The Best of Iceland: A Country of Beautiful Contrasts
Traverse the wonders of Iceland with locals and scholarly experts, delving deep into a landscape of stunning geological features, glaciers, and bubbling thermal pools.
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I loved the Best of Iceland trip. The contrast in the landscape is amazing. I learned so much about the country through our guide, Erik. I will never forget he delicious food, the museums, boat rides and varied experiences I had. I highly recommend this trip.


Fantastic tour! Great itinerary, leader & bus driver! Once in a lifetime experiences!


This Road Scholar trip to Iceland was not a visit; it was an adventure. As if the stunning landscape, the eye-catching architecture, and the gastronomic delights were not enough, the lecturers tied it all together. Our Viking guide was even better than the usual great RS ones; she was a fountain of knowledge. OK, so the fermented shark was a bit strong and the scallops fresh from the ocean were not McDonald's fare but I told you, it was an adventure. Finally, where else except the Blue Lagoon could you luxuriate in chest high, warm mineral water while sleet beat on the back of your neck? Yes, a few places were a bit crowded with tourists (and deserved to be because they were amazing) but most of the island was peaceful and serene.


A great program to learn the geology and culture of the Iceland people.


Great trip, great guide, would recommend to anyone wanting to go to Iceland


The Best of Iceland is a true adventure vacation!


This program exceeded any and all expectations I might have had. A wonderful travel and learning experience.


Iceland is a country of exceptional beauty, history, culture and contrasts. Experience a well-planned, guided tour through many facets of Iceland from Icelandic animals to sagas and culture. An experience of a lifetime!


It is really the best of beautiful Iceland what one can be seen with easy pace. Well organized for this time of the year with long daylight and informative.


If you cannot wait to see the glaciers, mountains, fissures, water falls, wildlife, and oceans of Iceland take this trip. Easy to get there and easy to get around with RS's fine guides and perfect itinerary.

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The trip was incredibly interesting and well organized. Kristin Saetran did and outstanding job as our leader. The hotels were first rate and the food was very good. Every day we has 2 or 3 events scheduled; lectures or interesting places to visit. We learned about the fishing, the agriculture, the history and the geology of Iceland. My only negative is that we had little down time. I could have used a bit more time at the end of the day for rest and relaxation before dinner. It's a worthwhile trip for anyone curious about Iceland.


This is a great trip, especially if you are a geologist. If you have issues with smell, you might need to reconsider as the whole country has a strong scent of sulfur. Even in your hotel rooms, you will confront the scent of sulfur as you turn on the hot water to shower or wash your hands. If you look to share a room to cut costs and get to know new people, realize that the hotels (all of them) only use twin beds and they may have placed them together as a make-do full-size bed. Be prepared to eat fish daily or multiple times within the day. And remember, the American Disabilities Act applies to America. Out of 18 participants, a driver, and a guide, 4 to 5 people fell on my trip to include the driver. None of the people who used walking sticks regularly, fell. Expect uneven grounds and sidewalks that become part of the streets and frequent uneven steps without hand-rails. Beyond this, the country is beautiful along with the waterfalls, boiling water, boiling mud pots. The folktales are captivating. And the people take great pride in being from Iceland. Prices are extremely high on everything; plan on 2 to 3 to even 4 times higher than the United States.


Just came back from a Road Scholar trip to Iceland. It was a wonderful trip; the Blue Lagoon, Icelandic horses, geothermal power plant, tomatoes grown in a geothermal greenhouse, gorgeous scenery, great guide and lectures - and more!


Wonderful trip!!!!!!!! Road Scholar I would highly recommend to anyone who loves to travel with a group!


This tour exceeded my expectations! Beautiful country, interesting culture and history, lots of good educational experiences, enjoyable fellow travelers, and delicious food. Thank you Harpa and Steinunn for making it extra special!


This was our first trip with Road Scholar (we went to Iceland) and it was everything we could have wished for.....every detail taken care of, fascinating and informative lectures, a guide who was simply extraordinary....knowledgable, fun, patient, and someone we would love to live near. Plus three wonderful entertainments offered in the evenings. The hotels and the food were great. We will absolutely plan another trip with them.


If you're looking for a beautiful land, congenial people, wonderful food and a place where nature is on awesome display at every turn, this is the tour to choose.


The program went beyond expectations. I had no idea what to expect. what made it especially good was the Program Leader, Eirikur Einarsson. With his knowledge, humor and understanding of who we are and his own country, he made us feel comfortable in a strange place. Iceland is a wonderful country and more people should visit it.


This was an outstanding program and exceeded all expectations.


This program is very comprehensive: geology, history, literature, agriculture, farming, Icelandic horses, the fishing industry, geothermal power, whale watching, waterfalls, geysers, lava fields, rifts caused by the continental shift, and thermal pools. A few of our group didn't bring bathing suits and missed the awesome experience of wading in the Blue Lagoon (admission included in this program). The mineral water truly did make my skin feel healthier! We also saw the Northern Lights, but at this time of year they are more white than green or blue. The food was up to Road Scholar's exceptional standards. Well-prepared and plentiful. Iceland's staple is fish, cooked many ways, fresh organic tomato soup, and lamb (also cooked in various ways). The vegetarians in our group ate so well that at one point I said, "Wow, I wish I was vegetarian!" The field trips were all interesting and Eirikur was very good at explaining what we saw looking out the bus window at lava fields, mountains, volcanoes, steam vents, lichen, rifts, etc.


Visiting this island and learning it's history gave me great respect for its founders and their hardships. Each country has a different history, but we aren't really aware of it until we are able to visit and hear about it first hand.


Roadscholar made Iceland a land to remember and a trip to remember!! Try it --you will love it.


This program gave me an overall view of the highlights of Iceland, helping me to better understand their history, geology, and their people. I felt very safe and relaxed in Iceland and took some risks in eating things I would not normally encounter. And I loved everything I tasted! One does have to like lamb and fish, though, as that is what most of the meals consist of. Fortunately, I love both so had no problem. I learned many new things about the country that I had never closely examined before. Their geography, outlook, and way of life is somewhat different from other countries I have visited, so it was a great learning experience for me.


Iceland was much more interesting than I expected. The history of the settlement of the country and the geological features is fascinating.


The Best of Iceland trip was a fantastic experience. The beauty of Iceland, while I expected phenomenal beauty, far exceeded my expectations. The Road Scholar educational experience completely opened my eyes to the very interesting history and culture of Iceland as well as its scenic beauty. This trip is not to be missed.


Very good trip. In organizing my photos for Facebook, I was amazed at how many different sites we had visited in 12 days!


A wonderful, beautiful, educational trip full of scenic vistas, waterfalls, friendly people, Viking history and lots of fish!


I can not think of a better way to experience the beauty and grandeur of Iceland, than with Road Scholar.


This was an excellent survey of many significant attractions and history of Iceland: Sagas, whales, horses, people and the ever-present rugged natural wonders. Straddling two tectonic plates wasn't so bad, either! A great introduction to Iceland that paves the way for future more-focused return visits.


Iceland is a unique and fascinating country. This trip provides a complete overview of the geology, culture, and history of this beautiful land.

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