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 several times to Iceland where he became familiar with most of 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. For more information visit sagelewismusic.com To listen to Sage's Icelandic music playlist on Spotify click here.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
PAYMENT SCHEDULE: Deposits of $750 are due to Project Por Amor by May 1, 2019 and full payment of the final balance is due to Project Por Amor 75 days before departure (July 5). Changes and cancellations 90 days (June 20) 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 4 nights at Grand Guesthouse Gardakot (Vik) (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
- 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 visit to artist Kristin Gunnlaugsdóttir’s studio (or similar)
- Private concert and screening of Fantomas by musical artist Amiina at Mengi (or similar)
- Private walking tour of Downtown Reykjavik 101 with musician Sverrir Gudjonsson
- Choral concert (or similar)
- Guided day trip of Golden Circle
- 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, and more
- Horseback riding under Eyjafjallajokull Volcano
- 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
- 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"
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, 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.
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.
Photos by Sage Lewis and René Goiffon