Experience an astonishing land of massive glaciers and rumbling volcanoes, where the sun never sets for six splendid weeks.


  • Encounter the stunning scenery of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, walking along the shell sand beach at the abandoned fishing village of Búðir (Budir) and exploring the caves and bizarre rock formations along the rugged shore of Arnarstapi, home to thousands of cliff-nesting birds.
  • Witness one of the world’s natural wonders, Lake Mývatn and its environs of bubbling mud flats, lava fields, and lunar-like volcanic craters, which comprise a stunning national park.
  • Visit magnificent Þingvellir (Thingvellir) National Park, known both for its historic import and as the place where the fissure between the tectonic plates of North America and Europe is most evident.
  • Wander through lovely Vík, Iceland’s southernmost town, and shop for items made with locally produced wool.
  • Tour Reykjavík, one of the world’s safest and cleanest cities, and home to more than half of Iceland’s population.
  • Be transported through time on a drive through “saga country,” the setting of Iceland’s famous medieval stories.

Itinerary at a Glance

May 12Depart gateway city
May 13Reykjavík | Borgarbyggð
May 14Borgarbyggð
May 15Siglufjörður
May 16–17Lake Mývatn
May 18–19Selfoss
May 20–21Reykjavík
May 22Depart for U.S.

Trip Scholar

Christina von Nolcken

Christina von Nolcken is an associate professor emerita in the Department of English Language and Literature and the Program in Medieval Studies at the University of Chicago. A recipient of the Quantrell Award for excellence in teaching, von Nolcken still regularly teaches courses on Old and Middle English literature, with a special interest in the linguistic and other cultural effects of early Anglo-Scandinavian contact. She has also taught a wide range of courses in the humanities and programs abroad, as well as having led alumni seminars on Beowulf and the Vikings. In recent years she has led several alumni trips to northern Britain as well as the Baltics and Scandinavia. She is currently writing the biography of Edith Rickert, a distinguished University of Chicago professor and medievalist who helped effect perhaps the most important of the MI-8 solutions in World War I.