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Iceland 2015 Day 1

Greetings from Iceland!!

After tons of traffic, we all made it to Logan in time for our flight.  We arrived about 6:30am in Reykjavik to some cloudy, cool and damp weather.  By 9:00am, the sun had broken through for a great day of sightseeing throughout the city.

First - about us...there are 37 travelers in our group and our local tour director Helga.  25 of us are grads and the rest are spouses and relatives of grads.  About half of us have never traveled with Stonehill before.  Of the other half, some have gone on most of our trips.  Our grads represent nearly every decade - we have grads from the '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, and '10s!!

Professor of Biology Maura Tyrrell has joined the group as faculty host!

Some of what we saw and did today (before 2pm):  a reproduction village, a tour of the National Museum, the amazing Concert Hall (Harpa), the House of the Reagan/Gorbachev Summit of 1986, the beautiful Lutheran Church in the city's center and tons more 'drive-bys' like city hall, Parliament, the Viking Town, the in-city salmon fishing river and a snack with amazing views from the Pearl.

Some headed to Fosshotel Reykjavik and others stayed in the city center for shopping and exploring.  We have our Welcome Dinner tonight at 7pm and (we hope, really, really hope) we head out to see the Northern Lights - weather permitting.


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