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OverviewIceland is a land of massive glaciers, rumbling volcanoes, spouting hot springs, lava fields, and powerful waterfalls. Join us for an 11-day journey to enjoy its geological wonders, gracious hospitality, and relaxed pace. Begin in Borgarnes, where you learn about the renowned Icelandic saga writers, then tour the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, stroll through small fishing villages, gaze upon bizarre rock formations, and marvel at thousands of nesting cliff birds. In northern Iceland, spend three nights in the region’s vibrant capital of Akureyri, situated at the base of a fjord and ringed by snowcapped mountains. Take excursions to lovely Lake Myvatn and the phenomenal national park that boasts Europe’s most powerful waterfall, Godafoss. In southern Iceland explore the hot springs of Geysir, the popular Gullfoss waterfall, and ocean cliffs teaming with various bird species. Visit Thingvellir National Park, where the world’s oldest parliament was established in A.D. 930, and the village of Skogar, home to one of Iceland’s best museums. Conclude in the capital of Reykjavik to enjoy this sophisticated urban center and its soothing geothermal baths.
Special ValueThis tour is specially designed for a small group of 16 to 24 Smithsonian travelers and offers outstanding travel value. Prices include airfare, airline taxes, fuel surcharges, and departure fees.
Smithsonian ExpertsThroughout this tour, travel in the company of an exceptional Smithsonian Study Leader. Jim Reynolds is a geologist who has received two Fulbright Scholarships and a Geological Society of America Fellow. He received his Ph.D. from Dartmouth College and currently teaches at Brevard College in North Carolina. He will lead the June and July 2013 departures. Pat Dickerson’s research in rifts and mountain chains of the world, including doctoral studies (University of Texas-Austin) in the Big Bend of west Texas, has provided opportunities for wide-ranging field explorations. Pat will lead the August 24 departure. Kirt Kempter is a geologist and a Fulbright Fellow, who earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. Kirt will lead the September 2013 departure. Read an interview with Study Leader Kirt Kempter.
Special HighlightsMarvel at this stunning island of glaciers, volcanoes, mud-flats, geysers, and waterfalls.Learn about Norse “saga” during a visit to Iceland’s historic Reyholt Cultural Centre.See Lake Myvatn’s mud flats and bizarre lava formations.Speak with a renowned volcanologist about the recent 2010 eruption and its impact.Visit Glacial River Canyon National Park and witness Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall.Experience the rich bird life, including puffins and fulmar, during a bird-watching coastal cruise.Hear about the recent economic crisis during a meet and greet with a local journalist.Enjoy museums, theater, and restaurants in the sophisticated capital city, Reykjavik.
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