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Exploring Iceland

June 13-23, 2017
Hosted by:
 Wendy Raymond, vice president for academic affairs, dean of faculty and professor of biology
Price & reservations: 11 days from $5,142, including airfare and taxes. For reservations and information, call Odysseys Unlimited toll-free at 888-370-6765.

About this trip: It's a surprising, even astonishing land; one of massive glaciers and rumbling volcanoes, bubbling mud holes and powerful waterfalls; hugely abundant bird life and just 300,000 people; and where the sun never sets for six splendid weeks. It's also perfect for exploring in a small group, as we discover traveling the breadth of the country and staying in excellent lodgings. For more information, check out the trip brochure (PDF).

Trip Highlights include: 

  • Accommodations in well-located, atmospheric small hotels
  • Stunning, unique natural scenery
  • Touring the beautiful Snaefellsnes Peninsula
  • Charming Akureyri
  • Godafoss, "waterfall of the gods"
  • Visit to Icelandic Breed horse farm
  • Lake Myvatn's mud flats, lava fields, and volcanic craters
  • Dettifoss, Iceland's "Niagara"
  • Glacial River Canyon National Park
  • Thingvellir National Park
  • Dramatic bird-watching coastal cruise ­
  • Popular Skogafoss waterfall ­
  • Sophisticated Reykjavik
    Headshot of Wendy Raymond

About your host: Wendy Raymond, vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty, leads 180 full-time faculty members and a half-dozen associated administrative offices to advance the college's academic mission. Her core responsibilities are recruitment, support, and evaluation of faculty, development of the curriculum, and management of the division's $35 million budget. Wendy is also a professor of biology.

Wendy has an undergraduate degree in chemistry from Cornell and a Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology from Harvard. She spent four years studying genetics as an American Cancer Society post-doctoral fellow at the University of Washington and joined Williams College as an assistant professor of biology in 1994. Wendy's spouse, David Backus, joined the faculty in Environmental Studies, and their son Caleb is a sophomore at Brown.