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

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Ice Walk

Winter Wonder in the Land of Glaciers & Volcanoes

From $5,299 - $5,899 pp dbl. occ. | 6 days / 5 nights

(+$780 to $1,290 for sgl. occ.)

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.
 

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Iceland

Start/End Reykjavík

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Highlights

  • 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 a crystal 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
Iceland

Start/End Reykjavík

Iceland Winter Tour map

Itinerary

Day 1 Travel from the capital 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.
 

Days 2-3 Hike among hidden mudpots 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.
 

Day 4 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.
 

Days 5-6 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.
 

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.

2020 Private Trip Pricing
  • 10 or more guests: from $5,299 pp dbl occ
  • 9 Guests: from $5,799 pp dbl occ
  • 8 Guests: from $5,999 pp dbl occ
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Prices

From $5,299 - $5,899 pp dbl. occ.
6 days / 5 nights

(+$780 to $1,290 for sgl. occ.)

Premiere Hotels

Ion Luxury Adventure Hotel, Iceland
ION Adventure Hotel

Nesjavellir (1 night)

Hotel Ranga, Iceland
Hotel Rangá

Hella (2 nights)

Umi Hotel, Iceland
UMI Hotel

Hvolsvöllur (2 nights)

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.

Ion Luxury Adventure Hotel, Iceland

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, Iceland

Hotel Rangá

Hella (2 nights)

A countryside log cabin-style resort with three geothermally heated hot tubs and views of mountains, glaciers and the Hekla Volcano. A Small Luxury Hotels of the World member.
 

Umi Hotel, Iceland

UMI Hotel

Hvolsvöllur (2 nights)

Enjoy superior service and mountain and seaside views at this peaceful and modern riverside hotel.
 

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 Other Thingvellir National Park Walk (Half Day)
Other Hengill Geothermal Walk (1 Hour)
2 Other ION Geothermal Walk (5 Hours)
3 Other All-Day Super Jeep Expedition
4 Other Sólheimajökul Ice Walk (Half Day)
Other Crystal Ice Cave Tour (Half Day)
5 Other Reynisfjara Beach Walk (1.5 Hours)
Other Skógafoss Visit & Hike (Half Day)
6 Other Geothermal Hike (2 Hours)
 

Note: During this trip we hike on snow, ice or frozen ground. Iceland does not get a lot of snow but we may wear ice cleats (or, less likely, 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.

Northern Lights

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.

Cold-Weather Attire

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.

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.

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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.

Northern Lights

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.

Cold-Weather Attire

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.

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.
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