Join the 2021 Fulbright Insight Trip to Iceland!

Join us on a Fulbright tour in the land of fire and ice. The tour will take us to the western and northern regions, as well as to the capital city of Reykjavik. Gain insights into Icelandic culture and history, spend time in magnificent nature and enjoy the local cuisine.

About the trip

Total cost: $3899

Dates: Aug.6-12, 2021

Travel partner: Fulbright Commission of Iceland

Led by Executive Director of the Iceland  Fulbright Commission, Belinda Theriault

Fulbright Association Representative: Mary Ellen Schmider



Deposits and registration will be due to the Fulbright Association by Tuesday, July 6th, 2021 by midnight EST.

Payments: Make your online payments here

Registration Packet: Download

Final Payment due: Thursday, July 15th, 2021 by midnight EST.

Register now- only 12 spots available!



Friday, August 6

Day 1
  • Participants arrive early morning (departure from the US on Thursday August 5th and transport to Reykjavik by bus)
  • Departure from Reykjavik, brown bag lunch provided on the bus
  • Visit to Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Departure to Borgarfjordur, a stunning fjord with volcanic lava fields and a glacier, waterfalls, geothermal activity and important historical significance
  • Visit to Krauma baths natural geothermal baths & spa at Deildartunguhver, Europe’s most powerful hot spring
  • Dinner at Krauma restaurant
  • Check-in at Fosshotel Reykholt, a romantic country hotel situated in the legendary location of Reykholt, a major historical site, once the home of historian and poet Snorri Sturluson


Saturday, August 7

Day 2
  • Breakfast and departure from hotel
  • Into the glacier tour, where participants will experience the untouched beauty and raw nature of Langjökull, Iceland’s second largest glacier - a unique opportunity to go deep inside the man-made ice tunnels leading to the blue heart of the glacier
  • Lunch at Husafell Bistro
  • Visit to the beautiful Barnafoss and Hraunfossar waterfalls
  • Tour of Reykholt cultural and medieval center
  • Return to hotel
  • Dinner (location tbd) and Return to hotel


Sunday, August 8

Day 3
  • Breakfast and departure
  • Light lunch at the bakery in Sauðárkrókur, the largest town in northwest Iceland
  • Visit to Hólar, one of Iceland’s principal historical, cultural, and ecclesiastical sites, also home to Hólar University College – the group will have an opportunity to attend a mass at the beautiful old church and attend a concert in the late afternoon, featuring a soprano, mezzosoprano, clarinet and piano
  • Arrival in Siglufjörður, Iceland’s northernmost town and historic fishing community
  • A Moroccan inspired dinner using local ingredients at Hotel Siglunes
  • Check in at Hotel Natur, a family run country hotel, centered around environmentally friendly community policy emphasizing recycling, energy efficiency and the use of local labor and resources


Monday, August 9

Day 4
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Full day visit to the Lake Mývatn area, a legally protected conservation area - includes Goðafoss waterfall, Dimmuborgir lava fields, Lake Mývatn, Víti crater, Námaskarð geothermal area and Dettifoss waterfall, with lunch at a local restaurant
  • Return to Hotel Natur and dinner


Tuesday, August 10

Day 5
  • Breakfast and departure
  • Whale watching from Akureyri harbor, where you can enjoy an intimate and up-close experience with expert guides and a fantastic time in Iceland's longest fjord
  • Lunch in Akureyri
  • Free time in downtown Akureyri, the largest municipality in the northern part of Iceland, often referred to as the “capital of the north”- we recommend exploring the main street, visiting the botanical gardens, or walking the famous church steps
  • Stop for dinner at a local restaurant and arrival in Reykjavik
  • Check-in to Center Hotel Plaza, in the downtown area, close to shopping, museums, etc.


Wednesday, August 11

Day 6
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Visit to Althingi, the Parliament of Iceland
  • Free day in Reykjavik where you, for example, have at your fingertips the National Gallery, the Reykjavik Art Museum, the National Museum, the Settlement Exhibition, Hallgrímskirkja church, Harpa music hall and the nearby Sun Voyager sculpture, great shopping and more – and if the volcanic eruption is still going on, some tour companies are offering day tours where you can hike to the volcano


Thursday, August 12

Day 7
  • Breakfast and check-out
  • Individual departures

Please note that the itinerary is subject to minor changes due to circumstances during the trip.

What's Included

  • Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners from the start of the trip on August 6th-breakfast on August 12th as specified in itinerary; and
  • Transportation by private, air-conditioned van, as well as group transfers as appropriate; and
  • English speaking guide(s)/interpreter(s) to accompany participants through the whole trip period; and
  • All activities, sightseeing, and entry fees listed in the itinerary; and
  • Comprehensive tailor-made info-pack; and
  • All taxes and service charges; and
  • Any fees payable to agencies, speakers, or others in furtherance of the Purpose of the program and the tour.

What's Not

  • Flights to and from Keflavik airport.
  • Expenses of a purely personal nature (including cab fares, laundry, souvenirs, room service, and other personal items).
  • Charges, passport application fees.
  • Transportation of luggage in excess of weight allowance.
  • International medical and travel insurance (each participant must arrange for their own travel and health).
  • Food and beverage other than that specified in itinerary above.
  • Medical expenses.

Please read all the information in our registration packet for terms on cancellations, refunds, and other policies.

Membership requirements: Please also note that you must be a current member of the Fulbright Association in order to join the tour. If you are not a member, you can click here to join, or if you are a lapsed member, please click here to renew your annual membership. Not a Fulbright alumn? No problem! The Fulbright Association welcomes all supporters of the mission of the Fulbright Program to join as Friends of Fulbright. Tour registrants may also bring one non-member guest. Please indicate who your guest is in your registration materials.

If you have any questions, please give us a call at (202) 775-0725 or e-mail us at