Overflowing with sparkling glaciers, verdant farmlands, deep fjords, volcanoes, and stunning waterfalls, Iceland is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. Commonly referred to as the Land of Fire and Ice, Iceland’s appeal lies in its diverse and ever-changing landscape.
Hike in places like Vatnajökull National Park, home to Europe’s largest glacier, and rise above the Valley of the Thunder God for stunning volcanic views. Kayak through pristine waters and whale watch off the coast of this unique, volcanic island. Other ways to take in the lush green landscape include the driving the popular Ring Road route and visiting local farms to uncover the secrets behind Icelandic horticulture.
There are endless opportunities to explore the island’s diverse landscapes and charming coastal fishing towns. Join RLT for the summer of a lifetime!
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Learn more about The Road Less Traveled’s teen adventure opportunities on the ICELAND: NORDIC ELEMENTS and Iceland: secrets of the huldufolk trips!
Traversing through fields of neon-green mosses, colorful rhyolite mountains, hot springs, and ancient ice caps, we celebrate Iceland's diverse landscape on this epic 49 mile, 4 day adventure. Carrying our packs on our backs and tent camping each night, we start out by the hot springs in Landmannalaugar and wind our way down to the glaciers in Porsmork. Discussing the importance of preserving wild spaces, we'll enjoy late evenings beneath the midnight sun, and experience stunning photographic opportunities as we bond as a team. Participants should be in good physical shape and prepared for long days of hiking.
With refreshing summers and mild winters, Iceland’s temperate maritime climate is significantly warmer than its latitude would suggest thanks to the warm Gulf Stream waters. Iceland’s location near the poles means long summer days with up to 24 hours of sunlight and average summer temperatures around 56 F. Weather varies with altitude and location on the Island, with the southern coast being the most mild. During the summer months, it is common to still see snow on the ground in the higher regions. Though we typically experience lots of sunny weather, rain is inevitable at this time of year. Weather in Iceland changes quickly and a popular saying is "if you don't like the weather, wait five minutes," so layers and rain jackets are always encouraged.
In Iceland, we celebrate our epic backcountry adventures with a boat ride off the coast of the island during peak wildlife-viewing season. With opportunities to see White-peaked dolphins, Harbour porpoises, Humpback whales, Orca whales, and Blue whales, we’ll spend time enjoying these majestic creatures and understanding how to support them in their natural habitats. Our group also dives into the iconic waters at Iceland's Blue Lagoon. Here, we restore and relax in this geothermal pool that sits in the heart of an Icelandic lava field.
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To hike past ancient thermal springs, colorful rhyolite mountains, glacier-fed rivers, and mossy floodplains on Iceland’s famous Laugavegur Trail
To unwind in the therapeutic natural hot spring pools at Blue Lagoon
To explore Reykjavik’s colorful city streets and wander through charming fishing towns
To whale watch off the coast of this Scandinavian island
To trek alongside some of Europe's awe-inspiring glaciers
To experience the midnight sun
Explore the Nordic terrain with arctic foxes playing nearby
Discover the complexities and handicraft of authentic, cozy Icelandic sweaters
Tour local greenhouses and homesteads to discover the secrets behind Icelandic horticulture
We invite you to start your journey to Iceland today.