Day 1 :
Travel to Iceland
Day 2 :
Welcome to Reykjavik!
- Arrive at Keflavik International Airport:
Meet your WorldStrides representative andget your exciting Iceland adventure underway! Your Course Leader will provide an orientation overview of key sites and concepts that you will visit during the program.
- Depart for Reykjavik:
- Coastal Bird Observation:
Stop at the coastline near Reykjavik for an opportunity to do some local bird watching. Your course leader will instruct on how to identify native and migratory birds by sight.
- Breakfast at a Bakery:
- Reykjavik City Orientation:
Explore the capital of Icelandon a guided tour of the city. Youll be amazed at the modernand forward-thinking attitude of this green and beautiful city.Reykjaviks motto, pure energy, perfectly describes it. Seethe spectacular coastline, the colorful old quarter, and thecitys university area.
- Your walking tour will also include landmarks like Hallgrimskirkja Church and the Hofdi House, site of the endof the Cold War meeting between President Reagan andGeneral Secretary Gorbachev.:
- Reykjavik 871+/-2 Settlement Museum:
Experience Viking-age Reykjavik! The focus of the exhibition is an excavated longhouse site dating from the 10th century.
- Brfellsgj in Heimrk :
Learn about Iceland's tectonic plates. Weather permitting, you'll get firsthand experience exploring a lava field!
- Dinner and hotel check-in:
Day 3 :
Explore the Natural Wonders of Iceland!
- Breakfast at hotel cabin:
- Depart for the Golden Circle:
- Golden Circle:
Today, youll see all four ancient forces inaction fire, water, earth, and air. Icelands Golden Circledemonstrates the power that nature can have and thetranquility and beauty it creates. Its no wonder the countrysearliest inhabitants thought it was such an incredible land.
- Thingvellir National Park:
Visit Icelands first national park,which includes the countrys largest national lake, a rift valley, aswell as the site of Icelands Parliament from 930 to 1789. As you look around, imagine the chieftains of early Iceland discussinglaws and creating the foundations of the Icelandic language.
- The Great Geysir:
Although The Great Geysir is no longeractive, it was known to blast hot water as high as 260 feet! This geothermal park sits on a vast boiling cauldron and has belching sulfurous mud pots of unusual colors. The area around it is still active and has unique geothermalproperties and sites, including many smaller hot springs.
- Youll also see Strokkur, a nearby geyser that erupts about every 10minutes, hot and cold springs, and primitive plants.:
- Gullfoss Waterfall:
See another example of Icelands beautifulnatural resources as you explore Gullfoss waterfall. Therushing water of this waterfall drops into a canyon 250 feetdeep, and the site is protected by Icelands government.
Visit this family run greenhouse and Icelandic horse farm. The vegetables - tomatoes and cucumbers - are grown using natural hot water. After a taste of their tomato products, you will hear a brief history of the Icelandic horse at the stables.
- Kerio Volcanic Crater Lake:
Check out an amazing 3,000-year-oldvolcanic crater lake, one of many in Icelands Western VolcanicZone. The stone rim around the lake, known as the caldera, isred in color, and provides a stunning backdrop for photos.
- Dinner and hotel check-in:
Day 4 :
Examine awe-inspiring science
- South Shore:
Travel through south Iceland and see its farmlands,black sand beaches, thundering waterfalls, powerful volcanoes,and majestic glaciers.
- Seljalandsfoss Waterfall:
Visit Seljalandsfoss waterfall and seeit from a new perspective the back! You can walk behindthis magnificent wall of water and feel its power.
- Solheimajokull Glacier:
Do you know what a glacier reallylooks like? Walk right up to Solheimajokull, which is thesouthwestern snout, or terminus, of the Myrdalsjokull icecap. Make sure to have your warm outdoor clothing and good hiking shoes for this activity!
- Vik and Reynisfjara Beach:
Stroll along the blacksand beach of Reynisfjara as you travel toward Vik/Dyrholaey.Youll see basalt columns that wall off the surrounding cave-filled cliffs. This other-worldly place holds a beauty all itsown. From the beach you can see the Reynisdrangar pillars,basalt rock stacks which rise from the sea. Legend says theywere trolls turned to rock by the rising sun when they returned home late from a fishing trip.
- Skogafoss Waterfall:
Make a quick stop at another ofIcelands gorgeous waterfalls.
- Eyjafjallajokull Volcano:
You may get your first glimpse ofthis famous volcano long before you reach it. In April of 2010,this volcano erupted, covering Iceland in a cloud of ash andcapturing the worlds attention.
- Thorvaldseyri: Eyjafjallajokull Visitor Center:
As youtravel under the foothills of Eyjafjallajokull, you can see theWestman Islands off Icelands south coast. Visit the volcanovisitor center and learn about the impact of the 2010eruption, as well as the people who live in its shadow.
- Dinner and return to hotel:
Day 5 :
Engage with Energy!
- Depart for Geothermal Park:
- Hverageroi Geothermal Park:
Visit nearby Hverageroi, where youll boilan egg in the hot springs! Then, enjoy a snack of your boiledegg and local bread, which was also baked in the hot springs.
- Hellisheidi Power Plant:
Just outside Reykjavik, visit a power plant and get an in-depth look at how geothermal energy isprocessed. This power plant is located at Hengill, an active volcanic ridge in southwest Iceland. Get an in-depth look at how the hot water is processed for geothermal energy to meet growing demands for electricity.
- The Pearl:
Visit the Pearl vantage point. The Pearl is a remarkable building with a glass dome constructed on huge tanks where natural water is stored for heating the city. Check out the great views of the capital area and beyond!
- National Museum:
Icelands National Museum is home toartifacts that are thousands of years old. Learn how theVikings first settled here and ponder what life would havebeen like in 10th-century Iceland. Consider the past, present, and future while exploring the displays.
- Dinner and hotel check-in:
Day 6 :
- Breakfast and hotel check-out:
- Lake Kleifarvatn:
Visit Lake Kleifarvatn, set in moon-likesurroundings. The lakes southern end is home to Krisuvik, wherepowerful jets of steam escape from below the earths crust andcreate hot springs, mud pots, and boiling pools.
- Blue Lagoon:
Explore the Blue Lagoon, a unique wonder,pleasantly warm geothermal water in the middle of a blacklava field. Because of the silica and minerals in the water, thelagoon is a rich and beautiful blue! Take a dip in the famouswaters and feel invigorated by the natural beauty around you.
- Depart Iceland for an evening flight home.:
*Itineraries may be modified and inclusions and airportssubstituted depending on your travel dates, arrival anddeparture times, national holidays, hours of operation, andevents beyond WorldStrides control.