KRUMMI’S SCHOOL DAZE!
A magical tour based in Iceland’s wild west where you spend an entire week frustrating the locals!
June 13 – 21, 2020
Krummi Travel presents “Krummi’s School Daze” a 7 night / 8 day adventure based at a quaint old English fishing lodge owned by a couple of real Viking types! On your journey you’ll meet and learn amazing stuff from Icelanders who are standouts in their fields. Of course there will be ample amounts of laughter and gut busting stories provided by your incomparable guide, Fridrik Runar Gudmundsson. As you howl with laughter, please enjoy your share of the patented “Krummi Travel Candy Bag” which will contain no licorice because I own the business, control the candy bag, and I say so. There will be swag. There will be silly van decorations and there will be a parade that YOU will stage to celebrate Iceland’s National Day on June 17. This is the least you can do to celebrate Iceland’s 76th year of independence. (Yes…start planning your costume right now. Their flag is red, white, and blue so it will be easy). Who will be our Parade Marshall? This, along with many other trip details, are none of your beeswax. Sit back, exhale, feel like a kid again, and immerse yourself in Iceland’s beautiful nature while being taught by some of its most extraordinary and noted citizens. Welcome to Krummi’s School Daze.
Price per person Double Occupancy: $7400
Single Occupancy: $8400
Stop bellyaching about the price. This country is ludicrously expensive right now. Just look at what you are getting! Price includes roundtrip economy class flights on Icelandair from Boston, New York or Newark (based on $800. If the flight is cheaper you save…if you drag your feet and book too late, the extra cost is on you!) Other gateways are available. Included: airport taxes, all ground transportation in Iceland, the services of an amazing Icelandic guide who will totally put up with your shenanigans, accommodation for seven nights / eight days at the most wonderful cozy hotel in Iceland’s west run by these incredible people who you will want to smuggle home. All rooms have private facilities, breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day (you are never going to starve here), admission to museums and swimming pools, and all class fees, your share of the candy bag, entertainment, and other sundries which are none of your beeswax.
Not included: Transportation to and from Boston / New York / Newark etc, anything that has to do with your drinking habit, your ensemble for the parade you will be participating in on National Day, and any extras (when available) like horseback riding, kayak rental, and gratuities for Fridrik at the end of the journey.
Departure : Saturday June 13, 2020. Returning Sunday, June 21, 2020.
June 13 / 14 Day 1: Welcome to Iceland
Fly from Boston to Keflavik, Iceland on Icelandair. Upon arrival collect your bags .You may wish to hit the duty free shop for libations, as alcohol in Iceland is very expensive. NOTE: THE ALCOHOL YOU PURCHASE MUST BE CONSUMED IN YOUR ROOM OR OUTSIDE AND NOT IN THE DINING ROOM OR COMMON AREAS OF YOUR HOTELS AND PLEASE DO NOT ASK THE HOTEL TO CHILL YOUR DRINKS BECAUSE THAT IS RUDE TOO. MAKE ME PROUD. Waiting outside will be the smiling face of Fridrik Runar Gudmundsson. He will be our guide while in Iceland. We’ll be whisked away for a lovely breakfast at a quaint fishing port in the cod capital of Iceland, Grindavik. It’s lava, lava, lava, unbelievable seascapes, geothermal fields, and so much more as we spend a little time exploring the peninsula before heading west. It’s OK to snooze on the bus. We’ll try not to be too tough on you today. You will have the option of swimming at a local pool once we reach our hotel, or perhaps you’ll opt for a cocktail on the lawn looking over the river, or a stroll to the salmon ladder. With 24 hours of daylight you’ll have many opportunities to explore the surroundings of this very special hotel. A group dinner will end our first full day together.
June 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20
This is a very unusual tour and the schedule of classes has not yet been set but following is a list of folks who will be making this trip the phenom I know it will be:
Art: Jón Baldur Hlíðberg (www.fauna.is) ~ Jon is the father of Nature Illustration in Iceland. He is the author / illustrator of many books but his seminal work, Flora Islands is his greatest. In this masterpiece he has painted every plant in Iceland. The book was awarded “Book of the Year” honors in Iceland by its President in 2018. He is my best friend in Iceland. I’d be lost without his friendship and guidance over the years.
Ornithology: Jóhann Óli Hilmarsson (www.johannoli.is) ~ Jóhann Óli Hilmarsson, is a leading authority on the birds of Iceland. He has written numerous articles on birds in books, magazines and papers and is the author of two bestselling books, The Puffin and Icelandic Bird Guide, a photographic guide which has been sold 40,000 copies and is considered the Bible for Icelandic bird identification. Jóhann Óli has held many courses, lectures and exhibitions and his photographs have been published around the world in books, magazines, and stamps. His Golden Plover is featured on Iceland’s 10000 Krona note. I love him.
Story-Telling: Hjörleifur Stefánsson ~ Iceland has a rich legacy of story-telling and our hotel owner, Hjorleifur Steffanson has a rich legacy of telling stories. He is a farmer, a chef, a musician. His smoked lamb is the best in the nation. He married the greatest woman in Iceland and they have the best kids. He paid me to say all of this. He is the ultimate Icelander… the definition of a modern day Viking. I am most proud when he calls me an old bag, plunders beer and cheese out of the refrigerator in the house I have rented from him, or refers to me as his Gamla min.
Ceramic Art: Kolbrún S. Kjarval ~ Kolbrún studied art in Denmark and Britain, and works mainly in ceramics, creating works of art that are both creative and functional. In her artwork, Kolbrún is inspired by Iceland’s unique nature and contrasting landscapes, and especially the vivid birdlife. She has been making her renowned ‘Birds’ for over thirty years. (I own about a million of her pieces. ADDICTED!)
She has held ten solo exhibitions and taken part in numerous group exhibitions in Iceland and abroad.
Goat Farming: Jóhanna Bergmann Þorvaldsdóttir (https://www.facebook.com/haafellgoatfarm/) ~ Jóhanna owns the farm, Háafell. Prior to running the family farm, she was a nurse. She even came to Connecticut to play Nurse Ratched when I had knee surgery in 2018! Butcher! PLUS…she cheats at jigsaw puzzles. Since 2000, she has been breeding the Icelandic Goat in an effort to save it from extinction. Through her work, the farm has also become known as the Icelandic Goat Conservation Center. It is the only goat-breeding farm in Iceland. Jóhanna provided 20 goats to the production of the Game of Thrones fourth season episode The Laws of Gods and Men. Over time, Jóhanna has created a market for goat products within Iceland. In 2014, the farm was threatened with foreclosure. In response, Jóhanna organised a campaign to raise the 10 million Icelandic Krona needed to keep the farm open. By the time of the campaign, the numbers of the Icelandic goat had increased from 90 to around 820, with half located on Jóhanna’s farm. Had the funding not been raised, the goats would have been slaughtered. After the success of the campaign, Jóhanna has looked to making the farm self sufficient by producing her own goat cheese year round. She is a wonder and my Icelandic sister.
Fiber Art: Gudrun Bjarnadottir (https://www.handicraft.is/listing/hespuhusid/#lg=1&slide=1) ~ She is a scholar, an author, a teacher, a botanist. She owns Hespuhúsið (The Yarn House), an open plant dye studio where you can visit, see the dye pots, and get information about the old coloring traditions. You can also buy plant dyed yarn and yarn kits for various projects. Gudrun has brought back the art of dying Icelandic Wool with natural plant dyes. In 2018 she published a book on Icelandic plants with Johann Oli Hilmarsson.
The Icelandic Horse: Magnús Bragi Magnússon & Elisabeth Jansen, Íbishóll (https://www.facebook.com/HrossaraektunarbuidIbisholl/?eid=ARAs96GJInMb9ac0v-o0VYoroi4N_ZUD8euMKXeatjSaKpz_pZxhphr17WOHgRDtsQ_US7DEbrHi7NIU&fref=tag ) ~ They are two of the greatest breeders, trainers, and riders of the spectacular Icelandic Horse. You will be spending some time with these wonderful people at their farm learning all you can about the qualities that make the Icelandic Horse so special.
Music: Kristjana Stefánsdóttir and Svavar Knútur ~ Performing solo or together…they are two of the greatest musical talents in Iceland. Kristjana is undoubtedly the Queen of Jazz. She is a composer and a voice teacher and possesses the enviable ability to slip into jazz, pop, country, any musical format you desire…and does it seamlessly. She is simply amazing. Svavar is perhaps my favorite artist in not just Iceland…but anywhere. He is a poet, a bard, a comedian. He will make you laugh out loud and bring you to your knees with his angelic voice and stunning lyrics. He is a madman and a lamb. BEST ICELANDIC SWEARING TEACHER EVER! He is the naughty son I never had. He is the world to me. These accomplished musicians have many albums to their credit…both together and as solo artists. https://kristjanastefansdott.wixsite.com/kristjanastefansdott?fbclid=IwAR0TNRYgX0WGA2o6Xbiq8WIWpjDdaKN7xzP6f-pyGqKRRaOUQhM1Q8Hc6Xk#!home/mainPage
June 21: Homeward Bound!
Kids… Don’t cry! Kiss our darling Fridrik goodbye and tip him well. This has been an adventure of a lifetime! Your last hours will be spent pillaging Reykjavik like the honorary Vikings you have become, for last minute dust collectors and thousands of pounds of books, or that perfect Icelandic sweater. You now have a passel of Icelandic friends, some really neat souvenirs, and memories of basking in the midnight sun that will last a lifetime. At the airport, remember to purchase hot dogs and raw legs of lamb and other things you never dreamed you could bring back into the USA! It’s all because you have just visited the tidiest nation on earth! Takk fyrir!