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.
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)
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.
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
||Barnafoss & Hraunfossar Waterfall Walk or Snowshoe (30 Minutes)
||Riverside Walk or Snowshoe (45 Minutes)
||Langjökull Glacier Expedition (3.5 Hours)
||Vidgelmir Cave Exploration (1.5 Hours)
||Hike or Snowshoe near Húsafell (3 Hours)
||Thingvellir National Park Hike or Snowshoe (3 Hours)
||Sólheimajökul Ice Walk (3 Hours)
||Skógafoss Visit & Hike (1 Hour)
||All-Day Super Jeep Transport
||Geothermal Snow Shoe or Hike (4 Hours)
||Blue Lagoon Visit (3 Hours)
||Hike near Blue Lagoon (1 Hour)
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.
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
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.
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 snowshoeing and 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. We provide snowshoes or ice cleats based on terrain conditions.
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. 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.
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.