15 May May 15, 2015 by Vision Travel in Active Travel, Cruise, Destinations, Expedition Cruising, Featured Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic is upping the cool factor with their new Iceland Hangout, a uniquely immersive, highly social land and sea expedition led by Sven Lindblad, the company’s founder & president. On this innovative 5-night expedition from Reykjavik to the wild west coast of Iceland, guests will experience Iceland’s stunning coastal and inland geography, and hang out with a changing cast of interesting Icelanders for great conversation and exclusively curated experiences. From performances arranged by ethnomusicologist Jacob Edgar, to a dinner prepared by Iceland’s top chef on a private island, to casual drinks-and-dinner contexts with Icelandic artists, musicians, political figures, scientists and writers, guests will engage with some of the country’s most fascinating individuals who’ll join along the way. ICELAND HANGOUT encapsulates Iceland’s stunning nature, the beauty of the rugged landscape, and the creativity of the Icelandic people — and it’s only a short flight away. It begins in the capital city of Reykjavik for 2 nights. See the violent forces of nature in the geologically young landscape: hot springs, spouting geysers, tumbling waterfalls, and snow-capped mountains. Witness lava fields in the Golden Circle; explore the world’s northernmost capital; soak in the Blue Lagoon geothermal pool; thrill to the juxtaposition of Viðey Island’s ancient ruins and early Christian architecture, and choose from a plethora of adventures: ride a sturdy Icelandic pony, go mountain biking, attend an Icelandic cooking class, visit a cutting-edge geothermal plant, or even go heli-hiking. Then, see more than you otherwise could on the centerpiece of the adventure, a 3-night voyage aboard the 148-guest National Geographic Explorer. Venture up the wild western coast, an area with which Lindblad Expeditions is very familiar. Explore remote Hornstrandir, just south of the Arctic Circle; the peninsula is Iceland’s northernmost and most remote — a spectacular, uninhabited nature reserve only accessible on foot or by boat. Take advantage of the midnight sun to go whale watching, birding, or hiking, and visit charming fishing villages tucked in along the shore. Back onboard, find treatments in Explorer’s state-of-the art wellness center, a sauna, a gym with a million-dollar view and more aboard. Iceland Hangout departs July 15, 2015. Rates begin at $4,990 usd per person based on double occupancy in a category one cabin. Call your Vision Travel Advisor for more information.