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An unforgettable family adventure

Born of fire and ice with some 30 active volcanic systems and relentless geological drama, Iceland is an astounding revelation of elements, sculpted landscapes and tectonic wizardry. Buttressed by soaring basalt cliffs that are home to millions of nesting seabirds, carpeted with wildflower-strewn tundra, punctuated with lakes and glittering glaciers, and populated by a hardy and hospitable people, this small, but larger-than-life, country offers one of travel’s greatest adventures.

We are fortunate to have on hand professor Stephan Graham, dean of Stanford’s School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences, to help us better understand everything from Iceland's glaciers to volcanoes to energy resource use.


July 14–23, 2023


10 days

Minimum age

6 years

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Faculty leader

A different kind of classroom

With renowned Stanford faculty and scholars leading the way, every Travel/Study trip is a one-of-a-kind educational experience.

Stephan Graham

Geological Sciences

Stephan Graham will address how plate tectonics and volcanoes work; the glaciers of Iceland and Greenland and climate change, past, present and future; and how Iceland draws energy from the Earth while removing CO2 from the atmosphere.

The lectures were truly excellent and one of the highlights of the trip, adding additional depth and understanding for the trip. Kudos to Professor Graham!

— Thomas Shastid, ‘75, MS '76

Share the joy of learning

Meet our Young Explorer leaders

These razor-sharp recent Stanford grads and former Stanford Sierra Camp counselors love interacting with families and are experts at adapting to the personalities and interests of each Young Explorer. They fuel creativity with thought-provoking discussions and mind-bending games that keep the kids entertained while adults attend lectures. In addition, Young Explorer leaders bring the whole family together for activities such as family Olympics, trivia night and disco bingo.

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