Circumnavigation of Iceland | June 28 - July 6, 2020

Resting on the edge of the Arctic Circle is a realm of astonishing beauty where nature reigns supreme. This otherworldly land of fire and ice is an ensemble of steaming fumaroles, bubbling mud pots, breathtaking waterfalls, venting geysers, and calving glaciers. Join alumni and friends from June 28 – July 6, 2020, for this unforgettable exploration through Iceland’s seemingly endless variations of magnificent scenery and fascinating cultural heritage. 

 

Explore cosmopolitan Reykjavík, the world’s northernmost capital and a vibrant example of Iceland’s egalitarian society. Visit seldom‑trod islands and coastal hamlets where the mythic lore and epic sagas of Iceland’s national identity are passed down through generations. Cruise into Siglufjörður, cross the Arctic Circle on Grímsey Island, touch ice fragments calved from Breiðamerkurjökull in UNESCO‑designated Vatnajökull National Park, and marvel at dramatic Goðafoss, the “Waterfall of the Gods.” Look for orcas and humpback whales as you cruise past Surtsey, one of Earth’s youngest islands and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Uncover the history of Iceland’s “Pompeii of the North” on fascinating Heimaey Island, where houses hemmed by hardened lava flow from Eldfell volcano are clustered beneath towering cliffs populated by multitudes of puffins, fulmars, and guillemots.

Experience the awe-inspiring power of nature on this incomparable circumnavigation of Iceland, including primal landscapes and unique wildlife. Travel when the midnight sun of the summer solstice melds into lingering twilight while cruising aboard the Five‑Star Le Bellot. This program features included round‑trip air from Boston, New York‑JFK, Newark, Toronto, and Washington‑Dulles, with low air add‑ons from other cities.†† Shared with participants from cosponsoring associations, space is limited and sure to fill quickly. Please contact the Alumni Travel Study Program at 866-325-8664 or travelstudy@columbia.edu for more details and to book now while choice accommodations are available.