Awarded TRIP OF A LIFETIME by the editors of Conde Nast Traveler and named TRAVEL SPECIALIST FOR ICELAND.
ICEPEDITION presents an international panel of renowned travel writers, naturalists, adventure guides, cuisine and hospitality experts to provide distinct adventures into the dramatic beauty of Iceland.
We're not a broad-based commercial travel agency. Instead we create exquisite, bespoke itineraries in Iceland alone- experiences from an insider's perspective: authentic culture, boutique lodging, exceptional dining and a taste of adventure in spectacular settings away from the crowds where nobody else goes.
Our guides have spent a lifetime exploring Iceland's remotest and least known regions. We have been covering travel, food, design and architecture for magazines including National Geographic, Travel + Leisure, Time Magazine, Iceland Review, American Airlines and more for 25 years. We also retain naturalists including geologists and and ornithologists to bring insights into one of the most volatile emerging landscapes on earth. Our cultural and cuisine experts have led international premium hotel brands, and have privately owned and operated their own hotels, guesthouses and restaurants in Iceland and abroad.
Chris Gordon, Founder and Creative Director
Chris is a New York-based Creative Director for some of the world's most successful brands, including Ralph Lauren and Starwood Hotels. While he has traveled extensively throughout six continents including far-flung places like Easter Island and Antarctica, Chris calls Iceland the most spectacular place of all. Chris is now Founder and Creative Director for the specialty travel consultancy, ICEPEDITION. Awarded 'Trip of a Lifetime' by the editors of Conde Nast Traveler, ICEPEDITION brings together an international panel of renowned travel writers, naturalists, adventure guides, cuisine and hospitality experts to provide distinct adventures into the dramatic beauty of Iceland. Chris was also named the magazine's Travel Specialist for Iceland.
Friðjón Árnason, Head Guide
Born and raised in Iceland, Friðjón has spent a lifetime exploring Iceland's remotest and least known regions. Friðjón went on to become accredited by Leiðsöguskóli Íslands, Iceland's only official school of guided tourism. He also studied Hospitality Management at Florida International University and has owned and operated his own hotel in Reykjavik's historic 101 harbor district.
Ásrún Lára Jóhannsdóttir, Naturalist
Ásrún Lára comes from a world dominated by nature, growing up along Iceland's northern coast on a seaside lake, also home to one of world's most diverse bird populations. Today she shares her passion as a teacher in Ásbyrgi, one of Iceland's most important and beloved national parks. Ásrún Lára has also owned and operated her own hotel in the historic 101 harbor district of Reykjavik.
Sigga and Paul Newton, Cuisine and Hospitality Experts
Sigga and Paul own Iceland's most elegant gourmet shop, supplying its top chefs and aspiring gourmands alike. They also host Iceland's most memorable bed and breakfast, set inside a restored sea captain's cottage in Reykjavik's historic 101 harbor district. Sigga and Paul's grace and generosity, and their expertise in culture and cuisine, contribute an elegance crucial to ICEPEDITION's itineraries.
Soffia Árnadóttir, Art and Design Ambassador
Artist, sculptor and calligrapher Soffia Árnadóttir lives and works in the heart of Reykjavik's vibrant 101 harbor district. Soffia's work spans many disciplines and incorporates ancient Icelandic runes and motifs as well as elements she finds in nature with a modern sensibility. She is also the official calligrapher of Iceland, creating works of art to be sent to foreign heads of state.
Jeanine Barone, Travel, Food and Design Writer and Consultant
For more than 25 years now Jeanine has been writing about travel, food, design and architecture for magazines including National Geographic, Travel + Leisure, American Airlines and more. Specializing in off-the-beaten-track travel, fine dining and boutique accommodations, Jeanine calls Iceland the most beautiful place on earth and returns on a regular basis for business and pleasure.
Andrew Broan, Guide and Operations Director
Andrew's penchant for people and places has qualified him to lead more than 250 outdoor expeditions across seven continents in the past 20 years. He specializes in particularly remote locales such Easter Island and Antarctica. His broad interests and wealth of experience insure that every aspect of tour operation run smoothly.
Don't listen to us! Here's what our guests say:
"The only thing I regret is you only do Iceland!"
- Richard G., USA
"Having a glass of wine after tonight's concert at Harpa and reflecting on my wonderful days in Iceland, everything was perfect. Dog sledding on a glacier was an out-of-body experience that I am still trying to put in words. Its probably as close as I will ever come to being on the moon. I want to move to Iceland! This trip was a game-changer for me. I don't know how to adequately say thank-you for the superb days in Iceland! It was perfection! And, so much fun! You are the perfect guide! Thank you!"
- Eva W., USA
"Chris! The trip was a HUGE success. It was all planned perfectly. We loved Budir- the restaurant was phenomenal and the horseback riding was perfect (although windy and coldwe had a wonderful time!) The staff at Hotel Budir were so friendly and warm and it was truly a spectacular experience. The driving was all easy and simple- the roads were totally fine, a bit icy at times, but the car was excellent. We just turned the heat up, had the seat warmers on and enjoyed the scenic views on the drives. Felt like we were on the the moon. All the places we stopped were fantastic- wow! wow! Wow! Hotel Frost and Fire was lovely as wellas you said, such a nice setting on the river with great food and cozy rooms. It all worked out great! The highlight was absolutely my husband's hot river birthday excursion- what excitement! All smiles and tremendous fun. His favorite things consist of hiking, snow, hot springs and chocolate and we had all of these things on Saturday! They surprised him with a delicious chocolate cake- so thoughtful and special! And we were the only ones at the hot river except for a couple of people who came in for about 30 minutes at the end. Very special and unique! Top notch and really wonderful overall. Thank you for planning this all so perfect over our short time there- it was great and we can't wait to come back in the summertime again! What a fabulous country and place- soooo wild! Thanks again and will send people your way! You rock!"
- Alessandra J., USA
"The Iceland trip you arranged for me was a peak experience in my life! It will take a while to process all the impressions I have of that strange and beautiful island, but even now the adventure has left an indelible imprint on my life. Highlighted by visiting Thingvellir, Geysir, the Glacial Lagoon Jokulsarlon and its icebergs, many waterfalls, and a view of Eyja(allajökull (which I can now pronounce), the most spectacular sight, and the one I really didn't think I'd actually see, was the Northern Lights, which I had an amazing three-hour opportunity to view during the South Coast excursion. Wow!"
- Matt S., USA
"Chris - thanks one million times for the care and personal attention you shared with us on our Arrive and Drive adventure. Your availability by text at all times of day was very crucial to our comfort as we faced the unusual weather conditions of this winter. It was like you were there with us! The highlights for us was an absolutely fantastic Aurora display. Like so many other travelers that was our reason for coming in March and we were brought to tears by the display. My personally guided horse ride, as a major storm bore down on us, was absolutely thrilling. I can still feel the 25 mph tolt of the awesome horse I had was given to ride. I will never forget those 2 hours. Dog sledding on the glacier on a sunny clear morning delighted us and we learned so much from the knowledgeable mushers. The studio tours that you arranged were amazing and gave us contact with two very unique Icelandic artists that we will keep in contact with. We were very pleased with all of our accommodations especially Hotel Budir. Each one welcoming and had unique Icelandic charm. Breakfasts spoiled us for coming home to orange juice and coffee in fact all of the food we enjoyed in Iceland was memorable. Chris - thanks for becoming our favorite Icelandic friend! Your company lives up to it's reputation."
- Mary Jo and Mike J., USA
"ICEPEDITION is a fantastic company- the best tour I have ever gone on. I can't recommend this tour any more highly. It was simply the perfect way to see Iceland, with the perfect combination of independence and tour convenience. Please, go and see Iceland!"
- Adrian L., Australia
"This exceptional journey- ICEPEDITION- is the ultimate trip for an independent world traveler. With a couple of close friends, a partner, or on your own, you have the best of both worlds: private, intimate discoveries or adventurous group activities in a sparsely inhabited natural world. I would list it as one of my top 3 travel experiences. I loved the driving experience and being able to view the otherworldly terrains of the entire country. After returning home I read that the Ring Road was sighted as one of the thousand places to see before you die! And now I know why!!! I wouldn't have skipped one single moment of that entire drive; but the breathtaking beauty of the south coast, from the black sand beaches of Vik, through rolling, hilly mounds of purple lupine, following along majestic cliffs to the turf church Nupsstadir, which then lead us to a glacier lagoon filled with fluorescent blue icebergs, was one of my favorite days. Truly, each day of our expedition was a special surprise of sights, tastes, culture and beauty: organic and hand-crafted. Every angle of this trip was so well organized with attention to detail and interest. ICEPEDITION is a WEALTH of information about this gorgeous country, and the love and enthusiasm they share makes this trip one in a million. Wish I could do it all over again... and I just might!"
- Michelle B., USA
"Iceland's beauty is quite simply, mythic. Let your expectations soar, its reality will surpass them in ways impossible to imagine. There aren't many places on earth that can swallow you up like Iceland. Whether it's hiking along a verdant farm pasture, moon-like volcanic landscape or craggy glacier, it's an extraordinary place. Even a simple barn seems a work of art inextricably tied to the landscape. With ICEPEDITION, you will see an Iceland you couldn't possibly hope to discover on your own. This isn't a tour, it's a chance to explore what feels like one undiscovered treasure after the next - a journey with a gorgeous surprise around every turn."
- Amy T., USA
"From what I'd read about Iceland, I knew it was going to be like landing on the moon. But what I didn't expect was that the air could be so clean and the colors so vivid. There's a peaceful, open, wild, raw vastness everywhere you go there. You can tell people, but I don't think you can really prepare someone for the sensory overload you get upon arriving. The other travelers were free-spirited, open, kind, curious, independent, instead of the 'group mentality' set, and have the trip and experience in common. I always felt if there was something I wanted to do on my own or spend more time on, I could - with no pressure. The itinerary takes all the usual pressures of a vacation and eliminates them. Someone else does the planning - and worrying - all you have to do is show up and enjoy."
- Jeremy V., USA
"I knew Iceland wasn't ice, but I didn't know it was like being on another planet. Just when you find yourself wondering how they make their grass so green …you look, and there is no grass… just miles of striking lava fields. Then when you're wondering how they survive on this desolate planet, you look and there is lush green meadow for miles. I'm not sure what I was expecting, but I have a suspicion that Icelandic people keep it a mystery for a reason. There wasn't a single moment where I didn't wish I was Icelandic, and that I could stay there forever. Iceland is an entire country where the SUV seems necessary. I saw lots of four wheel drive vehicles with their center of gravity high above the road. In New York City I judge people for having such large gas guzzling vehicles, but in Iceland, you can see by the mud that the SUV is a way of life. It seems like Icelanders value their independence in their beautiful country. The long stretches of paved road are a means for them to get from one adventure to another. We used these roads in the same way, and I felt like Icelanders respected that. Reykjavik was interesting, and a nice relaxing finale to our adventure, but those long stretches of highway and beautiful scenery are what Iceland is all about."
- Jay P., USA
"I don't know what I expected going in but I was continually enchanted by Iceland. It really is the proverbial Eden with primeval waterfalls, amazing glaciers, and spectacular sheep everywhere. I really felt like I was in another universe- a pristine, untouched universe. Everyday there were more mountains, more craters, more glaciers, more thermal baths in an ever-changing landscape. It was heaven on earth. The best aspect, in my opinion, was that we could always choose exactly what we wanted to do… and never had to do something that we didn't want... We always had lists of possible attractions and we could see them or not see them- it was completely up to us. We had our maps and our cell phones to call Chris, but we also had our independence. At night, when we met up with the rest of the group, we each had different experiences to discuss and compare. It was a perfect marriage of group travel with individual itineraries. I highly recommend this trip to everyone out there- you will be glad that you chose it!"
- Charles L., USA
"The ICEPEDITION tour was well-crafted and comprehensive, circumnavigating the entire island. From South Iceland with its black sand beaches and rolling countryside, to the sulfur pits reminiscent of Jupiter's Moon Io, to a midnight beach bonfire during 24 hours of sunlight, to the quaint fiord town of Seydis(ordur, I was overwhelmed with the beauty and diversity of the country. ICEPEDITION made it possible for me to experience all of this with no worries whatsoever. I highly recommend not only seeing Iceland, but seeing it with ICEPEDITION."
- John T., USA
"I had pretty high expectations going in however words are only words and can never begin to describe a place. Iceland is truly remarkable with such a varied landscape, you feel like you are in a very special place, close to nature, very spiritual. At times it is as if you are "out of this world." I liked the fact that although we were traveling as part of a larger group, it felt as if the three of us were on our own. We were not alone (even when we were). I think the balance was very successful. I must impress upon you that all three of us had an ABSOLUTELY REMARKABLE TIME. The trip brought us closer together- over the years our schedules haven't allowed us to spend as much time with each other. It is a true test of friendship to be able to maintain sanity and a sense of humor when on such an adventure. THANK YOU CHRISTOPHER!!!"
- Tracy S., USA
"I imagined Iceland to be like Glacier National Park in Montana. It ended up being like Glacier National Park on steroids, in Alaska! I felt like it had all the "headliners" of all the national parks out there crammed into one tiny island. Everyday was insane and we got to see SO much I feel like I did Iceland right! I really enjoyed not having to worry about where we were going next, and I totally trusted ICEPEDITION and the itinerary. I really did like that we got to choose our own activities, like the day I opted out from going to a town and biked around a giant lake beneath a volcano and then hiked up the volcano instead! I loved the programming. My favorite highlights were beautiful abandoned island covered in puffins, the boat ride to the puffin island, meeting real Icelanders- at a bonfire on the beach with an Icelandic family and over dinner in Reykjavik, a hotel by a beautiful church surrounded by a glacier and the beach, a turf house museum and its clean, earthy smell, swimming in hot spring at midnight as though it was only 6:00 pm, playing with Icelandic sheepdogs. drinking out of a glacial stream and how it stayed so cold in my belly- that memory is so acute, the horses, the moss, the air, waterfalls, waterfalls, waterfalls..."
- Helene P., USA