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
 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  Traditional Icelandic home  Icelandic horses  The colorful capital of Reykjavik  The Statue of Leif Eiriksson and Hallgrímskirkja Church   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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Aug 19 - 29, 2017 Departure
Peter Bobrowsky

Peter Bobrowsky

Peter Bobrowsky is 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.

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; Sep 6 - 16, 2018 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.

May 24 - Jun 3, 2018 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 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.

Jul 5 - 15, 2018 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 and the Amazon; 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 24 - Aug 3, 2018 Departure; Aug 9 - 19, 2018 Departure
Scott Burns

Scott Burns

Scott Burns is a Professor Emeritus of Geology and Past-Chair of the Dept. of Geology at Portland State University where he just completed his 24th year of teaching. He was also Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at P.S.U. from 1997-1999. Scott has been teaching for 44 years, with past positions in Switzerland, New Zealand, Washington, Colorado and Louisiana. Dr. Burns specializes in environmental and engineering geology, geomorphology, soils, and Quaternary geology. Scott has won many awards for outstanding teaching, the most significant being the Faculty Senate Chair Award at Louisiana Tech University in 1987, the Distinguished Faculty Award from the Portland State Alumni Association in 2001, and the George Hoffmann Award from PSU in 2007. Based on his national leadership performance Scott was chosen to be a fellow of the Geological Society of America (2004) and a fellow with the Kellogg National Fellowship Program (1990 – 1993). He was president of the Downtown Rotary Club of Portland, Oregon’s oldest and largest Rotary club in 2009. Scott is a 6th generation Oregonian who grew up in Beaverton and is very happy to be "home" after a 25 year hiatus! He actively helps local TV, radio stations and newspapers bring important geological news to the public. Scott enjoys all sports, especially basketball, running, skiing, hiking, swimming, tennis, and golf.

Sep 13 - 23, 2018 Departure
Patrick Abbott

Patrick Abbott

Patrick Abbott has a Ph.D. in geology from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a long-time Professor of Geology at San Diego State University. Pat’'s research on reconstructing ancient continental positions has focused on the region stretching from coastal Mexico to coastal Alaska. His college textbook, Natural Disasters, published by McGraw-Hill, is in its ninth edition, and discusses in detail the plate tectonics, earthquakes, climate change, and volcanic history of the Pacific region. He appeared in the TV series The Real Gilligan’s Island on TBS and contributed to a History Channel program in spring 2012 on geological and meteorological phenomena. Pat will lecture on the plate tectonics and volcanic activity and why these regional phenomena are significant on a global scale.