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

Starting at: $5,095 * Includes airfare, taxes & all fees Make a Reservation Ask Us A Question or Call 855-330-1542
 Iceland's 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 Statue of Leif Eiriksson and Hallgrímskirkja Church   The Blue Lagoon  The Northern Lights in Iceland

Adventure in Iceland

11 days from $5,095 | includes airfare, taxes and all fees

Explore the natural beauty and geological wonders of Iceland, 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

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Experts

Oct 13 - 23, 2020 Departure
Stephanie Grocke

Stephanie Grocke

Stephanie Grocke earned her B.A. in Geology from Colby College and her Ph.D. in Volcanology from Oregon State University. She served as a postdoctoral scholar at the Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of National History, and as a NSF-Fulbright Arctic Research Scholar at the University of Iceland in Reykjavik, where she investigated the gas emissions from the 2014-2015 Bardarbunga eruption in Iceland, the largest by volume in the country for more than 200 years.  Stephanie’s research explores the most explosive volcanism on Earth. Supereruptions, as they are referred to, have the potential to cause devastating hazards and changes to global climate; Stephanie’s research aims to identify the magmatic processes that result in this style of volcanism.

May 20 - 30, 2021 Departure; Sep 30 - Oct 10, 2021 Departure
Peter Bobrowsky

Peter Bobrowsky

Peter Bobrowsky is a professional archaeologist and geologist with 30 years of experience working as a consultant, scholar and researcher in North America, South America, Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. He obtained his PhD in 1989 from the University of Alberta and is currently an Adjunct Full Professor at both Simon Fraser University and the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada. An author of some 350 scientific publications including several technical books such as the Encyclopedia of Natural Hazards, he was elected as an International Fellow of the Explorers Club of New York and a Fellow of the Geological Society of America. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the Eugene Shoemaker Communications Award for Best Book in 2009, the Edward B. Burwell Jr. Award for Engineering Geology in 2011 and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. Dr. Bobrowsky has a prominent history of international positions and appointments including former Secretary General of the International Union of Geological Sciences an NGO representing some 1 million earth scientists around the world, former President of the Canadian Quaternary Association, and former President of the Geological Association of Canada. A popular lecturer for the Smithsonian, he is a passionate traveler who has visited some 100 countries. Known for his scholarly insights and enthusiastic and easygoing speaking style, he will bring to life the crucial link between landscapes and society.

Jun 8 - 18, 2021 Departure
Jim Zimbelman

Jim Zimbelman

Dr. Jim Zimbelman is a planetary geologist at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum where he has served as the chairman of the Center for Earth and Planetary Studies. He has expertise in physics and mathematics (B.A.), geophysics and space physics (M.S. University of California at Los Angeles), as well as geology (Ph.D. Arizona State University). Jim was co-editor of the book Environmental Effects on Volcanic Eruptions: From Deep Oceans to Deep Space, co-author of Dunes Worlds and has written more than 90 papers and maps for various peer-reviewed scientific journals and books. Over the past 28 years at NASM, he has been involved in the analysis of high-resolution spacecraft imaging and geophysical data of the Earth and terrestrial planets, geologic mapping of Mars and Venus, and other geologic studies of terrestrial planets.

Jul 6 - 16, 2021 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.

Aug 17 - 27, 2021 Departure; Oct 28 - Nov 7, 2021 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.