Post-Conference: The Magic of the Sagas

An Exploration of Culture In and Around Reykjavik
with Valgerður Bjarnadóttir, M.A.
August 29th to September 1st

We begin our three-day exploration of the world’s northernmost capital and its culture by traveling from Hellnar to the Snorrastofa in Reykholt, accompanied by storyteller and writer, Valgerður Bjarnadóttir.

Reykholt is the cultural and medieval center devoted to the work of Snorri Sturluson, the celebrated 13th-century author who compiled and wrote the Edda that gave us most of what we know about Viking mythology.

From there we travel to Reykjavik itself where we will spend our next three nights. Our first full day has us exploring Icelandic history through the lens of the Sagas with a visit to Skálholt, the political and spiritual capital of Iceland for many years.

We’ll then have some time at the Njáls Saga Centre in Hvolsvollur, with its replica of a Viking Hall, its tapestries, and its insight into Viking navigation, cosmology, ocean travel, religion and literary art.

We travel on to nearby Stöng where we will explore an artful recreation of an Icelandic chieftain’s majestic dwelling from the Age of Settlement, and then go back to Reykjavik for dinner and an evening enjoying the city’s vibrant arts scene.

Our second full day begins by heading out to Hofsstadir to see the turf-walled remains of a traditional Viking longhouse, and then making the trip to the old harbor town of Hafnarfjörður. Here, we will visit the lovely lava park and garden, and take a guided elf walk with Seer and Artist Ragnhildur Jónsdóttir, who will share with us her knowledge of the elves, huldufolk and other beings and their dwellings in enchanting Hellisgerði Park.

Finally, we return to Reykjavik to immerse ourselves in the many outstanding museums and art galleries of this creative, colorful and welcoming city.

Price: $1525 per person in double accommodations; $1870 in single accommodations

Includes three nights’ accommodations and all meals through breakfast on the 1st, all entrance fees, fully-guided tour and coach transport.

Click HERE to see full itinerary HERE.