2023 Exploring Iceland

Aug. 17 – 27, 2023
Tour Operator: Odysseys Unlimited
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Price: From $5,892 (airfare included)
Tour Length: 11 days
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Discover Iceland’s spectacular scenery and rich cultural heritage on this 11-day tour, traversing an astonishing land in a small group limited to 24 travelers and staying in well-located, atmospheric small hotels.

Set out from Reykjavik, touring Hellisheidi Power Plant’s geothermal exhibit before continuing on to Selfoss.  Traveling through “saga” country, stop at two renowned waterfalls:  picturesque Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, beloved for its rainbows.  Visit the lovely town of Vik, and walk along Reynisfjara’s black-sand beach.  Journey on to Lake Mývatn, one of the world’s natural wonders, where exploration includes mud flats, lava fields, and volcanic craters.  Weather dependent, take a whale watch cruise out of Húsavík.  In Vatnajökull National Park, another natural marvel, witness massive Ásbyrgi canyon.  Admire Hljodaklettar Echo Cliffs and jaw-dropping Dettifoss, Iceland’s “Niagara.”  After viewing stunning Godafoss, “waterfall of the gods,” visit quaint Hauganes, a fishing village; and Siglufjördur’s acclaimed Herring Era Museum.

Heading southwest, encounter Iceland’s past at a folk museum, see famed Icelandic horses at a farm, and visit the unique Hraunfossar waterfalls.  Experience the Snaefellsnes Peninsula’s stupendous scenery – its vast lava field, bizarre rock formations, and nesting cliff birds.  In geologically and historically significant Thingvellir National Park, learn about the parliament founded here in 930 CE.  After lunch at a local farm, marvel at the breathtaking two-tiered Gullfoss waterfall and the famed Great Geysir.  The Icelandic adventure ends with two nights in sophisticated Reykjavik and time for independent exploration.  Spend more time discovering Iceland’s colorful capital with a 3-day/2-night post-tour extension.

Schedule of Events

  • Day 1 : Depart U.S.
  • Day 2 : Reykjavik / Selfoss
  • Day 3 : Selfoss / Vik
  • Day 4 : Selfoss / Reykjavik / Akureyri / Lake Myvatn
  • Day 5 : Lake Myvatn / Husavik / Vatnajokull National Park
  • Day 6 : Lake Myvatn / Akureyri / Siglufjordur
  • Day 7 : Siglufjordur / Borgarbyggo
  • Day 8 : Borgarbyggo / Snaefellsnes Peninsula
  • Day 9 : Borgarbyggo / Reykjavik
  • Day 10 : Reykjavik
  • Day 11 : Depart for U.S.


We offer the Tar Heel Travel program as a service to our alumni and friends of the University. As travel is a Carolina Alumni member perk, we require one traveler per room to be a member of the General Alumni Association in order to be eligible to travel. For more information or to join the GAA, contact the membership office at (800) 962-0742 or become a Carolina Alumni member online.

Additional Information

Note: Tour schedule is subject to change due to local conditions. Many excursions in this program involve an element of walking as some of the finest attractions are located in areas not closely accessible by motorcoach.

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All prices and itineraries (including port order) are tentative and subject to change; final pricing adjustments may occur after the release of marketing materials.

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