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Iceland Walking & Hiking Tour

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Trip Highlights
  • Explore a mystical, raw, wild landscape by land, water and air
  • Incredible geological wonders, from glaciers and geysers to volcanoes and sea stacks
  • Crisp coastal air and fresh seafood - what could be better? 
  • Soak in geothermal pools amid astounding scenery
  • Extend your vacation in vibrant Reykjavík

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Natural Wonders of the Southern Coast

Think of the Earth's natural wonders. Glaciers, waterfalls, volcanoes, fjords, geysers. Now imagine them all in one tiny place. This is Iceland. And it's staggeringly beautiful. Just south of the Arctic Circle, yet warmed by the Gulf Stream, Mother Nature's most astounding creations share the limelight - or midnight sunlight. It's a mysterious island nation of brilliant colors, striking contrasts, crisp air and incredible energy. Of course Viking sagas of mythic proportions emerged here! Your own epic will, too. With treks across ice, sand, water and lava - and to hot springs. A vacation doesn't get any more wonder-full.

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. Read the Straight Talk

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.


Please note that Hotel Skaftafell is significantly more basic than the usual Backroads standard. We've chosen this property in the remote area of southeast Iceland for its superb location, amazing glacier views and proximity to our trip activities.

Days 1-2 By private Zodiac boat, discover otherworldly Jökulsárlón, a bright blue lagoon with black sand and huge icebergs - make sure you have your camera ready!  Sit back and enjoy the flightseeing charter to Höfn  Stunning Skaftafell National Park enchants you with fireweed-strewn meadows, verdant moss, massive ice fields and Svartifoss, a cascade pouring from hexagonal lava columns.

Day 3 Crisp coastal air, fresh seafood and exhilarating activity - a feast for the senses!  Trek on a glacier in Skaftafell National Park to view out-of-this-world ice sculptures, water caldrons, crevasses and a breathtaking icefall  Walk at Dyrhólaey, a sanctuary for puffins and Arctic terns on Iceland's southernmost tip.

Days 4-6 By "super jeep," we tackle rugged terrain and ford rivers near Katla volcano  Hike over glaciers, steaming lava beds, bizarre rock formations and canyons to Thórsmörk, with views of lush vales and brilliant lakes  Anyone up for a dip in a thermal river?  Walk in Thingvellir National Park, a World Heritage site and home to the globe's oldest parliament  Ramble through the Nesjavellir geothermal area, where lava fields are crisscrossed with steaming tributaries and dotted with hot mud pools.

Guests Reviews About This Trip

Iceland was a terrific experience and one of the top trips I've taken with Backroads. So much diversity in the landscape and the activities! Great destination for a Backroads trip!
Beth Caron - Cincinnati, OH
I am extremely excited about our trip to Iceland! Backroads has made the planning process both easy and effortless. There are so many trips to choose from with a variety of choices within that choosing just one was the most difficulty I had. I'm excited to travel with Backroads. I don't think I'll ever stress over planning trips and activities in far-off places again.
Samantha Stantz - Augusta, GA

Premiere & Casual Inns*

Hotel Skaftafell
Hotel Skaftafell
* Casual Inn

Freysnesi (2 nights) A very basic lodge chosen for its proximity to Skaftafell National Park.

Hotel Rangá
Hotel Rangá

Hella (2 nights) A countryside resort with hot tubs overlooking a river and the Hekla volcano.

Hotel Ion
Hotel Ion

Nesjavellir (1 night) This sleek modern hotel sits amid geothermal pools near the shore of Lake Thingvallavatn. (spa)

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 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.

Pricing for Private Trips (prices may vary based on departure date)

8 - 9 guests $5,298 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests $4,198 pp dbl. occ.
10 - 11 guests $4,798 pp dbl. occ.
Internal flights from $388.

For groups of 2 to 7 guests, please call for Custom Trip pricing.

This Trip Is Rated Level 2-4

Routes For All Abilities
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
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 2.5* 300
Zodiac Boat Ride (1 Hour)
2 3.1 600 4.8 1200 7.1* 1200 11.2 2800
3 1.0 100
Guided Ice Walk (3 Hours)
4 5.0* 900 7.5* 1200
5 6.0 1200 10.0 1600
6 2.0* 200

The terrain on this trip includes rocky, exposed, moderately steep and challenging alpine trails and double-track roads.

* Includes a shuttle

For 35 years, Backroads has been perfecting the art of active travel. We are the Iceland tour experts. See our award-winning Europe At Large walking tours and hiking tours, Europe At Large biking tours and Europe At Large multisport tours.