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Gjain waterfalls, Iceland.
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Iceland Women's Walking & Hiking Tour

Dramatic Landscapes in the Land of Fire & Ice

Women's Adventures

6 days 5 nights

Activity Level: 1-3

Premiere Hotels

From: $6,649 pp dbl occ

($1,100 for sgl occ)

It's different in Iceland. Untamed. Dramatic. Wild. Milky geothermal lagoons, bubbling mud pots and vents of steam rising out of otherworldly terrain. Jagged volcanoes topped with glistening white glaciers. Rugged coastal cliffs and black-sand beaches reflect the midnight sun. It's a surreal cinematic landscape unlike anywhere else in the world. Explore all of this on our Iceland Walking & Hiking Tour.

Iceland Women's Walking & Hiking Tour map
Iceland Women's Walking & Hiking Tour map


Start/End Reykjavík

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.


  • Jump between two continents at Thingvellir National Park, a geologic marvel and the only World Heritage site on the Icelandic mainland
  • Behold the Snæfellsjökull Peninsula, an unparalleled wonderland of volcanic peaks, lava flows, sheer cliffs, waterfalls, beaches and sea stacks
  • Discover remote and marvelous Húsafell, a hidden gem of untouched beauty with magnificent ravines and the impressive Langjoküll glacier
  • Witness and bask in the magical and ethereal glow of the midnight sun, one of the most alluring natural spectacles on Earth


Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
6 Days Premiere Hotels*
Accommodations may vary based on departure.
Day 1

Walk through remarkable Thingvellir National Park, where tectonic plates come together in a unique way | Hike to a steaming valley and be awed by the aqua hot pools in this extraordinary alpine setting | Walk through the Hengill geothermal area and witness lava fields crisscrossed with warm tributaries and dotted with bubbling hot mud pots | Relax in our secluded hotel's geothermal pool.

Exterior view of the ION Adventure Hotel
ION Adventure Hotel
| *Casual Plus Hotel

This sleek, modern and award-winning hotel sits amid geothermal pools, near the shore of Lake Thingvallavatn. (pool)

Days 2-3

Hike near Hvalfjördur, a majestic fjord flanked by volcanic mountains and verdant valleys | The name of the town means "whale fjord" because a large number of whales used to make the fjord their habitat | Feast your eyes on thundering Glymur Waterfall, whose waters plunge 650 feet down a mossy ravine | Surrounded by breathtaking scenery, our elegant Nordic oasis is also carbon neutral | Explore the magnificent landscape near Húsafell | Hike through unique forests, lava formations and deep ravines | Walk across a rugged canyon and soak in remote and exclusive geothermal hot pools | Journey by Super Jeep to Langjokull (Long Glacier), the second largest glacier in Iceland | Ride a Snowmobile and venture through the otherworldly shimmering blue-ice tunnels and caves beneath Iceland's second-largest glacier.

Exterior view of Hotel Húsafell
Hotel Húsafell
| Premiere Hotel

Surrounded by some of Iceland's most iconic scenery, this green hotel gets 100 percent of its energy from hydroelectricity and geothermally heated springs.

Days 4-6

Amble on magical Snæfellsnes Peninsula with its beautiful moss-covered mountains and sparkling waterfalls—seen in Game of Thrones | Walk between jagged cliffs, lava outcrops, sea stacks, black-sand beaches and the ocean as you explore the stunning coastline near Hellnar and Arnastapi | If it's a clear day, you can even view Snæfellsjökull Glacier | Join a morning horseback excursion through pastures and by the sea.

Exterior view of the Hotel Budir
Hótel Búdir
| Premiere Hotel

This simple yet sophisticated hotel is set at the edge of Snæfellsjökull National Park and boasts expansive views of the mountains, sprawling lava fields and black-sand beaches.

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: 1-3

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. Several routes and a range of levels are offered each day so you can choose how much or how little activity you want to do. Learn more about how we determine activity levels.

Route notes

The hiking terrain on this trip includes some maintained trails as well as some rugged mountain paths. These can have difficult footing with rocky, muddy and uneven sections and steep ascents and descents. The weather can also be extreme with wind, rain and fog, all of which can make the routes feel more challenging than the mileage may suggest.

Daily Route Options

* Includes shuttle.
Day 1
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 2 miles | 300 ft. gain
Level 2 | 4 miles* | 1000 ft. gain
Level 3 | 8 miles* | 1300 ft. gain
Day 2
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 2 miles* | 200 ft. gain
Level 2 | 5 miles* | 700 ft. gain
Level 3 | 6 miles* | 1000 ft. gain
Day 3
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 4 miles | 600 ft. gain
Level 3 | 9 miles | 1600 ft. gain
Glacier Adventure
Day 4
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 3 miles* | 200 ft. gain
Level 2 | 5 miles* | 500 ft. gain
Level 3 | 8 miles* | 1300 ft. gain
Day 5
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 4 miles* | 200 ft. gain
Level 2 | 5 miles* | 300 ft. gain
Level 3 | 7 miles | 500 ft. gain
Day 6
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 2 miles* | 200 ft. gain
Optional Horseback Riding (1.5 hours)

What's Included

  • 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

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 & 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, wind, fog, sleet, rain and snow all in the same day (or hour!). Please be sure to bring warm layers and waterproof gear for every day of the trip. In addition, the fluctuating weather might result in mid-trip itinerary changes, but 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.

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