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Iceland: Geology, Whales, and the Northern Lights

September 21-29, 2020

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Registration deadline: 12/13/2019
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Dramatic landscapes define Iceland—from volcanoes, geysers, hot springs, and lava fields to massive glaciers. We'll begin our journey with a visit to the Geysir Geothermal Area and Gullfoss waterfall. We'll explore the capital, Reykjavik, which runs on geothermal power and is home to the Settlement Exhibition and Saga Museum, which trace Iceland's Viking history.

Outside of the city, we'll venture west to explore Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and Deildartunguhver, Europe's most abundant hot spring. From there we'll travel north to witness Godafoss, the "waterfall of the gods." In Húsavik, the "whale watching capital" of Iceland, we'll ride in inflatable boats among the whales.

We'll then set sail for a wonderful three-night cruise on the Ocean Diamond to take in the idyllic towns of Ísafjördur and Stykkishólmur; dramatic fjords that cut into the landscapes; and, with any luck, the spectacular northern lights.

Our faculty leader is geologist Warren Allmon, professor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and director of both the Museum of the Earth and the Paleontological Research Institute. In lecture and discussion, he'll share boundless knowledge of geology and evolutionary biology, deeply enriching our experience of this most magical place.


View the preliminary itinerary (PDF).

Warren D. Allmon

Warren Allmon is the director of the Paleontological Research Institution (PRI) in Ithaca and the Hunter R. Rawlings III Professor of Paleontology in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Cornell University. He earned his bachelor's degree in earth... > more

Program notes

  • Double occupancy: starts at $7,770
  • Single supplement: call us
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  • Activity level: Moderately strenuous. Assumes the ability to walk for more than a mile over terrain that is sometimes rough, with varying elevations. A good sense of balance and athletic shoes or hiking boots are essential, and walking poles may be desirable.