Dates: August 5 - August 15, 2017
Total Duration: 11 days
Cost: From $6,642, including air from Boston, New York and Washington, DC (excluding airline taxes & fees), per person, based on double occupancy.
Deposit (per participant): $1,000
Activity level: Active
Geology and Geophysics
Tour Operator: Odysseys Unlimited
Region: Western Europe
Discover the astonishing natural history and rich cultural heritage of vast, unspoiled Iceland. In a small group limited to only 24 guests, you will travel the breadth of the country, viewing its stunning and unique natural scenery and staying in well-located, atmospheric, small hotels. The 11-day tour will start in Borgarnes where you will visit the Reyholt Cultural Centre. The next day, tour the beautiful Snaefellsnes Peninsula with its small fishing villages, bizarre rock formations, and nesting cliff birds, then travel on to enjoy two nights in the region's charming capital, Akureyri, situated at the base of a fjord and ringed by snow-capped mountains. View one of the world's natural wonders, Lake Myvatn and its environs of bubbling mud flats, lava fields, and lunar-like volcanic craters, and stop at Godafoss, the "waterfall of the gods." Visit the incredible "Glacial River Canyon" National Park, walk to spectacular Dettifoss, Iceland's "Niagara", and embark on a bird-watching cruise to Puffin Island where, depending on the season, we may see thousands of seabirds: puffins, black guillemots, fulmars, Arctic terns. Visit Thingvellir National Park, known both for its historic import and as the place where the fissure between the geological plates of North American and Europe is most evident, and the next day visit Seljalandfoss, one of Iceland's most popular waterfalls, and the Skogar Folk Museum. Then spend two nights in Iceland's capital, Reykjavik, where you will have a city tour and enjoy time on your own in this sophisticated city.