Explore Iceland's pristine beauty and experience the aurora borealis from one of the world's prime viewing spots.

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 View of the Northern Lights in Iceland  The Northern Lights as seen from the ION Hotel. Credit: The ION Hotel  The Northern Lights as viewed from Hotel Ranga.  Credit: Darryl Wilson  The Northern Lights  The Northern Lights as seen from the ION Hotel. Credit: The ION Hotel  ION’s Silfra Restaurant and Northern Lights Bar. Credit: The ION Hotel  ION Hotel  Rainbow over Gullfoss Waterfall  Church on Thingvellir Lake  Skógafoss Waterfall  Thorsmork mountains and canyon  Icelandic horses  Langjokull Glacier  The colorful capital of Reykjavik  Fridheimar Greenhouse  The famous Blue Lagoon.  Credit: Meggan R.

Northern Lights of Iceland

7 days from $6,195

Explore Iceland's pristine beauty and experience the aurora borealis from one of the world's prime viewing spots.

or Call 855-330-1542

Oct 5 - 11, 2016 Departure
Carolyn Collins Petersen

Carolyn Collins Petersen

Carolyn Collins Petersen studied education, astronomy, and astrophysics at the University of Colorado. She also earned a master's degree in science journalism. She is an accomplished science writer and lecturer and runs a science video production company. She has written and produced more than 50 full dome shows for planetarium and science center theaters around the world. In 2007, she wrote and co-produced the SpaceWeather FX series, created for the Haystack Observatory at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Ms. Collins Petersen's research interests have included the effects of the solar wind on comets, and science and technology education through informal learning experiences. She is the author of several books, including Astronomy 101: From the Sun and Moon to Wormholes and Warp Drive, and Hubble Vision—which explores the accomplishments of the Hubble Space Telescope. Her current project covering the history of space exploration, is due out in 2017.

Feb 7 - 13, 2017 Departure
David Aguilar

David Aguilar

A naturalist, astronomer, author and space artist, David's expertise is in communicating the wonder of science. He is the past Director of Science Information and Public Outreach at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, MA. In 2015, he left Harvard to join NASAs New Horizons special media team on the Pluto flyby mission.  He is a Random House/Smithsonian and National Geographic author and illustrator of 7 books on astronomy including "Cosmic Catastrophes - 7 Ways to Destroy a Planet Like Earth"; "ALIEN WORLDS"- a look at how bizarre alien life may be throughout the Universe; "13 Planets", and "Space Encyclopedia". He is past Director of Fiske Planetarium and Science Center, and the founder of the Science Discovery Program at University of Colorado Boulder; past Marketing Communications Director at Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corporation and member of the Hubble Space Telescope repair team; past Marketing Director of "Evolution", PBS's Emmy-winning 7-part NOVA series. 

TELEVISION and RADIO CREDITS: NASA's Unexplained Files; The UNIVERSE for the History Channel; UFO Hunters, NPR's Here and Now.

SPACE ART CREDITS: NASA/JPL, Smithsonian, BBC, The UNIVERSE, the History Channel, The Weather Channel, ABC Nightly News, CBS, NBC, CNN, NY Times, USA Today, National Geographic Magazine, Sky & Telescope, Astronomy, Scientific American, Nature, Time magazine, US News& World Report, Space.com.

He is a Premier Smithsonian Enrichment Lecturer and a Harvard World Tours Expert Study Leader. Past study tours include: Astronomy from the Chilean Andes; Astronomy of Hawaii; The Underwater Worlds of Tahiti and French Polynesia; Exploring the Amazon; AfricanSafari; Discovering Alaska!; Iceland - Land of Ice and Fire; Mysteries of Machu Picchu and Easter Island; Voyage to Antarctica; Inside the Russian Space Program-a journey to Kazakhstan for the launch of cosmonauts to the International Space Station; In The Footsteps of Galileo; Around theWorld by Private Jet!; Exploring the Emerald British Isles; Treasures of Mystical India; Arizona Astronomy. He has lectured on eighteen World Cruises aboard ships Regent Seven Seas Voyager, Mariner, Explorer; Crystal Serenity, Symphony; Celebrity Solstice, Equinox, Eclipse; and TheWORLD.

 He has the added distinction, along with his former band, of being a 2008 Grammy nominated song writer and musician. In 2010, ASTEROID 1990DA was named in honor of his exceptional science educational outreach efforts.Today, David and wife Astrid reside under the very starry skies outside of Aspen, CO.

Mar 6 - 12, 2017 Departure
Valerie Neal

Valerie Neal

Dr. Valerie Neal was the lead curator on the transfer of the space shuttle Discovery from NASA to the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum collection in April 2012. As current Chair of the Space History Department, she also oversees the Human Spaceflight collections from the space shuttle and International Space Station programsfor the museum. She spent a decade as a writer, editor, and manager for 25 NASA publications on shuttle and Spacelab missions, the Hubble Space Telescope and other space observatories, space sciences, and NASA history. She also participated in underwater astronaut-training activities and worked on the mission management support team for four shuttle missions. Dr. Neal joined the Smithsonian in 1989 and has curated three major exhibitions, Where Next Columbus? about future space exploration, Space Race, and Moving Beyond Earth about the shuttle era and beyond. She also led the effort to restore the space shuttle Enterprise when it was the centerpiece of the collection until the arrival of Discovery. Her publications include two edited books on space exploration—Spaceflight: A Smithsonian Guide and Where Next, Columbus? The Future of Space Exploration—and a “biography” of space shuttle Discovery. Her new book, Spaceflight in the Shuttle Era, is forthcoming in 2017. One of Dr. Neal’s first projects with NASA was in solar-terrestrial physics and auroral studies; she worked with researchers and wrote about the solar, magnetospheric, and atmospheric environments and processes that give rise to the aurorae. She has also followed auroral studies from the space shuttle and International Space Station missions.

Sep 17 - 23, 2017 Departure
Michael J. Neufeld

Michael J. Neufeld

Dr. Michael J. Neufeld is a Senior Curator in Space History Department of the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, where he tends the collections of rockets up to 1945 and Mercury and Gemini spacecraft.  A Canadian by birth, he received history degrees from the University of Calgary and the University of British Columbia, before getting a Ph.D. in Modern European History from The Johns Hopkins University in 1984. Dr. Neufeld came to the Museum as a research fellow in 1988-90, became a curator in the Aeronautics Department in 1990, and moved to Space History in 1999. Dr. Neufeld has led, or contributed to, several Museum exhibits on subjects varying from World War II to human spaceflight. He is lead curator of Destination Moon, a major exhibition on lunar exploration opening in 2020. He has authored or edited eight books, notably The Rocket and the Reich (1995) and Von Braun (2007).

Oct 16 - 22, 2017 Departure
Steven Williams

Steven Williams

Dr. Williams is the Chief of STEM Engagement at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).  He holds a BA in Physics for Cornell University and an MS and PhD in Geology from Arizona State University, specializing in the geology of Mars.  Steve was on the faculty of the University of North Dakota, where he helped create an award-winning distance learning Masters program in Space Studies. He has written a variety of articles for the scientific, educational, and popular literature, and prepared the database powering NASA’s SPACE365 app, used for educational program support and planning, and for strategic communication, when he was on a recent two-year duty assignment at NASA HQ.  At NASA, he also supported the GRAIL, Curiosity, LADEE, and MAVEN launches, the Curiosity landing, and the 2012 Transit of Venus.  Steve has extensive field research experience in the Mojave, Antarctica, and other arid regions, and eclipse experience in the USA and Easter Island.