JWG (jwg) wrote,

Our recent trip Iceland

We took an incredibly wonderful trip to Circumnavigate Iceland, stopping at various incredible spots including some small islands along the way. It was a Harvard Alumni tour - along with groups from other universities and organizations.

We were on Le Champlain, a really nice ship in the fleet of Ponant, a French company. It was launched in 2018 and the company has 5 others like it. About 160 passengers and 115 crew members. The food was excellent (a French ship of course) and we ate too much. The crew was mostly formally dressed and lots of them greeted you at various times. Dining was in a large room with tables of 2, 4, or 6 people. We usually sat down with people we didn't know and had a nice time chatting about this and that.

Each day we made one or two stops and then went on walking tours, or short bus rides to various sights. There were local guides who were knowledgable and entertaining as well. This country is full of beautiful and interesting sights. We had been there for a couple of days in 2001 on the way to Stockholm and saw a bit of it then. This was a great way to see a lot of things. It is nice way to travel - essentially you stay in a hotel that takes you to places so you don't have to move luggage, pack and unpack, etc. On some afternoons thay had people lecturing on various topics and we went to a few of them which were quite interesting. An example was explaining the difference between the Arctic and the Antarctic.

I'll be posting a lot more about this trip with a gazillion pictures - but not for a few days. I like to wait a couple of weeks after a trip to go through the pictures.
Tags: iceland2019, travel

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