Expanding our Educational Opportunities
with a Historic Trip!
JUNE 8-14, 2020
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.”
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.
ARRIVAL DAY (day 1)
9AM pick up at BSI bus terminal in Reykjavik
9-10:30am – walk to 871+/-2 Museum (stay 1 hour), walk to Viking sites, see map at Raðhús
12PM LUNCH at farm
1PM: Borg (hike 30 min)
2 PM: Eldborg (hike 1.5-2 hours)
4 PM: Borgarnes: tour Settlement Centre, Brak’s statue, Skallagrim’s grave
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)
1-7PM AFTERNOON EXCURSIONS TO SAGA SITES IN WEST ICELAND (such as Thingvellir, Hvita, Eiriksstadir Viking house, Erpsstadir Dairy Farm, Reykholt, Svignaskarð, Hraunfossar, Surtshellir, Eldborg/Snorrastaðir, Hallkelsstadahlið, Deildatungahver, Haafell Goat Farm, Grábrók, Deildartunga hotspring & Krauma spa, and others)
9AM – Leave for Snaefellsness
9AM-12PM Sightseeing on the Snaefellsness peninsula
12PM LUNCH (on your own at café in Hellnar or Arnarstapi)
1:00PM More Sightseeing on the Snaefellsness peninsula
DEPARTURE DAY (day 7)
10:00AM Depart Farm
11:30 group photo at Sólstafir; tour Kolaportið or Harpa & get hotdogs at Bæjarins bestu
1PM Drop off at BSI bus terminal
*Ground transportation is included in our trips, only based on the schedule/itinerary provided. Guests will need to be at their designated location 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.