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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. **


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Fire & Frost Hotel


​​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 
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Information and support  to aid in your travel preparation

Costs to obtain a passport

Exclusively developed professional program in collaboration with Journey leader

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

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

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.”

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

Majestic Gullfoss

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.

Hotel Borg overlooks the beautiful square of Austurvöllur, in the heart of Reykjavík, across from Althingi, the Icelandic parliament and the cathedral. The hotel is conveniently located within walking distance of variety of restaurants, businesses, souvenir shops, art galleries and specialty shops.

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).
OvernightHotel Borg (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:  Hotel Borg (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:  Hotel Borg (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 friendly staff, amazing amenities and comfortable rooms also include access to their geothermal spa. The property is ideally located to see the local sites.

Overnight: Frost & Fire Hotel (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: Fire & Frost Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 07: Húsafell - 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* Hotel Húsafell, a welcoming oasis where quiet luxury meets rugged wilderness on the doorstep of Iceland’s iconic natural wonders. The hotel is basic but offers the best accommodations available in the area as well as the best restaurant in the region.

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

Overnight: Húsafell 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.

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. COMING SOON: Optional Extension to Northern Iceland

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

Shared Room
Number of payments 4
Payment Due*Amount
Upon Registration$500.00 USD
Every 4 weeks (x 3)$2,066.33 USD
Total $6,698.99 USD
Single Room
Number of payments 4
Amount Due*Amount
Upon Registration$500.00 USD
Every 4 weeks (x 3)$2,399.33 USD
Total $7,697.99 USD
*Please call 1-888-747-7501 if you wish to make individual credit card payments. Final balance MUST be paid 60 days prior to travel. Please review Booking Terms & Conditions at top of page.
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