Encounter the natural splendor of Iceland—home to powerful waterfalls, massive glaciers, volcanoes, spouting hot springs, and black-sand beaches — on a popular tour to the geological wonders of the island’s north, south, and west.

Starting at: $5,992 * Includes airfare, taxes & all fees Make a Reservation Ask Us A Question or Call 855-330-1542
 Seljalandsfoss, near Vik  Snaefellsnes Peninsula  Puffins along the cliffs of Iceland  Black sand beach and basalt columns at Reynisdrangar, near Vik  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  Iceland's Namaskard geothermal area near Lake Mývatn  Black lava beach near Vík  Skógafoss Waterfall  Traditional Icelandic home  Icelandic horses  The colorful capital of Reykjavik  The Statue of Leif Eiriksson and Hallgrímskirkja Church   The Blue Lagoon  The Northern Lights in Iceland

Adventure in Iceland

11 days from $5,992 | includes airfare, taxes and all fees

Encounter the natural splendor of Iceland—home to powerful waterfalls, massive glaciers, volcanoes, spouting hot springs, and black-sand beaches — on a popular tour to the geological wonders of the island’s north, south, and west.

or Call 855-330-1542

Tour Details

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

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Experts

May 21 - 31, 2022 Departure; Aug 4 - 14, 2022 Departure; Jun 13 - 23, 2023 Departure; Aug 3 - 13, 2023 Departure
Peter Bobrowsky

Peter Bobrowsky

Peter Bobrowsky is a professional archaeologist and geologist with 40 years of experience working as a consultant, scholar, teacher and researcher across the globe. His academic achievements include almost 500 publications - 20 technical books such as the Encyclopedia of Natural Hazards, Encyclopedia of Engineering Geology and The Landslide Handbook - the latter written for the general public has been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin, and Japanese; induction as an International Fellow of the Explorers Club of New York and Fellow of the Geological Society of America. He is the recipient of numerous awards including most notably the Eugene Shoemaker Communications Award for Best Book (2009), the Edward B. Burwell Jr. Award for Engineering Geology (2011), the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012) and the James Harrison Outstanding Achievement Award (2020).

Dr. Bobrowsky has a prominent history of international positions and appointments in particular Secretary General of the International Union of Geological Sciences an NGO representing some 1 million earth scientists around the world, President of the Canadian Quaternary Association, President of the Geological Association of Canada and President of the International Consortium on Landslides.

A popular global public speaker for the past 25 years he remains a much sought after and well-liked lecturer for the Smithsonian since 2004. His multi-disciplinary background and extensive travel to over 110 countries contribute to his unique, informative and enthusiastic speaking style. A born extrovert, with an easy going manner, Peter strives to understand and explain the crucial links between a diverse and dynamically changing Earth and the evolution of changing societies through history.

He divides his time between travel adventures and home life near Sidney by the Sea on Vancouver Island.

Jun 14 - 24, 2022 Departure; Oct 10 - 20, 2023 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.

Jul 7 - 17, 2022 Departure
Wayne Ranney

Wayne Ranney

Wayne Ranney is a geologist and writer who is a veteran of expedition travel, having journeyed to and lectured on all of Earth’s seven continents. He is the recipient of the 2018 American Association of Petroleum Geologists “Geosciences in the Media Award” and has received other national and regional honors for his writing, lectures, blog postings, and expeditionary guiding. His foreign and domestic travels have taken him to South America (Patagonia, Tierra del Fuego, and the Amazon), Australia and New Zealand, the Polar regions (Antarctica, Iceland, and Greenland), and desert landscapes in Africa, Asia, the Atacama, and the American Southwest.

With a lifelong interest in the earth sciences, Wayne specializes in making the fascinating story of our planet come alive for fellow travelers. He was elected to the Explorers Club and has visited more than 85 countries. Wayne is a retired professor of geology who lives in Flagstaff, Arizona near his beloved Grand Canyon. He is passionate about sharing his vast knowledge of earth history with others in an easy-going and informal style, yet he is a well-respected author of numerous award-winning books and articles. He enjoys languages, hiking, river running, photography, conversation, and anything that allows him to get outdoors with others in seeing the varied and interesting landscapes of our beautiful planet.

Sep 22 - Oct 2, 2022 Departure; May 20 - 30, 2023 Departure
Steven Williams

Steven Williams

Steven H. Williams is an expert in Solar System science, with a B.A. in Physics (Cornell) and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Geology (Planetary) from Arizona State.  He has considerable experience in Mars analog laboratory work, and fieldwork in numerous locations in the American Southwest and even Antarctica.  He is particularly skilled in the creation and delivery of educational programming for all ages and backgrounds, making complex scientific topics understandable to any audience.  He held a number of posts in his fifteen years at the National Air and Space Museum (NASM), including Chair of the Education Department.  He created, managed, and delivered a wide variety of programs, hosted live Planetarium shows, played a key role in the creation of several award-winning educational videos, and contributed significantly to the design and content of the new Exploring the Planets gallery.

While at NASM, Dr. Williams was recruited by NASA to serve a two-year detail assignment at NASA HQ, where he created and delivered a number of outreach programs and products for launches, landings, science conferences, and other events.  He created the database for NASA’s SPACE365 app, which links Space exploration milestones with their historical setting, and the definitive Mars exploration “batting average” spreadsheet, showcasing just how difficult Mars exploration has been. 

Sep 29 - Oct 9, 2022 Departure
C. Alex Young

C. Alex Young

C. Alex Young is a solar astrophysicist studying the Sun and space weather. Alex is passionate about sharing science with diverse audiences. This led him to start The Sun Today with his designer wife, Linda. First through Facebook and Twitter then adding an extensive website thesuntoday.org, the two work together to engage the public about the Sun and its role in our solar system. Alex led national engagement efforts for the 2017 total solar eclipse. He is the Associate Director for Science in the Heliophysics Science Division at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.

Oct 13 - 23, 2022 Departure; Sep 12 - 22, 2023 Departure
Jim Reynolds

Jim Reynolds

Jim Reynolds is Professor Emeritus of Geology at Brevard College. He received his A.B. in Earth Science and A.M. in Volcanology from Dartmouth College. After working in industry, government, and academia, he returned to Dartmouth for a Ph.D. His research focused on the uplift of the Andes in Argentina, Chile, and Bolivia and Central American volcanism. He is writing a book about the Geology of Iceland. Reynolds was awarded two Fulbright Scholarships to teach at Argentine universities. Jim is an ardent environmentalist and a strong advocate for environmental issues. He is completing his second term on the Board of Directors of the Galapagos Conservancy. As a field‐oriented scientist and educator, Jim is enthusiastic to provide outdoor and hands-on learning experiences.

Jul 6 - 16, 2023 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. She studied Earth and Ocean Sciences at Caltech, Oregon State University, and Stanford University and focused her early research experiences on volcanic processes in Australia, Iceland, and the seafloor. Since then, she has journeyed worldwide as a scientist and field guide, gaining local geologic and oceanographic expertise across the U.S., Central and South America, Arctic and Antarctic locales, and a multitude of ocean island locations including the Azores, the Galapágos Islands, Palau, Tahiti, Fiji, and the Hawaiian Islands. In the classroom, in the field, or through her Earth Rocks! YouTube video channel, Katryn’s primary focus today is helping students of all ages and backgrounds recognize and understand the geologic and oceanographic phenomena that build and modify the landscape and impact our climate and society.