June 25 - July 15, 2018 // 21 days
2018 Itinerary Coming Soon!
Overflowing with sparkling glaciers, verdant farmlands, deep fjords, volcanoes, and stunning waterfalls, Iceland is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. Due to the high demand for our Iceland Programs in 2017, we're adding an additional program in Iceland for 2018. Our 21-day Iceland: Secrets of the Huldufólk program is designed for students who want to challenge themselves to a true adventure experience, spend more time in Iceland, and tackle an additional, more challenging trek in the rugged and scenic West Fjords.
The most important thing I learned was to push myself and step out of my comfort zone.” -Charlie M, Iceland: Nordic Elements
Unlike our 14-day program and almost all other travel programs in Iceland, this trip allows us to explore Iceland’s pristine northern wilderness and experience the isolation and less touristy, serene fishing towns in the North. It is designed for participants who enjoy an active lifestyle and want to see the world Walter Mitty Style. Join us as we roadtrip, kayak, trek, camp, and fully immerse ourselves in Icelandic Culture -- from the sagas to the hidden fairies and elves.
The Westfjords are Iceland’s best kept secret. Home to a stunning array of bright green plateaus, snow-covered mountains, and rocky beaches, this off-the-beaten path destination offers opportunities to experience untouched landscapes and pristine wilderness. Few tourists make it here, but it is one of the most stunning places in all of Iceland. Embarking on a rugged and challenging backcountry trek to the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve, we hike alongside playful Arctic Foxes, seaside seals, and arctic terns. Using our trek to reconnect with the natural world, we backpack throughout scenic and ever-changing terrain while taking in one of Iceland’s most isolated, pristine regions.
Sea-kayaking alongside the unique fjords of Iceland’s western peninsula, we put our adventure skills to the test and take in the dramatic and isolated landscapes that inspired some of Iceland’s most treasured sagas and folktales.
Arctic Foxes are Iceland’s only native land mammal. These playful creatures are ubiquitous within the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve in the North and add whimsy to a long day’s hike.
The Laugavegur Trek is the most famous hiking trail in Iceland. Known for trails offering astounding and breathtaking sites, it remains one of "25 Best Hikes in the World,” and is a pilgrimage for locals. Join us as we embark on a 4-day trek, weaving through multicolored rhyolite mountains, verdant valleys, and lunar fields of volcanic rock. Completing our journey at Þórsmörk, we grab our cameras and journals to reflect beneath the enchanting gaze of Eyjafjallajokull, one of Iceland’s many glaciers. Many Icelandic individuals consider the Laugavegur trek to be a meaningful pilgrimage where one can observe the ability of the landscape and one’s self to adapt and change.
Take in the glory and magic of Iceland's powerful glaciers. These massive ice formations are responsible for Iceland’s unique geography and seaside fjords. They also preserve the water supply during the summer months. Not only do the glaciers produce some of the most stunning views and photographs, they also push individuals to consider geologic scales of time and human impact on the environment.
A dip in the sublime waters of the Blue Lagoon is a quintessential Icelandic experience and the best way to recover from days spent in the backcountry. This popular man-made geothermal spa of crystal clear water is the only site on earth where you can swim in 40-degree centigrade water year round while being surrounded by ice and snow. The lagoon’s rich mineral content is known to be helpful to a variety of ailments. Often referred to as the most photographed spot in Iceland, our students will take in the contrasting aquamarine waters to the stark black background surrounding the lagoon.
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Gluten-free foods are few and far between in Iceland. We recommend that participants who have a gluten allergy speak to our admissions department prior to enrolling.
The Road Less Traveled does not require any vaccinations or immunizations to travel with us, other than an up-to-date tetanus shot or booster (within the last nine years).
Please click below to view your program’s equipment and packing list!
Iceland: Secrets of the Huldufolk Packing List - 2018 list coming soon!
For an emailed copy of this program’s day-to-day calendar, please call our office between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. CST at 773-342-5200 and we’ll happily send you one!
It is imperative that no one make any travel arrangements until RLT provides instructions for specific arrival and departure time windows. Those details are typically released in mid-spring.
Families are individually responsible for booking their own airfare to get their student from home to the starting destination on the first day of the trip, and from the ending destination back home on the last day of the trip.
Our Iceland Nordic Challenge Program is an adventurous trip that includes back-to-back days of trekking and camping. Summer weather varies in Iceland, and we typically encounter beautiful sunshine, rain and lots of wind, and once in a great while, it may snow on us in the mountains. Due to the remote nature of our adventure activities, we spend little time in towns leaving us with little access to laundry and showers. Participants must be comfortable with camping and be physically fit enough for long, active days.