What are the trips like?
In general, most days will start with breakfast at 8:00 a.m. and will be followed by a 50-minute lecture relating to the daily itinerary with additional interpretation provided in route. Each day will include a variety of stops that are either geological or culturally important. Although variable, the hiking usually totals 5 miles per day, but can be up to 10 miles per day if you choose to take advantage of longer paths and/or optional hikes after dinner. Typically, we arrive at our accommodations around 6:30 p.m. with dinner immediately following check-in. Some of the dinners will be included in the cost and are usually plated meals of lamb or fish, potatoes, and soup. For those participants that have food sensitivities or are vegetarian/vegan we can plan ahead for substitutions at most locations. The cost of alcoholic beverages will not be included in the cost of the meal, but can be purchased at most locations.
As a tour company we value offering a full agenda and we will try our very best to stick to the timeline provided to you at the start of the trip. However, weather can be variable in Iceland causing road closures, high wind delays, etc. that may cause us to reroute or change the schedule completely. Additionally, we want to cater to the experiences of our participants as best we can! So, this might mean shifting around a field experience so that we can watch the Icelandic soccer team play in the World Cup at a local pub. Just know that Iceland Geology Tours is 100% committed to providing you with a great experience.
How much does it cost?
Our mostly-inclusive 13 day excursion is $5800 USD*
•12-night accommodation w/breakfast
• All in-country transportation
• Seven lectures on Iceland Geology by a professional geologist
• Geology interpretation at field-sites
• Signed copy of “Iceland: Tectonics, Volcanics, and Glacial Features”
• Three group dinners
• Daily snack and lunch items provided
• Two social receptions with beverages and hors d’oeuvres
• Paid admission to: Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa, 3-hour guided hike on Vatnajökull glacier (includes crampon & ice axe rental), Hellisheidi Power Plant, Fjallsarlon glacial lagoon boat tour, Lofthellir Lava cave tour, Stykkisholmur Volcano Museum
*per double occupancy; airfare not included
Are there additional costs we should anticipate?
The airfare to and from Keflavik airport is not included. If we know your arrival time we will meet you at the airport.
As you will see from the itinerary, we allow you some space to dine on your own. These meals are not included in the price. Although we will provide you with some snack/lunch options you may also want to plan to supplement with items purchased at grocery stores, gas stations, etc.
Also, additional excursions in your free time will be at your expense. You will have time to shop in Reykjavik, Myvtan, Aukeryi where you can buy souvenirs.
Is college credit available?
The content of the trip can be altered for school or university groups who are interested in learning advanced concepts. Contact us for other educational opportunities.
Do I need to have knowledge of geology?
Nope. These tours are intended for people who are interested in learning about the formation of the many unique landscapes found on the island. A background in geology is not necessary to participate.
What is the required activity level for this trip?
To enjoy the trip we recommend that you be in good physical condition. Ideally, you should be able to walk 100 yards on uneven surfaces and have the ability to move your own luggage if needed.
Is there a discount for 3 or more people?
Discounts may apply according to group size and needs. We can accommodate groups of 13 easily, but can alter our transport (and schedule in some cases) to meet the needs of a larger group.
Do you accommodate dietary needs and/or restrictions?
Yes, we pride ourselves on being a service-based company and we strive to accommodate all needs with advanced notice.
Is there an age minimum?
Due to the rigor of the hiking we do not recommend that children under the age of 12 participate in this tour. Our day tours may be a better alternative for young children.
What is the bathroom availability?
Typically, there is not a bathroom on the bus. However, we plan for a bathroom break at least every three hours.
What is your refund policy?
If you cancel within a month of your trip departure date we are only able to return 25% of your total booking cost. If you cancel within 6-weeks we are able to return 50% of your total booking cost.
What to pack?
Upon trip payment we will send a detailed itinerary and a recommended packing list.