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Iceland Northern Lights Family Multi-Adventure Tour – Teens & Kids

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Snowshoe
Ice Walk

The Spectacular Winter Northern Lights

From $4,998 - $5,448 pp dbl. occ. | 6 days / 5 nights

(+$1,620 for sgl. occ.)

Rub your eyes. Pinch yourself. Are those really bands of color dancing across the winter sky? Yes! The northern lights are out of this world. You have to see it to believe it. Bundle up and spend time with your family—snowshoeing, waterfall gazing, glacier walking, hot spring soaking. You're nice and toasty, admiring the winter wonders on display in the Land of Fire and Ice.

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Iceland

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Iceland Family Winter Adventure Map

Highlights

  • Experience the wonders of the Northern Lights just as they should be experienced, in “The Land of Fire and Ice”
  • Discover the fascinating geologic history and features of Iceland, from glaciers to hot springs to bubbling mud pots
  • Soak in the world-famous Blue Lagoon, whose mineral-rich geothermic waters are believed to have therapeutic benefits
  • Rumble in a “super jeep” over lava beds near Katla Volcano, named after a witch in a local legend
Iceland

Start/End Reykjavík

Iceland Family Winter Adventure Map

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 aurora borealis  |  Visit a local goat farm and meet its fuzzy residents  |  Discover 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, a beautiful and protected national shrine, and 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 Ready for a quintessentially Icelandic outing? Hop aboard a “super jeep” for a drive 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 forest.

Days 5-6 With ice ax in hand and crampons on your feet, give ice climbing a try  |  At thundering Skógafoss, the Skógá River puts on a breathtaking spectacle as it plunges over ice-crusted cliffs  |  Soak in the mineral-rich, celestial-blue waters of the famed, geothermally heated Blue Lagoon.

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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  • 10 or more guests: from $4,998 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $5,498 pp dbl occ

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From $4,998 - $5,448 pp dbl. occ.
6 days / 5 nights

(+$1,620 for sgl. occ.)

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Premiere Hotels

Hotel Husafell
Hotel Húsafell

Húsafell (1 night)

Ion Luxury Adventure Hotel
ION Adventure Hotel

Nesjavellir (1 night)

Hotel Ranga
Hotel Rangá

Hella (2 nights)

Silica Hotel
Silica Hotel

Grindavík (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

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)

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 Háafell Goat Farm Visit (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)
Kids Kids: Ice Climbing Course (3 Hours)
Other Skógafoss Visit (30 Minutes)
6 Other Blue Lagoon Visit (3 Hours)
 

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 (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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

Leaders Focused on Families

When everyone's together, there's lots going on; and when kids' and adults' priorities diverge, it can seem like two different trips. That's why our Family Adventures in Iceland have three Trip Leaders—including a dedicated Kids Activity Expert who regularly takes younger travelers off to do their own thing. Other companies try to get by with two leaders; we step up and do it right. For more on our family focus, check this out.

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.

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.

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.

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 Know Where We're Going

Tom Hale has been keeping Backroads on track, with one eye on the horizon, since 1979. His passion for active travel, and for ensuring the highest-quality travel experience, is evident in every detail we add to make a guest's trip unforgettable—and the fact he's right there in the office, making it happen. To hear Tom describe his vision, watch our video.  

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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.

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.

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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