Sagas & Vikings

May 27th – June 2nd 2023 (SOLD OUT)

Not (yet) a rider? This seven-day tour is the perfect trip for lovers of the Icelandic sagas, Norse mythology, or the Viking Age. Guided by author and historian Nancy Marie Brown, we explore glaciers, hotsprings, volcanoes, lava caves, waterfalls, and black beaches in the part of Iceland once ruled by saga-master Snorri Sturluson and Viking poet Egil Skallagrimsson. We visit museums and saga sites, and enjoy gourmet meals based on local specialties. We read about and discuss the history behind the Icelandic sagas, various theories about Iceland’s early settlement, the Viking expeditions to America, how Norse mythology has shaped modern culture, and more. We meet the Icelandic horse and learn why “a good horse has no color”; for the adventurous, horseback riding lessons and trail rides are available.


  • Ground Transportation
  • Accommodation based on double occupancy
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner (wine and beer is included)
  • Expert Guide

Limited to 10 guests. Book early to reserve your spot!

Price – $3,750 (airfare and travel insurance not included)

About Our Guide:

Nancy Marie Brown has studied the Icelandic Sagas and Norse mythology since 1978. She is the author of three nonfiction books on Iceland’s history: Ivory Vikings, Song of the Vikings, and The Far Traveler; a young adult novel set in Viking Age Iceland, The Saga of Gudrid the Far-Traveler; and a memoir about buying horses in Iceland, A Good Horse Has No Color. She is also an editor of The Icelandic Horse Quarterly. Visit her online at


“Not too rugged, and you can opt out of the most strenuous walks and still have plenty to occupy you. It’s not the typical tourist trip: the leader is an expert in sagas and Vikings, so there’s a lot of history. You stay at a farm (horses! bunnies!), and mornings are for wandering around, reading, etc., and usually in the afternoon there’s one historical/cultural visit and one natural wonder. Nancy Marie Brown is a wealth of information not only on the history but also on current Iceland.”—Tracy, 2018

“Nancy, thank you so much for guiding the best trip I’ve ever been on. I miss the wide expanse, the green fields, and those mountains. And of course, the horses. I understand your love for this country and its history. It is a special place.”—Sandy, 2017

“This was such an amazing place! ‘Going to Iceland’ has become the idea that soothes when life gets rough. I did not anticipate that the trip would resonate so much. I loved Nancy’s books, but the trip was something amazing that turned out to be unexpectedly remarkable. It is surprising to me that it has made such a huge difference in my life.”—Elisabeth, 2017


9:30 MEET at pick-up point in Reykjavík
10-11 871+/-2 Settlement Museum
1 PM LUNCH at Hestaland
2 PM hike in Eldborg Lava Field
7 PM DINNER at Hestaland

(days 2-4)
8-10 BREAKFAST at Hestaland
9-noon reading/writing time, horseback riding, or short nature walks on the farm
noon LUNCH at Hestaland
1-7 PM excursions by van to museums, saga sites, farms, and natural wonders in West Iceland (such as Thingvellir, Borgarnes, Reykholt, Surtshellir, Eiriksstaðir, Grábrók, Hvitá, and others)
7 PM DINNER at Hestaland

(day 5)
8-10 BREAKFAST at Hestaland; pack a lunch (or plan to buy)
10-7 All day tour of Snaefellsnes Peninsula
7PM DINNER at Hestaland

(day 6)
8-10 BREAKFAST at Hestaland
9-noon reading/writing time, horseback riding, or short nature walks on the farm
noon LUNCH at Hestaland
1 PM Excursion to Hraunfossar Waterfall, Haafell Goat Farm, & Krauma spa

8-10 BREAKFAST at Hestaland
10 AM Leave Hestaland
noon LUNCH in Reykjavík (on your own)
1 PM drop offs in Reykjavík