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  • Iceland trip 2018
    Iceland trip 2018

August 2020

Led by Liz Safran, Associate Professor of Geological Sciences
Accompanied by Emily Decker ’85, Senior Associate Director of Alumni and Parent Programs

The details of this amazing adventure are currently being investigated. If you are interested in this trip, please fill out this short form and we will be sure to notify you directly when the trip details are confirmed.

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**The description below is from our August 2018 Iceland trip. Our 2020 itinerary will be 9-11 days and will include similar excursions and sights. We are also considering spending part of our trip in northern Iceland, exploring the natural wonders this part of the country holds.**

This amazing Icelandic adventure combines the breathtaking scenery of Iceland’s natural beauty with the sophisticated urban center of Reykjavik. Arrive in Reykjavik and embark on excursions to the Westman Islands, the black sands of Reynisfjara beach, Skogafoss waterfall, Thingvellir National Park, Geysir hot spring, Borgarfjorour, Hraunfossar Falls, Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Snaefellsjokull glacier, and Deildartunguhver, just to name a few.

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. L&C alumni Hjordis Magnusdottir ’83 and Benedikt Hoskuldsson ’83 will provide special opportunities for our group, ensuring a distinctive, personal experience in this remarkable country.

Group Size
About 15 to 20 participants.

Highlights (from 2018 trip; highlights for 2020 will be forthcoming)

  • Explore Westman Islands - hike to the crater of a volcano that erupted only three decades ago, learn about the islands rich history, explore sea caves and observe puffins and other seabirds on a boat tour around the islands (we’ll have one option for those looking for more adventure and another option for a calmer water experience), and sample award winning beer (made with local ingredients) at a local brewery.
  • Witness the powerful waves and amazing basalt column features and walk the black sands of Reynisfjara beach.
  • View countless geologic formations and amazing waterfalls.
  • Learn about Iceland’s natural wonders from L&C geologist, Liz Safran.
  • Guided hike on the Sólheimajökull glacier.
  • Explore Langjökull glacier with a tour inside the glacier.
  • Soak in the warm waters of Deildartunguhver, Europe’s most powerful hot spring.
  • Experience Reykjavik with Hjordis Magnusdottir ’83 and Benedikt Hoskuldsson ’83.
  • Visit the famous Blue Lagoon for a relaxing soak and spa experience.


Price includes breakfast each day, and a number of lunches and dinners. Meals on your own will give you the opportunity to explore the many wonderful tastes of Iceland!

Price - TBA
$xxx per person double occupancy ($800 non-refundable deposit, plus final payment of $xxxx. Single occupancy supplement is an additional $xxx ($800 non-refundable deposit, plus final payment of $xxxx). Airfare is not included.

Deposit Due Date (paid to Lewis & Clark College)

Final Payment Due Date (paid to Iceland Travel)

Flights and Arrival
Participants select and book their own flights arriving in Reykjavik by xxxxxxx morning, xxxxxxxx. Airport transfer to our first excursion will be scheduled for xxxxxx 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.


Detailed Itinerary - TBA

The most complete information, itinerary details, and terms and conditions can be found in this PDF.




Questions? Please contact Emily Decker, Sr. Associate Director of Alumni and Parent Programs at or 503-768-7838.

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