Iceland: Land of Fire and Ice - Planning has begun - Click here for more information!
August 8 - 18, 2020
Led by Liz Safran, Associate Professor of Geological Sciences
Accompanied by Emily Decker ’85, Senior Associate Director of Alumni and Parent Programs
**This trip is in the final stages of being confirmed. The information listed below is tentative until registration is live - which will be by June 19th. Please fill out this interest form to be notified as soon as registration is open: Interest Form
This amazing Icelandic adventure combines the breathtaking scenery of Iceland’s natural beauty with the sophisticated urban center of Reykjavik.
After arriving in Reykjavik, we’ll travel up the east coast of Iceland exploring the east fjords, Eglisstadir Wilderness Area and the vastness of the highland desert plateau, Modrudalsoraefi, as we head towards the Lake Myvatn area in the north. Each day will bring a new adventure.
After exploring the north, we’ll fly from Akureyri back to Reykjavik for our final two nights. Glaciers, caving, the magnificent Dettifoss and Godafoss waterfalls, and remarkable geologic wonders await us!
We will begin and end our trip with time in Reykjavik where we’ll enjoy free time to explore museums and galleries, theater, boutiques, and restaurants. Local L&C alumni will provide special opportunities for our group, ensuring a distinctive, personal experience in this remarkable country. Alumni, parents, and friends, we hope you will travel with us!
August 8 - 18, 2020
About 15 to 20 participants.
- Descend 400 feet to the bottom of the dormant Thrihnukagigur volcano.
- Witness the powerful waves and amazing basalt column features and walk the black sands of Reynisfjara beach.
- Learn about Iceland’s natural wonders from L&C geologist, Liz Safran.
- Explore the glacial area within Vatnajökull National Park, including Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon.
- Spend two nights in the Wilderness Center near Egilsstadir, North-Europe’s largest wilderness area. This area is revered for it’s snow-streaked mountains, incredible waterfalls, far-reaching views, and free roaming herds of wild reindeer.
- Optional horseback riding or biking in Wilderness Center.
- Explore the magnificent East Fjords with views of towering mountains plunging vertically into the sea.
- Visit Detifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall.
- Explore north Iceland with its badlands of lava pillars, boiling mud pools, and unique connection to Iceland’s Viking age.
- Soak in the magical Myvatn Nature Baths.
- Whale watching in Hauganes
- Experience Reykjavik with Hjordis Magnusdottir ’83 and Benedikt Hoskuldsson ’83.
Centerhotel Midgardur (4 nights total)
KEA Katla Hotel by Vík (1 night)
Fosshótel Vatnajökull by Höfn (1 night)
Lake Hotel (Egilsstadir Guesthouse) (2 nights)
Icelandair Hotel Mývatn (1 night)
Icelandair Hotel Akureyri (1 night)
Price includes breakfast each day, six lunches, and seven dinners. Meals on your own will give you the opportunity to explore the many wonderful tastes of Iceland!
$5990 per person double occupancy ($800 non-refundable deposit, plus final payment of $5190). Single occupancy supplement is an additional $1160 ($800 non-refundable deposit, plus final payment of $6,350). Airfare is not included.
Deposit Due Date (paid to Lewis & Clark College, non-refundable)
Monday, February 3, 2020
Final Payment Due Date (paid to Iceland Travel)
Friday, April 3, 2020
Flights and Arrival
Participants select and book their own flights arriving in Reykjavik by Saturday morning, August 8, 2020. Airport transfer to our first excursion will be scheduled for Saturday morning. Please email Emily Decker in the Alumni and Parent Programs office if you are considering a flight that arrives in Reykjavik after 9 am local time. All of our Pioneer Travel trips require a minimum number of participants. For this reason, do not purchase non-refundable airfare until we have confirmed with you that the trip is a go. We will let you know this asap.
Need More Information?
The most complete information, including itinerary details, trip inclusions and exclusions, and terms and conditions may be found at the links below. Please read ALL of this information carefully. After you’ve read through all of this information, if you still have questions, please do not hesitate contacting Emily Decker at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-768-7838.
REGISTER HERE (link coming very soon!)
Learn More about Liz:
I am a geomorphologist — a geologist who worries about how landscapes evolve. I am originally from the Boston area but have been on the west coast throughout my graduate and post-doctoral work, which I did at the University of Washington, University of California (UC), Santa Barbara and UC Santa Cruz. I was first drawn into geology through a class taught by Stephen Jay Gould, with the modest title of “The History of Earth and of Life.” Once I learned that field trips and camping were required elements of the geology major, I was hooked. I have been at Lewis & Clark College since 2000. For me, this is a wonderful professional setting, where I get to interact with intellects from vastly different fields and with inquisitive, gung-ho students.
Academic Credentials: Ph.D. 1998 University of California at Santa Barbara, M.S 1993 University of Washington, B.A. 1989 Harvard University