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.

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 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  The Northern Lights in Iceland

Adventure in Iceland

11 days from $5,597 | 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

Tour Details

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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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Overview

Activity Level 3: Advanced


Expectations: Most trips will feature long touring days, many full-day excursions, and a full and active itinerary with a faster pace and longer distances. Some tours may have activities with higher intensity and more active choices/options. Excursions require standing and walking for extended periods of time over more difficult terrain (cobblestones, city hills, stairs without handrails, limited or no access to elevators, muddy/slippery walking/hiking trails), and walking to city centers where coaches are prohibited. Specific itineraries may feature hiking, use of local transportation, extended overnight train travel, extensive use of Zodiac crafts or other smaller ship conveyances, or multiple internal plane rides. Some itineraries may require early morning departures and later evening returns. Travelers may be in remote and/or rugged regions, and may be touring at higher altitudes with steep ascents/descents. Leisure time may be limited (sometimes only in the later evenings). Certain tours feature more active excursions (such as moderate hiking, swimming, snorkeling, canoeing, bicycling, rafting, or kayaking), though another choice may be offered for an alternate skill level. Walking/hiking tours may feature up to six-mile walks/hikes.  

Appropriate for: Travelers who are physically fit, lead active lives, are comfortable participating in long days of activities, and expect some physical exertion. 

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

2019 Itinerary

Day 1 — Depart U.S. for Reykjavik, Iceland

Day 2 — Reykjavik and Borgarbyggo

Arriving early morning in Iceland’s capital, meet your Tour Director, and enjoy a scenic drive, stopping for breakfast along the way. After some free time to rest, take an afternoon excursion to the thermal areas of Deildartunguhver and also to Hraunfossar Falls. Visit the Settlement Center, an interactive museum detailing the story of Iceland’s earliest settlers, including that of famed 10th-century Viking Egil Skallagrimsson.

After reaching your hotel mid-afternoon, enjoy time to relax before this evening’s briefing on the journey ahead followed by a welcome dinner. (B,D) 

Day 3 — Borgarbyggo and Snaefellsnes Peninsula

Encounter the stupendous scenery of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. Begin with a walk along the shell sand beach at the abandoned fishing village of Budir, surrounded by a vast lava field. Explore the caves and bizarre rock formations along the rugged shore at Arnarstapi, site of thousands of nesting cliff birds. After stopping for lunch at a rustic oceanfront restaurant, we visit Djupalonssandur where we see the haunting remains of abandoned coastal farms. (B,L,D)

Day 4 — Siglufjordur

Travel towards the north­east corner of Iceland today, through the beautiful Norourardalur Valley. Along the way visit Grabok Crater for scenic views. Call on a Gauksmyri farm to see their famed Icelandic horses – small, hardy, and with long manes, and tour Glambaer, a folk museum featuring authentic turf houses. Reach the small fish­ing village of Siglufjordur and your hotel in time for dinner there tonight. (B,D) 

Day 5 — Lake Myvatn and Jokulsargljufur National Park

Today travel to beautiful Lake Myvatn. One of the world’s natural wonders, Lake Myvatn and its environs of bubbling mud flats, lava fields, and lunarlike volcanic craters comprise a stunning national park. Your explorations begin with a walk to view the fascinating Hverfjall crater, a local land-mark. Later see the region’s unique “pseudo craters,” the boiling mud pots at Namaskard, the bizarre lava formations at Dimmuborgir, the explosive crater at Viti, and the flat volcano system at Krafla. Your last stop is at the incredible Glacial River Canyon National Park (Jokulsargljufur), yet another of Iceland’s natural wonders, where you walk to jaw-dropping Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall and Iceland’s “Niagara Falls.” After this day of stunning scenery, check in to your hotel in time for dinner together tonight. (B,L,D)

Day 6 — Lake Myvatn and Husavik

This morning traverse Hljodaklettar, the labyrinth of “echoing rocks” created by the spiral basalt formations of arches and canyons here. Continue to Asbyrgi, a huge canyon enveloped by towering walls, wherein the middle of the partially wooded canyon sits a huge hoof-shaped rock called “The Island.” At Husavik, embark on a bird-watching cruise to Puffin Island to see thousands of seabirds (based on seasonality), including puffins, black guillemots, fulmars, and Arctic terns. (B,D)

Day 7 — Reykjavik, Thingvellir National Park, Selfoss

This morning stop at Godafoss, the “waterfall of the gods”, named for the carvings of Norse gods discarded here when the country was declared Christian 1,000 years ago. Then transfer to the Akureyri airport for the flight to Reykjavik.

Upon arrival enjoy lunch at a local restaurant then embark on a city tour of the Icelandic capital, home to more than half of Iceland’s population. Depart for Selfoss, stopping along the way to see the geothermal exhibit at the Hellisheidi Power Plant, Iceland’s largest. Continue your drive along the country’s southern coast to the beautiful agricultural area of Selfoss. (B,L)

Day 8 — Selfoss and Vik

This morning visit the new Lava Centre, dedicated to Iceland‘s riveting volcanic activity and its frequent earthquakes. En route to Vik, stop at Skogafoss waterfall, known for its rainbows on sunny days. Continue to lovely Vik, Iceland’s southernmost town, and enjoy time to have lunch on your own and explore or shop for items of locally produced wool. Take a walk along the black-sand beach at Reynisfjara, lined with columnar basalt-filled caves. En route to the hotel, stop by the Solheimajokull “sliding” glacier, so named for its rapid advance in the 1990s, and visit a picturesque Seljalandfoss waterfall. (B,D) 

Day 9 — Reykjavik

Traveling back to Reykjavik continue through “saga” country, the setting of one of the country’s famous medieval stories. Stop along the way to visit Gullfoss, the immensely popular “goldenwaterfall, and Great Geysir, the most famous of Iceland’s geysers.

After lunch at a local restaurant, drive to Thingvellir National Park, known both for its historic importance and as the place where the fissure between the geological plates of North America and Europe is most evident. Learn about the historic parliament founded here in A.D. 930. Meet with a local expert to learn about the 2008 bank crisis and its effects throughout Iceland. Dinner tonight is on your own. (B,L)

Day 10 — Reykjavik

Today is at leisure to explore and enjoy Reykjavik as you please; those who wish can join in an optional tour to the Blue Lagoon for a soothing bath in geothermal waters rich with silica, sulfur, and other minerals. Tonight celebrate over a farewell dinner. (B,D)

Day 11 — Depart for U.S.

This morning is at leisure, perhaps for some last-minute shopping for such local specialties as handicrafts, woolens, and gourmet foods. Early this afternoon depart for the airport and your return flights to the U.S. (B)

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)