Origins Project Iceland 2022

Join an exclusive group of 40 travelers with guest speakers Origins Project Foundation President Lawrence Krauss and Nobel Laureate Barry Barish on a tour of some of Iceland’s spectacular geological wonders, breathtaking natural scenery, and globally significant climate research and energy innovations.

September 21, 2022 to September 25, 2022

“It was the trip of a lifetime! Having access to casual conversations with the guest speakers, and all the other fascinating travelers, was such a privilege. So enlightening! I made friends and memories that I’ll cherish for life. Thank you ORIGINS!“

– traveler from the Mekong Expedition, January 2020

THE TRIP:

This land of fire and ice is replete with striking glaciers, including the largest in Europe, unique wildlife habitats, vast lava fields and craters, beautiful waterfalls, mountains of pumice and ash, geysers and volcanoes.

During this brief but packed Iceland Experience, Origins travelers will be emmersed in the dazzling beauty of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, take an exciting close-up look at the active geological features of the ‘golden circle’, and learn about cutting-edge science that powers the nation and cleans the atmosphere. The Icelandic culture also offers a rich history alongside literary, culinary, artisan, and technological excellence, each of which can be enjoyed in the charming capital city of Reykjavik.

Tour guides and guest lecturers will provide insights on Iceland’s unique climate and environmental features as well as history and technological advances that underpin an approach to sustainability that is unique across Europe. Among the highlights, Origins travelers will get an exclusive introduction to one of the world’s first commercial carbon capture and storage facilities, and attend an evening lecture and panel discussion by Origins president Lawrence Krauss and Nobel Laureate Barry Barish.

Pricing starts at $2,390 per person and up (double occupancy). Please see the full expedition brochure for more details.

Our one-time-only tour is being organized in partnership with REISEbazaar, who will be coordinating logistical details. Payments will be made directly to REISEbazaar, who will be working closely with our Origins team to ensure a smooth experience – before, during and after the tour.

WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Meet & Greet in Reykjavik
  • Local English-speaking guides
  • Tour Coordinator with the group 24/7
  • Private coach (50-seater) for transportation day 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
  • 1 night / 2-day tour of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula 21-22/09
  • 23/09: Private visit to Carbfix Carbon Capture Utility at Hellisheidi Geothermal Power Plant, Blue Lagoon, and Evening Reykjavik lecture
  • 24/09: Full day tour “Golden Circle” with visits to Thingvellir, Geyser, Gullfoss Waterfall, Hotspring bath, Snowmobile on glacier
  • 4 x breakfast, 4 x lunch & 4 x dinner
  • 25/09: Group departure transfer (1 shuttle bus)

TRIP OUTLINE:

Day 1:

  • Scenic drive to the peninsula
  • Gerðuberg basalt columns
  • Ytri Tunga Seal Beach
  • Bjarnarfoss waterfall and the Budakirkja Black Church
  • Cliffs at Arnarstapi
  • Scenic coastal drive or walk to Hellnar

Day 2:

  • Snæfellsnes National Park
  • Vatnshellir Cave Tour
  • Djúpalónssandur Black Beach
  • Snæfellsjökull glacier and Saxhall crater
  • Skardsvik Golden Beach
  • Hellissandur
  • Kirkjufell mountain and waterfall
  • Scenic drive and return to Reykjavik

Day 3:

  • Carbfix Carbon Capture Utility at Hellisheiðarvirkjun
  • Blue Lagoon or Keflavik sites
  • Dinner at restaurant Monkey
  • Evening event at University of Reykjavik

Day 4:

  • Langjøkul Glacier snowmobile tour
  • Gullfoss Waterfall
  • Strokkur Geyser
  • Thingvellir
  •  Closing Dinner, thanks

Day 5:

  • Free Time
  • Goodbyes and Departure
  • Breakfast and Free morning at leisure in Reykjavik
  • Group transfer to the airport from hotel.

Origins Lecturers

Lawrence Krauss

Lawrence Krauss (President, The Origins Project Foundation) is an internationally known theoretical physicist, bestselling author, and an acclaimed lecturer. He has also appeared regularly on radio and television, as well as in several feature films. He is the recipient of numerous awards for his research and outreach and has been elected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Physical Society. He has held numerous endowed professorships and distinguished research appointments. The author of more than 500 publications and 11 popular science books, his latest book, The Physics of Climate Change, was released in March 2021.

Barry Barish

Barry Barish is an American experimental physicist and Nobel Laureate, who has worked on many areas of physics, from the fundamentals of particle physics to the nature of gravitational waves. He is a Linde Professor of Physics, emeritus at California Institute of Technology. In 2017, Barish was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics along with Rainer Weiss and Kip Thorne “for decisive contributions to the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational waves”. He has also served the scientific community in many roles including as President of the American Physical Society.