• Northern Fjord on Backroads Iceland Family Multisport Tour
  • Hiking to Godafoss waterfall in Northern Iceland
  • Whale watching on Backroads Iceland Family Multisport Tour
  • Family Biking - Backroads Iceland Family Multisport Tour
  • Backroads Iceland Family Multisport Tour

New! Iceland Family Multi-Adventure Tour – Teens & Younger Siblings

 
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Whale Watching
 
 
 

Northern Iceland Volcanoes, Whales & Waterfalls

  • Prepare for an epic family getaway exploring rugged and breathtaking northern Iceland
  • See the land's geothermal power in action from steaming volcano vents to lava caves
  • Look for whales from your boat in Húsavik and meet an impressive variety of birds on Hrísey Island
  • Revel in the north's long summer days and the mystical Midnight Sun

Step into one of the most magical places on Earth and uncover secret natural wonders. Thundering waterfalls. Volcanic valleys. Ancient caves. All echoing treasured traditions of fairy and Viking folklore. Be blown away on this unforgettable family adventure on roads and trails less traveled in Northern Iceland—even when the sun finally goes to sleep, you might not want to!

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Itinerary

Day 1 Get a bird's-eye view of Iceland's wild landscape as you fly from the capital to the country's second-largest city, Akureyri | Discover Eyjafjördur, Iceland's longest fjord, as we make our way along its shore with lush green meadows and mountainous border | Step off a boat for an exploration of Hrísey Island—a bird-lover's paradise and home to a picturesque fishing village with tidy traditional houses and exquisite views of the mainland.

Days 2-3 From the flanks of Illvidrishnjúkur our climb reveals panoramic vistas of headlands blanketed in vibrant green hues, descending sharply to the sea | Find yourself a mere 25 miles from the Arctic Circle and enjoy views of nearby mountains | Stroll through the quaint and historic village of Siglufjördur while kids get a taste of Icelandic culture with the locals | Pedal through the picturesque fishing communities lining Eyjafjördur's shores | Visit Ektafiskur and try a taste of hákarl (fermented shark)—if you dare! | Take a stroll to Godafoss, one of Iceland's largest and most spectacular waterfalls.

Days 4-5 Wake up in Húsavik, one of Iceland's most beautiful towns | Set sail on the area's nutrient-rich waters for a view of the impressive coastline and a chance to spot whales | Back on land, ride past farms, ranchland, emerald green hills and the shores of Lake Mývatn, with landscape carved by molten lava | Climb to an up-close view of Hverfjall Volcano's caldera and surrounding otherworldly crater-like depressions | Kids meet up with Icelandic horses for a riding adventure while adults cross through lava fields to the beautiful natural hot spring hiding in the Grjótagjá lava cave | Relax with a soak in the steaming waters of the Jardbödin lagoon.

Day 6 Your Icelandic adventure perfectly concludes with an exploration of the Krafla lava fields | Witness energy from the Earth's core feeding Krafla's power station and navigate the smoldering spectrum of colorful paths through Leirhnjúkur | Marvel at the bubbling mud pots, steaming fumaroles and boiling pools of azure water against steep black-and-ocher slopes at the Hverir Volcano vents.

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. Read the Straight Talk

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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 & Itinerary Changes

The combination of Iceland's prolific waterfalls, vast ice fields, vibrant green landscape and warm ocean currents makes this island like no other place in the world. The island's climate can be as surprising as its terrain, with weather patterns and microclimates that can bring sun, strong wind, fog, sleet, rain and snow all in the same day (or hour!). It is often very cold and wet, so please be sure to bring warm layers and waterproof gear for every day of the trip.In addition, the fluctuating weather might result in flight and mid-trip itinerary changes, but rest assured that your Backroads Leaders are always prepared to make necessary adjustments to ensure a great trip while keeping safety the top priority.

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.
$4,798
pp dbl. occ.
(+$1,050 for sgl. occ.)
Internal air:
$280


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Reykjavík, Iceland/Akureyri, Iceland

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Premiere Hotels

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Siglo Hotel

Sigló Hótel

Siglufjördur (2 nights)

Occupying a picturesque location in the town's colorful marina, this waterfront hotel offers inviting outdoor hot tubs and a sauna.

Fosshotel Husavik

Fosshótel Húsavík

Húsavík (1 night)

Just a short stroll from the harbor, the hotel's décor reflects Húsavík's reputation as the whale-watching capital of Europe.

Fosshotel Myvatn

Fosshótel Mývatn

Lake Mývatn (2 nights)

With a grand opening in summer 2017, this modern, lakeside hotel offers access to northern Iceland's remarkable geothermal Mývatn region.

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There's no better way to find out about Backroads than by hearing it from the people who have traveled with us. For more about the Backroads Experience, read our Guest Testimonials.

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Dates & Prices

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.

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This Trip Is Rated Levels 1-3

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.

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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 Walking/Hiking 3 0
2 Walking/Hiking 4* 1000 6* 1600
Walking/Hiking 9 1700
3 Biking 7 300 16 700 38 1600
4 Biking 11 600 20 1000 24 1600
Other Whale-Watching Excursion (2.5 Hours)
5 Walking/Hiking 4* 600 5* 800
Kids Horseback Riding (3 Hours)
6 Walking/Hiking 1 0
Walking/Hiking 1 100
 

Note: The hiking terrain on this trip is a mix of rocky mountain trails and rolling headlands, with some steeper and exposed sections. Our biking routes are on narrow rolling roads with a few moderate hills. Liberal van shuttling is incorporated into the itinerary to facilitate our activities and the mileage is kept moderate to allow you to spend more time exploring on your own.

* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our activity levels 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.

Why Travel with Backroads in Iceland

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.

Everyone at Their Own Pace

We design and support our Iceland trips to suit mixed abilities and varied interests—so you can set your own pace, then change things up as the day unfolds. And all guests are free to do the same, traveling together or apart, with no one cramping anyone else's style. Which sounds easy in theory, but it's hard to pull off. Here's more on how we do it.

A Variety of Routes Each Day

In Iceland you head off each morning after choosing among several expertly designed routes—all with detailed directions, mileage and shuttle options. Unlike trips with one fixed daily route (or worse, one guide that everyone's obliged to follow), you're free to enjoy the best of the region at your pace, stopping wherever you want to explore further.

Time Together, Time Apart

Backroads is the leader in designing trips that ensure everyone, young and young-at-heart alike, has an amazing time. Your Backroads Family Adventure balances family activities with diversions designed exclusively for the kids—giving the adults a welcome break from making decisions, other than choosing whether to explore a few more miles or just enjoy each other's company. A family vacation where everyone gets to relax, recharge and have fun – what a concept!

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.

Like You, We're Family Experts

At Backroads we've honed our expertise in active family travel over many years and a lot of trips. We host at least 20 times more family guests than any other active company, so we're constantly gaining new insights that make our trips even better. Detailed planning, behind-the scenes logistics, unrivaled support from three Trip Leaders—all backed by a team that proudly creates the kind of experiences we'd want to share with our own families.

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

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Private Trips Options & Pricing

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 the selection of dates below for your group; some dates are only available for 16 or more guests while other dates are available for 8 or more guests. If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you. Call or email us to reserve your date.

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Pricing for Private Trips

2018

  • 10 or more guests: from $4,798 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $5,298 pp dbl occ

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