Photograph by Christian Schweiger, Solent News/REX Shutterstock
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A solitary puffin stares out from its clifftop perch on the volcanic peninsula of Dyrhólaey, near Vik in southern Iceland.

Photograph by Christian Schweiger, Solent News/REX Shutterstock

Iceland Trips for Any Traveler

Explore Iceland through these three distinct National Geographic itineraries, each offering a unique way to discover the Nordic island nation.

For the Surf and Turf Fan

The Iceland by Land & Sea coastal trip starts off at the world’s northernmost capital, Reykjavík, with a backdrop of Mount Esja and the city harbor. After two days of land activities, board the 81-cabin National Geographic Explorer and head up the west coast for walks and Zodiac cruises on striking Flatey Island and to take in the Hornstrandir peninsula’s pristine wilderness. The on-board photo expert can help you snap shots of native birds and seal-strewn beaches. Seven days.

For the Curious Kid

In folklore-rich Iceland, tales of pirates, elves, and sea monsters abound. And the natural setting for these myths doesn’t disappoint. During the Iceland Family Expedition, spelunk into lava-formed caves, ride an Icelandic horse, and take a private tour around a volcano museum. Younger participants get a taste of life abroad when they meet their local pen pals, with whom they’re connected before the trip, for a day of indoor climbing and traditional games. Nine days.

For the Active Adventurer

Kick off your Explore Iceland tour from National Geographic Journeys with an introduction to the country’s hot and cold elements by gawking at the tower of scorching water shooting upward from the Strokkur geyser around every 10 minutes, and the hundred-foot cascade coming down the Gullfoss waterfall. Take a drive past lava fields and 90-foot-tall icebergs, and as the trip winds down, cool off by donning crampons to hike in the shadow of Vatnajökull glacier, Iceland’s largest ice cap. Seven days.