Nancy Marie Brown

Sagas & Vikings with Nancy Marie Brown

Expanding our Educational Opportunities
with a Historic Trip!

MAY 26 – JUNE 1, 2017

Join author Nancy Marie Brown for an educational trip through the scenes and sagas that have inspired her many books on Iceland’s medieval history (Ivory Vikings, Song of the Vikings, and The Far Traveler), her young adult novel, The Saga of Gudrid the Far-Traveler, and her memoir about buying horses in Iceland, A Good Horse Has No Color.

This is the perfect tour for the first-time visitor to Iceland. Based on the horse farm of Stadarhus near Borgarnes, tour locations will include Thingvellir, Reykholt, Snaefellsnes, and the Borgarfjord region. Guided by Nancy herself.

Visit saga museums and saga sites. Discuss the history behind the sagas and how Norse mythology has shaped popular culture. Explore hotsprings, volcanoes, caves, waterfalls, and black beaches in a part of Iceland where every hillside has a story. Meet the Icelandic horse and learn why “a good horse has no color.”

For the adventurous, optional horseback riding lessons and trail rides will be available at an additional charge.

Nancy Marie Brown has studied Icelandic literature and culture since 1978. “I like extremes,” she writes: “Science and sagas. History and fantasy. The Dark Ages and modern times. Fire and ice. My books combine extremes. They ask, What have we overlooked? What have we forgotten? What knowledge must not be lost?”

Brown lives in northern Vermont, where she keeps four Icelandic horses and an Icelandic sheepdog. Visit her online at nancymariebrown.com.

DAILY SCHEDULE

ARRIVAL DAY (day 1)
9-10AM pick ups in Reykjavik
10-11AM – 871 Museum
11-12 Alafoss Wool Shop
12PM LUNCH
2-5PM Þingvellir
7PM Arrive at Stadarhus and settle in
8PM DINNER

(days 2-5)
9AM BREAKFAST
10AM-NOON MORNINGS AT THE FARM
• Reading assignments that pertain to the afternoon excursions
• Nature walks on the farm
• Horseback riding lessons/trail rides (extra charge)
12PM LUNCH
1-7PM AFTERNOON EXCURSIONS TO SAGA SITES IN WEST ICELAND (such as Borg/Borgarnes, Reykholt, Svignaskarð, Hraunfossar, Surtshellir, Eldborg/Snorrastaðir, Hallkelsstadahlið, Deildatungahver, Háafell, Grábrók, and others)
8PM DINNER

(day 6)
9AM BREAKFAST
10AM – Leave for Snaefellsness
Lunch (on your own at café in Hellnar or Arnarstapi)
7PM Return to Stadarhus
8PM Dinner

DEPARTURE DAY (day 7)
9AM BREAKFAST
10:00AM Depart Stadarhus
1PM Reykjavik hotel drop offs
2PM Keflavik Airport drop-offs

Option: Add a beach ride on Snaefellsnes beach.
(limited availability – beginner riders discouraged)

*Ground transportation is included in our trips, only based on the schedule/itinerary provided. Guests will need to be at their designated location (ex: Reykavik hotel) in order to be picked up by our shuttle. If you have a different itinerary planned than what is listed on our schedule, please be advised that you will be responsible for your own transportation.