Led by popular tour leading team, Professor John Richardson and Susi Richardson, this Fred Olsen cruise takes you from Newcastle to the stunning landscapes of Iceland.
Iceland is a magical island humming with energy and natural phenomena. Its beauty comes from a vast volcanic landscape where mighty forces shape the earth: geysers and glooping mudflats, rumbling volcanoes swathed in ice and glaciers grinding their way through mountains. Its rich cultural life encompasses a literary legacy that stretches from medieval sagas to contemporary thrillers by way of Nobel Prize winners, as well as life, music and Nordic style.
This cruise will include a number of shore excursions and talks by dedicated JBT speakers, Irene García Losquiño and Declan Taggart (details below), as well as by the ship's speakers and the tour leaders on subjects ranging from whales (which you will almost certainly see), to the unique natural history and geology of Iceland and the North Atlantic, Viking and Norse culture and history, and an epic journey by sea.
Speakers for Jon Baines Tours
Irene García Losquiño is a María Zambrano Research Fellow at the University of Santiago de Compostela. She received her PhD on runology from University of Aberdeen in 2013 and, since then, she has worked in institutions in Sweden, Scotland and Spain, including a postdoctoral Bernadotte Fellowship at the Onomastics Department at the University of Uppsala. She has written an award-winning book The Early Runic Inscriptions: Their Western Features and many academic articles on the viking southern diaspora. She has also featured in the documentary series Real Vikings, has been interviewed in many podcasts, has written for magazines like History National Geographic and is an experienced international public speaker and writer.
Declan Taggart is a researcher at the University of Iceland working on morality, religion and social structure in early Iceland and Scandinavia. He has published an award-winning book on the god Thor called How Thor Lost His Thunder, many articles related to Old Norse religion and literature, and been invited to lecture to academic audiences across Europe about his work. Beyond academia, Declan has contributed extensively to popular discussions of the Viking Age. He has given talks for schools on the early North and created artistic performances about its literature. He recently published a choose-your-own-adventure game about the settlement of Iceland called Choice of the Viking.
The lovely Fred Olsen cruise ship, Balmoral, is small enough to navigate the most picturesque waterways and offers a warm, refined atmosphere with comfortable accommodation, stylish restaurants and plenty of open-deck space. Guests can relax in elegant and comfortable lounges, bars and public areas, including two Speciality Dining restaurants, the Marquee Bar with comfortable rattan sofas, a beautiful open promenade and two separate swimming pool decks.
Dr John Richardson is an Emeritus Professor of Primary Care and General Practice. He has led study tours worldwide and was a medical escort to parties of war widows and veterans on journeys of remembrance for the Royal British Legion. He has also run many history of medicine battlefield tours. He has visited more than 80 countries and worked in 41 of them as a doctor. John has previously led tours for Jon Baines to China, Central Asia, India, Turkey, Central America, Ecuador and the Galapagos, Namibia, Ethiopia, Indo-China and Burma. He has also given lectures on cruises. John has also acted as doctor to six sailing expeditions with service personnel and students in the Caribbean.
Susi Richardson has travelled widely across the world with John either as an expedition nurse, or as a nurse on war grave pilgrimages for the Royal British Legion, or as co-tour leader for Jon Baines Tours, or accompanying her husband on his British Army medical officer postings.
John and Susi Richardson were the doctor and nurse respectively on The British Trans Americas Expedition 1971-2; the first ever drive from Alaska to Cape Horn and the first crossing of the Darian Gap in Panama. Together, they have co-led Jon Baines Tours tours to Panama, Costa Rica and Nicaragua, to India, to Vietnam, to Malaysia and on cruises.
The cost of the cruise sharing a cabin is from USD $3,192 per person. The cost of the cruise with a cabin to yourself is from USD $4,508.