Situated just below the Arctic Circle, Iceland is among the world's best vantage points from which to take in the magic of the northern lights | Frigid water rushes past dramatic icicles and jagged lava rock into turquoise pools below the semi-frozen cascades of Barnafoss and Hraunafoss | Explore the otherworldly ice tunnels and caves beneath Langjökull, Iceland's second-largest glacier
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||Ion Adventure Hotel||Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack||
Discover Vidgelmir Cave, among the planet's largest lava tubes | Venture into the realm of bubbling mud pools and thermal rivers | Take in views of Lake Thingvallavatn, the largest natural lake in Iceland
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Walk or snowshoe in Thingvellir National Park, a World Heritage site and symbolic heart of the Icelandic nation | Relish the unique perspective winter offers at iconic sites in the Golden Circle
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Ride aboard a super jeep across rocky lava beds, glacial outflows and rivers near Katla Volcano | Discover Thórsmörk, a rugged alpine wonderland of majestic mountains and pristine valleys | Hike or snowshoe amid bizarre rock formations, frozen waterfalls, caves and forests
||Silica Hotel||Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack||
Ice ax in hand, don crampons for an unforgettable glacier ice walk | At thundering Skógafoss, the Skógá River puts on a breathtaking winter spectacle as it plunges over nearly 200-foot ice-crusted cliffs
Soak in the mineral-rich waters of the famed, geothermally heated Blue Lagoon
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The Land of Fire and Ice is awe-inspiring at any time of year. Massive glaciers and lava caves, active volcanoes, geothermal wonders. But that's just the tip of the iceberg! Add to this remarkable setting a mesmerizing display of the northern lights. Colorful bands of green, yellow, pink and violet undulating across an arctic winter sky. You have to see it to believe it. Embrace the chill in the air and the crunch of snow underfoot and be rewarded with the wonders of Iceland's winter majesty
* Family departures are also available. Please contact our office for more details.
Established in 1979, Backroads is devoted to creating and hosting the finest bicycling, walking, hiking, multisport, family and Insider (cultural exploration) vacations year-round and worldwide. Guests are treated to the region's most distinguished lodgings, unique cultural experiences, unforgettable fun and exceptional service provided by our professional Trip Leaders and local experts. Every aspect of a Backroads vacation, from the custom-designed equipment to gourmet cuisine created by acclaimed chefs, reflects our years of care and expertise in active travel.
Insider TipAt any pace, in any style, traveling with Backroads is not just about the bike or the boots. It’s a rich experience as we peel back the layers that make each destination unique.
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