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Scandinavian Passage: Iceland, Norway, Denmark and Sweden

Program Number: 21276RJ
Start and End Dates:
6/11/2014 - 6/24/2014;
Duration: 13 nights
Location: Iceland/Denmark/Sweden/Norway
Price starting at: $7,085.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Ocean Cruises
Meals: 35; 12 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches, 12 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Low Salt; Low Fat    

Cross the Norwegian Sea, venture into breathtaking fjords and explore storybook seaside villages on this Scandinavian voyage. Awaiting your discovery are Iceland’s stunning geology, the remote Faroe Islands, Bergen’s timeless wooden wharf and cosmopolitan Oslo.




Activity Particulars

Must be able to handle your own luggage, get on and off a motorcoach, walk a few blocks and climb a few stairs.



Programs with Crystal Cruises are designed for the independent traveler. These programs offer a lower activity level and the ability to choose your own shore excursions based on your preferences and physical ability. Road Scholar will provide two exclusive shore excursions and private onboard lectures with our own study leader.



Itinerary At-a-Glance

Reykjavik (Iceland), 1 night; aboard Crystal Symphony, 12 nights.



Day 1: Overnight flight from the U.S.A.


Days 2-4: Arrival Reykjavik (Iceland) / embark Crystal Symphony:

An exclusive Road Scholar field trip introduces you to wonders of Iceland including Thingvellir National Park, the Great Geysir and Gullfoss waterfall. Enjoy an additional day to explore Reykjavik on your own or on a shore excursion. Lodging: Stylish four-star hotel.



Day 5: Heimaey:

With a name that means “Home Island,” Heimaey is the most populated island off the Icelandic coast. It’s also visited by eight million puffins every summer.



Days 6-7: At Sea / Faroe Islands (Denmark):

Sail to the Faroe Islands and go ashore in Torshavn, “Thor’s Harbor.” Learn about Viking history on an exclusive Road Scholar excursion.



Day 8: Alesund (Norway):

Discover this unique port town known for its eccentric Art Nouveau architecture on your own or on a shore excursion of your choice.



Day 9: Geiranger:

Experience the Geirangerfjord’s dazzling mountains and farms clinging precipitously to steep hillsides. Visit the tiny village of Hellesylt, near which a glacier-fed stream plunges over the sheer granite face of the fjord.



Day 10: Bergen:

Go ashore in this historic port famed for the Bryggen, its old wharf lined with colorful wooden buildings that has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.



Day 11: Kristiansand:

Sail to the scenic southern tip of Norway to discover a city that boasts a lovely historic center and the sunniest weather anywhere in Scandinavia.



Day 12: Oslo:

Voyage through the Oslofjord to Norway’s cosmopolitan capital. You may wish to explore the Viking Ship Museum, the Munch Museum or the Vigeland Sculpture Park.



Day 13: Helsingborg (Sweden):

Experience this Swedish port town independently or on a shore excursion. You might wish to see the medieval Kärnan fortress or the open-air art museum.



Days 14-15: At Sea / Copenhagen (Denmark) / disembark / departure


Crystal Symphony

This sleek 781-foot ocean liner is one of the most spacious at sea. It accommodates 940 passengers for whom it provides a spa, fitness facility, two pools, Jacuzzis and inspired dining options, including a restaurant, café and outdoor grill. Complimentary fine wines and premium spirits are available to you throughout the voyage.


Meals and Lodgings
   Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura
  Reyjkavik, Iceland 1 night
   Crystal Symphony
  At Sea, At Sea 11 nights
 Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Built in 1964 and formerly named Hotel Loftleidir, this hotel has deep roots in the capital city of Reykjavik, having provided comfortable accommodations to tourists, locals, dignitaries and famous people alike for almost five decades. The newly-named and newly-remodeled Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura carries on this tradition. Inside you’ll find a warm and inviting atmosphere, filled with thoughtful details inspired by the beautiful nature that surrounds the property itself. This is no cookie-cutter Reykjavik hotel, the Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura embraces its legacy - its distinctly Icelandic roots, including works from local artists, the freshest local produce, a geothermal indoor pool all the modern conveniences. Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura also offers an unrivalled selection of free entertainment, from our popular weekly bedtime stories, to screenings of Icelandic films (with English subtitles), and a video art project by acclaimed Icelandic artist Rúri – just to name a few. We also operate “Wanna Mingle?” a program that allows you to dine with a local Icelandic family for an evening. To top it off, and unique to the Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura, is our amazing indoor salt water geothermal-heated swimming pool and hot tub, which helps soothe tired muscles. The indoor pool is part of the new Soley Natura Spa, a place where you can indulge in numerous beauty and massage treatments, using exclusive, all-natural Icelandic products.
  Ship Information: n/a
  Contact info: Nauthólsvegur 52 - 101
Reykjavik,   Iceland
phone: +354 444 4503
web: icelandairhotels.com/hotels/reykjaviknatura
  Room amenities: Many of our rooms were recently renovated and standard amenities in all rooms include: a hairdryer, refrigerator and satellite TV. Great Wi-Fi Internet connectivity is also available in all rooms and areas of the hotel. Parquet flooring and impressive new interiors were recently fitted in all rooms and, while it looks good inside, you can also marvel at the spectacular views to be seen from so many parts of the hotel. All cosmetics and toiletries in rooms are organic from the company Sóley Organics, an Icelandic company known on the international cosmetics market.
  Facility amenities: 4-star Reykjavík Hotel - 220 rooms 20 minute walk to downtown HD Movie Theater Free city bus tickets Indoor geothermal pool Free evening “Bedtime Story” Certified Green Hotel Library on 1st floor ITA Tourist Information Centre Conference & Meeting rooms New hotel restaurant Wireless Internet (small fee) Next to running and bike paths Bike rentals Sunny patio with fireplace Close to domestic airport Disabled friendly hotel Close to bus terminal Family friendly hotel Free parking Next to the only geothermal beach in Iceland
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Prices subject to availability Please contact PD to book post night. Prices and availability subject to change.

 Crystal Symphony
Type: Cruise Ship
  Description: With her sleek silhouette and shimmering elegance, the legendary Crystal Symphony finds a natural home in the world's most glamorous harbors and idyllic ports of call. Generous per-passenger space ratios have become a Crystal trademark, along with forward-facing observation decks, a Palm Court lounge, and a wide teak promenade encircling the ship. A makeover in 2006 refreshed the Bistro Café and shops, reconstructed the casino and Starlite Lounge, and added a new nightclub called Luxe. An even more extensive refurbishment in 2009 transformed the Crystal Penthouses, Lido Café, and Prego Italian restaurant. Accented by a lovely waterfall, the focal point of the central two-deck atrium is a sculpture of two ballet dancers created especially for the space. Crystal Cove, the lobby lounge, is the spot to meet for cocktails as you make your way to the nearby dining room. Throughout the ship, public rooms shine with low-key contemporary style and flow easily from one to the next.
  Ship Information: Ship's Registry: The Bahamas 781 feet long x 99 feet wide 51,044 gross registered tons 20 knots cruising speed 21 knots maximum speed 922 passengers capacity An international crew of 545 with 40 countries represented European-trained hotel and dining staff
  Contact info: 2049 Century Park East, Suite 1400
Los Angeles, CA 1400 USA
phone: 310-785-9300
web: www.crystalcruises.com
  Room amenities: Cabins: There are no inside cabins on Crystal Symphony. Still, relatively small stateroom sizes are cozy and chic with boutique-hotel-style decor. All cabins have ample closet and drawer/shelf storage, as well as bathroom shelves. Many have private balconies furnished with chairs and tables. Most suites and penthouses have a walk-in closet. Crystal Penthouse suites have guest powder rooms. Amenities: Rich wood cabinetry, 100% Eygyptian cotton sheets, feather beds and plush duvets, wood and padded hangers, a small refrigerator filled with complimentary bottled water and soft drinks, a personal safe, two hair dryers, a flat-screen TV with a DVD player, and a sitting area with sofa, chair, and table are typical standard features in all cabins. Suite and penthouse extras vary, but all have a DVD/CD player, butler service, personalized stationery, and stocked minibars with wine, beer, and choice of liquor. Bathrooms: Every bathroom has oval glass sinks, granite counters, a full-size tub, Aveda toiletries, plush towels, and bathrobes for use during the cruise. Many suites and penthouses have a whirlpool tub and separate shower.
  Facility amenities: Public spaces have a sophisticated and contemporary feel with fine Italian and French fabrics, Axminster wool carpets, oriental rugs, teak deck furniture and English mohair lap blankets. 8 passenger decks, 2 specialty restaurants, dining room, buffet, ice cream parlor, Wi-Fi, safe, refrigerator, minibar (some), DVD, 1 pool, Fitness classes, gym, hair salon, 1 hot tub, sauna, spa, steam room, 5 bars, casino, cinema, dance club, library, dry-cleaning, laundry facilities, laundry service, Internet terminal, library
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
This program begins on day 2 in Reykjavik at 6:00 p.m. with Orientation at the program hotel. You will be staying at Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura that night.
  End of Program:
This program ends on day 14 in Copenhagen following breakfast and disembarkation from the ship. You will be staying at Crystal Symphony the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. **IMPORTANT INFORMATION** All participants MUST register online with Crystal Cruises. To register go to checkin.crystalcruises.com to access the Priority Check-in and Planning Center. To log in, you need type in your first/last names as they appear on your passport and your booking number (which appears on your cruise confirmation or can be obtained from Road Scholar). You will need to enter your contact and passport information in order to register. Once registered you will be able to book excursions and on-board activities (such as specialty dining, spa appointments, etc). If you did not recieve a booking number, please call us at 1.866.359.5966. For more information on using the Priority Check-in & Planning Center please see the attachment at the end of this booklet. Proof of citizenship is required for ALL guests.
  Parking availability:
Driving to program site is not possible.
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
To Start of Program
  Location:  Reyjkavik
  Transportation to site: Transfers will be provided from Reykjavik-Keflavik Airport (KEF) to the program hotel for all participants who arrange their air travel through Road Scholar, and are arriving on Day 2 of the program. There will be one designated group transfer, which Program Only Participants (POPS) may join if the flight times coincide with your arrival flights. The group transfer time will be confirmed in your final program materials sent approximately 5 weeks prior to the program. Participants who are arranging their own flights should arrive in Reykjavik no later than 4:00 pm.
  From End of Program
  Location:  At Sea
  Transportation from site: There will be two departure transfers from the port in Copenhagen to the Airport on the morning of Day 14. Program Only Participants may join this transfer as long as it coincides with your flight departure times. The group transfer time will be confirmed in your final program materials sent approximately 5 weeks prior to the program. Flights may depart at any time on Day 14.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Depart North America for Reykjavik
(Wednesday, June 11)
   
 Depart From: Depart from North America for Reykjavik, Iceland

Day 2: Welcome and Orientation in Reykjavik
(Thursday, June 12)
   
 Arrive To: Arrive to the Reykjavik-Keflavik International Airport and transfer to the program hotel.
 Afternoon: Program Orientation starts at 6:00 p.m. at the Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura, followed by dinner at 7:00 p.m. (time is subject to change, your final orientaiton time will be confirmed upon check-in at the hotel). Enjoy free time to settle in and explore your surroundings.
 Dinner: Welcome dinner at the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 3: Reykjavik / Golden Circle
(Friday, June 13)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: ROAD SCHOLAR EXCLUSIVE: This morning you will journey from Reykjavik on this popular route which covers approximately 300km from Reykjavik to central Iceland and back. Stop at Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss (Golden Waterfall), and the spouting spring area of Geysir, after whom all geysers are named. En route, you will make a stop at Friheimar Tomato Farm. Learn how they are able to grow tomatoes year round using geothermal energy.
 Lunch: Light lunch at the tomato farm.
 Afternoon: Embark the Crystal Symphony in Reykjavik.
 Dinner: Group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room and review of tomorrow's itinerary and options.
 Evening: Ship is docked in port overnight.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Reykjavik, Iceland
(Saturday, June 14)
   
 Breakfast: At leisure on board in the Crystal Dining Room (open seating) or the more casual Lido Café. Room Service is also available 24 hours a day.
 Morning: INDEPENDENT EXPLORATION: The ship is in Reykjavik this morning; after breakfast choose to explore the city on your own, or select from an array of Crystal excursion options. Isolated in a northern landscape of icy tranquility, Iceland is a land of volcanoes, hot springs, mountains, glaciers and northern lights. As the capital of Iceland, Reykjavík reflects this natural diversity with ancient maritime history as well as a thriving modern energy and sophistication.
 Lunch: At leisure on board the ship in the Crystal Dining Room, the Lido Café, or the Trident Grill, or you may choose to eat independently ashore. Some Crystal shore excursions will include lunch (depending on the length).
 Afternoon: Continue independent exploration of Reykjavik.
 Dinner: Group dinner in the Crystal dining room with a review of the next days activities.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Heimaey, Iceland
(Sunday, June 15)
   
 Breakfast: At leisure on board in the Crystal Dining Room (open seating) or the more casual Lido Café. Room Service is also available 24 hours a day.
 Morning: INDEPENDENT EXPLORATION: This island made international headlines in 1973 when a volcanic eruption destroyed most of the town. Fortunately, a fishing fleet was able to transport everyone on the island to safety. Since then, the town has been rebuilt, and it remains one of Iceland’s major fishing ports. It has also gained a reputation as a golfing paradise, with 62 courses on the island, including one par 70 championship course set inside a volcanic crater. While it is home to only around 4,500 people, Heimaey does welcome 8 million visitors to its shores every summer – in the form of puffins. Indeed, seeing the soaring cliffs of the island completely covered in puffins will take your breath away.
 Lunch: At leisure on board the ship in the Crystal Dining Room, the Lido Café, or the Trident Grill, or you may choose to eat independently ashore. Some Crystal shore excursions will include lunch (depending on the length).
 Afternoon: Continue independent exploration of Heimaey.
 Dinner: Group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room and review of tomorrow's itinerary and options.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Cruising the North Atlantic Ocean
(Monday, June 16)

Note: Days at sea are a mix of independent and group activities.



   
 Breakfast: At leisure on board in the Crystal Dining Room (open seating) or the more casual Lido Café. Room Service is also available 24 hours a day.
 Morning: Join your study leader for an exclusive lecture on the history and culture of the Northern Atlantic and Scandinavian countries.
 Lunch: At leisure on board the ship in the Crystal Dining Room, the Lido Café, or the Trident Grill.
 Afternoon: Join your study leader for an exclusive lecture on the history and culture of the Northern Atlantic and Scandinavian countries.
 Dinner: Group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room and review of tomorrow's itinerary and options.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Torshavn / Faroe Islands, Denmark
(Tuesday, June 17)
   
 Breakfast: At leisure on board in the Crystal Dining Room (open seating) or the more casual Lido Café. Room Service is also available 24 hours a day.
 Morning: INDEPENDENT EXPLORATION: With roots firmly grounded in Viking language and tradition, the 18 islands that form the Faroes are steeped in history, graced with windswept wilderness and occupied by people with a hearty passion for survival. With 17,000 citizens, Tórshavn, which means "The Harbor of the god Thor," is the smallest capital in the world and is said to be the oldest capital in Scandinavia. The colorful houses and tiny fishing boats decorate a harbor that is charming and inviting.
 Lunch: At leisure on board the ship in the Crystal Dining Room, the Lido Café, or the Trident Grill.
 Afternoon: Join your study leader for an exclusive lecture on the history and culture of the Northern Atlantic and Scandinavian countries.
 Dinner: Group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room and review of tomorrow's itinerary and options.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Alesund, Norway
(Wednesday, June 18)
   
 Breakfast: At leisure on board in the Crystal Dining Room (open seating) or the more casual Lido Café. Room Service is also available 24 hours a day.
 Morning: Join your study leader for an exclusive lecture on the history and culture of the Northern Atlantic and Scandinavian countries.
 Lunch: At leisure on board the ship in the Crystal Dining Room, the Lido Café, or the Trident Grill.
 Afternoon: INDEPENDENT EXPLORATION: Charmingly eccentric-that is how the Norwegian town of Alesund is often described. What makes Alesund so unusual is its architecture. The town center boasts a somewhat outrageous collection of pastel-colored buildings, many with towers and turrets. Not so unusual, perhaps, except for the fanciful flourishes of human faces, pharaohs and dragons that peer down upon fascinated passersby. The story of how these strange and altogether delightful buildings came to be is as remarkable as the structures themselves. In 1904, a fire consumed the town center and left 10,000 people without homes. Undaunted, the citizens saw an opportunity to re-imagine their city. Local architects, trained in Germany, helped rebuild the town in a surge of reconstruction lasting three years. The influence is certainly that of the Jugendstil movement. The style most closely resembles Art Nouveau. The result: uncommonly wonderful.
 Dinner: Group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room and review of tomorrow's itinerary and options.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Hellesylt / Geiranger, Norway
(Thursday, June 19)
   
 Breakfast: At leisure on board in the Crystal Dining Room (open seating) or the more casual Lido Café. Room Service is also available 24 hours a day.
 Morning: INDEPENDENT EXPLORATION: Geiranger village is located along the picturesque snow-covered Geirangerfjord in central Norway. One of the most dazzling of all Norwegian fjords, the Geiranger has been visited by touring ships for more than 100 years. Impressive mountains, numerous waterfalls and farms clinging precipitously to steep hillsides combine to give this area its unique character. One of the highlights of the fjordland, tiny Hellesylt lies at the head of Sunnylvenfjord. Near the village, a glacier-fed stream plunges over the sheer granite face of the fjord, cascading in thousands of feet of rainbows and foam. This majestic area, with its breathtaking glaciers and mountain lakes, inspired Henrik Ibsen's immortal drama Brand.
 Lunch: At leisure on board the ship in the Crystal Dining Room, the Lido Café, or the Trident Grill, or you may choose to eat independently ashore. Some Crystal shore excursions will include lunch (depending on the length).
 Afternoon: Continue exploration of Hellesylt / Geiranger.
 Dinner: Group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room and review of tomorrow's itinerary and options.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Bergen, Norway
(Friday, June 20)
   
 Breakfast: At leisure on board in the Crystal Dining Room (open seating) or the more casual Lido Café. Room Service is also available 24 hours a day.
 Morning: INDEPENDENT EXPLORATION: Bergen, "Capital of the Fjordland" and Norway's second-largest city, was founded in 1070 AD. In its heyday, Norwegian Kings resided here. It was the largest city in Norway and there were no less than 27 churches and abbeys. Bergen is an immaculate city, set between the mountains and the sea, where traditional values hold firm over transitory ways. The local people take great pride in the rich heritage of this, one of Norway's premier cities.
 Lunch: At leisure on board the ship in the Crystal Dining Room, the Lido Café, or the Trident Grill, or you may choose to eat independently ashore. Some Crystal shore excursions will include lunch (depending on the length).
 Afternoon: Continue independent exploration of Bergen.
 Dinner: Group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room and review of tomorrow's itinerary and options.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Kristiansand, Norway
(Saturday, June 21)
   
 Breakfast: At leisure on board in the Crystal Dining Room (open seating) or the more casual Lido Café. Room Service is also available 24 hours a day.
 Morning: INDEPENDENT EXPLORATION: Set on the scenic southern tip of Norway, at a magical spot with more sunshine than anywhere else in Scandanavia, little Kristiansand is Nature’s playground. Its spacius, ice-free harbor is ringed with thousands of tiny islands, a haven for swimmers, boaters and sport fishermen. Along the waterfront, in the silent Christiansholm fortress, and the charming houses of the historic center, you’ll find a peaceful serenity.
 Lunch: At leisure on board the ship in the Crystal Dining Room, the Lido Café, or the Trident Grill, or you may choose to eat independently ashore. Some Crystal shore excursions will include lunch (depending on the length).
 Afternoon: Continue independent exploration of Kristiansand.
 Dinner: Group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room and review of tomorrow's itinerary and options.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Oslo, Norway
(Sunday, June 22)
   
 Breakfast: At leisure on board in the Crystal Dining Room (open seating) or the more casual Lido Café. Room Service is also available 24 hours a day.
 Morning: INDEPENDENT EXPLORATION: At the head of the Oslofjord, which boasts many densely wooded islands, lies the impressive Norwegian capital of Oslo. This inspiring city is the site of many of Norway's finest historic and cultural achievements. Towering above our dock near the city center is the imposing Akershus Fortress and Castle. Graceful Viking ships, the Munch Art Museum and Gustav Vigeland's awesome sculpture collection are among the rich treasury of attractions this city has to offer.
 Lunch: At leisure on board the ship in the Crystal Dining Room, the Lido Café, or the Trident Grill, or you may choose to eat independently ashore. Some Crystal shore excursions will include lunch (depending on the length).
 Afternoon: Continue independent exploration of Oslo.
 Dinner: Group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room and review of tomorrow's itinerary and options.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Helsingborg, Sweden / Copenhagen, Denmark
(Monday, June 23)
   
 Breakfast: At leisure on board in the Crystal Dining Room (open seating) or the more casual Lido Café. Room Service is also available 24 hours a day.
 Morning: INDEPENDENT EXPLORATION: Known as "the Pearl of the Sound" for its ideal location on Oresund Sound, Helsingborg guards the shipping lanes of the Baltic and the roadways between Scandinavia and continental Europe. It grew to prominence during the Middle Ages, as the imposing Kärnan fortress and Gothic Maria Church will attest. More recent attractions include the Vikingsberg Gallery and an open-air art museum.
 Lunch: At leisure on board the ship in the Crystal Dining Room, the Lido Café, or the Trident Grill, or you may choose to eat independently ashore. Some Crystal shore excursions will include lunch (depending on the length).
 Afternoon: Continue independent exploration of Helsingborg. The ship departs Helsingborg at 4 pm.
 Dinner: Group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room and review of tomorrow's itinerary and options.
 Evening: The ship is in the port of Copenhagen, Denmark overnight.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Copenhagen, Denmark / Disembark / Departures
(Tuesday, June 24)
   
 Breakfast: At leisure on board in the Crystal Dining Room (open seating) or the more casual Lido Café. Room Service is also available 24 hours a day.
 Morning: Disembark the ship and transfer to the airport for flights returning to North America.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


A History of Scandinavia: Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland


Author: T.K Derry


Description: Scandinavia from prehistory to the present with chapters on the Viking and Lutheran kingdoms, medieval times, monarchies, the World Wars and modern period, emphasizing the common cultural, political and social backgrounds.



Far Afield


Author: Susanna Kaysen


Description: Susanna Kaysen's charming novel about a social anthropologist off on a grant to study the residents of the Faroes wonderfully evokes the people, culture and windswept landscapes of the North Atlantic archipelago.



Iceland Imagined


Author: Karen Oslund


Description: This cultural and environmental history explores the geography, literature, language, culture, politics and symbolism of Iceland, Greenland, northern Norway and the Faroe Islands.



Iceland, Land of the Sagas


Author: Jon Krakauer (Photographer), David Roberts


Description: Krakauer and colleague Roberts hike and climb around Iceland in this classic travel narrative, reissued as a paperback and featuring Krakauer's color photographs. The book interweaves the natural and cultural history of the island with the authors' own adventures.



Independent People, An Epic


Author: Halldor Laxness


Description: Rich in local color, this great mock-epic by the Icelandic Nobel Prize-winner features the indelible Bjartur of Summerhouses, a hard-headed, independent-minded sheep farmer.



Insight Guide Scandinavia


Author: Insight Guides


Description: From Denmark to Sweden, Norway and Finland, this guide introduces the region with outstanding color maps and photographs.



Letters on Sweden, Norway, and Denmark


Author: Mary Wollstonecraft, William Godwin


Description: Groundbreaking feminist Wollstonecraft records her observations of a late 18th-century journey through Scandinavia in this small masterpiece, rich in detail of people and place.



Norwegian Folk Tales


Author: Peter Asbjornsen


Description: This rich collection of stories, interpreted by a leading scholar on ancient traditions and tales, will delight both adults and children.



Out Stealing Horses


Author: Per Petterson


Description: In this luminous novel of memory, childhood and loss in rural Norway, elderly narrator Trond Sander looks back on his life and the chain of events that began one fateful summer day in 1948.



Scandinavia Map


Author: Michelin


Description: With an index, area maps and table of driving times and distances, this handy, frequently updated map covers all of Scandinavia, including Finland, at a scale of 1:1.5 million on one side of the sheet.



The Fellowship of Ghosts, Travels in the Land of Midnight Sun


Author: Paul Watkins


Description: Novelist Watkins tries his hand at travel, interweaving a memoir of his own experiences in Norway with those of early eccentric visitors. His solo wanderings also take into account the beautiful Norwegian countryside, with vivid descriptions of dramatic cliffs and expansive snowfields.



The Quiet Girl


Author: Peter Hoeg


Description: Hoeg (Smilla's Sense of Snow) sets this fast-paced, inventive novel in present day Denmark.



The Vikings, Lords of the Seas


Author: Yves Cohat


Description: An indispensable reference that fits in your pocket, this slim volume is packed with maps, archival photographs and illustrations.



Vikings, The North Atlantic Saga


Author: William Fitzhugh (Editor), Elisabeth Ward (Editor)


Description: An extensively illustrated volume of Viking culture, history and exploration that focuses especially on voyages to North America. Published in conjunction with a Smithsonian exhibit, it features essays and 400 color photographs.



Wildlife of the North Atlantic, A Cruising Guide


Author: Tony Soper, Dan Powell (Illustrator)


Description: This compact, illustrated guide covers the many petrels, ducks, gulls, terns and other seabirds, as well as the rich abundance of life existing under the waves, that populate the vast Atlantic region from the British Isles to Newfoundland.





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