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Nancy Marie Brown in Iceland. Photo by Ginger McCleskey.

Tours to Iceland

America2Iceland's "Sagas & Vikings" Tour. An educational trip through the scenes and sagas that have inspired Nancy's books about Iceland: Ivory Vikings, Song of the Vikings, The Far Traveler, The Saga of Gudrid the Far-Traveler, and 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 in West Iceland, tour locations will include Reykjavik, 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, lava 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. See for more details. Limited to 12 guests. For information about dates in 2018, fill out the Contact form at America2Iceland .

America2Iceland's "Educate & Rejuvenate" Tour. A week-long adult riding camp for beginners to advanced horse riders, based on the horse farm of Stadarhus, West Iceland. Includes daily clinic time with the well-known Icelandic horse trainer and instructor Gudmar Petursson, sightseeing trips led by Nancy herself, trail rides, visits to breeding farms, home-cooked meals, and time to soak in the hot tub under the midnight sun. Students will learn about the Icelandic horse, from general horse care to riding style, basic training, and what to look for when buying a horse. For more advanced riders, your time can be spent focusing on perfecting the tölt (the Icelandic horse's signature gait), practicing gait and speed changes, drill team work, and fast-paced trail rides. This trip is what keeps our customers coming back every year. See for more details. Limited to 12 guests. For information about dates in 2018, fill out the Contact form at

Custom Tours through America2Iceland. Want something different? Nancy is happy to organize a custom tour for your group, including any combination of horseback-riding lessons and trail rides, sightseeing, and visits to museums and saga sites. Focus on West Iceland, Snaefellsnes, the West Fjords, and Skagafjordur. Minimum 6 guests. For information about dates available in 2018, fill out the Contact form at

Nancy Marie Brown in Iceland. Photo by Charles Fergus.

Nancy Marie Brown gives lectures and readings, classroom visits, visits to book clubs and bookstores, and guided tours to Iceland throughout the year.

Vermont libraries, schools, and community groups can schedule a lecture on Ivory Vikings, Song of the Vikings, or The Far Traveler through the Vermont Humanities Council's Speakers Bureau. Book online or contact Nancy directly at:

For high-resolution copies of her author photo and book covers, book descriptions, and a sample introduction, download her Media Kit.

Nancy Marie Brown in Iceland. Photo by Ginger McCleskey.

Some Interviews with Nancy Marie Brown can be found here:

"Nancy Marie Brown reveals some interesting truths about the Lewis Chessmen, Viking history and Margret the Adroit," interview by Robert Horvat on the blog, If It Happened Yesterday, It's History. Posted May 1, 2016.

"No Armchair Adventurer: Nancy Marie Brown's Passionate Exploration of Iceland's Past," interview by Denise Brown (no relation) for The North Star Monthly newspaper of Danville, VT; reprinted at Posted September 20, 2015.

" Interview: Song of the Vikings" with Peter Konieczny on Posted December 13, 2012.

"On Point with Tom Ashbrook: Song of the Vikings" on WBUR, Boston and 240 NPR affiliates. November 6, 2012 (46:05 minutes). Download a podcast at:

"Secret Lives of Men with Dr. Chris Blazina: Hobbits, Wizards, and Vikings" on blogtalkradio. December 5, 2012 (26:25 minutes). Download a podcast at:
Or through iTunes at:

"Write the Book Interview #134: The Abacus and the Cross" with Shelagh Shapiro on The Radiator, WOMM-LP, Burlington, Vermont. March 21, 2011 (49:30 minutes). Download a podcast at:

"The Abacus and the Cross: Shedding Light on the Dark Ages," in Failure Magazine, February 9, 2011. Online at:

"The Abacus and the Cross: Everything You Think You Know About the Dark Ages Is Wrong," in Religion Dispatches, January 2, 2011. Online at:

"The Far Traveler: Viking History Comes to Light in Book by Vermont Author." Interview by Neal Charnoff, Vermont Public Radio, October 24, 2007 (9:44 minutes). Online at:

"Interview with Nancy Marie Brown, author of The Far Traveler." Interview by Peter Konieczny on, published February 28, 2009. Online at:

Nancy Marie Brown in Iceland. Photo by Nina Casby.

Some Lectures and Readings by Nancy Marie Brown can be found here:

"Ivory Vikings" lecture at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, on September 15, 2015 (56 minutes with Q&A). Watch at:

"Ivory Vikings" reading at Norwich Bookstore, Norwich, VT, on September 9, 2015 (55 minutes with Q&A). Watch at:

"Song of the Vikings" at the Athenaeum. Illustrated lecture given in the Arts & Culture Series at St Johnsbury Athenaeum, St Johnsbury, VT, on April 11, 2013 (80 minutes with Q&A). Watch at:

"Song of the Vikings" at the Comparative Literature Luncheon, Penn State University. Illustrated lecture given at University Park, PA, on November 12, 2012 (55 minutes with Q&A). Download at:

"The Far Traveler" at Cornell University. Illustrated lecture given in the Carl A. Kroch Library, November 20, 2007 (55 minutes with Q&A). Sponsored by the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library, the home of Cornell's renowned Fiske Icelandic Collection. Download at:

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Nancy Marie Brown has given illustrated lectures to such groups as The American-Scandinavian Foundation at Scandinavia House, New York; The Metropolitan Club in Washington, D.C.; the Numismatic and Antiquarian Society of Philadelphia, PA; the Scandinavian Hjemkomst Festival, Moorhead, MN; the Brattleboro Literary Festival, Brattleboro, VT; Iceland Affair, Winchester Center, CT; the Icelandic-American Association of Minnesota; the Vermont Archaeology Conference, Vergennes, VT; the Vermont Snowwalkers Rendezvous, Fairlee, VT; University of Minnesota; Penn State University; Dartmouth College; Cornell University; Bucknell University; UMass-Amherst; UMass-Boston; Clemson University; University of Southern Maine; Castleton State College; Lyndon State College; Sterling College; the University of Vermont; Mount Saint Mary College; Burke Mountain Academy, VT; the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, VT; the Sphinx Club in St. Johnsbury, VT; Riverside Presbyterian Church in Cocoa Beach, FL; Aldrich Public Library in Barre, VT; Jeudevine Memorial Library in Hardwick, VT; Portland Public Library, ME; Cobleigh Library in Lyndonville, VT; The Athenaeum in St. Johnsbury, VT; Warren Public Library, Warren, VT; Mount Holly Library, Belmont, VT; Springfield Town Library, Springfield, VT; Waterbury Public Library, Waterbury, VT; and Stowe Middle School, VT.

Photo (top to bottom): Ginger McCleskey, Charles Fergus, Ginger McCleskey, Nina Casby, and Jennifer Anne Tucker and Gerald Lang

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