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Architecture and Adventure Tour to Iceland

Iceland - Architecture and Adventure
August 25 - September 4, 2017

ONLY ONE DOUBLE ROOM AVAILABLE

This tour will be an outstanding experience for us! Iceland, which is about the size of Kentucky, has some rather interesting contemporary architecture and amazing natural wonders and our tour will incorporate both aspects of this island country. We’ll spend time in Reykjavik where our guide - who is also an architect - will lead us through the most exciting architectural buildings in the city, such as Harpa – Icelandic Concert and Conference Centre by Henning Larsen Architects and Olafur Eliasson, Hallgrimskirkja (Hallgrimschurch), Perlan (“The Pearl”), Austurvollur Square and Asmundur Sveinsson Sculpture Gallery to name a few. A high point will be our meeting with architects Steve Christer and Margrét Harðardóttur who designed Reykjavik City Hall and the Supreme Court Building. Steve and Margrét will guide us through both of these buildings. We will also visit Nordic House, a cultural institution opened in 1968 and operated by the Nordic Council of Ministers with a library designed by Alvar Aalto. Its goal is to foster and support cultural connections between Iceland and the other Nordic countries. Our next destination will be Gerdarsafn - a progressive art museum that specializes in modern and contemporary art. We'll spend three nights at the ION Adventure Hotel near Gullfoss, which will provide us with both architecture and adventure. In addition, we will fly to Akureyri on the northern side of the island where visits will include Hof, the new cultural center, and the main church Basalt Akureyrarkirkja (1940) that was designed by Guojon Samuelsson and the Diamond Circle. Plus, as long as there's darkness, there’s the possibility of seeing the Northern Lights.
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SAH thanks The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Fund at The Chicago Community Foundation for its operating support.
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