LOVE TO READ? WANT TO VISIT ICELAND?
Join us for the Iceland Readers Retreat!
The Iceland Readers Retreat (IRR) offers a chance for avid readers to discuss literature as we explore Reykjavík and its surroundings. Between literary-themed tours and excursions, we’ll attend a talk by our featured author, hear from a panel of Icelandic writers, and discover some of the magnificent cultural artifacts in the museums of this book-loving Nordic nation.
The perfect place to discover literary inspiration.”– The Daily Beast
ABOUT THE RETREAT
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.
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, sponsored by the UNESCO City of Literature.
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
Panel Discussion with Icelandic Authors
Meet some of Iceland’s top authors at a panel discussion sponsored by Reykjavík UNESCO City of Literature. The panel will include writers from various genres and introduce participants to Iceland’s vibrant literary scene.
Lecture & Interactive Discussion led by the Featured Author
Our featured author will give a talk about his latest book and the body of his work in general. Discussion to follow. Limited only to IRR participants.
Participate in Select IWR Sessions
In addition, the IRR includes sessions with the Iceland WRITERS Retreat, including:
- A welcome drink, dinner, and reading with IWR and IRR faculty
- Evening receptions
- Pub Night with readings from local authors and live music
- A closing Question and Answer Panel with IWR and IRR featured author
- An opportunity to extend with the Relax, Read, and Write program
Participants will be provided with a short list of suggested books to read in advance that will be discussed during the event.
Adam Gopnik will be our featured author to lead the 2020 IRR. He taught at the second Iceland Writers Retreat in 2015.
We will announce the names of the Icelandic authors on our author panel later this year.
Adam Gopnik has been writing for The New Yorker since 1986. His books include 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.