Explore the natural beauty and geological wonders of this amazing island, home to massive glaciers, powerful waterfalls, volcanoes, spouting hot springs, and black-sand beaches.

Starting at: $4,942 * Includes airfare, taxes & all fees Make a Reservation Ask Us A Question or Call 855-330-1542
 Gullfoss Waterfall  Snaefellsnes Peninsula  Puffins along the cliffs of Iceland  Godafoss Waterfall  Dettifoss, Vatnajökull National Park  Iceland's Namaskard geothermal area near Lake Mývatn  Volcanic steam vent  Atlantic puffins  Thingvellir National Park  The Great Geysir  Rainbow over Gullfoss Waterfall  Black sand beach and basalt columns at Reynisdrangar, near Vik  Black lava beach near Vík  Seljalandsfoss, near Vik  Skógafoss Waterfall  Icelandic horses  Traditional Icelandic home  The colorful capital of Reykjavik  The Blue Lagoon

Adventure in Iceland

11 days from $4,942 | includes airfare, taxes and all fees

Explore the natural beauty and geological wonders of this amazing island, home to massive glaciers, powerful waterfalls, volcanoes, spouting hot springs, and black-sand beaches.

or Call 855-330-1542

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WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

Iceland is the most unique place we've ever been and Smithsonian Journeys did a magnificent job of showing it to us. We learned a lot, laughed a lot and had a wonderful time. This is a great tour.

- Richard L.

The trip to Iceland felt adventurous, exciting and comfortable. The place was gorgeous and the leadership skillful. Thanks for the unforgettable experience! 

- Mariana V.

Iceland is one of the most revealing places to study the history of our earth. The volcanoes, lava fields, waterfalls and geysers are amazing reminders of the power of nature. 

- Judith H.

This trip was a wonderful experience. I loved the beauty and diversity of Iceland. Being led by such an experienced and knowledgeable guide made it very special. I would love to go back! 

- J. Trehy

JOURNEYS DISPATCHES

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May 27 - Jun 6, 2017 Departure
Kirt Kempter

Kirt Kempter

Kirt Kempter is a Fulbright Fellow and Ph.D. graduate from the University of Texas at Austin, where he conducted his dissertation research on Rincón de la Vieja volcano in Costa Rica. For the past 11 years, Kirt has worked for the New Mexico STATEMAP program, studying the geologic history of northern New Mexico. Kirt is also an instructor for the NASA astronaut training program, teaching NASA’'s 2009 astronaut candidates geologic mapping techniques in northern New Mexico. Since 1993, Kirt has led numerous journeys for the Smithsonian Institution, from Iceland to Antarctica.

Jun 15 - 25, 2017 Departure
Wayne Ranney

Wayne Ranney

Wayne Ranney is a veteran of expedition travel, and has lectured on and journeyed to all seven of the Earth’'s continents. With a lifelong interest in the natural and earth sciences, Wayne specializes in making the fascinating story of our planet come alive for fellow travelers. His travels have taken him to all areas of South America including Patagonia; the Polar regions from Antarctica to Iceland, the desert lands of Africa and the American Southwest, and most of Earth’'s outstanding landscapes. He was elected to the Explorers Club and has visited more than 80 countries. Wayne is a retired professor of geology but still teaches an occasional honors course at Northern Arizona University in his hometown of Flagstaff, Arizona. He is passionate about sharing his vast knowledge of earth history with others in an easy and informal style, and is a well-respected author of numerous award-winning books and articles. He enjoys studying languages, hiking, river running, photography, conversation, and anything else that allows him to get out with others to see the varied and interesting landscapes of this beautiful world.

Jul 6 - 16, 2017 Departure; Jul 25 - Aug 4, 2017 Departure
Jim Reynolds

Jim Reynolds

Jim Reynolds is Professor of Geology at Brevard College, teaching all Geology courses and a section of Introductory Environmental Science. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Earth Science (1975) and Master’s degree in Volcanology (1977) from Dartmouth College and then worked in the minerals and energy industries, government, and academia for six years before returning to Dartmouth for a Ph.D. (Andean tectonics, 1987). Since 1984, his research has focused on the uplift of the Andes in Argentina, Chile, and Bolivia and the geology of the Caribbean Plate. Reynolds was awarded two Fulbright Scholarships to teach at Argentine universities (1989 and 2007). In 2006 he was inducted into the fellowship of the Geological Society of America. Jim has led international geological field trips since 1996. He made his first trip to Iceland in 1996 with a student group from the Netherlands. Since then, he has returned four times, leading student groups for the Geological Society of America and for Brevard College. Jim is an ardent environmentalist and a strong advocate for environmental issues. As a field-oriented scientist and educator, Jim is very enthusiastic to provide outdoor and hands-on learning experiences.

Aug 8 - 18, 2017 Departure
Brent Garry

Brent Garry

Brent Garry is a geologist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center where he studies lava flows and volcanoes on Earth and compares them to similar features on the Moon and Mars. He earned degrees in geology from The College of William and Mary (B.S.), the University of Kentucky (M.S.), and the University at Buffalo (Ph.D.). He then held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Smithsonian’'s National Air and Space Museum from 2006-2010, after which he worked at the Planetary Science Institute for two years, and then moved to NASA. From 2008-2011, as a member of NASA'’s Desert RATS team, Brent lived in prototype space vehicles for up to two weeks at a time during simulated missions to the lunar surface and asteroids. Brent has conducted field work in Iceland, Hawaii, New Mexico, Idaho, Oregon, and Belize; served as editor for the GSA special volume “Analogs for Planetary Exploration;” and was selected as a Participating Scientist on NASA'’s Dawn and Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) missions. Outside the office, Brent enjoys running and scuba diving.

Sep 5 - 15, 2017 Departure
Katryn Wiese

Katryn Wiese

Katryn Wiese is a professor of Geology and Oceanography at City College of San Francisco, where she has taught field, lab, and lecture classes since 1995. With degrees and training in the Earth and Ocean Sciences from Caltech and Oregon State University, and post-graduate work at Stanford University, her research background is in volcanic chemistry and processes. Her field research experiences include tin-mineralizing granites and sapphire mines in Australia, the Eyjafjöll Volcanic System in Iceland, and seafloor volcanism and hydrothermal vents in the Pacific Ocean offshore the Galapágos Islands and in the Atlantic off the Azores Islands. She has journeyed worldwide as a scientist, gaining extensive local geologic and oceanographic expertise across the U.S., Mexico, Peru, Palau, Tahiti, Fiji, New Zealand, and Australia and has organized and led geology and oceanography field trips for students, for the National Park Service, and for geoscience professionals at national and international conferences.

Sep 9 - 19, 2017 Departure
Pat Dickerson

Pat Dickerson

Dr. Pat Dickerson is a geologist and visiting research fellow with the Jackson School of Geosciences - University of Texas at Austin and the American Geosciences Institute. Her field research focuses on rifts of the world:  Iceland, Oslo rift, the Rio Grande rift, as well as on mountain-building:  the North American Cordillera and Rocky Mts., Argentine Andes, Sierra Madre Oriental of Mexico, Norwegian and Scottish Caledonides, the southwestern Appalachian chain, and Southern Alps of New Zealand. Long intrigued by the interplay of geologic processes and human activities, she was schooled in geology and classical archaeology (B.A.), then geology/tectonics (Ph.D.) at UT at Austin. She draws from those experiences in leading geological and natural history field seminars for Smithsonian groups (since 2003), for students, and for professional scientists. Pat has served on task forces to develop scientific strategies for exploring the Moon and Mars, and she collaborates with NASA on field training to prepare astronauts for such missions.