Sounds and Landscapes of Iceland Airwaves Music Festival in Reykjavik and Southern Coast Excursion, November 6 - 13, 2018

Project Por Amor is partnering with record producer René Goiffon to launch a weeklong immersion of contemporary music and culture of Iceland. We will spend five days in Reykjavik during the legendary Airwaves Music Festival, the biggest celebration of music in Iceland, where unexpected spaces become intimate venues for local musicians: a bookstore aisle, clothing store, attic bar, or museum. We've curated an insider's adventure of concerts, artist studio visits, architectural tours, design stores, and the best of Icelandic cuisine.

Afterwards, we will depart on a two-day Southern excursion to Vik during the height of Aurora Borealis season to experience the volcanic and glacial forces that fuel the art and culture on this northern Atlantic island. Our program will be led by some of Reykjavik's most well respected thought leaders in music, art, and photojournalism.

Trip Hosts

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 has traveled several times to Iceland where he became familiar with most of the people and places listed in the itinerary. To hear René's Icelandic music playlist on Spotify click here. He is married to Grammy Award winning classical producer Robina Young.

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 and now Iceland. For more information visit sagelewismusic.com

Brooks Walker is an American-Icelandic photojournalist who has been living in "Niceland" for twenty-seven years and has photographed the island for National Geographic, NY Times Sophisticated Traveler, Conde Nast Traveler, Smithsonian, and Archeology. He has driven most roads in Iceland and is experienced with all weather conditions. He will be leading our two-day journey eastbound and will show us the best of Iceland’s southern coast. For more information visit http://www.brookswalker.net/

Sverrir Gudjonsson is a proud and charismatic classical counter-tenor with deep knowledge of Icelandic culture and history. In 1999 his solo CD Epitaph (Grafsrift) was chosen one of the CDs of the year in Gramophone Magazine. He performs a major role in numerous award-winning contemporary operas. He will be our Reykjavik host and show us around his downtown neighborhood.

Program Details

Double Occupancy: $7500

Single Occupancy: $8500

This trip is designed for a small group of six 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 trip, please contact Sage Lewis at Project Por Amor by telephone: 310-961-1574 or email: projectporamor@gmail.com

PAYMENT SCHEDULE: Deposits of $1,000 are due to Project Por Amor by July 1, 2018 and full payment of the final balance is due to Project Por Amor 75 days before departure (September 23). Changes and cancellations 90 days (Aug. 29) before departure will be refunded based on the refund policy found in the Terms and Conditions.

Program Price Includes:

  • Accommodations for 5 nights at Hotel CentrePlaza (downtown Reykjavik), 1 night at Grand Guesthouse Gardakot (Vik), and 1 night at the Northern Light Inn (Grindavik)
  • Daily breakfast, 5 lunches and 4 dinners (16 meals total) at select restaurants (includes menu tasting) with 1 drink included at each meal
  • Airwaves Music Festival Pass
  • Guided visits to Harpa Concert Hall, Icelandic Art Museum, New Center for Visual Art, Volcano House, 12 Tonar, Bad Taste Records, Grandi Harbor gallery row, Farmer's Market Store, and Skogar Folk Museum
  • Private visit to artist Kristin Gunnlaugsdóttir’s studio
  • Private concert and screening of Fantomas by musical artist Amiina at Mengi (or similar)
  • Private walking tour of Downtown Reykjavik with musician Sverrir Gudjonsson
  • Private organ recital at iconic Hallgrímskirkja Church
  • Day trip to Videy Island to see the Imagine Peace Tower by Yoko Ono and the Milestones project by Richard Serra
  • Overnight excursion through the southern Icelandic coast during the height of Aurora Borealis season. Led by photojournalist Brooks Walker to visit small towns and natural landscapes including Seljalandasfoss Waterfall, horseback riding under the Eyjafjallajokull Volcano, Solheimajokull Glacier, Dyrholaey lighthouse, Krysuvik geothermal area, and more.
  • Entrance to the Blue Lagoon geo-thermal natural baths and spa
  • Van transportation (includes airport transfers)
  • Trip led by film composer Sage Lewis and record producer René Goiffon along with local experts


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


A majority of Icelanders believe in elves.

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.

Iceland currently ranks as the third most expensive country in the world. 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%.

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 one of the world’s oldest democracies; established in 930. It had the first democratically elected female and openly gay Prime Ministers.

An Arctic country, the highest temperature recorded was 86.9 °F at the Eastern fjords in 1939. Extreme wind chill and storms should be expected, experienced and humorously enjoyed. We will prepare you on how to pack for the experience.

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. Pretty much every Icelandic town has its own choir which plays a major part in social life. It’s as natural for Icelanders to sing as it is to go into a swimming pool. Their do-it-yourself attitude has been crucial to the many local independent record companies. Even today none of the major international labels are represented in Iceland.


Reservations & Payments: Online sign up must be accompanied by a deposit in the amount of $1,000 USD per person mailed by check to Project Por Amor by July 1, 2018. Final Payment is due no later than 75 days before departure. Any pre- and post- trip arrangements not finalized by 75 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 August 29, 2018 will result in a full refund less an administrative fee of $500 per person. In the event of later cancellation by the participant, NO REFUND will be made. NO REFUND will be made for any part of this program in which you choose not to participate. The right is reserved to cancel this program at any time prior to departure if it is deemed necessary, or if registration numbers prove insufficient and a full refund will be made to those persons registered at the time.

Escrow Protection: Project Por Amor will deposit all of your payments directly into our 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 this proposal. 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.

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 a number of third-party carriers. You might check with your current insurance carrier. Contact PPA if more help is needed.

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. Project Por Amor, LLC (“PPA”) will act only in the capacity of an agent for any of the travel services with regard to carriers, hotels, suppliers and all other related services. Because of our status as agents, and because we maintain no control over the personnel, equipment, or operations of these travel service providers, we 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 not under the control direct or otherwise of PPA. Group members 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. The above disclaimers are similarly claimed by any sponsor of the trip, if applicable. The trip prices mentioned in this document 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 that 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 born by the travelers. The price includes the operator’s compensation for service, supervision, operation, promotion, and profit. Airlines, railroads, and vessels concerned are not to be held responsible for any act, omission, or event during the time passengers are not on board their planes or conveyances.

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 impossible we 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.

Optional Activities: Optional activities furnished by independent suppliers not affiliated with PPA carry with them various inherent risks that can cause serious personal injury. Although precautions are taken by suppliers to guard against such dangers, your safety cannot be guaranteed. Should you elect to participate in such activities while on this program, you must understand that participation will be at your own risk. PPA assumes no liability for your safety.

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: PPA requests permission to video tape, film, and or photograph our program in Cuba. These photographs and video records will be used for educational and promotional purposes in any manner or media. The material will not be sold.

Traveler’s Representations: Acceptance of the Confirmation/Invoice covering this trip and payment thereof certifies that you have not recently been treated for, nor are you aware of any physical or other condition or disability that would create a hazard to yourself or other members of this tour, and is also an acceptance of the trip conditions applicable to the trip ad that you have read and understand those conditions.


Photos by René Goiffon

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