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Day 01: Depart for Iceland
Depart from Minneapolis this evening and make your way to Reykjavik, Iceland. The stunning beauty and friendly people alone are worth a visit!


Day 02: Welcome to Iceland
Upon arrival, the group will be met and transferred for check-in at your local hotel. Early checkin has been confirmed for your comfort along with breakfast at the hotel this morning.


Alda Hotel, a boutique-style hotel, offers a calm escape in the upper end of Laugarvegur (otherwise known as the quiet part), around a 15-minute walk from the center of the city. It’s near shops, cafés, and restaurants but away from the central nightlife area. Guest rooms have a walk-in shower, bathrobe, hair dryer, coffee/tea making area, and free Wi-Fi.


Lunch will be provided at the Messinn Seafood Restaurant, a local favorite.


Enjoy a two-hour walking tour this afternoon around the city center. Learn about the history of the region and view the architecture of some of the more prominent landmarks, several of which you will have a few minutes to make a brief visit to. This may include Hallgrímskirkja Church, Arnarhóll Hill, the harbor, National Theatre as well as the main shopping street.


All participants will gather late this afternoon with your national guide and receive a short welcome briefing and details on the program activities.


Enjoy a welcome dinner at a nearby restaurant (within walking distance).
OvernightAlda Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 03: Reykjavik - Professional Exchange

Professional members of the program will interact with local mental health professionals in Reykjavik including the opportunity to learn about mental health policies; diagnostic systems in use today; training, practice, and the role of the psychiatrist in Iceland. A meeting has been requested with officials at the Icelandic Psychiatric Association to provide an overview of the mental health system in their country. Founded in 1960 with the aim to promote best practices of psychiatry through education and progress in their field, the association is in place to protect the interests of both patients with mental disorders and their families, as well as those of psychiatrists in Iceland.


Professionals will enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.


Guest program: This morning accompanying guests will visit the Raufarhólshellir Lava Cave. The cave formed as a lava tube during the Leitahraun eruption, which occurred about 5200 years ago. After your return to the city for a foodie walking tour of central Reykjavik with a local guide. Get to know authentic Icelandic restaurants, bars & establishments where to locals go. As this includes snacking/sampling throughout the afternoon tour, no formal sit-down lunch is included this afternoon for guests.


Dinner is by individual arrangement.
Overnight:  Alda Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch












Day 04: Reykjavik - Professional Exchange

Professional members of the program will interact with your colleagues this morning including the opportunity to visit a local hospital or medical school.

Guest program:This morning accompanying guests will enjoy a whale watching adventure after a short walk to the harbor. September is great for whale watching, as the wildlife in the bay is at its peak! The Minke whales are at their most abundant, along with White-beaked dolphins, harbor porpoises and the occasional humpback whales, giving you the chance to enjoy and understand them in their natural environment.


Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.

This afternoon the group will enjoy a visit to the Culture House, where you will be joined by a local musician for a private concert and introduction to Icelandic folk music through storytelling and history talk. You will have a chance to tour the museum exhibits and speak to the musician. The Culture House was built in 1906-1908 to house the National Library and National Archives of Iceland and was opened to the public in 1909 as a culture center.

Dinner is by individual arrangement (own expense)

Overnight:  Alda Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch


Day 05: Cultural Exploration  - The Golden Circle
Depart Reykjavik this morning after breakfast and head to the countryside. Highlights of the day are noted below but will also include a chance to relax at the Fontana spa before heading to your rural hotel.
Your first stop this morning is to see the majestic waterfall Gullfoss, widely considered to
be one of the most beautiful in the world.


Stop for lunch at Friðheimar to enjoy locally grown produce inside their greenhouse lunch setting.


The renowned Geysir geothermal area is not to be missed as you’ll walk the path through boiling ground but be on your guard as the geyser Strokkur will erupt when you least expect it. Your Golden Circle journey will end by treading in the footsteps of the Vikings at Thingvellir National Park. You’ll walk through the gorges that are being torn apart as the tectonic plates rip away from each other and if you listen closely, you just might hear the echoes of the Vikings deliberating at this UNESCO world heritage site of the first parliament in the world.


Dinner will be provided at the hotel this evening. The property is ideally located to see the local sites and will be opening in May. Guest rooms will have coffee, bathrobes, Wi-Fi, ironing board, desk and a hairdryer. 


Overnight: Landhotel (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


​​Day 06: Cultural Exploration
This day will also be focused on seeing the natural beauty of Iceland. We’ll be traveling around the area covered in ash from the Eyjafjallajökull volcano which stopped air traffic all over Europe in 2010.


Some of the amazing locations you will visit today include a walk behind Seljalandsfoss, one of Iceland’s iconic waterfalls (conditions permitting). The waterfall drops 60m and is part of the Seljalands River that has its origin in the volcano glacier Eyjafjallajökull.


Another amazing waterfall you will visit is Skógafoss which is situated on the Skógá River along the cliffs of the former coastline. ​Lunch will be provided this afternoon.


Explore Reynisfjara Beach, memorable due its black sand beach and amazing basalt cliff formations. Reynisdrangar are basalt sea stacks situated under the mountain Reynisfjall near the village Vík.


Visit a local museum such as the lava center of volcanology in Hvolsvöllur. The Lava Centre is an interactive, high-tech educational exhibition depicting volcanic activity, earthquakes and the creation of Iceland over millions of years.


Dinner is on your own this evening, prior to your return to the hotel.
Overnight: Landhotel (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch











Day 07: Borgarnes- Cultural Exploration
Check out of your local hotel after breakfast and head west! Today’s explorations will focus on history and heritage. Your visits will support local conservation by going to the Háafell goat farm where the local farmer Jóhanna Bergmann Þorvaldsdóttir has been instrumental in saving the Icelandic goat from extinction.


Next stop is to visit the former home of the medieval scholar Snorri Sturluson who wrote some of Iceland’s most cherished sagas and the Prose Edda which tells of the origins of Nordic Mythology.


After a chance to grab lunch (on own) continue to take an adventure that will lead you to the untouched beauty and raw nature of Langjokull, Iceland’s second largest glacier. Enjoy the opportunity of a lifetime as you journey up the white slopes and go deep inside the man-made ice tunnels leading to the blue heart of the glacier. Ride in modified glacier vehicles specially made to explore the glacier environment and enjoy the view from the top of the ice cap.


Warm up at the Krauma Spa, which will feel lovely after the chill of the glacier. Krauma offers five relaxing natural geothermal baths, a cold tub to get your blood circulation going, two calming saunas and a relaxation room where you can rest by the fireplace while listening to soothing music.


Head onward to check into the 3* B59 Hotel, a welcoming oasis where quiet luxury meets rugged wilderness on the doorstep of Iceland’s iconic natural wonders. Featuring free Wi-Fi throughout the property, they also have an on-site restaurant. Every room is equipped with a flat-screen TV, minibar & bathroom amenities. Time permitting, you might want to use the spa with its relaxation pool, sauna and hot tub (for a fee).


Say goodbye as you reflect and share memories over a farewell dinner at the hotel.


Overnight: B59 Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


Day 8: Return to USA
Depart early for your two-hour drive back to Reykjavik to the Keflavik International Airport for your flight home this afternoon. Depending on the flight time, lunch is by individual arrangement.


*Those on the extension will head north with your national guide this morning for your continued explorations.*​

Meals: Breakfast


Professional Participants - As this Nanda Journey program is focused primarily on professional development, costs associated with your participation on the program may be tax deductible as an ordinary and necessary business expense. Consult with a tax professional to determine eligibility.


Please note: All itineraries are subject to change based on availability of hotels, flights and hosting organizations at the time of finalization of booking. Comparable meetings and activities will be arranged should an itinerary change be necessary. 30 days before departure, a finalized itinerary will be available and reflect final details.​

Day 01: September 22, 2019 - Explore Northern Iceland!
After breakfast at the group hotel, check out and head back to Reykjavik. Check in this afternoon for your short domestic flight to Akureyri. Lunch is by individual arrangement today.


Make the one hour drive into Myvatn where you will check into your local hotel. On the way to the hotel, stop to see the Goðafoss Waterfall. The water of the river Skjálfandafljót falls from a height of 39 feet over a width of 100 feet. It is historically significant as the location where in the year 1000, after Lawspeaker Þorgeir Ljósvetningagoði made Christianity the official religion of Iceland, he threw his statues of the Norse gods into the waterfall.


Mývatn Icelandair Hotel was opened in July 2018 with amazing nature at your doorstep. The hotel has free Wi-Fi, coffee & tea set, hairdryer, satellite tv and bathroom amenities. The hotel has onsite dining for your convenience.


Dinner will be provided at the hotel this evening.
Overnight:  Icelandair Hotel Myvtan (or similar)​
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 02: September 23, 2019 - Head for the Highlands!

​Start your Askja and Holuhraun private day tour from Lake Mývatn after breakfast. Today you are headed into the highlands. There the wilderness, wide spaces, geology and natural freshwater springs are awe inspiring. A packed lunch will be provided today as you explore.

Having a private tour to Askja Caldera means that the day is altered to your interest. The Askja tour provides numerous opportunities for extra stops and walks.​ Askja Caldera region has long lured travelers into the heart of the highlands. The lunar landscape of Askja includes the open deserts of Ódáðahraun, freshwater springs of Svartá and Herðubreiðarlindir. View the incredible new lava field Holuhraun which was Iceland’s largest lava flow in 230 years. As a result of this great volume of magma, the lava field is still steaming hot!


​On this enlightening tour, you will focus on nature. Since this is a private tour the schedule is flexible and tailor made to your needs. This area is popular for photographers who want to take that extra time needed for the perfect photo.

The hiking in Askja Caldera to Víti explosion crater is 2.5 km and takes around 35 to 45 minutes one way. Difficulty level is easy to moderate depending on snow levels and weather conditions. Once at Víti, the group will take their time and absorb the incredible atmosphere of Askja.

Note: Have in mind that the area is in the mid-highlands of Iceland where snow can linger the better part of the summer. Bring warm clothes, waterproof jacket and pants, sunglasses, sunblock, good hiking shoes/boots for walking in snow, food and water.


A late dinner will be provided back at the hotel this evening.

Overnight:  Icelandair Hotel Myvtan (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


Day 3: September 24, 2019
After breakfast, you will begin your explorations of the unique Mývatn area with its strange formation of lava, cold fresh water springs, boiling pools of mud and steaming volcanic ground. Lake Mývatn has a rich local culture as the area has been settled from the era of the Vikings.


Today’s exploration will include stops to see the Dimmuborgir lava fields, Grjótagjá Cave, Höfði peninsula, Hverir boiling mud pools, Krafla Volcanic area, Lake Mývatn viewpoints, Lúdentarborgir crater rows and more.


A late lunch will be provided at the Vogafjós Guesthouse.


This afternoon visit Húsavík, a wonderful small town sometimes referred to as the whale-watching capital of Iceland. Briefly enjoy the scenic views of the arctic coastline and at Skjálfandi bay during a visit to the black sand beach.


Heading onward, stop at the Húsavík Local Micro Brewery for a taste of the latest local Husavik beer and an introduction by the brewer.


End the day with a visit to the Geosea Thermal Baths. The infinity style pools are made with naturally heated seawater from the bedrock, a once in a lifetime experience.


Return to the hotel for a farewell dinner.


Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Icelandair Hotel Myvtan (or similar)


Day 4 September 25, 2019 - Fly home

After breakfast, transfer to the local airport for your flight back to the domestic airport in Reykjavik. Transfer to Keflavik International Airport for your flight home this afternoon.

Meals: Breakfast


Please note: All itineraries are subject to change based on availability of hotels, flights and hosting organizations at the time of finalization of booking. Comparable meetings and activities will be arranged should an itinerary change be necessary. 30 days before departure, a finalized itinerary will be available and reflect final details.​​

CME Credits

Icelandic Highlands 

Through professional site visits and discussions, learn more about the current state of mental health services and policies in Iceland. Meet with medical and mental health practitioners from a variety of settings including local hospitals, schools and relevant medical societies. Learn about mental health policies, education and training as well as the establishment of ongoing communication and collaboration. Focus on the cultural beliefs and practices that affect the presentation and treatment of mental health problems; how professional and public opinion about mental health disorders have evolved; the role of psychoanalytic theory and tradition; and what local cultural beliefs and practices affect the presentation and treatment of mental health problems in this region. Explore some of the most majestic scenery in the world, including Gulfoss Waterfall, UNESCO World Heritage rated Thingvellir National Park, and a black sand beach with amazing basalt cliff formations. Enjoy a private concert and introduction to Icelandic folk music, storytelling and history from a local musician.
Support local conservation by visiting the Háafell goat farm where Jóhanna Bergmann Þorvaldsdóttir has been instrumental in saving the Icelandic goat from extinction.  Optional Extension to Northern Iceland


​6.0-8.0 Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits will be sought for this journey

Icelandair Hotel Mývatn

Iceland: Akureyri and Siglufjörður | 4 days |  September 22-25, 2019 | $2,999

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POST PROGRAM EXTENSION - ICELAND'S NORTHERN HIGHLANDS

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​​Leader Spotlight:  Dr. Nada Stotland


Dr. Nada Stotland is a former president of the American Psychiatric Association and the author or editor of seven books and more than 75 articles on women's health and medical ethics. She has won a number of awards, including the Francis Braceland and Alexandra Symonds awards from the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and the Lila Wallis Award from the American Medical Women's Association. As an invited speaker, she has addressed audiences in France, Colombia, Montreal, India, Germany, England, and Australia, as well as made appearances on "The Oprah Winfrey Show," "Larry King Live," and Fox News. Her involvement in the mental health community includes:

  • Professor of Psychiatry, Rush Medical College
  • Director of the Psychiatric Consultation Service and Director of Psychiatric Education, The University of Chicago School of Medicine 
  • Chair, Department of Psychiatry, Illinois Masonic Medical Center
  • Medical Director of Mental Health Services, State of Illinois
  • President, Association of Women Psychiatrists
  • Board member, Mental Health America 
PRE-TRAVEL
IncludedNot Included
Information and support  to aid in your travel preparation


Costs to obtain a passport


Exclusively developed professional program in collaboration with Journey leader

 TRAVEL
International airfare (from designated US gateway city)


Airfare for domestic flight to gateway city


All in-country transportation for the group (including airport transfers)


Accommodations in four to five star hotels


24/7 professional English speaking guide


Individual departure taxes (where applicable)


Fees for all services, most tips and taxes


Professionally led daily program – see itinerary for full details


Travel insurance


Daily breakfast and most lunches & dinner, as specified in the itinerary


 CAREER ENRICHMENT PROFESSIONAL CONTENT
10-20 Hours of professional exchanges with counterparts in host  country


Formal and informal meetings with your peers to increase your global knowledge of your profession


Unique insight and knowledge about current issues and challenges related to your profession


  SAFETY AND SUPPORT
24-hour support from US Nanda Journeys office and in-country support


Partnerships in every country to which we travel



Mental Health Journey to Iceland led by Dr. Nada Stotland

“The world is a big place. 

Learning first-hand about

mental health care in

widely differing countries

helps us to think outside

our local boxes and to

appreciate what can be

done with different sets of resources, policies, and attitudes.  That's the whole idea of Nanda Journeys. There is no way to organize a trip like this to Iceland on one's own.  It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Come along.”

Pricing Options

Iceland: Reykjavik, Húsafell & Hveragerði | 8 days |September 15-22, 2019 | $6,699

Majestic Gullfoss

PRE-TRAVEL
IncludedNot Included
Information and support  to aid in your travel preparation


Costs to obtain a passport


Exclusively developed professional program in collaboration with Journey leader

 TRAVEL
International airfare (from designated US gateway city)


Airfare for domestic flight to gateway city


All in-country transportation for the group (including airport transfers)


Accommodations in four to five star hotels


24/7 professional English speaking guide


Individual departure taxes (where applicable)


Fees for all services, most tips and taxes


Professionally led daily program – see itinerary for full details


Travel insurance


Daily breakfast and most lunches & dinner, as specified in the itinerary


 CAREER ENRICHMENT PROFESSIONAL CONTENT
10-20 Hours of professional exchanges with counterparts in host  country


Formal and informal meetings with your peers to increase your global knowledge of your profession


Unique insight and knowledge about current issues and challenges related to your profession


  SAFETY AND SUPPORT
24-hour support from US Nanda Journeys office and in-country support


Partnerships in every country to which we travel



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Icelandair Hotel Mývatn is a new 59 room hotel, with a relaxed and simple environment. A great base to kick off your shoes and get comfortable after a long day of exploring the natural beauty and experiences in the area.


The hotel’s design is innovative, emphasizing simplicity fun, curious objects, and different spaces. They have onsite dining and comfortable rooms designed with an Icelandic flair.


According to the influx of tourists that visit Iceland every year, one of the main appeals of the “land of fire and ice” is its pure and pristine nature. Icelandair Hotel Myvatn realizes its responsibility towards the environment and works by the international standard for environmental management, ISO 14001.


Icelandair Hotels continuously focuses on improving the environment without compromising its services and pleasing its guests.

What's Included

Extend your stay in Iceland to venture North! Take a once in a lifetime tour to the incredible sights of the Icelandic highlands.
Completely inhabitable, the highlands consist of volcanic sand, pumice and lava deserts. Mountains, volcanoes and glaciers loom
over the landscape with rivers, waterfalls and oases strewn in various locations. Spectacular scenery that has to be seen to be believed. 

6.0-8.0 Continuing Medical Education Credits will be sought for this journey. ​ 


** This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the Wilderness Medical Society and Nanda Journeys. The Wilderness Medical Society is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. **