Trace Iceland’s southern coast from the Blue Lagoon to the Glacier Lagoon, discovering an incredible range of geological phenomena, from glaciers and waterfalls to volcanoes and geysers. 

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 Iceland's Gullfoss Waterfall  Basalt cliffs and black sand beach at Reynisfjara

Glaciers and Geysers of Iceland’s Southern Coast: A Tailor-made Journey

8 days from $9,200

Trace Iceland’s southern coast from the Blue Lagoon to the Glacier Lagoon, discovering an incredible range of geological phenomena, from glaciers and waterfalls to volcanoes and geysers. 

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Hotel Grímsborgir

Ásborgir, United States

Built in 2009, this contemporary hotel on the banks of the Sogid River is located in the heart of the Golden Circle route. Just a 45-minute drive east of Reykjavík, it offers 119 rooms, suites, and apartments, all of which are spaced out in buildings across the grounds for a smaller and more intimate feel. Each has modern Nordic decor, neutral hues, and modern amenities such as TVs, Wi-Fi, minibars, tea and coffee-making facilities, and en suite bathrooms. While there is no pool, all rooms have access to one of 29 hot tubs that are filled daily with geothermal waters. Elsewhere, there’s a large restaurant where you can wake up to continental breakfasts and return later for dinners that draw focus on Icelandic and international dishes made with fresh and local ingredients. There’s also an outdoor terrace for summer dining, a bar serving cocktails and wines, and live entertainment on selected nights. This hotel is ideal for those who like the outdoors life and want to spend time glacier walking, horse riding, snowmobiling, quad biking, diving, and playing golf.

Number of nights: 1

Hotel Laekur

Hella, Iceland

Well located for exploring the sites of Iceland’s south coast, Hotel Laekur is a small, family-run country hotel near the town of Hella. Many of the bright, modern rooms open onto a terrace or balcony, and several self-contained cottage suites are also available. The hotel features a bar and a restaurant that serves breakfast and an à la carte dinner. Guests are invited to enjoy the sauna and outdoor hot tub.  

Number of nights: 2

Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon

Öræfi, Iceland

Number of nights: 1

Stracta Hotel

Hella, Iceland

The small town of Hella is situated within easy reach of Reykjavík, along the south coast route and Stracta Hotel is conveniently located on the edge of town, making it easy to access all of the available activities in the region. The hotel has a total of 100 rooms, so is slightly larger than others in the area but is well designed to maintain the style of a smaller property. An airy bar and bistro welcomes you in and throws views out towards the Westman Islands and Mount Hekla from the upstairs restaurant (although do not that the upstairs restaurant is only open when large groups are staying at the hotel). The rooms spread out from the main building in different blocks, cleverly constructed from old shipping containers and very Icelandic in their design. Wooden floors and a wooden feature wall are commonplace throughout, watercolours from a local artist adorn the walls and modern amenities are in every room. Outside are two hot tubs and two sauna barrels, the suites and two-bedroom apartments also have their own private hot tubs for those seeking a bit more privacy.

Number of nights: 1

Reykjavik Residence Hotel

Reykjavík, Iceland

Located in the city’s central 101 district, Reykjavík Residence Hotel is a charming and welcoming collection of apartments spread across six separate buildings, all with their own history, identity, and names such as The Publishing House, The Tannery, and The Artisan's House. Not only is it just minutes from the bars, cafes, restaurants, shops, museums, and art galleries that line Laugavegur and Skólavörðustígur streets, but it’s also an ideal base for exploring southwest Iceland's numerous attractions. Available in different sizes and layouts, all of the apartments have stylish Icelandic decor with blue, white and grey hues, soft furnishings using local fabrics, and comfortable living spaces.

Number of nights: 2

Tailor-Made Benefits

Smithsonian Archivist Circle membership. Benefits include:

  • Recognition in the Friends of the Smithsonian Honor Roll displayed electronically on the National Mall in the Membership Reception Center
  • Invitation to a special welcome tour for new members at a Smithsonian venue
  • A Smithsonian Institution annual engagement calendar with full color images of exceptional art and artifacts
  • A complimentary Smithsonian museum guidebook
  • Subscription to the award-winning magazine Smithsonian
  • 20% discount at Smithsonian Museum Stores, 10% discount at selected dining facilities, at, and Folkways Recordings
  • Special member rate for tickets to the Smithsonian's IMAX® theaters and Einstein Planetarium
  • Admission to Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York City
  • Weekday access to the Friends of the Smithsonian Reception Center

If you are already a member of the Archivist Circle or above, you will receive The Smithsonian's History of America in 101 Objects by Richard Kurin.

Reading List

Highly Recommended

Island on Fire
By: Witze, Alexandra
Fodor's Essential Iceland (Full-color Travel Guide)
By: Fodor's Travel Guides
Ring of Seasons: Iceland--Its Culture and History
By: Terry G. Lacy
Independent People
By: Halldor Laxness

Also Recommended

Iceland: Land of the Sagas
By: Krakauer, Jon, Roberts, David
Homestyle Icelandic Cooking for American Kitchens
By: Herman, Heidi
The Penguin Historical Atlas of the Vikings (Hist Atlas)
By: Haywood, John
The History of Iceland
Iceland Imagined: Nature, Culture, and Storytelling in the North Atlantic (Weyerhaeuser Environmental Books)
By: Oslund, Karen
Auroras: Fire in the Sky
By: Bortolotti, Dan
Last Places: A Journey in the North
By: Lawrence Millman
The Far Traveler: Voyages of a Viking Woman
By: Brown, Nancy Marie
Names for the Sea: Strangers in Iceland
By: Moss, Sarah
Jar City: A Reykjavi­k Thriller
By: Arnaldur Indridason
The Sagas of Icelanders: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)
The Prose Edda: Norse Mythology (Penguin Classics)
By: Sturluson, Snorri
By: Fisher, Richard V., Heiken, Grant, Hulen, Jeffrey
24x36 World Wall Map by Smithsonian Journeys - Tan Oceans Special Edition (24x36 Laminated)
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