Exploring Iceland | June 13 - 23, 2019

Join the Columbia Alumni Association (CAA) from June 13 - 23, 2019, and discover the astonishing natural history and rich cultural heritage of vast, unspoiled Iceland. Traveling the breadth of the country, view  stunning and unique natural scenery and stay in well-located, atmospheric small hotels.

Start your 11-day tour in Borgarnes and visit the Reyholt Cultural Centre. Tour the beautiful Snaefellsnes Peninsula with its small fishing villages, bizarre rock formations, and nesting cliff birds. Enjoy three nights in the region’s charming capital, Akureyri, situated at the base of a fjord and ringed by snow-capped mountains. Travel to one of the world’s natural wonders, Lake Myvatn and its environs of bubbling mud flats, lava fields, and lunar-like volcanic craters and stop at Godafoss, the “waterfall of the gods.” Visit the incredible “Glacial River Canyon” National Park and walk to jaw-dropping Dettifoss, Iceland’s “Niagara.”

Embark on a bird-watching cruise to Puffin Island where, depending on the season, you may see thousands of seabirds: puffins, black guillemots, fulmars, Arctic terns. Visit Thingvellier National Park, known both for its historic import and as the place where the fissure between the geological plates of North American and Europe is most evident. Spend two nights in Iceland’s capital, Reykjavik. Embark on a city tour and enjoy time on your own in this sophisticated city.