After exploring Reykjavik and the surrounding area via bus including the Golden Circle for the first few days, the circumnavigation portion of the program was cancelled due to a boat motor malfunction. Road Scholar was able to generate 2 versions of the trip we could select from or go home. Some people went home because they wanted the cruise. We picked option 2 which took us to the south and east coast of this wonderful country which included a lot of the original program sites offered plus a few more. Since the weather was rough in the north I think we made a good decision - we had sun every day. We visited a variety of museums re: first settlements of Iceland; volcanoes; early fishing industry; ice caves; shark museum and 360 degree view of Reykjavik and the surrounding area. We went to Pingvellir National Park where the Icelandic Parliament was founded in 930 and saw where the tectonic plates were expanding; took a 3 hr boat ride in a fjord and watched whales and dolphins; saw the Eyjafjallajokull volcano which had erupted in 2010; hiked up to the crater of Eldfell, a volcano that erupted 1973 on Heimaey; saw geysers and bubbling pots, lots of waterfalls, glaciers and former volcanoes; ate dried shark meat, boated in a glacier fjord among ice bergs; visited black sand beach and diamond beach and plunged into 2 geothermal lagoons. We even saw the Northern lights our last evening. We ate incredible meals including fresh cod, lamb, salmon and chicken and delicious soups. Einar Arnason, our guide was so knowledgeable and filled our bus time with information of Iceland including the terrain we were passing, the history, the unique people, the pride they have and what they want to be in the future. I always wanted to go to Iceland and this trip went far beyond my expectations even though the circumnavigation was cancelled.