Iceland has the power to challenge and transform. Hikes past steaming fissures and lava fields. Crashing waterfalls. Soaks in milky geothermal springs. Whale-spotting off the coast of Húsavík. Maybe a taste of hákarl (fermented shark)? New places. New adventures. Let Iceland's vast horizons broaden your own.
1-2 Board a scenic charter flight bound for Akureyri, "Capital of the North" Iceland's origins of "fire and ice" are evident in the wild topography, punctuated by deep fjords and volcanic peaks Journey past rolling green meadows that unfurl beneath an impressive mountain backdrop along Eyjafjördur, Iceland's longest fjord Hrisey Island, a bird-watcher's paradise, is the setting for a hike offering 360-degree views of the mainland Trek along a stunning alpine path with sweeping views of surrounding peaks and Siglufjördur far below.
3-4 Meet a Backroads' longtime local friend who keeps the Icelandic spirit alive with lively tales of fishing in the North Atlantic Feeling peckish? Now's your chance to try fermented shark, a national dish Journey to Iceland's most famous whale-watching locale, the pretty village of Húsavík On foot, explore the Tröllaskagi or "Troll Peninsula," a remarkable area of mountains, lakes, streams and glaciers Framed by mountains, Lake Botnsvatn offers an idyllic setting for our morning walk The nutrient-rich waters near Húsavík are an ideal habitat for whales—with luck, we'll spot a cetacean or two on our whale-watching excursion Soak up the serenity of our hotel's peaceful lakeside location.
5-6 Admire incredible views and discover unique geologic formations— large crater-like depressions formed by ancient lava flows Set out on a hike from the beautiful and fascinating Grjótagjá Lava Cave Walk through lava fields for a look at Hverfjall Volcano's caldera Otherworldly Dimmuborgir (dark fort) greets you with a maze of lava caves, arches, pillars and bridges resembling the ruins of a mysterious castle Journey across the flanks of Krafla Volcano to Hverir with bubbling mud pots and hissing steam vents Ready for a heavenly soak in the hot mineral water of Jardbödin pool? It's a fitting finale to an unforgettable week.