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A journey of awe and discovery

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'll hike on a glacier, walk behind a waterfall, bathe in geothermal seawater, and discover charming Reykjavík, Europe’s northernmost capital, where in July it never gets dark!


June 22–29, 2024


8 days


From $9,495 per person

Trip size

40 participants

Minimum age

8 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.

Scott Burns, '69, MS '70

Geology, Portland State University

A teacher of geology and ecology for more than 52 years, Scott is well-versed on the unique natural forces that shape mountain environments as well as the plants and animals that inhabit them.

Scott is knowledgeable, approachable, energetic, and enthusiastic about his subject. His effervescent personality added an element of fun to the group.

—Timothy Rippey, ‘81, MS ‘82

Share the joy of learning

Meet our Young Explorer leaders

These razor-sharp 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.


Exploring a geologic wonderland

Get to know ultracool Reykjavík and then delve into the surrounding landscapes awash with waterfalls, volcanoes, geysers, hot springs, and lava fields. We also spend three nights on Iceland’s south shore, where we hike across a glacier, drift among the icebergs in a glacial lagoon, walk the iconic Black Sand Beach, and visit the country’s largest puffin colony.

  • Reykjavík, Iceland

    Upon arrival in Reykjavík transfer to our hotel in the city center. This afternoon, embark on a walking tour, learning about Icelandic mythology and folk tales at the Einar Jónsson sculpture garden and museum, and taking in a bird’s-eye view of the city from the tower of Hallgrímskirkja Cathedral. Kick off our journey at a welcome dinner this evening.


    Canopy by Hilton Reykjavík City Centre

    Included meal: Dinner
  • Golden Circle

    This morning, head to Strokkur, Iceland’s most active geyser, where we marvel at the steaming vents and watch water shoot into the air! Next, enjoy a spectacular hike around the majestic Gullfoss waterfalls. At Friðheimar Farm, hear how the family harnesses Icelandic nature to cultivate tomatoes then sit down to a delicious lunch. Spend time this afternoon in Thingvellir National Park, the ancient site of the world’s first parliament, before returning to Reykjavík for an evening at leisure.


    Canopy by Hilton Reykjavík City Centre

    Included meals: Breakfast and lunch
  • Krísuvík, Geldingadalur Volcano, and Blue Lagoon

    Venture to Krísuvík today to see mud pots and other exciting geothermal activity. At nearby Geldingadalur Volcano, take an easy hike to the new crater and explore the lava field that formed during the 2021 volcanic eruption. Then spend a memorable afternoon at the Blue Lagoon soaking up the healing powers of this mineral rich geothermal spa while enjoying a drink from the swim-up bar.  Return to Reykjavík for another evening at leisure.


    Canopy by Hilton Reykjavík City Centre

    Included meals: Breakfast and lunch
  • Reykjavík / Westman Islands / Vík

    Take in the stunning scenery of Iceland’s south coast as we drive and then ferry to the Westman Islands, one of the best places in Iceland to view puffins. Cruise around the islands in search of whales, orcas, and puffins, then visit the Eldheimar Museum. Take a hike to see more puffins after lunch, then return to the south coast by ferry and continue to Vik to check in to our hotel.


    Hótel Vík í Mýrdal

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Vatnajökull National Park

    Spend today in and around Vatnajökull National Park, home to the largest glacier in Europe. In Fjallsárlón, a glacial lagoon, cruise by Zodiac among the drifting icebergs. After lunch, enjoy a walk along Diamond Beach, where the icebergs that fill the Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon wash up on shore, creating a stark contrast with the volcanic black sand. Watch seals frolicking in the water before returning to Vík.


    Hótel Vík í Mýrdal

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Sólheimajökull Glacier and Vík

    Embark on an unforgettable hike on Sólheimajökull Glacier this morning, marveling at the incredible blue ice formations. This afternoon, walk along the black beach of Reynisfjara, where jagged basalt columns rise from the sand, and observe a colony of nesting puffins at nearby Dyrhólaey.


    Hótel Vík í Mýrdal

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Vík / Reykjavík

    On our return drive to Reykjavík, stop at the Skógar Folklore Museum to learn about Iceland’s cultural heritage. Wander through its open-air museum to see several traditional buildings, including a turf farmhouse, an elementary school, and a small church. Then walk behind the falls at the spectacular Seljalands waterfall. After lunch, visit the Lava Center, an interactive, high-tech educational exhibition depicting volcanic activity. Back in Reykjavík, gather to toast our adventure at a farewell dinner.


    Canopy by Hilton Reykjavík City Centre

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Reykjavík / Home

    Transfer to the airport this morning after breakfast for flights home.

    Included meal: Breakfast

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I grew more excited about Iceland the longer we were there and the more we learned about this incredibly dynamic land. I don't think any of us will ever forget hiking on the glacier, stepping through volcanic ash in our crampons and holding onto ice axes."

— Chantal Dolan, ‘88, PhD ‘01


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The price of your trip covers a comprehensive educational program in addition to meals, accommodations, tours and excursions. Continue reading for a full list of what’s included.

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