Highlights
  • Ride a snowcat to the top of Vatnajokull, Iceland’s largest glacier.
  • Discover amazing geological features like the Gullfoss waterfall, the Great Geysir and the Blue Lagoon.
  • Meet Icelandic families and enjoy home-cooked meals daily, sampling specialties like lamb, fresh fish and berry-topped skyr.

With bobbing icebergs and bubbling mud, elusive elves and real-life reindeer, Iceland is a seemingly magical world for grandparents and grandchildren to discover together. Based in a 19th-century farmhouse, embark on a quest to embrace Iceland’s bounty. Whale watching, glacier trekking, fishing and horseback riding excursions are complemented by lessons on geology, the Vikings and the Sagas. Interact with Icelanders to learn about the daily lives of the people who inhabit this fascinating land.

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Old Cuba is fantastic and should be seen before it's spoiled by capitalism. January 2017

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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 3.0
This was my wife's and my first trip with Road Scholar. At the time (April, 2012), it was not possible for Americans to directly visit Cuba. You had to do it with a cultural/educational group, often associated with a university. Or, you could fly to Canada, Mexico, or Europe first and then get a flight to Cuba from there (while risking a ~$10,000 fine from the US Government). We opted for the legal route with Road Scholar.

It was a fantastic trip! We had a small-ish group of about 20 people and a wonderful guide, José Luis (who, like most Cubans, had never been off the island).
The trip began in Miami where we had an orientation and spent the night. Then we flew to Havana and stayed in the Hotel Nacional for four nights. It doesn't get more historic -- or fun -- than the Nacional:
https://vimeo.com/41612444

While in Havana, we enjoyed great history/culture lectures from experts, toured various parts of Havana (including Hemmingway's home in the hills nearby), and, on our own, had the opportunity to have dinner at a paladar -- a restaurant inside someone's home.

The Cuban people are friendly but the infrastructure of their country is in shambles. It's been a long time since Russia's deep pockets left the island (1991), and you see poverty everywhere. But not the begging-in-the-street kind. Cuba provides universal health care, education (including room and board all the way through grad/med school!), food staples, and a very modest income (~$30/month) to everyone. Most people add to that income by working on the side.

After Havana, we traveled to Cienfuegos. From there we saw the infamous Bay Of Pigs, but also the wonderful Benny Moré Art School where we learned of the fantastic support for the arts by the Cuban government. Children are identified in grade school as having artistic talent and then funneled into magnet schools like Benny Moré to study art for their entire scholastic career!

Don't go to Cuba for the food. It's edible (and won't make you sick) but rather boring. You mainly get the "three amigos": fish, pork, or chicken, along with rice and/or black beans. But the aged rum is superb and so are the cigars!

Probably my favorite thing on the island, though, was the music -- whether on the street or in a more formal setting:
https://vimeo.com/43273083

Cuba is fantastic. Go enjoy it!
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Best trip I ever took! October 2016

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Loved the variety of different hotels, the expertise of the individual tour guides, the meals and especially the beautiful countryside. All 17 of us on the t rip got to know each other well, thanks to the kindness, the personality and the organizational skill of Mark, our tour director. Keep up the good work!
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Sunrise, Sunset, Learning Photography August 2016

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  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 4.0
Road Scholar offers many tours starting in Utah. The one I took focused of photography of the National Parks in Utah, with a professional photographer traveling with us. The schedule was set up such that we would get "the golden light" at each of the parks. Those not familiar with the term must know that the best light occurs at either sunrise or sunset, when the impact of the sun on objects is diffused by having to travel through the earth's atmosphere on a diagonal rather than vertically.

As such, you can now expect that sleep will be an issue as you will get to bed late and rise early. But the territory is beautiful at all times, and more so illuminated by the golden light.

In order to maximize your sleeping ability, the tour is only offered in the spring and the fall. Doing this in the winter would be pretty cold and require special equipment to traverse the snow. Doing it in the summer would basically mean no sleep as the daylight is so long.

A great learning experience in beautiful territory.
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Thank you Road Scholar July 2016

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  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Thank you Road Scholar Staff for planning a wonderful introduction to Cuba today. My previous knowledge was from people who felt they had to leave Cuba more than fifty years ago. I learned from qualified professors, tour guides and from talking to Cuban people from different parts of Cuba who work in different kinds of jobs. I could see how the Cuban people have come together to meet the challenges of the past and to prepare for a brighter future.
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Thank you Road Scholar! July 2016

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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Road Scholar tours are the best bang for your buck

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Fabulous! July 2016

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
This is a fabulous program for young and old. The instructors are great with kids and adults. The activities are very well organized and varied. My grandson is already making plans for next year.

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Itinerary

Day 1: In Transit to Program

In Flight

Day 2: Arrival and Orientation, Borgarfjordur

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Arnbjargarlaekur

Activity note: Check-in available after breakfast.

Breakfast: Upon arrival at the farmhouse. On this program, breakfasts will offer a typical European style breakfast buffet with breads, cheeses, cold-cuts, yogurt, fruit, cereals, juice, milk, coffee, tea and water. Please note that water is included in the program cost at all meals.

Morning: Time to settle in.

Lunch: Icelandic home cooking, served buffet style, in the farmhouse dining room.

Afternoon: Introductory meeting and orientation. Your Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the program theme, the up-to-date Daily Schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures, roles and responsibilities, and answer any questions you may have. Indicated times are approximate. Program activities, schedules, and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: Icelandic home cooking, served buffet style, in the farmhouse dining room.

Evening: At leisure.

Day 3: Dairy Farming, Agricultural University & Science Center, Borgarfjordur

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Arnbjargarlaekur

Breakfast: Farmhouse dining room.

Morning: We head for the local town of Borgarnes and visit the Settlement Center, which tells the saga of the settlement of Iceland and of Iceland's most famous Viking and first poet Egill Skallagrimsson. We will then try out the excellent swimming pool of Borgarnes.

Lunch: At a local restaurant in Borgarnes.

Afternoon: Excursion to the Agricultural University & Science Center at Hvanneyri to learn about Iceland's agricultural history and heritage. Then visit a handicraft shop with crafts made from Icelandic wool and other natural materials.

Dinner: Icelandic home cooking, served buffet style, in the farmhouse dining room.

Evening: At leisure.

Day 4: Whale Watching, Borgarfjordur

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Arnbjargarlaekur

Breakfast: Farmhouse dining room.

Morning: We drive to Reykjavik for a short introduction of the capital by bus. Drive by the Hofdi House, where Reagan and Gorbachev met, visit downtown to see Lake Tjornin, Parliament and the City Hall, and make a stop at Perlan to see a view of the city.

Lunch: At a downtown restaurant.

Afternoon: Whale watching excursion from Reykjavik (approx. 3 hours) at sea in a comfortable boat. We hope to see some big whales!

Dinner: Icelandic home cooking, served buffet style, in the farmhouse dining room.

Evening: At leisure.

Day 5: Nordurá Valley, Games and Horseback Riding, Borgarfjordur

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Arnbjargarlaekur

Breakfast: Farmhouse dining room.

Morning: Today we explore the Nordurá Valley, where scenic waterfalls, volcanic craters and lava fields await us. We will also visit the hidden people.

Lunch: At Hraunsnef.

Afternoon: In the afternoon we enjoy games and merriment on the Hraunsnef playgrounds. Later we will visit Ölvaldsstadir farm for horseback riding on a trail down by Hvita river. You will be given a short demo on horseback riding beforehand.

Dinner: Icelandic home cooking, served buffet style, in the farmhouse dining room.

Evening: Tonight we enjoy some evening entertainment.

Day 6: Fishing, Snorri Sturluson, Tree Planting, Deildartunguhver, Borgarfjordur

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Arnbjargarlaekur

Breakfast: Farmhouse dining room.

Morning: We go trout fishing in a local creek with a farmer from Arnbjargarlaekur. Please note that you will be fishing on the shore of the creek, and each participant will get their own pole.

Lunch: Icelandic home cooking, served buffet style, in the farmhouse dining room.

Afternoon: We take a field trip to Reykholt where we will learn about Snorri Sturluson, the 13th century statesman and Saga writer who lived in Reykholt. We will also visit the Snorri Exhibition. Later we plant trees in the Road Scholar planting patch and learn how tree planting is an important factor in the constant battle against soil erosion. At the end of the day we visit Deildartunguhver, Europe's most prolific hot spring. Water from this hotspring is piped up to 70 km to homes in the region.

Dinner: Icelandic home cooking, served buffet style, in the farmhouse dining room.

Evening: At leisure.

Day 7: Birds and Islands Adventure, Dairy Farm, Borgarfjordur

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Arnbjargarlaekur

Breakfast: Farmhouse dining room.

Morning: Birds and Islands Adventure. We take a 2-hour boat ride among the islands of Breidafjordur and study the multitude of seabirds nesting there.

Lunch: En route.

Afternoon: We will visit Eiriksstadir, where Leif Eiriksson "the lucky," discoverer of America in the 11th century, was born. We will also visit Erpsstadir, a modern dairy farm with their own ice cream production.

Dinner: Icelandic home cooking, served buffet style, in the farmhouse dining room.

Evening: At leisure.

Day 8: Bjarteyarsandur Farm, Borgarfjordur

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Arnbjargarlaekur

Activity note: Hiking for 1-2 hours in Hvalfjordur on gravel terrain and on marked paths.

Breakfast: Farmhouse dining room.

Morning: We begin our day with a visit to Bjarteyarsandur Farm at Hvalfjordur (Whale Fjord). Enjoy a walk around the farm observing the animals, browsing through the handicraft shop and exploring the local beach.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch at Bjarteyarsandur farm.

Afternoon: In the afternoon we explore the beautiful Hvalfjordur fjord and do some hiking.

Dinner: Icelandic home cooking, served buffet style, in the farmhouse dining room.

Evening: At leisure.

Day 9: Langjokull Glacier, Borgarfjordur

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Arnbjargarlaekur

Breakfast: Farmhouse dining room.

Morning: Depart for Europe's second largest glacier, Langjokull. We travel by a special modified glacier vehicle to the top of the glacier and walk inside a unique man-made ice cave tunnel.

Lunch: Husafell summer resort.

Afternoon: Visit the swimming pool in Husafell and the lava waterfalls Hraunfossar.

Dinner: Icelandic home cooking, served buffet style, in the farmhouse dining room.

Evening: Evening entertainment.

Day 10: Thingvellir, Gullfoss and Geysir: Grindavik

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Northern Light Inn

Breakfast: Farmhouse dining room.

Morning: Excursion to Thingvellir, site of the ancient parliament and now a national park. We continue to see Gullfoss (the Golden Waterfall) and Geysir, the geyser from which all others take their name.

Lunch: At the Fridheimar tomato farm. Visit their tomato greenhouse.

Afternoon: Continue our morning excursion before arriving at our hotel.

Dinner: Hotel dining room.

Evening: At leisure.

Day 11: Blue Lagoon, Grindavik

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: We spend the morning at the Blue Lagoon and enjoy a refreshing swim.

Lunch: Hotel dining room.

Afternoon: Transfer to airport for departures. This concludes our program.

Dates & Pricing
Checking price

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$ 4,199

Price Per Day:

$ 382 per day
 
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Details
Trip Includes
  • 9 nights of accommodations
  • 1 expert-led lecture
  • 16 expert-led field trips
  • 1 performance
  • An experienced Group Leader
  • Customary gratuities throughout the program
  • The Road Scholar Travel Protection Plan, 24-hour-a-day emergency assistance coverage
  • Taxes
Meals Included:

10 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches and 9 Dinners

Flights & Transport
Only ground transport
Group Size:
Standard Group
Accomodations

Arnbjargarlaekur: 8 nights  Borgarnes

Built in the early 1900s, the large and comfortable farmhouse at Arnbjargarlaekur is located 32 kilometers north of Borgarnes in the fertile farming district of Borgarfjordur. Set in the beautiful countryside, the house and the surrounding area is run by David Adalsteinsson and his wife, Gudrun Jonsdottir. Most of their herd of sheep will have gone to the highlands for summer pasture and the farm will be busy with haymaking. When Road Scholar groups stay here, they are the only guests on location.

Northern Light Inn: 1 night  Grindavik

The Northern Light Inn is a small and friendly hotel located less than 1 mile from the Blue Lagoon, 15 minutes from Keflavik International Airport and 45 minutes from Reykjavik. It is located in the majestic lava landscape of Reykjanes Peninsula, Southwest Iceland, directly under the Aurora Borealis geomagnetic green belt.

Start City
Borgarfjörður
End City
Grindavík

Age Notes

Min. Age: 9

Max Age: 12

Trip ID#: IntIceRoa

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