New! Iceland Family Breakaway Walking & Hiking Tour

Waterfalls, Emerald Green Mountains & Ancient Volcanoes in Northern Iceland

  • Your family will be captivated by the rugged north's ancient volcanoes, wild coastline and dramatic fjords
  • Visit Siglufjördur, one of Iceland's most beautiful villages, set on a narrow fjord that wasn't connected by road until 1940 
  • Hike through a spectacular landscape of mountains, lakes and glaciers on the Tröllaskagi or "Troll Peninsula"
  • Keep your eyes peeled during an excursion off the coast of Húsavík, Europe's whale-watching capital
  • Witness the Midnight Sun, one of the most magical natural spectacles on Earth

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 family adventures. Let Iceland's vast horizons broaden your own. 

Northern Iceland walking tour map


Days 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 north's 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.

Days 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.

Days 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.

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.

Climate & Itinerary Changes

The combination of Iceland's prolific waterfalls, vast icefields, 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 flight and mid-trip itinerary changes, but rest assured 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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(+$920 for sgl. occ.)
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6 days, 5 nights
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Open 7 Days a Week
6 am - 6 pm Pacific time

Start / End
Reykjavík, Iceland

All breakfasts, 5 dinners, 4 lunches included

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Premiere Inns

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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)

A comfortable hotel offering access to northern Iceland's remarkable geothermal Mývatn region.

Guest Reviews

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 2-4

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
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 3* 100
2 3* 1200 6* 1400 9* 1600
3 5* 1200 7* 1800 10* 2400
4 3* 100
5 400
Whale-Watching Excursion (2.5 Hours)
5 4* 200 6* 1000 8 1400 10 1600
Jardbödin Lagoon Visit (1 Hour)
6 1* 100
2* 100

Note: The terrain on this trip includes rocky, exposed, moderately steep and challenging alpine trails and double-track roads. Weather is constantly changing so be prepared for rain and cold temperatures.

* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our route ratings 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

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.

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.

A Second Van When You Need It

Backroads is the only active travel company providing two support vans in Iceland—because we know it's essential to ensure a truly great travel experience. It doubles our ability to be there when you need us to offer hydration, lighten your load or give you a lift if it's time to take a break. Read more on why two vans make all the difference.

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.

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

Our Cultural Roots Run Deep

Thanks to our extensive connections in Iceland, Backroads takes you off the beaten track and deep into the region's culture in ways that traditional travel can never hope to do. We know the people and their customs, the legacy of art and architecture, the complex history and politic—and if we're not sure, our amazing local experts can fill in the blanks.

Kids Who Aren't Kids Anymore

Only Backroads offers active trips in Iceland designed for families with older teens and 20-somethings. Our Family Breakaway trips are aimed at you and the amazingly grownup members of your clan—whether they're almost high school grads, already in college or further along. Find out more in this blog post.

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.  

More Leaders to Support You

On our Iceland trips we have an extra leader supporting you along the 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.

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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 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.

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Pricing for Private Trips


  • 10 or more guests: from $4,748 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $5,198 pp dbl occ

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