Dates: July 14 - July 24, 2018
Total Duration: 11 days
Cost: From $7,395 per person, double occupancy including airfare from Boston, New York or Washington DC. Airline taxes separate.
Deposit (per participant): $1,000
Activity level: Moderately Active
Geology and Geophysics
Tour Operator: Odysseys Unlimited
Region: Western Europe
Discover the remarkable natural history and rich cultural heritage of unspoiled Iceland. In a small group limited to 24 guests, travel the breadth of an astonishing land, savoring its stunning and unique scenery and staying in atmospheric small hotels. Your 11-day tour starts in Borgarnes where you visit the Reyholt Cultural Centre commemorating saga writer Snorri Sturluson. Encounter the Snaefellsnes Peninsula's stupendous scenery next – its vast lava field, small fishing villages, bizarre rock formations, and nesting cliff birds. Travel on to enjoy two nights in the region's charming capital, Akureyri, situated at a fjord's base and ringed by snow-capped mountains. Call on a farm featuring famed Icelandic horses. View Lake Myvatn, one of the world's natural wonders, with its 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 dramatic bird-watching cruise to Puffin Island where, based on seasonality, you may see thousands of seabirds: puffins, black guillemots, fulmars, Arctic terns. Explore Thingvellir National Park, known both for the historic parliament founded here in 930, and as the place where the fissure between the North American and European geological plates is most evident. See Seljalandfoss, Iceland's most visited waterfall; popular Skogafoss waterfall with its rainbows; and the Skogar Folk Museum. Conclude your adventure with two nights in Iceland's capital, sophisticated Reykjavik, where you enjoy touring and exploring on your own.