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Iceland’s Story: Nature, Culture, and the Arts

May 17-26, 2023

10 days | Iceland | alumni UBC Travel Club

Experience the spectacular splendour and untamed beauty of Iceland´s nature, its breathtaking scenery, and its fascinating history and culture. Iceland is the stuff of legend – its scenery so gorgeous it doesn’t seem quite real and its sagas telling the stories of warrior-farmers, chieftains, brave women, outlaws, and ghosts creating a society in a hostile environment.

This tour of Iceland explores its more remote areas. The Snaefellsnes Peninsula offers dramatic landscapes and examples of the natural wonders - lava, basalt cliffs, valleys, and fjords. The magical Westfjords is the epicenter of Iceland’s dramatic landscapes. Isolation and sparse population have preserved the unspoiled nature of the area at the centre of Icelandic folklore. And in between, spend a night on secluded, enchanting Flatey Island amidst houses built over a century ago and the noises of waves crashing on the shore, sheep bleating, and Artic terns squawking.

On this tour we’ll be connecting with story-tellers, artists, and historians for an insider’s perspective on Icelandic culture. If you seek epic landscapes, wild nature, and mystical stories, this trip is for you.
 
 

 

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Tour Cost (per person):
Approx. C$6495
Group Size:
16 - 20 participants

What’s included: Airport transfers; accommodation based on double occupancy; most meals; transportation by comfortable coach; all activities and entrance fees; services of specialized English-speaking guides; taxes and gratuities; fully escorted by your alumni UBC Travel Club host; services of our Icelandic driver/guide.

Itinerary at a Glance

DayActivity
1Meet in Reykjavik
2Reykjavik's City Centre
3Golden Circle Excursion
4Borgarfjourdur and the Snaefellsness Peninsula
5Snæfellsjökull Peninsula, Flatey Island
6Across Breidafjordur Bay to the Westfjords
7Birdcliffs and Beaches
8Arnafjordur
9The woodlands of Husafell
10Depart Reykjavik
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Your Tour Leader

Lee Groat is a Professor in UBC’s Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences department. Since 2012 Prof. Groat has led an annual 17-day course in Iceland for senior undergraduates covering the geology, climate, flora, fauna, and human settlement of Iceland, and factors that are impacting them today. Lee is a keen student of the Iceland sagas and is learning Iceland. Past travellers have enjoyed stories of his adventures in geology in Canada and abroad.

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alumni UBC Travel Club Cultural Explorations Alumni Expeditions
Tour Cost (per person):
Approx. C$6495
Group Size:
16 - 20 participants

What’s included: Airport transfers; accommodation based on double occupancy; most meals; transportation by comfortable coach; all activities and entrance fees; services of specialized English-speaking guides; taxes and gratuities; fully escorted by your alumni UBC Travel Club host; services of our Icelandic driver/guide.

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