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Iceland & Faroe Islands Walking & Hiking Tour

Wild & Remote Beauty of Secret Europe

From $4,599 - $4,799 pp dbl. occ. | 6 days / 5 nights

(+$630 for sgl. occ.)

Internal air: $450


Welcome to a magical adventure in Iceland's mystical landscape and the unspoiled Faroe Islands. Witness sheer cliffs where waterfalls crash into the sea and clouds hug emerald-green mountaintops. Hike village paths lined with ancient cairns and explore sheep-dotted moorlands. In a place where the summer sun rarely sleeps, join us for a mesmerizing trek through this undiscovered corner of the world.

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Iceland

Start/End Reykjavík

Iceland & Faroe Islands Walking & Hiking Tour Map

Highlights

  • Explore Iceland's otherworldly Reykjadalur Valley (Smoky Valley), named for its steaming fumaroles and boiling mud pots
  • Enjoy getting to know the Faroese people and their culture, immersing yourself in heimablídni ("home hospitality") as we dine in private homes
  • Hike through charming hamlets with brightly painted turf-roofed homes, backdropped by verdant hills, vertical cliffs and striking island views
  • Sail through narrow sounds and moss-speckled sea stacks next to towering cliffs where nesting birds, including puffins, sing their summer songs
Iceland

Start/End Reykjavík

Iceland & Faroe Islands Walking & Hiking Tour Map

Itinerary

Days 1-2 From the capital city of Reykjavík, we head to the smoky Reykjadalur Valley for a hike in the rugged landscape around Mount Hengill | Pass bubbling mud pots with views of Lake Thingvallavatn | Hike from the Seltún geothermal area with spectacular vistas of Lake Kleifarvatn and the iconic peak of Mount Keilir | ​Fly to the almost-mythical Faroe Islands—self-governing, this group of 18 volcanic islands are part of the Kingdom of Denmark.

Day 3 Wake up in serene Gjógv on Eysturoy Island, with its colorful turf-roofed cottages and steep verdant cliffs | Above town, hike through picturesque open fields and sheep pastures and climb to soaring clifftop vistas | Spot puffins, oystercatchers or the great skua—the Faroe Islands are home to about 110 species of migrant seabirds | Make your way to charming Soldarfjordur, with quaint homes dotting its shore—visit a garden and enjoy dinner in a local home overlooking the water.

Day 4 In Vestmanna, take a guided boat tour around striking soaring cliffs and thundering waterfalls likened to Jurassic Park | Look for brave sheep grazing on the near-vertical grass atop the cliffs | In picture-perfect Sorvágur, sample tasty Faroese treats in a local home | Hike to the Faroes' largest lake for a remarkable view of the lake appearing to hang dramatically over the sea and the incredible Geitaskoradrangur sea stack | Journey through scenery right out of Middle-earth and an undersea tunnel to the tiny capital city of Tórshavn, named for the Norse god of thunder, Thor.

Days 5-6 Set out for a trek to two small lakes and a dais of rocks used for public gatherings since the 1800s | With lovely views unfolding of Hesur and Koltur islands, reach the historic ruins of Magnus Cathedral at Kirkjubour | Savor local fare prepared by the seventeenth generation Patursson family in their 11th-century farmhouse | Make your way back to colorful Tórshavn for a celebratory dinner of fresh-caught fish and succulent lamb | Bid farewell to the Faroes as we board a morning flight back to Reykjavík.

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  • 10 or more Guests: from $4,599 pp dbl occ
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Prices

From $4,599 - $4,799 pp dbl. occ.
6 days / 5 nights

(+$630 for sgl. occ.)

Internal air: $450


Casual Hotels

Hotel Berg, Keflavík , Iceland
Hotel Berg

Keflavík (1 night)

Gjáargardur Guest House
Gjáargardur Guest House

Gjógva (2 nights)

Hotel Foroyar, Tórshavn
Hotel Foroyar

Tórshavn (2 nights)

Activity Level

This trip is rated Levels 1-3

What's Included

Services and equipment are included.

Why Backroads

Why Travel with Backroads in Iceland

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Casual 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 Berg, Keflavík , Iceland

Hotel Berg

Keflavík (1 night)

Situated on the coast and inspired by the sea, this newly restored and artfully designed boutique hotel exudes Scandinavian style. (pool)

Gjáargardur Guest House

Gjáargardur Guest House

Gjógva (2 nights)

Tucked away in a tiny village and surrounded by green, this simple and charming Bavarian-style guest house is full of warmth and hospitality.

Hotel Foroyar, Tórshavn

Hotel Foroyar

Tórshavn (2 nights)

Situated above Tórshavn, this hotel has a traditional grass roof and a modern Danish aesthetic inside. You might spot roaming sheep outside your bedroom window.

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.

Daily Route Options (drag to see full )

Daily Route Options
Day 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 2 0
4 100
5 100
2 2 100 5 900
3 600
3 3 600 5 1500
4 800
4 7 800
Vestmanna Sea Cliff Boat Tour (2 Hours)
5 4 500 8 1000
6 Morning Flight to Reykjavík
 

Note: The terrain on this trip is a mix of narrow rocky mountain paths, lava field trails and well maintained routes. We encounter steeply cut ascents, muddy and boggy rolling headlands and steep descents most days. Cliffs and viewpoints are often very exposed, without fences or guard rails. We walk on very few flat trails and most trails require steady and consistent footwork.

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 may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies and other external factors.

Meals

All breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 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.

Internal Flights

On this trip we travel by plane to and from the Faroe Islands. We'll by flying on commercial flights with Atlantic Airways aboard twin jet planes that seat up to 170 passengers.

Climate & Itinerary Changes

During this trip weather patterns, varying altitudes, ocean currents and microclimates can bring sun, strong wind, dense fog, sleet and rain all in the same day (or hour!), sometimes forcing last-minute itinerary changes, including flight delays. Come prepared with warm layers, waterproof gear (including boots) and an adventurous spirit.

Accommodations & Meals

Our hotels in this region offer epic scenery in amazing locations, but are simple and lack plush amenities and landscaping. Please note that, due to the remoteness of our properties, meals tend toward a local buffet-style affair and limited-choice menus.

Shuttle Time

To access the most scenic routes and significant points of interest on this trip, strategic shuttles are incorporated into several days. Most will be limited to an hour or so at a time, but some days you can expect to spend a bit more time in the shuttle.

Why Travel with Backroads in Iceland

Choose Your Fellow Travelers

With Backroads you won't end up with kids on what you thought was an adult trip; we have exclusive departures for families, so they're off having their own adventures. As you browse our unrivaled selection of trips and dates, you can count on finding a trip in Iceland that's geared exclusively to your choice of traveling companions.

The Value of Casual Hotels

In addition to the ideal balance of comfort and hospitality in our choice of lodgings, this trip featuring Casual Hotels includes nearly all of your meals, plus everything from cocktail receptions to the best snacks along the road. So there's rarely a need to reach for your wallet – we've got you covered.

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.  

In Europe Since 1988

Backroads has been welcoming active travelers to Europe since before the Berlin Wall came down. Today it's virtually our second home. We know the perfect roads and trails, the most scenic valleys and hilltop towns, the hidden churches and gem-like museums, the up-and-coming vintners and celebrated chefs—and, of course, all the best places to stay.

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

Experts with Secrets to Share

In choosing the ideal experts to enrich your travel experience, we look for people with a wealth of local knowledge, but also the ability to convey their insights in English. Too often travelers find themselves smiling politely, not quite understanding what they're being told. Our experts share intriguing facts, anecdotes and inside stories that stay with you forever.

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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.

Internal Flights

On this trip we travel by plane to and from the Faroe Islands. We'll by flying on commercial flights with Atlantic Airways aboard twin jet planes that seat up to 170 passengers.

Climate & Itinerary Changes

During this trip weather patterns, varying altitudes, ocean currents and microclimates can bring sun, strong wind, dense fog, sleet and rain all in the same day (or hour!), sometimes forcing last-minute itinerary changes, including flight delays. Come prepared with warm layers, waterproof gear (including boots) and an adventurous spirit.

Accommodations & Meals

Our hotels in this region offer epic scenery in amazing locations, but are simple and lack plush amenities and landscaping. Please note that, due to the remoteness of our properties, meals tend toward a local buffet-style affair and limited-choice menus.

Shuttle Time

To access the most scenic routes and significant points of interest on this trip, strategic shuttles are incorporated into several days. Most will be limited to an hour or so at a time, but some days you can expect to spend a bit more time in the shuttle.
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