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.
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.
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.