Trip Highlights

Trip Highlights

  • Photograph Icelandic horses and quirky puffins as you explore the beaches and sea cliffs of the rugged Snæfellsnes Peninsula.
  • Visit a volcano museum founded by a National Geographic Grantee, and see volcanism in action while exploring geysers and hot springs.
  • Trek across a glacier with an expert guide to learn about climate science and glacial recession.
  • Hear riveting sagas of Icelandic heroes, and see the icy lair of a legendary giant.

Itinerary

Itinerary

Witness the extreme powers of the Earth in Iceland, discovering geological wonders—from massive glaciers to bubbling geysers. With dynamic Expedition Leaders and a National Geographic Expert, photograph rushing waterfalls and craggy lava fields, witness volcanism in action, and delve into Icelandic folklore amid stone monuments built for Icelandic heroes.

Days 1-3: Reykjavík, Iceland

Our trip begins in Reykjavík, Iceland’s capital and home to nearly one quarter of the country’s population. Learn photography techniques and practice your new skills while exploring the historic streets, then take a dip in the famous Blue Lagoon.

Days 4-6: Snæfellsnes Peninsula

Travel north and hike to the top of one of Iceland’s highest waterfalls. Visit a dairy farm and try traditional ice cream before continuing on to our base on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. This rugged and wild peninsula holds many of the incredible geological features found throughout the rest of the country, including lava fields and black-sand beaches. Over the next several days, explore the wonders of these otherworldly landscapes. Ride an Icelandic horse at the base of the Snaefellsjökull glacier, and visit Stykkishólmur’s Volcano Museum, founded and run by world-renowned volcanologist and National Geographic Grantee Dr. Haraldur Sigurôsson. Join a storyteller for a hike among cairns, and go fishing with local anglers, learning how climate change is affecting their trade.

Days 7-8: The Golden Circle and Landmannalaugar

Travel to Iceland’s interior highlands and discover the iconic Golden Circle along the way. Create a time-lapse film of the thundering Gullfoss waterfall, and spend a day in Landmannalaugar, trekking across blue lakes, multicolored mountains, and far-reaching lava fields before soaking in some of the area’s natural hot springs.

Days 9-10: Vík and the Southern Coast

Continue to Vík and listen to local legends of Viking gold buried beneath the thundering cascades of Skogafoss. Don crampons and wield ice picks for a trek atop the Sólheimajökull glacier, and witness the impacts of climate change first-hand while examining evidence of the glacier’s recession alongside experienced local guides.

Days 11-12: Reykjavík

Return to Reykjavík to celebrate your adventure with your friends before flying home.