Ultimate Iceland: Land of Fire & Ice

  • Note: This alumni adventure is sold out; waitlist now open.

  • June 26th through July 12th, 2021
  • Capacity: 26

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The Trip

Sitting astride the mid-Atlantic ridge, Iceland is one of the world’s most geologically active and, therefore, spectacular places. Explore it with two Carleton professors, geologist Mary Savina ’72, who has led our Iceland tour twice before, and Linda Rossi, who will share her perspectives on how an artist looks at, sees, and interprets the natural and cultural worlds.
This is a new itinerary that is a complete circumnavigation (by land) of the island. Travel and learn with Mary about how Iceland’s astonishing landscapes were formed: waterfalls, glaciers, geysers, hot springs, and volcanoes. See vast bird colonies, quaint fishing towns, and farms. Linda will incorporate some photography coaching along the way, so those who are interested should come prepared with their cameras and a sense of adventure. You will also be accompanied by Mary’s favorite Icelandic guide, and learn about connections between Icelandic history, culture, wildlife, and the landscape.
This exclusive Carleton adventure is limited to 26 participants, reserve your space today!

Tour Leaders

Mary SaviaMary Savina ’72 is Charles L. Denison Professor of Geology at Carleton College, where she earned undergraduate degrees in history and geology. Her specialties—geoarchaeology, landscape history, and environmental geology—combine these interests nicely. Mary received the 2013 Undergraduate Research Mentor award, presented by the Geosciences division of the Council on Undergraduate Research, and the 1995 Outstanding Educator award from the Association of Women Geoscientists. When she first visited Iceland several years ago, she was enchanted by the combination of active geologic landscapes (volcanoes and glaciers!) and the deep historical roots of Iceland culture. Three return trips cemented her fascination with the country. Mary has taken Carleton students (and, in some cases, alums) to other active geological landscapes in Greece, Tasmania (Australia), New Zealand, and the Mojave and Sonoran deserts of the American Southwest, among other places. She has also found good excuses to travel to Australia, Europe, and central Alaska, generally finding opera performances wherever she goes, in addition to fascinating building stones, landscapes, and people. In her spare time, Mary sings in a choir and is active in explaining geology to groups in the local community.

Linda RossiLinda Rossi, Professor of Art, teaches analog and digital photography courses at Carleton College. She has received numerous Jerome, McKnight, and Minnesota State Arts grants. Linda’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including the Russian Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, and the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art in Iran. Her work can be viewed in the permanent collection of the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Primarily working in large-scale photo installations, Linda includes both video and sculpture to illuminate historical and current issues pertaining to the natural environment. She has taken students and alumni to Hawaii, Yellowstone, and Ireland. In September of 2019, Linda traveled to Iceland and fell madly in love with the history and geology of this place. She looks forward to exploring the diverse landscape of Iceland with each of you. Through demonstrations and discussions, she will help you create a “photographic travelogue” of this provocative journey. Travelers who wish to participate can do so with any camera, whether an IPhone, a compact “point-and-shoot,” or a DSLR; however, you should be already familiar with the camera, as we will be concentrating our time on composition and storytelling.


 Prices Per Person (15 nights)

Double Occupancy (25-26 participants) $7,795
Double Occupancy (20-24 participants) $8,145
Double Occupancy (15-19 participants) $8,745
Single Supplement $1,785

Single room supplement will be charged when requested or required (limited availability).
With fewer than 15 participants, a small group surcharge may be added. 


Saturday, June 26, 2021: Depart home
Sunday, June 27: Arrive Keflavík, Iceland | Reykjanes Peninsula | Blue Lagoon | Reykjavík | Welcome dinner
Monday, June 28:
Reykjavík city tour | PM at leisure
Tuesday, June 29:
Golden Circle tour: Thingvellir National Park, Geysir Geothermal Field, Gullfoss waterfall | Hella
Wednesday, June 30:
Ferry to/from Heimaey | Hella
Thursday, July 1:
Thjórsárdalur Valley | Hvolsvöllur | Hella
Friday, July 2:
South Shore | Vík í Mýrdal | Hnappavellir
Saturday, July 3:
Vatnajökull National Park | Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon | Hnappavellir
Sunday, July 4: Eastfjords | Petra’s Stone & Mineral Collection | Fáskrúðsfjörður
Monday, July 5:
Dimmuborgir | Mývatn
Tuesday, July 6:
Dettifoss | Ásbyrgi | Mývatn
Wednesday, July 7:
Skútustaðir | Goðafoss waterfall | Akureyri
Thursday, July 8:
Whale watch | Tröllaskagi Peninsula | Siglufjörður | Kaldi Brewery | Akureyri
Firday, July 9: 
Icelandic horse farm | Stykkishólmur
Saturday, July 10:
Snæfellsnes Peninsula | Arnarstapi & Hellnar villages | Stykkishólmur
Sunday, July 11:
Deildartunguhver | Hraunfossar | Barnafoss | Reykjavík | Farewell dinner
Monday, July 12:
Fly home

Additional Information

To make a reservation or for more information please call 800-811-7244 or email Carleton College Alumni Adventures.

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