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SAMPLE TOUR ITINERARY

Here is a sample itinerary for my "Sagas & Vikings" tour to Iceland.

My "Sagas & Vikings" tour to Iceland is the perfect trip for lovers of the Icelandic sagas, elf lore, Norse mythology, or the Viking Age. Based at the guesthouse on Hestaland horse farm, near Borgarnes in West Iceland, we explore glaciers, hotsprings, volcanoes, lava caves, waterfalls, and beaches in the part of Iceland once ruled by Snorri Sturluson, author of the Edda, Heimskringla, and Egil's Saga. We visit museums and saga sites, including a reconstructed Viking house, the birthplace of Gudrid the Far-Traveler, and a famous elf rock. We read about and discuss the history behind the Icelandic sagas, various theories about Iceland's early settlement, the Viking expeditions to America, how Norse mythology has shaped modern culture, how Iceland's elves can save the earth, and more. We enjoy gourmet meals based on local specialties and bathe at a nearby hotspring spa. We meet the Icelandic horse and learn why "a good horse has no color" (for the adventurous, short horseback rides are available). Note that each day includes a 1- to 2-hour hike, often through rough and rugged terrain, no matter the weather. It's Iceland, after all!

"Sagas & Vikings" is offered one week per year and is limited to 10 guests. Our next trip is scheduled for June 1-7, 2024.
To book your spot, visit Hestaland Sightseeing Tours and leave a message.
For more information, or to be put on a mailing list for future tours, contact me directly at nancymariebrown@gmail.com.

Arrival Day
9:30: MEET at pick-up point in Reykjavík
10-11: 871+/-2 Settlement Museum
noon: LUNCH at a cafe
2 PM: hike at Thingvellir National Park
7 PM: DINNER at Hestaland

Days 2-5
8-10 : BREAKFAST at Hestaland
9-noon: reading/writing time, horseback riding, or short nature walks on the farm
noon: LUNCH at Hestaland
1-7 PM: excursions by foot and van to museums, saga sites, farms, and natural wonders in West Iceland (such as the Borgarnes Settlement Center, Reykholt's Snorri Sturluson Museum, Surtshellir Cave, Eiriksstaðir Viking House, Vinlandssetur Museum, Erpstaðir Dairy Farm, Háafell Goat Farm, Grábrók Crater, Hraunfossar Waterfalls, and Krauma spa). Each day includes a museum or farm visit, plus a 1- to 2-hour hike, often through rough and rugged terrain.
7 PM: DINNER at Hestaland

Day 6
8-10: BREAKFAST at Hestaland; pack a picnic lunch
10-7: All day tour of Snaefellsnes Peninsula, including beaches, bird cliffs, waterfalls, elf rocks, and the birthplace of Gudrid the Far-Traveler.
7 PM: DINNER at Hestaland

Departure Day
8-10 : BREAKFAST at Hestaland
9-noon: reading/writing time, horseback riding, or short nature walks on the farm
1 PM: drop offs in Reykjavík