

Itinerary

Day 1 Situated just below the Arctic Circle, Iceland is among the world's best vantage points from which to experience the magic of the northern lights | Arrive at our trailhead in Hvalfjördur, a fjord boasting volcanic mountains and two snowy valleys | Hike to see thundering Glymur Waterfall, Iceland's highest cascade, whose waters plunge 650 feet down an icy ravine | Frigid water rushes past dramatic icicles and jagged lava rock into turquoise pools below the semi-frozen cascades of Barnafoss and Hraunfossar | Discover Vidgelmir Cave, among the planet's largest lava tubes.

Days 2-3 Explore the otherworldly ice tunnels and caves beneath Langjökull, Iceland's second-largest glacier | Venture through the winter wonderland of Húsafell, known for its natural beauty with dense forests, lava formations, mountain springs, glaciers and wildlife | 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.

Day 4 Ride aboard a super jeep to the Sólheimajökull​ Glacier and with ice ax in hand, don crampons for an unforgettable glacier ice walk | At thundering Skógafoss‌ waterfall, the Skógá River puts on a breathtaking winter spectacle as it plunges over nearly 200-foot ice-crusted cliffs.

Days 5-6 Hike or snowshoe with your family amid bizarre rock formations, frozen waterfalls, bubbling hot pools and steam vents | Soak in the mineral-rich waters of the famed, geothermally heated Blue Lagoon.

Please note: Note that 40-50% of trips see northern lights, and 50% of trips experience itinerary changes due to weather.

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. You can pick from a large selection of dates for your group of 8 or more. Call us for date availability. If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.

2019 Private Trip Pricing
  • 10 or more guests: from $5,399 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $6,099 pp dbl occ

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F Family Tours - Older Teens & 20s

Prices

From $5,399 - $5,599 pp dbl. occ.
6 days / 5 nights

(+$1,290 for sgl. occ.)

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Premiere Hotels

Hotel Husafell, Iceland
Hotel Húsafell

Húsafell (2 nights)

Hotel Ranga, Iceland
Hotel Rangá

Hella (2 nights)

Hotel Berg, Iceland
Hotel Berg

Keflavík (1 night)

Activity Level

This trip is rated Levels 1-2

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.

Hotel Husafell, Iceland

Hotel Húsafell

Húsafell (2 nights)

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)

Hotel Ranga, Iceland

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 Berg, Iceland

Hotel Berg

Keflavík (1 night)

Situated on the coast and inspired by the sea, this newly restored and artfully designed boutique hotel exudes Scandinavian style. (pool)

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.

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 Snowshoeing Barnafoss & Hraunfossar 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 Hike or Snowshoe near Húsafell (3 Hours)
3 Snowshoeing Thingvellir National Park Hike or Snowshoe (3 Hours)
4 Other Sólheimajökul Ice Walk (3 Hours)
Snowshoeing Skógafoss Visit & Hike (1 Hour)
Other All-Day Super Jeep Transport
5 Snowshoeing Geothermal Snow Shoe or Hike (4 Hours)
6 Other Blue Lagoon Visit (3 Hours)
Other Hike near Blue Lagoon (1 Hour)
 

Note: During this trip we hike on snow, ice or frozen ground. Iceland does not get a lot of snow and we wear ice cleats more than snowshoes.

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 may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies and other external factors.

Meals

All breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners

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.

Cold-Weather Attire

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, high winds and below-freezing temperatures are likely, and even rain is possible. Mid-trip itinerary changes are quite common, so please know that if and when 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.

Northern Lights

The probability of northern lights are affected by a variety of factors, including weather and the phase of the moon, so even in Iceland, sightings are not guaranteed. Our hotels post northern lights forecasts and even offer wake‐up calls for those who want to be notified of a sighting, no matter the hour! Of course your Trip Leaders cannot make them appear, but our journey through the Land of Fire and Ice is a magical winter adventure full of the planet's most remarkable natural treasures, regardless of the northern lights.

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

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.

Kids Who Aren't Kids Anymore

Only Backroads offers active trips in Iceland designed for families with older teens and 20s. These trips are aimed at you and the amazingly grownup members of your clan—whether they're almost high school grads, already in college or further along. Find out more in this blog post.

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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.

Cold-Weather Attire

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, high winds and below-freezing temperatures are likely, and even rain is possible. Mid-trip itinerary changes are quite common, so please know that if and when 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.

Northern Lights

The probability of northern lights are affected by a variety of factors, including weather and the phase of the moon, so even in Iceland, sightings are not guaranteed. Our hotels post northern lights forecasts and even offer wake‐up calls for those who want to be notified of a sighting, no matter the hour! Of course your Trip Leaders cannot make them appear, but our journey through the Land of Fire and Ice is a magical winter adventure full of the planet's most remarkable natural treasures, regardless of the northern lights.

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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