I recently had the opportunity to travel to the diverse countries of Iceland and Greenland, destinations that are growing rapidly in popularity with travelers for their stunning landscapes and educational opportunities. Known as the land of ice and fire, Iceland is one of the most…Keep Reading
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Take a look inside our Iceland travel programs!
Your Adventure, Day by Day
- Arrive at Keflavik International Airport Meet your WorldStrides representative and get 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 Iceland on a guided tour of the city. You’ll be amazed at the modern and forward-thinking attitude of this green and beautiful city. Reykjavik’s motto, “pure energy,” perfectly describes it. See the spectacular coastline, the colorful old quarter, and the city’s university area.
- Your walking tour will also include landmarks like Hallgrimskirkja Church and the Hofdi House, site of the “end of the Cold War” meeting between President Reagan and General 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.
- Búrfellsgjá in Heiðmörk Learn about Iceland's tectonic plates. Weather permitting, you'll get firsthand experience exploring a lava field!
- Dinner and hotel check-in
- Breakfast at hotel cabin
- Depart for the Golden Circle
- Golden Circle Today, you’ll see all four ancient forces in action – fire, water, earth, and air. Iceland’s Golden Circle demonstrates the power that nature can have and the tranquility and beauty it creates. It’s no wonder the country’s earliest inhabitants thought it was such an incredible land.
- Thingvellir National Park Visit Iceland’s first national park, which includes the country’s largest national lake, a rift valley, as well as the site of Iceland’s Parliament from 930 to 1789. As you look around, imagine the chieftains of early Iceland discussing laws and creating the foundations of the Icelandic language.
- The Great Geysir Although The Great Geysir is no longer active, 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 geothermal properties and sites, including many smaller hot springs.
- You’ll also see Strokkur, a nearby geyser that erupts about every 10 minutes, hot and cold springs, and primitive plants.
- Gullfoss Waterfall See another example of Iceland’s beautiful natural resources as you explore Gullfoss waterfall. The rushing water of this waterfall drops into a canyon 250 feet deep, and the site is protected by Iceland’s government.
- Frioheimar 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-old volcanic crater lake, one of many in Iceland’s Western Volcanic Zone. The stone rim around the lake, known as the caldera, is red in color, and provides a stunning backdrop for photos.
- Dinner and hotel check-in
- 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 see it from a new perspective – the back! You can walk behind this magnificent wall of water and feel its power.
- Solheimajokull Glacier Do you know what a glacier really looks like? Walk right up to Solheimajokull, which is the southwestern 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 black sand beach of Reynisfjara as you travel toward Vik/Dyrholaey. You’ll see basalt columns that wall off the surrounding cave-filled cliffs. This other-worldly place holds a beauty all its own. From the beach you can see the Reynisdrangar pillars, basalt rock stacks which rise from the sea. Legend says they were 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 of Iceland’s gorgeous waterfalls.
- Eyjafjallajokull Volcano You may get your first glimpse of this famous volcano long before you reach it. In April of 2010, this volcano erupted, covering Iceland in a cloud of ash and capturing the world’s attention.
- Thorvaldseyri: Eyjafjallajokull Visitor Center As you travel under the foothills of Eyjafjallajokull, you can see the Westman Islands off Iceland’s south coast. Visit the volcano visitor center and learn about the impact of the 2010 eruption, as well as the people who live in its shadow.
- Dinner and return to hotel
- Depart for Geothermal Park
- Hverageroi Geothermal Park Visit nearby Hverageroi, where you’ll boil an egg in the hot springs! Then, enjoy a snack of your boiled egg 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 is processed. 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 Iceland’s National Museum is home to artifacts that are thousands of years old. Learn how the Vikings first settled here and ponder what life would have been like in 10th-century Iceland. Consider the past, present, and future while exploring the displays.
- Dinner and hotel check-in
- Breakfast and hotel check-out
- Lake Kleifarvatn Visit Lake Kleifarvatn, set in moon-like surroundings. The lake’s southern end is home to Krisuvik, where powerful jets of steam escape from below the earth’s crust and create 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 black lava field. Because of the silica and minerals in the water, the lagoon is a rich and beautiful blue! Take a dip in the famous waters and feel invigorated by the natural beauty around you.
- Depart Iceland for an evening flight home. *Itineraries may be modified and inclusions and airports substituted depending on your travel dates, arrival and departure times, national holidays, hours of operation, and events beyond WorldStrides’ control.
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