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Circumnavigating Iceland

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Join us for this specially designed, seven-night circumnavigation of Iceland, where long-lasting daylight melds into the lingering twilight. In this ethereal land of fire and ice, glittering glaciers cap active and dormant volcanoes and Viking ruins coexist with rugged coastlines, geothermal baths, mud pots, powerful waterfalls and awe-inspiring geysers. Cruise aboard the Five-Star expedition ship LE LAPÉROUSE, featuring only 92 Suites and Staterooms, each with a private balcony. Look for orcas, humpback whales and rare migratory birds and touch ice fragments calved from one of Europe’s largest glaciers in UNESCO-designated Vatnajökull National Park. Cross the Arctic Circle on Grímsey Island and cruise along the coast of Surtsey, one of Earth’s youngest islands and designated a UNESCO World Heritage site for its ecological significance. Explore the majestic and rocky vista of a former lava lake and marvel at dramatic Goðafoss, the “Waterfall of the Gods.”

Optional pre-tour available: Reykjavík and the Golden Circle


MSU Faculty Host ~ Dan Hayes

Dan Hayes is a Professor in Michigan State University’s Department of Fisheries and Wildlife as part of the Partnership for Ecosystem Research and Management. He also serves as the associate chair of the department. His position at MSU focuses on cooperative research with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources on quantitative aspects of fish habitat and population dynamics. His principle research emphasis is on linking fish population dynamics with habitat quality.  In addition, Dan has had the privilege of leading MSU’s study abroad program to Antarctica four times and has hosted MSU Alumni tours to Antarctica and Alaska.  He is an avid angler and hunter, and lives on Park Lake in Bath Township.

A minimum number of participants is required to send the faculty host.