LOVE TO READ? WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT ICELAND?

Join us for the (virtual) 2021 Iceland Readers Retreat!

Featuring Adam Gopnik

At the Iceland Readers Retreat, avid readers gather to listen to small group lectures and talks by renowned authors while learning about the rich literary heritage of this Nordic, book-loving nation. Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the retreat will be online only in 2021. We will have panels, talks, lectures, and discussions led by prominent authors. Running concurrently with the popular Iceland Writers Retreat (IWR), participants will have the opportunity to join readings and other programs with IWR faculty; we’ll announce our 2021 faculty shortly.

The perfect place to discover literary inspiration.”

– The Daily Beast
ABOUT THE RETREAT

For 2021, all our events will be virtual. In 2022, we hope to resume the retreat to include the following programs:

 Literary Tours

Literary-themed Golden Circle Tour

A unique variation on Iceland’s most popular excursion that includes stops at Geyser geothermal fields, Gullfoss waterfall, and the UNESCO-listed Þingvellir National Park (Thingvellir), as well as a visit to Iceland’s ancient seat of learning, Skálholt.

 

Literary Borgarfjörður

This trip travels west to the Borgarfjörður region, setting of the famous Egil’s Saga, as well as numerous other Icelandic sagas. We’ll circle the picturesque Hvalfjörður “Whale” fjord and visit the cultural centre Reykholt, where chieftain and writer Snorri Sturluson lived in the 13th century. Natural wonders on this tour include Europe’s largest hot spring, Deildartunguhver, and the waterfalls Barnafoss (“Children’s Falls”) and Hraunfossar (“Lava Falls”).

Reykjavik Literary Walking Tour

During the retreat, all participants are also invited to join a literary walking tour of Reykjavik, organized by the UNESCO City of Literature.

 

 

Museum Tour

We’ll discover some of Iceland’s magnificent cultural treasures on a special tour of one of Reykjavik’s top museums.

 

 

ABOUT THE RETREAT

 Lectures & Panels

For 2021, all our events will be virtual.

Panel Discussion with Icelandic Authors

Meet some of Iceland’s top authors at a panel discussion organized by Reykjavík UNESCO City of Literature. The panel will include writers from various genres and introduce participants to Iceland’s vibrant literary scene. The 2020 panel was to include: Gerður Kristný (poetry), Fríða Ísberg (poetry and short stories), Ævar Þór Benediktsson (children’s books), and Lilja Sigurðardóttir (crime fiction), and we hope to confirm many of these authors will be able to join in 2021.

 

 

Lecture & Interactive Discussion led by the Featured Author

Adam Gopnik will be our featured author for 2021. He will give a talk on memoir and his latest books. Discussion to follow. More details on additional authors to come early in 2021.

 

Participate in IWR Sessions

Love to read but want to know more about writing? IRR participants may also attend IWR writing workshops for the virtual 2021 event. Details to come.

Advanced Reading

Participants will be provided with a short list of suggested books to read in advance that will be discussed during the event.

 

 

2021 FACULTY

Adam Gopnik

Adam Gopnik is our featured author for 2021. Additional faculty will be confirmed early in the year.

Adam Gopnik will be our featured author to lead the 2021 IRR. His lecture and discussion will focus on memoirs, including his own. He taught at the second Iceland Writers Retreat in 2015.

Adam Gopnik has been writing for The New Yorker since 1986. His books include At the Stranger’s Gate (2017), Paris to the Moon (2000), The King in the Window (2005), Through the Children’s Gate: A Home in New York (2006), Angels and Ages: A Short Book About Darwin, Lincoln, and Modern Life (2009), The Table Comes First: Family, France, and the Meaning of Food (2011), and Winter: Five Windows on the Season (2011). Gopnik has won the National Magazine Award for Essays and for Criticism three times, and also the George Polk Award for Magazine Reporting. In 2013, Gopnik was awarded the medal of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters. He lectures widely, and delivered the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s Massey Lectures in 2011.

2020 Faculty (to be confirmed for 2021)

PANELISTS

Fríða Ísberg

Fríða Ísberg

Award-winning author and poet
Gerður Kristný

Gerður Kristný

Icelandic Literature Award winner
Lilja Sigurðardóttir

Lilja Sigurðardóttir

Crime Fiction Author
Ævar Þór Benediktsson

Ævar Þór Benediktsson

Children's Book Author
MORE DETAILS

The 2021 event will be virtual only. For 2022 we hope to return to our venue, details of which are below:

Venue & Booking Information

The Venues

Accommodation, lectures and panels will be at the Radisson Blu Saga Hotel in central Reykjavík.

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Why Iceland?

Iceland has a rich literary tradition dating as far back as the nation’s settlement 1100 years ago and offers an unforgettable setting.

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How Do I Book?

Simply visit our registration page to get started. Anyone is welcome to sign up and attend; registration will open on October 1. Spaces are very limited.

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Iceland Readers Retreat 2021

April 28 – May 2, 2021

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Stack Entry

$120

Per Person

  • 1 Free Entrance
  • Regular Seating
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Student Pass

$99

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  • 20x Free Entrance
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VIP Pass

$199

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