Discover the stunning beauty and distinct culture of Iceland during a unique cruise that circumnavigates the land of fire and ice.

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 Landscape of Isafjordur in the West Fjords  Breaching whale in Icelandic waters  Siglufjordur, Iceland's northernmost town  Iceland's Namaskard geothermal area near Lake Mývatn  Volcanic steam vent  Landscape of Skutustadir, near Lake Myvatn  Godafoss Waterfall  Puffins along the cliffs of Iceland  Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon in Vatnajokull National Park  Heimaey Island  The colorful capital of Reykjavik, Iceland

Iceland Voyage

A Circumnavigation Cruise Aboard the 180-guest Le Champlain

9 days from $6,495

Discover the stunning beauty and distinct culture of Iceland during a unique cruise that circumnavigates the land of fire and ice.

or Call 855-330-1542

Experts

Jul 24 - Aug 1, 2019 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.

Jul 31 - Aug 8, 2019 Departure
Elisabeth Ida Ward

Elisabeth Ida Ward

Holding a Ph.D. in Scandinavian Languages and Literature from the University of California at Berkeley, Dr. Ward has a long-term passionate interest in all things Icelandic. Her interest began as a child, listening to her mother, Margrét Guðmundsdóttir, speak to her grandparents in the Icelandic language, which Elisabeth taught herself over many years while growing up in Southern California and traveling to Iceland during the summer. As part of her Ph.D. research, Dr. Ward lived in Iceland from 2006 to 2010, receiving Icelandic citizenship. Her dissertation focuses on the medieval Icelandic narratives called the Sagas of Icelanders; Dr. Ward’s research reveals the relationship between those stories and the actual physical landscape of Iceland. She argues they are “co-constituted”, meaning one cannot be read without the other.

In addition to her expertise in the Icelandic Sagas, Dr. Ward is also an expert in the Viking Age, having served as the Assistant Curator for a special Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition from 2000 to 2004 entitled Vikings: The North Atlantic Saga (the scholarly companion volume to that exhibition is still in print and widely utilized). She also worked as the Program Director for Vikingaheimar Museum in Reykjanesbær, Iceland, and as the Director of the Scandinavian Cultural Center at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma Washington. Since 2005, she has served as a consultant for Walt Disney World’s Epcot Center helping to create exhibitions for their Norway Pavilion about the Vikings, Norwegian folk culture, and Norse mythology. She recently returned to California to take a position as Executive Director of the Los Altos History Museum. The daughter of an American service man who met his wife while stationed in Iceland in the 1960s, Elisabeth is the mother of a 12-year-old son. Her hobbies include cooking and hiking as well as taking care of her cats.