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 (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 Adventure Hotel
Nesjavellir (1 night)
This sleek, modern and award-winning hotel sits amid geothermal pools, near the shore of Lake Thingvallavatn. (pool, spa)
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.
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
||Háafell Goat Farm Visit (30 Minutes)
||Riverside Walk or Snowshoe (45 Minutes)
||Langjökull Glacier Expedition (3.5 Hours)
||Vidgelmir Cave Exploration (1.5 Hours)
||ION Geothermal Hike or Snowshoe (1 Hour)
||Thingvellir National Park Hike or Snowshoe (2 Hours)
||Geysir & Gulfoss Hike or Snowshoe (1.5 Hours)
||All-Day Super Jeep Expedition (5 Hours)
||Volcano Huts Hike or Snowshoe (45 Minutes)
||Gigjökull Glacier Hike or Snowshoe (1 Hour)
||Húsadalur Hike or Snowshoe (1.5 Hours)
||Sólheimajökul Ice Walk (3 Hours)
||Kids: Ice Climbing Course (3 Hours)
||Skógafoss Visit (30 Minutes)
||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.
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.
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.
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.