Iceland and Greenland

Sept 19 – Oct 2, 2020

Join Ian McEwan, Raymond Dolan and Lawrence Krauss on a voyage to explore
‘the world as it is and as it might be’

The Origins Project Foundation will host a group of 52 travelers on a voyage to explore Iceland’s mountainous Vestfjords and Greenland’s remote northeast coast, home to the world’s largest fjord system and the second largest body of ice, now melting at an unprecedented rate. We will explore diverse and dramatically rugged landscapes rich in iconic arctic wildlife, and highly susceptible to the impacts of climate change. Immersed in the untamed beauty of the Arctic – a landscape that is in peril – voyagers will experience Inuit culture firsthand at Ittoqqortoormiit, visit ancient Thule sites steeped in history, and marvel at the majesty of massive icebergs and towering bird cliffs. We may also catch sight of the spectacular northern lights dancing across the sky.

Expert guides will provide thought-provoking lectures on the fascinating locations we will be viewing, history of the cultures and climate factors that shape these areas.  Origins’ guest speakers will each give lectures and participate in several interactive discussions on topics including: climate change; the Northern Lights; current and upcoming challenges in neuroscience and artificial intelligence; and visions of the future from science and literature.

Issues such as global shifts in water budgets, our understanding of how behavior relates to brain activity, and the way in which society deals with the presence of artificial intelligence, will drive the future of society in the 21st century and beyond.  Join us to explore up close the world as it is, and the world as it might become.

The cost of this trip ranges between $9,950 – $14,490* per traveler based on cabin choice.

Photo courtesy of Lauritz Schönfeld


• Search for arctic wildlife, such as polar bears, muskoxen, whales, seals and seabirds

• Hike the tundra, visit an Inuit community and explore breathtaking fjords

• Possibly view the enchanting northern lights (aurora borealis)

• Cruise in a Zodiac to explore icebergs, glaciers, fjords and more

• Meet locals and experience traditional Inuit settlements

• Visit Norse historical sites and learn about this fascinating culture

• Take in the splendor of the world’s largest national park

• Observe up close the impacts of climate change on glaciers and ecology of the Arctic


Ian McEwan

Ian McEwan is a critically acclaimed author of short stories and novels, as well as The Daydreamer, a set of stories for children. He has written many screenplays as well as the libretto for an opera. His first published work, a collection of short stories, First Love, Last Rites, 1975, won the Somerset Maugham Award. His novels include The Child in Time, which won the 1987 Whitbread Novel of the Year Award, The Cement Garden, Enduring Love, Amsterdam, which won the 1998 Booker Prize, Atonement, Saturday, Solar and Sweet Tooth. His novels On Chesil Beach and The Children Act, were recently adapted by him for the screen. 2019 saw the publication of Machines Like Me, a novel about artificial intelligence.

Raymond Dolan

Raymond Dolan is a Mary Kinross Professor of Neuropsychiatry and Director of the Max Planck Centre for Computational Psychiatry and Ageing, at UCL. He was founding Director of the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Neuroimaging (2006). His primary research interests include how the brain processes reward, the impact of reward on learning and the architecture of decision making. In his work he has pioneered computational approaches as a bridge in understanding the complex relationship between overt behaviour and associated patterns of brain activity. Dolan holds an honorary Professorship at the Humboldt University Berlin and is an External Member of the Max Planck Society. He is a Member of the Royal Irish Academy (MRIA) and a Fellow Royal Society (FRS). In 2016, the Allen Institute ranked him as the second most influential neuroscientist of the modern era. He is the recipient of numerous international awards including an Alexander Von Humboldt International Research Award (2004), the Minerva Foundation Golden Brain Award (2006), the Max Planck International Research Award (2007), the Klaus Joachim Zülch Prize (2013) and the Brain Prize (2017). He gave the Alan Turing Centenary Lecture Series (2012) and was recently awarded the Royal Society Ferrier Medal and Lecture (2019).

Lawrence Krauss

Lawrence Krauss (President, The Origins Project Foundation) is an internationally known theoretical physicist, bestselling author, and an acclaimed lecturer. He has also appeared regularly on radio and television, as well as in several feature films. He is the recipient of numerous awards for his research and outreach, and is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Physical Society. He has held numerous endowed professorships and distinguished research appointments. The author of more than 500 publications and 10 popular science books, his latest book, The Greatest Story Ever Told–So Far, was released in March 2017.


Aboard the newly refitted marine vessel World Explorer, comfort and views are world class. Every cabin has either a private walk-out or Juliet balcony for direct ocean views. Public areas include the glass-domed Observation Lounge for quiet contemplation and full skyline views, the Explorer Lounge for a drink and a chat, and the library for more intimate relaxing and reading. Presentations and discussions are facilitated in a dedicated lecture theatre. Health and wellness facilities include an outdoor track, a small gym and a sauna, plus a spa with change rooms, showers and lockers. With its new and environmentally sustainable hybrid technology and state-of-the-art Rolls-Royce engines and generators, the ship also boasts reduced fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

  • Veranda suites – located on decks 5 and 6, approximately 20 m2 inside, plus a 5 m2 walk-out balcony, one double or two single beds (10 Veranda suites available at $9,950*) 
  • Infinity suites – located on decks 5 and 6, approximately 25 m2 inside, including floor-to-ceiling glass Juliet balcony, one double or two single beds (11 Infinity suites available at $10,450*)
  • Superior suites – located on decks 5 and 6, approximately 26 m2 inside, plus a 10 m2 walk-out balcony with access from sitting room and bedroom, one double or two single beds, and a walk-in closet (2 Superior suites available at $11,990*)
  • Deluxe suite – located on deck 5, approximately 31 m2 inside, plus a 10 m2 walk-out balcony with access from sitting room and bedroom, one double or two single beds, two separate closets and two sinks  (only 1 Deluxe suite is available at $13,490*)
  • Owner’s suite – located on decks 5 and 6, approximately 33 m2 inside, plus a 10 m2 walk-out balcony with access from sitting room and bedroom, one double or two single beds, a walk-in closet and bathtub (2 Owner’s suites available at $14,490*)

*Prices are per person, dual occupancy and do not include travel expenses to and from Reykjavik. Processing fee of 2% apply to payments made via credit card.

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Cancelations made before December 13, 2019: refund of all payments made minus $1,000 non-refundable portion of your deposit
Cancelations made between December 14, 2019 and March 5, 2020: refund 50% of all payments made minus $1,000 non-refundable portion of your deposit
Cancelations made after March 5, 2020: no refund is guaranteed