Mesa College – Iceland Tour – June 10 – 19, 2018

  • Duration: 10 days
  • Departs: 06/10/2018
  • Price: $2,590

San Diego Mesa College, in association with GeoTours, will host this tour of Iceland, one of the most beautiful countries of the world. Led by Mesa College geology professor Don Barrie, the tour will make a complete circuit of the island with a private tour bus, enjoying the spectacular waterfalls, glaciers, icebergs, volcanoes, geysers, hot springs, beaches, lakes, fjords, and wildlife.

Dates are June 10 – 19, 2018, and the cost is $2590 for lodging, private tour bus, entries/activities, and some meals.

The tour is FULL as of October 15, 2017 but you can click the ASK A QUESTION button below to request a spot on the WAITING LIST.

Click below for the full itinerary and registration form.

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LAND COST = $2590 (includes lodging, private tour bus, entries/activities, Mesa geology professor Don Barrie as group leader, GeoTours guide Matt Ebiner)

International airfare to Iceland is extra and costs about $1000 from LAX, including taxes

Reykjavik, Iceland

Sunday June 10, 2018 – Depart USA

Monday June 11 – Reykjavik

Arrive in Iceland and visit Reykjavik:  Hallgrimskirkja church tower, with great views over the city.  Take a walking tour of Reykjavik to see the harbor, lakes, and city center.  Two nights in Laugarvatn.

Golden Circle

Tuesday June 12 – Golden Circle

See some of Iceland’s top highlights:  Strokkur Geyser, exploding every few minutes, beautiful Gullfoss waterfalls, Kerio volcanic crater with a lake inside, and Pingvellir National Park where the North American plate is pulling apart from the Eurasian plate. 

South Coast

Wednesday June 13 – Reykjavik to Vatnajokull National Park

Visit two magnificent waterfalls: Seljalandsfoss (which you can walk behind) & thundering Skogafoss.  See traditional Icelandic houses with turf roofs at Skogar Folk Museum.  Visit the black sand beach and volcanic cliffs at Reynisfjara.  Two nights near Vatnajokull National Park. 

Vatnajokull National Park

Thursday June 14 – Vatnajokull National Park

Full day in the Skaftafell section of Vatnajokull National Park with great hiking opportunities to see glaciers, mountains, and waterfalls.  See Svinafell Glacier up close with a short walk to the front of the glacier.  Option to go on a professionally-guided glacier hike (extra cost of $90).  Another option is to visit Ingolfshofdi Nature Reserve to see puffins and other birds (extra cost of $70)

Glacier Lagoons

Friday June 15 – Vatnajokull to Berunes

Visit Fjallsarlon and Jokulsarlon, lagoons with icebergs in front of a massive glacier.   One night in Berunes at a guesthouse on a fjord.


Saturday June 16 – Berunes to Myvatn

Scenic drive along Berunes Fjord.  Marvel at Dettifoss, Europe’s largest waterfall in volume.  Easy hike to lovely Selfoss waterfall.  Dinner stop in the beautiful fishing village of Husavik.  Two nights in the Myvatn area.


Sunday June 17 – Lake Myvatn area

A day for geological wonders:  beautiful Godafoss waterfalls (“God’s Falls”), Dimmuborgir lava towers and  lava tube, Krafla volcano with a beautiful crater lake, and Hverir bubbling mud pits and fumaroles.


Monday June 18 – Myvatn to Akureyri to Reykjavik

Visit Akureyri, Iceland’s 2nd largest city with beautiful botanical gardens.  Continue to Reykjavik for final night. .

Blue Lagoon

Tuesday June 19 – Blue Lagoon and Return flight to USA

Visit the Blue Lagoon to soak in the aquamarine-colored geothermal waters.  Depart Reykjavik for USA in the afternoon, arriving the same day.  

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