Plan now for one of the most amazing astronomical adventures of your life. In 2026, Astronomy editors will help to lead a magnificent tour to Iceland, put on by our travel partner, Eclipse Traveler, and their great team led by CEO and founder Cengiz Aras and field manager Mesut Pehlivan. The tour will last eight days and seven nights from August 10–17, 2026.
The 2026 total eclipse, highlight of the trip, will be a good one. Totality will last a shade over two minutes, and will take place August 12. The amazing backdrop of Iceland will provide countless adventures over and above the splendor of a total solar eclipse.
Believe me, anyone who is interested in astronomy, planetary science, or Earth’s most picturesque spots will treasure going to Iceland. It is one of the premiere places on our planet for geology lovers, offering waterfalls, geysers, thermal springs, vast mountains, volcanoes, and ice caves. It is a geological paradise, and a whole lot of fun to visit due to the incredible history associated with the country.
The 2026 tour begins in the capital, Reykjavík — a beautiful modern city, from which the expedition will commence. It all starts off with a relaxing overnight stay in a 4-star hotel. The following day sees a city tour of Reykjavík, including such sights as the city’s notable architecture, its Museum of Icelandic Natural Wonders, and of course a satisfying dip in one of Iceland’s legendary spas.
Day two features the eclipse itself, and will afford those who enjoy seeing one of nature’s greatest wonders the memory of a lifetime. Astroimagers can seize the opportunity to capture their own portraits of the spectacle.
Following the eclipse, the group will commence a tour of some of Iceland’s greatest natural sights. In the country’s heart, Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, presents a rift valley where tectonic plates meet. The dramatic landscape will also offer opportunities to dive or snorkel, to witness the breathtaking Gullfoss Waterfall, and to see some of the country’s most incredible geysers.
Another day brings more mind-blowing adventure, as waterfalls combine with volcanic islands and captivating history. Seljalandsfoss Waterfall will start the day, followed by a ferry ride to the Westman Islands, where you’ll explore two volcanoes: Helgafell and Eldfell. The Eldheimar Museum will offer treasures and, following the day’s activities, another 4-star hotel and spectacular restaurants await.
More days of adventure follow, which take up Skógafoss Waterfall, glaciers, and more volcanoes. An incredible lagoon features still, blue waters dotted with icebergs and the occasional seal. The Diamond Beach’s black sands are broken only by white chunks of glacial ice. Yet another day of exploration follows to magnificent geological wonders, wrapped up with a visit to the celebrated Blue Lagoon, where you can relax in some very famous, soothing waters.
As someone interested in astronomy, geology, planetary science, and the solar system, Iceland is not a place you want to miss.
The Astronomy editors will see you there!