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Iceland's Geological Marvels

Iceland – a destination synonymous with spectacular natural scenery, towering waterfalls, stark black lava flows, broad ice fields and geothermal spas. The allure of Icelandic geology makes Iceland a “go-to” destination for Professor Brian Cousens of the Earth Sciences department at Carleton University.

Located above a thermal anomaly in the Earth’s interior, sitting on the mid-Atlantic rift system, and partially covered by glaciers, the volcanic features of Iceland are unique in the world. The heat from the volcanic activity and the abundant water on Iceland results in spectacular hydrothermal activity, used to produce electricity and heating for Icelanders, as well as magnificent outdoor spas.

With Brian, you will be amazed by the coastal volcanic rock exposures of western Iceland as puffins play in the water, the spectacular craters of Lake Myívatn/Krafla area, the wilds of Hekla Volcano, and the dramatic mountain peaks in the fjord lands of the north. You will take in the enormous waterfalls at Gulfoss and Skogar, the geothermal features at Geysir, and swim leisurely in a warm hot spring. You will also learn about Icelandic history and culture, while enjoying superb Icelandic cuisine and friendly accommodations.
Alumni Expeditions

Iceland | 11 days
Alumni Expeditions

Dates:
Jun 12-22, 2018
Cost:
Approx. US$5770 (Incl. US$275 taxes and gratuities)
Group Size:
14 - 18 participants

Includes:
Accommodations based on double occupancy in listed hotels or similar, airport transfers at destination for passengers arriving and departing as per the group itinerary, all ground transportation as listed, internal flight (Akureyri to Reykjaviík), meals as indicated in the itinerary, excursions as listed with experienced English-speaking local guides, all entrance fees, fully escorted by study leader Brian Cousens. Taxes and gratuities of US$275 are included. 

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Arrive to Reykjaviík, explore at leisure, welcome dinner
Day 2: Drive to Stykkishoílmur on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula
Day 3: Snaefellsness Peninsula on foot and by boat
Day 4: Drive to the northern fjord lands to Akureyri
Day 5: Day trip to Lake Myívatn area
Day 6: Fly back to Reykjaviík; explore geothermal power and a living saga
Day 7: Day trip to archaeological site of Stöng
Day 8: Day trip to Hekla for super jeep tour
Day 9: Day trip around Eyjafjallajökull area
Day 10: Drive back to Reykjaviík via historical and geological sites
Day 11: Depart Reykjaviík
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Your Tour Leader

Associate Professor Brian Cousens’ work in Carleton University’s Department of Earth Sciences focuses on igneous petrology and the origin of volcanic rocks in modern and ancient settings. He has travelled and researched extensively in Iceland.

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Alumni Expeditions

Iceland | 11 days
Alumni Expeditions

Dates:
Jun 12-22, 2018
Cost:
Approx. US$5770 (Incl. US$275 taxes and gratuities)
Group Size:
14 - 18 participants

Includes:
Accommodations based on double occupancy in listed hotels or similar, airport transfers at destination for passengers arriving and departing as per the group itinerary, all ground transportation as listed, internal flight (Akureyri to Reykjaviík), meals as indicated in the itinerary, excursions as listed with experienced English-speaking local guides, all entrance fees, fully escorted by study leader Brian Cousens. Taxes and gratuities of US$275 are included. 

WHAT THEY SAY:

"A country of sharp contrasts."

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