Iceland is a magical island humming with energy and natural phenomena that turns everyday experiences - a walk, a drive, a dip in a pool - into something that will take your breath away. 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.
As well as its wonderful culture and landscapes, the local people are welcoming and creative and have a progressive, egalitarian sensibility. Here, midwives are known as Ljósmóðir or 'Mothers of Light', which reflects the status that the midwives have always held in Iceland, where formal midwifery training first began back in 1761.
Experience the beauty and culture of this remarkable island while gaining insight into its midwifery and maternal services through a wide ranging professional programme, led by Dame Professor Cathy Warwick CBE.
Sigfridur Inga Karlsdottir - National Guide
We are very fortunate to have the services of one of Iceland's most senior midwives, Inga Karlsdottir, as the national guide for this tour. Inga has worked with us on previous midwifery tours to Iceland and is highly respected within the international midwifery community, as well as being well liked for her warmth and generosity.
Dame Cathy Warwick was Chief Executive of the Royal College of Midwives for 9 years and now works independently. Cathy is also Honorary Professor of Midwifery and an Honorary Professor of Midwifery at Kings College London. In 2006 she was awarded a CBE for services to Midwifery and Healthcare and in 2017 was made a Dame. Cathy lectures, writes and advises on midwifery issues with a particular interest in the organisation of care and the promotion of choice for women. Cathy has travelled widely both on her own and with her family, visiting midwifery units in America, Sri Lanka and South Africa. Professor Warwick has previously led successful midwifery study tours to China, India, South Africa, Nepal, Brazil, Cuba, Vietnam and Sri Lanka.
The cost of the tour sharing a room is USD $4,942. The cost of the tour with a room to yourself is USD $5,380