THE LAND OF ICE, FIRE & RENEWABLE ENERGY
The Expedition Includes:
- Hot Springs
- Boat Rides
- Wildlife in the Archipelagos
- Geologic Formations
- Renewable Energy Use & Sources
- Farming & Agriculture
- Biology & Whale Watching
- Icelandic & Viking History in context
- Fishing Industry
* We can make adjustments to this itinerary based on your specific interests, timeline, and budget.
* Do not hesitate to ask questions and request a customized itinerary.
DAY 1. HALLÓ! WELCOME TO REYKJAVIK!
Dive into your adventure in this land of geologic wonders.
Today we arrive in Iceland. After breakfast, we will visit the Viking World museum. Here you will learn about Viking history and how it has shaped the culture of Iceland. We then drive to Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital and largest city, for a city tour followed by lunch. Learn about modern culture and lifestyle in this capital city.
- Your guides will introduce the Story Approach and the teaching themes that will cohesively link together the incredible wealth of information you will learn on the trip.
- Your group will be introduced to the Expedition Mentality, our nuanced strategy for creating the strongest possible group culture.
- Our first nightly circle and bandana ceremony will reinforce the Expedition Mentality and set the tone for the best possible experiential learning trip.
DAY 2. THE VESTMANNAEYJAR ISLANDS
Begin our expedition with a focus on settlement patterns and coastal ecology
On our first full day in Iceland, we will have breakfast and drive to the small town of Hvolsvöllur where we will take a Ferry to our destination. The archipelago consists of fifteen islands. We will stay on Heimaey Island, the largest and only inhabited island of this chain, with a population of roughly 4200. Walk around the town and have lunch with an amazing vista. In the afternoon we take a boat excursion to get closer to the burrows of the Puffins and understand coastal ecology.
- Small island economy and sustainability
- Migratory birds and climate change
- Icelandic culture
Overnight: Vestmannaeyjar Islands
DAY 3. REYKJANES PENINSULA
Today we explore the Mars-like landscapes of this UNESCO area
After breakfast, we will head back to take the ferry to the mainland. Spend the morning in the town of Vik, which is a remote seafront village that sits in the shadow of Mýrdalsjökull glacier on the Katla volcano. Here we discuss the history and economy of Vik, by spending time visiting geothermal buildings and meeting with members of the local fishing industry. In the afternoon, you will Kayak in the glacier lagoon.
- Introduction to renewable energy
- Geology and the extremes of nature
- Local fishing industry
Overnight: Vik area
DAY 4. THE GREEN OASIS UNDER THE GLACIER
Today we further connect with this fragile environment and consider issues facing our planet
After breakfast, you will travel to Skaftafell, a green oasis nestled in Vatnajökull National Park, below the great Vatnajökull glacier, the largest of its type in Western Europe. Explore the trails, have a picnic and connect with nature. A highlight of our day is a hike to the stunning Svartifoss waterfall.
- Water cycles
- Eco-tourism in action
- Climate change and its impact on this environment
Overnight: Höfn area
DAY 5. HÖFN AND AKUREYRI
Today we explore traditional livelihoods and local economies
Drive to the coastline of the East Fjords, where the towering mountains and charming fishing villages are a must-see before taking a short flight to the north of Iceland.
Walk around town, interview people in the community and learn their perspective on the whaling industry. Meet with local biologists after dinner and prepare for our whale watching expedition tomorrow.
- Icelandic communities: culture, tradition, trade routes
- Fjords and geologic settings- what makes unique habitats?
- Whale biology and life cycles
Overnight: Akureyri area
DAY 6. NORTH ICELAND
Enjoy an incredible whale-watching expedition and continue our geologic exploration
This morning we head to Húsavík, renowned as the whale watching capital of Europe, and you will embark on a boat to try to spot humpback whales.
In the afternoon, explore the highlights of the Lake Mývatn area, including the mystical volcanic formations at Dimmuborgir, the pseudo craters at Skutustadir, the colorful sulfurous slopes of Námaskarð, and the volcanic areas at Krafla.
Afterward, you will drive by the Goðafoss waterfall en route to Akureyri, the charming “capital” of northern Iceland.
- Marine ecology of Iceland
- Sustainable solutions and traditional industries
- Geothermal energy
Overnight: Akureyri area
DAY 7. FARMING AND AGRICULTURE IN ICELAND
We learn about traditional culture and daily life in rural Iceland
This day will be spent exploring the best that West Iceland has to offer. You will take a fairly long drive from the northwest to the capital, but there will be a lot to see along the way in Blönduos and Hvammstangi.
For lunch, you will visit Eriksdattir. Afterward, you will go to a local farm in Erpssdatir where you will learn all about dairy products and agriculture in Iceland.
- Icelandic culture: past and present
- Agriculture and farming
- Regional variations and settlement patterns
Overnight: Erpssdatir Farm and Creamery
DAY 8. THE MAGICAL SNÆFELLSNES PENINSULA
Today we explore through the lens of myths, legends, and literary traditions
Today, you will explore the 90-km long Snæfellsnes peninsula, which contains a world of diversity: friendly villages, spectacular mountains, a multitude of bird species, treacherous cliffs, beaches of sand and pebbles popular among horsemen and rock skimmers, and remnants and relics of past ways of life. Hear folk tales from people in the community that will immerse you even more in this amazing experience.
- Viking history and oral tradition
- The Sagas
- Habitat niches & endemic species
Overnight: Stykkisholmur area
DAY 9. PAST TO FUTURE
Today we go from the very beginnings of Icelandic culture to consider the future of this special place
Before heading back to Reykjavik, you will visit the Settlement Center, a museum focused on the settlement of Iceland and its most famous Viking- Egill Skallagrímsson.
In the afternoon, you will take a ride in a huge 18-wheeled converted ex-NATO missile launcher, followed by an hour or so of exploring inside the world’s largest man-made ice tunnel. Soak in a spectacular hot spring before your last bandana ceremony and reflection.
- The ancient history of Iceland
- Viking voyages: global impact
- The future of the far North
DAY 10. HOME WITH INSPIRATION
On our final day together we’ll enjoy the last group breakfast, head to the airport, bid our guides a fond farewell and return home with memories of our Chill Expedition that will last a lifetime! We hope to inspire all those who travel with us to gain a greater appreciation for the many natural treasures Iceland has to offer and reflect upon the choices we all make at home to help preserve this precious culture and environment.
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