Experience the extraordinary geology of Iceland’s western and southern coasts, encountering dramatic waterfalls, glaciers, black-sand beaches, and volcanic landscapes dotted with geysers and bubbling mud pools.

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Iceland’s Geological Wonders: A Tailor-made Journey

A Self Drive Journey

9 days from $5,520

Experience the extraordinary geology of Iceland’s western and southern coasts, encountering dramatic waterfalls, glaciers, black-sand beaches, and volcanic landscapes dotted with geysers and bubbling mud pools.

Request a Tailor-Made Itinerary

or call 855-215-8690

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Centerhotel Miðgarður

Reykjavík, Iceland

This contemporary hotel on Reykjavík’s main shopping street has an intimate atmosphere in spite of its size. The minimalist guest rooms feature large windows and tasteful Nordic décor, and offer plenty of modern amenities. The hotel’s spacious Miðgarður Spa has an indoor soaking pool, outdoor hot tub, sauna, cold showers, treatment rooms for massages, and a small gym. There’s also a secluded garden, a relaxed bar that hosts live music performances on Thursday evenings, and a restaurant that serves Nordic fusion cuisine created with fresh and local ingredients.

Number of nights: 2

Hótel Egilsen

Stykkishólmur , Iceland

A family residence dating back to 1867, this boutique hotel in the fishing village of Stykkishólmur is infused with the charms of another era. Its ten small but comfortable guest rooms blend classic and contemporary style and feature nautical decor, bespoke furnishings, modern amenities, and lots of natural light. Cozy communal areas include a library and a lounge where homemade breakfasts and evening drinks are served. In the warmer months, the outdoor terrace is an ideal spot for relaxing with an Icelandic beer or freshly made smoothie while enjoying views of Breiðafjörður Bay and the nearby lighthouse.

Number of nights: 2

Hotel Husafell

Borgarbyggð, Iceland

A stylish base from which to explore the fjords, valleys, volcanoes, craters, waterfalls, and glaciers of Iceland’s west, Hotel Húsafell is surrounded by some of the country’s most photogenic countryside. Behind the wooden façade that blends into the landscape, 48 welcoming rooms feature sleek and comfortable Nordic furnishings, floor-to-ceiling windows, and paintings by Icelandic artist and sculptor, Páll Guðmundsson. The hotel restaurant offers panoramic views along with its elegant takes on Icelandic cuisine. Guests can also relax at the lounge and bar or enjoy casual fare at the hotel bistro. On the hotel grounds, you’ll find two geothermal pools, hot tubs, outdoor activities such as hiking, eco-walking, and golf. In winter, there’s a wake-up call service when the northern lights are visible.

Number of nights: 1

Hotel Vik

Vik, Iceland

A contemporary and welcoming base from which to explore Iceland’s south coast, Hotel Vik is just a two-hour drive from Reykjavík. Behind the glass-faced modern façade, the guest rooms housed in the old and new buildings all have sleek Scandinavian décor and views of the seaside cliff or Reynisdrangar’s black sand beach and sea stacks. The hotel restaurant offers inspiring Icelandic cuisine, and the lobby bar hosts a daily happy hour and features an ocean-facing outdoor terrace during warm weather.

Number of nights: 3

Tailor-Made Benefits

Smithsonian Archivist Circle membership. Benefits include:

  • Recognition in the Friends of the Smithsonian Honor Roll displayed electronically on the National Mall in the Membership Reception Center
  • Invitation to a special welcome tour for new members at a Smithsonian venue
  • A Smithsonian Institution annual engagement calendar with full color images of exceptional art and artifacts
  • A complimentary Smithsonian museum guidebook
  • Subscription to the award-winning magazine Smithsonian
  • 20% discount at Smithsonian Museum Stores, 10% discount at selected dining facilities, at SmithsonianStore.com, and Folkways Recordings
  • Special member rate for tickets to the Smithsonian's IMAX® theaters and Einstein Planetarium
  • Admission to Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York City
  • Weekday access to the Friends of the Smithsonian Reception Center

If you are already a member of the Archivist Circle or above, you will receive The Smithsonian's History of America in 101 Objects by Richard Kurin.

Travel Insurance

For the convenience of our travelers, Travel Guard provides an on-tour Insurance Plan. On-tour emergency evacuation insurance (up to $100,000), medical expense coverage (up to $25,000), dental expense coverage (up to $500), travel medical assistance and worldwide travel assistance (U.S. Residents only). It also includes up to $25,000 medical and up to $500 dental expense coverage, and 24-hour worldwide travel and medical assistance. Please click here to view complete coverage details.

Please visit www.TravelGuard.com/SmithsonianJourneys or call Travel Guard at 1-800-208-6142 to learn about additional (optional) coverage.