Iceland Northern Lights Family Multi-Adventure Tour - Teens & Kids
Winter Wonder in the Land of Glaciers & Volcanoes
Bundle up the family and get ready for the time of your lives—hiking, waterfall gazing, glacier walking, hot spring soaking. You're nice and toasty, admiring winter wonders in the Land of Fire and Ice. And if Mother Nature is on your side, rub your eyes and pinch yourself—those bands of color dancing across the winter sky are out of this world. The northern lights may be fickle, but there's nothing uncertain about Iceland's magnificent landscapes and geothermal wonders taking your breath away.
THIS ITINERARY: 6 days, 5 nights
ACCOMMODATIONS: Premiere Hotels
Special Kids Prices
Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.
- Hike in the wild Land of Fire and Ice and, fingers crossed, witness the wondrous northern lights in this epic locale
- Discover Iceland's fascinating geology, from glaciers and waterfalls to hot springs and bubbling mud pots
- Ice-walk on Sólheimajökul Glacier while kids harness up for an ice-climbing adventure and step into the heart of a Katla Ice Cave
- Rumble in an all-terrain "super jeep" to access frozen waterfalls and canyons near the active Katla Volcano
6 Days Premiere Hotels
Sitting just below the Arctic Circle, Iceland is among the world's best vantage points from which to take in the magic of the aurora borealis | Embark on your first walk in Thingvellir National Park, a World Heritage site and the symbolic heart of the Icelandic nation | Take in views of Lake Thingvallavatn, a beautiful and protected national shrine and the largest natural lake in Iceland, as we explore the Hengill geothermal hiking area.
This sleek, modern and award-winning hotel sits amid geothermal pools, near the shore of Lake Thingvallavatn. (pool)
Witness the power of renewable geothermal energy as we hike among hidden mud pots in Nesjavellir Valley | Ready for a quintessentially Icelandic outing? Climb into a private "super jeep" to access a remote and rocky road past frozen waterfalls and canyons near the active Katla Volcano | After a day in the wintry wonderland exploring hidden valleys and beaches, 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.
At the foot of Sólheimajökull Glacier, grab an ice ax and don crampons for an unforgettable glacier ice walk while the youngsters join a guide to get vertical on an ice climbing adventure | Navigate through the blue and black ice walls of Mýrdalsjökull Glacier's alien-like crystal ice cave | Visit the small fishing village of Vík, the country's southernmost town, with a stop along the way at Reynisfjara—a vast and stunning black-sand beach | Take a coastal stroll with vistas of sea stacks, black cliffs of columnar basalt and Dyrhólaey cliff with its famous arch | Catch your breath at thundering Skógafoss waterfall, where the Skóga River puts on a winter display plunging 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.
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.
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 or 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, dinners tend toward a local buffet-style affair and limited-choice menus, which is simply a part of the cultural experience of Iceland.