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The Art and Landscapes of Southern Iceland CUltural tour of Reykjavik and Southern Coast, September 3 - 10, 2021

Project Por Amor and René Goiffon are excited to lead another weeklong immersion of contemporary culture and sublime landscapes of Iceland. We've curated four days of concerts, artist studio visits, architectural tours, design stores, and the best of Icelandic cuisine in Reykjavik. Then we will depart on a four-day southern excursion to immerse ourselves in waterfalls, volcanoes, glaciers, rainbows, and wild horses until we get to the breathtaking glacial lagoon of Jökursálón. If we're lucky we'll also see an Aurora Borealis and participate in a "rettir," or roundup: at this time of year Icelanders gather their wild sheep and ponies who roam free all summer to bring them in for for the cold winter. Our program will be led by some of Reykjavik's most well respected thought leaders in art and music.

Covid-19 and No Risk Travel Planning

During this difficult pandemic, we want you to have something to look forward to after a long quarantine. There couldn’t be anything better than to experience new flavors, sounds, scenery, and make new friends after a year of isolation. Our tours take a year to prepare. We are offering trips for mid and late 2021 in hopes the situation improves. If public health requires it, we will cancel the tours and give full refunds on your deposit. Please see the Terms & Conditions for more details on how our travel and refund policy works. We encourage you to join one of our 2021 trips at no risk while there is still space.

Trip Producers

René Goiffon came to the US from France in 1982 and built the critically lauded independent record company harmonia mundi usa. Goiffon's longtime interests in music and traveling led him to create World Village, a subsidiary label of harmonia mundi that releases world music albums. Both harmonia mundi and world village have received multiple Awards and Grammy nominations. He is married to Grammy Award winning classical producer Robina Young. He has traveled many times to Iceland where he became familiar with the people and places listed in the itinerary. To listen to René's Icelandic music playlist on Spotify click here.

Sage Lewis is a composer for film, television, virtual reality, and brand campaigns. His scores can be heard on Netflix, HBO, Oculus, Apple Apps & Music, Amazon Prime, Spotify, and many other platforms. He also runs a production company in Havana called Project Por Amor that organizes cutting edge cultural tours to Cuba, Colombia, and Iceland. To listen to Sage's Icelandic music playlist on Spotify click here.

Program Details

Double Occupancy: $5,735

Single Occupancy: $6,875

This trip is designed for a group of 10-14 travelers. Spots will be given on a first-come-first serve basis. We encourage you to sign up while there is still availability.

For more information on any aspect of this amazing trip, please contact Sage Lewis at Project Por Amor by telephone: 310-961-1574 or email: projectporamor@gmail.com

Please note that it is rare that we have solo travelers looking to be paired with random roommates. If you select a double room without specifying a roommate, the cost of your trip may increase if we have to upgrade you to a single room.

PAYMENT SCHEDULE: Deposits of $750 are due to Project Por Amor upon sign up and full payment of the final balance is due to Project Por Amor by July 3. Changes and cancellations 90 days (June 3) before departure will be refunded based on the refund policy found in the Terms and Conditions.

Program Price Includes:

  • Accommodations for 4 nights at Sand Hotel (downtown Reykjavik) and 3 nights at Hotel Kria (Vik) and 1 night the 360 Boutique Hotel (or similar)
  • Daily breakfast, 7 lunches and 4 dinners (19 meals total) at select restaurants (includes menu tasting) with 1 drink included at each meal
  • Private welcome dinner party hosted by Larus and Tanya
  • Guided tours of Harpa Concert Hall, Icelandic National Gallery, New Center for Visual Art, 12 Tonar, Bad Taste Records, Grandi Harbor gallery row, and Skogar Folk Museum
  • Private visits to artist studios of Steinunn Thorarinsdottir, Gudrun Einarsdottir, Páll Gudmundsson, Steinunn Sigurd and Olafur Eliasson (or similar)
  • Private concerts of Schola Cantorum, Björn Steinar Solbergsson, Halldór Eldjárn, and Páll Gudmundsson (or similar)
  • Private walking tours of Downtown Reykjavik 101 with musicians Sverrir Gudjonsson and Larus Johannesson
  • Guided day trip of Western Iceland
  • Guided 4-day excursion through the southern Icelandic coast to visit small towns and natural landscapes including Seljalandasfoss Waterfall, horseback riding under the Eyjafjallajokull Volcano, Thagkill, Solheimajokull Glacier, Dyrholaey lighthouse, Jökursálón glacial lagoon, Krysuvik geothermal area, Reykjanes Peninsula, and more
  • Horseback riding under Eyjafjallajokull Volcano
  • Entrance to the Blue Lagoon geo-thermal natural baths and spa
  • Luxury van transportation (includes airport transfers)
  • Trip led by film composer Sage Lewis along with local experts
  • Curated playlists of Icelandic music that accompany the landscapes during our scenic drives!

PROGRAM PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Airfare to Iceland
  • Three dinners and one lunch
  • Additional drinks
  • Trip interruption insurance
  • All other items not listed in ‘PROGRAM PRICE INCLUDES’

CURIOUS FACTS ABOUT "PARADICE"

Iceland is at the forefront of sustainable energy production. Almost all electricity in Iceland is produced using renewable energy sources, with 73% provided by hydropower plants and 26.8% from geothermal energy, accounting for over 99% of total electricity consumption in Iceland.

Per capita, Iceland has the highest number of book and magazine publications and 10% of it's population will publish a book in their lifetimes. The Icelandic language remains unchanged from ancient Norse. That means 1,000-year-old texts are still easily read, mostly notably, the Sagas which are great inspiration to Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, and other popular fantasy.

Iceland currently ranks as the most expensive country in the world to travel to. Staying in hotels is 32% more expensive in Reykjavík than other Nordic capitals; prices of restaurants and lodging exceed the EU average by 44%; while the cost of alcoholic beverages outstrips the same standard by a whopping 123%.

Iceland is ranked as the safest country in the world. The Icelandic police don’t carry guns. Crime in Iceland is very low and violence is practically nonexistent. "Niceland" does not have an army, navy or air force.

Iceland is home to the world’s oldest running democracy, the Althing, established in 930. It also had the first democratically elected female and openly gay heads of state.

Iceland is considered to be the best place in the world to be a woman. For the last decade the nation has topped the World Economic Forum's annual gender gap report and placed first in The Economist's "glass ceiling" index. It has one of the best records in the world for female political representation and board membership.

Iceland is home to 4500 square miles of glaciers, 30 active volcanic systems, 800 hot springs and over 10,000 waterfalls.

The history of Icelandic music is a history of scarcity. For a long time, there were no pianos, no violins and no cellos because they couldn’t survive the climate. So there has been a special focus on the voice as their primary musical instrument. Every Icelandic town has its own choir which plays a major part in their social life. Today they have become leaders in contemporary music across many genres.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

In consideration of participating in the Tour organized, arranged and/or provided by Project Por Amor LLC, a California corporation, the Traveler, an adult participant and/or parent or legal guardian of a participant under the age of 18 ("minor"), acknowledges and agrees to the following terms and conditions to the maximum extent allowed by law.

Reservations & Payments: Online sign up must be accompanied by a deposit in the amount of $750 USD per person mailed by check to Project Por Amor (called PPA hereafter) within two weeks of registering online. Final Payment is due no later than 60 days before departure. Any pre- and post- trip arrangements not finalized by 60 days before travel, may result in an additional service fee. It is our policy to hold travel documents until full payment is received.

Cancellations/Refunds: For land arrangements, written cancellation received by Project Por Amor by June 1, 2021 will result in a full refund less the deposit of $750 per person. In the event of later cancellation by the participant, no refund will be made (see below for Covid-19 exceptions). No refund will be made for any part of this program in which you choose not to participate. PPA reserves the right to cancel this program at any time prior to departure if registration numbers prove insufficient or if it is deemed necessary; a full refund will be made to those persons registered at the time. See Covid-19 Refund.

Covid-19 Refund or Credit: For the duration of the Covid-19 pandemic, PPA will provide a FULL REFUND for all land arrangements paid to PPA by Traveler for any Tour that is cancelled due to Covid-19. If the Tour is not cancelled, PPA will provide a FULL CREDIT for all land arrangements to any individual Traveler who cancels 45 days before scheduled departure due to concerns about Covid-19 or who cancels fewer than 45 days before departure and provides PPA medical proof of Covid-19 infection of the Traveler or a person who lives in the same household as the Traveler. The FULL CREDIT will be provided for any subsequent PPA Tour. In lieu of a FULL CREDIT, the Traveler can elect to receive a FULL REFUND in cash, less an administrative fee of $350. These Refund and Credit terms apply only to cancellations due to Covid-19.

Escrow Protection: Project Por Amor will deposit your payments directly into a separate client account. This means that such funds will be maintained separate and apart from our operating funds until approximately 60 days prior to departure when we are required to pay the costs of your trip.

Included: All services as detailed in the Tour itinerary. Not Included: Passport fees, baggage fees, items of a personal nature, such as valet/laundry, phone/fax/Internet communications; items not on the regular menus, expenses of hotels, meals, guides, buses, cars, railroads, boats, etc. for sightseeing not included in the itinerary; trip insurance; any other items not specifically included; after-tour gratuities to guide and motor coach driver.

Trip Prices: Prices are per person based on room occupancy and where specified bathroom sharing options. The trip prices are based on tariffs and costs in effect at the time of printing and are subject to increase without notice should there be any upward revision in such tariffs or costs before departure. In the event it becomes necessary or advisable for any reason whatsoever to alter the itinerary or arrangements such alternations may be made. Additional expenses, if any, will be borne by the travelers. The price includes the operator’s compensation for service, supervision, operation, promotion, and profit. Substitutions: Iceland is an Arctic country that is subject to extreme and unpredictable weather patterns. If extreme weather causes any portion of our program to become impractical, PPA will work diligently to keep the selections intact and/or assure that any equal substitutes will be made in the same category. Room Occupancy: PPA will make every effort to accommodate your single or double room or suite request. However, room occupancy is based on availability and you will be charged for the actual room arrangement you get during the actual trip to Iceland. Room Conditions: PPA will work to make every effort to ensure that your room is acceptable by U.S. Standards. However, travelers must understand that all accommodations are unique and there will be many small differences between every room.

Visas: Citizens of the US and Canada may enter Iceland for up to 90 days without a visa. Citizens from other countries may require a valid visa. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the Embassy of Iceland for the most up-to-date visa information.

Insurance Information and Medical Evacuation: Cancelation and Medical Insurance is recommended as it can safeguard against the expenses associated with in-country medical emergencies, lost or delayed baggage and emergency cancelation or interruption of your trip. Medical facilities in Iceland are comparable to North American facilities. Travel insurance is provided by several third-party carriers such as Allianz or Travel Guard. Please note that it is only possible to purchase trip insurance within two weeks of paying your deposit.

Responsibility: In all matters related to the making of arrangements for hotel accommodations, required program activities, sightseeing tours and services provided incident there to, entertainment and transportation by air, railroad, motor coach, boat, automobile, taxi, etc. PPA will act in the sole capacity of an agent for any of the travel services with carriers, hotels, restaurants, suppliers and all other related services. Because of our status as an agent, and because PPA maintains no control over the personnel, equipment, or operations of these travel service providers, PPA can assume no responsibility for and cannot be held liable for any personal injury, property/luggage damage or other loss, accident, delay, inconvenience or irregularity which may be occasioned either by reason of (1) any wrongful or negligent actions or omissions on the part of the suppliers, (2) any wrongful, negligent or unauthorized acts or omissions on the part of any employee of any of these suppliers, (3) any defect in or failure of any vehicle, equipment, or instrumentality owned, operated, or otherwise used by any of these suppliers, or (4) any wrongful or negligent actions or omissions on the part of any party. Travelers assume responsibility for their physical abilities to travel. PPA and their agents reserve the right to decline to accept or retain any persons as a member of the trip any time before departure or during the trip should said person’s health or physical condition or general deportment impede the operation of the program, in which case no refund will be given.

Optional Activities: Optional activities furnished by independent suppliers not affiliated with PPA nor included in tour itinerary carry with them various inherent risks that can cause serious personal injury. Should you elect to participate in such activities while on this program, you must understand that participation will be at your own risk.

Acts of God and Like: PPA is not liable for acts of God, fire, acts of governments or other authorities, wars, civil disturbances, riots, terrorist acts, strikes, thefts, pilferage, epidemics, quarantines, dangers incident to sea, land and air travel and other similar acts or incidents beyond its ability to control.

Compliance with United States and Icelandic Laws: By paying the deposit and other invoices for this trip, the participant certifies that he/she will abide with all applicable laws for foreign visitors in Iceland. Failure to comply with U.S. and Icelandic law will result in immediate expulsion from the program.

Photography Consent: Traveler grants PPA the absolute right to copyright, re-use, publish and reproduce any Personal Images (photographs and video records) taken while participating on the PPA Tour. These Images will be used free of charge by PPA for educational and PPA promotional purposes. The Images will not be sold to a third party. If the Traveler does not want PPA to use any Images, the Traveler agrees to inform PPA in writing before the start of the Tour.

ASSUMPTION OF ALL RISKS: The Traveler voluntarily applies to participate in a Tour under the arrangements of PPA with knowledge of the inherent hazards and risks involved in travel and activities in which the Traveler voluntarily chooses to participate, including, but not limited to (all collectively referred to as "Risks"): motor vehicles, aircraft, trains, boats and all other conveyance; roads, trails and accommodations which may not be maintained or operated to standards common in the United States; traveling in remote areas; the forces of nature; civil disturbance; terrorism and government restrictions, which the Traveler agrees to monitor; high altitude conditions; accident or illness in remote locations without access to rapid rescue or medical facilities; and the adequacy of medical attention once provided. The Traveler has considered his/her own condition and limitations and the Tour itinerary and has concluded that he/she is physically and emotionally fit and able to participate in this Tour. The Traveler acknowledges that these are some, but not all, of the inherent and acquired risks associated with the activities performed on a Tour. THE TRAVELER EXPRESSLY AGREES TO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR HIS/HER OWN WELFARE AND THE WELFARE OF HIS/HER MINOR DEPENDENTS ALSO TRAVELING ON THE TOUR AND ACCEPTS ANY AND ALL RISKS. THE TRAVELER VOLUNTARILY AND KNOWINGLY FULLY ASSUMES ALL OF THE ABOVE RISKS, as well as all other risks set forth in this agreement, both known and unknown, foreseeable and unforeseeable, to the fullest extent permitted by law.

Traveler’s Representations: Acceptance of the Confirmation/Invoice covering this trip and payment thereof certifies that you have carefully reviewed and fully accept the terms and conditions set forth herein.

Credits:

Photos by Brooks Walker, Sage Lewis and René Goiffon