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.
Double Occupancy: $6,835
Single Occupancy: $7,950
This trip is designed for a group of 10 - 15 travelers. Spots will be given on a first-come-first serve basis. We expect this trip to fill up fast so 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: email@example.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 within two weeks of signing up and full payment of the final balance is due to Project Por Amor 75 days before departure (April 20). Changes and cancellations 90 days (March 5) before departure will be refunded based on the refund policy found in the Terms and Conditions.
Program Price Includes:
- Accommodations for 4 nights at Holt Hotel (downtown Reykjavik), 1 night at Siglo Hotel (Siglufjordur), 1 night at IcelandAir Hotel (Akureyri) and 2 nights at Foss Hotel (Myvatn) (or similar)
- Daily breakfast at hotel and 7 lunches at select Icelandic restaurants, a welcome dinner party, gastronomic tour of Reykjavik and tasting menu dinner at Dill (18 meals total) with 1 beverage included at each meal
- 3 concerts of Reykjavik Arts Festival including Vikingur Olaffson at Harpa Concert Hall
- Private concerts of world renown musical ensembles Amiina, Schola Cantorum, and Eythor Ingi Jonsson (or similar)
- Walking tours of Reykjavik and Akyreyri led by Sugar Cubes drummer Siggi Baldursson, counter tenor Sverrir Gudjonsson, and Hollywood Film Composer Atli Orvarsson
- Private visits to artist studios of Steinunn Thorarinsdottir, Steinunn Sigurd, Gudrun, Einsdottir, Anna Gunnarsdottir, Margrett Josndottir (or similar)
- Presentation of Norse Mythology by Astru Priest Hilmar Orn Hilmarsson and Elf Initiation by Bryndis Petrusdottir
- Private walking tour of Downtown Reykjavik 101 with musician Sverrir Gudjonsson
- Guided 5-day scenic excursion through northern Iceland to visit small towns of Borgarnes, Laugarbakki, Saudarkrokur, Siglufjordur, Akureyri, Husavik, Lake Myvatn, and more
- Whale watching in Husavik with Gentle Giants and full day super-jeep excursion through Lake Myvatn
- Entrance to the Myvatn geo-thermal natural baths and spa
- Luxury van transportation (includes airport transfers)
- Trip led by film composer Sage Lewis, record producer René Goiffon, and professional Icelandic tour guide, along with local experts
- Curated playlists of Icelandic music to accompany the landscapes during our scenic drives!
PROGRAM PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
- Airfare to Iceland
- Six 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.
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 has 4500 square miles of glaciers, 30 active volcanic systems, 800 hot springs and over 10,000 waterfalls.
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.
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 their social life.
Photos by Sage Lewis and René Goiffon