OCORSICA April 2015 / ARMENIA April 2015 / THE IRELAND OF YEATS June 2015 / SOUTH EAST SICILY October 2015 / ALONG THE VIA AEMILIA October 2015
The Vikings: Iceland, Denmark & Northern Germany
POSTPONED TO 2016
DR COLLEEN BATEY AND NICHOLAS FRIEND
It is a mistake to dismiss the Vikings as mere raiders, rogues and tough traders. These popular stereotypes strongly differ from the complex picture that emerges from decades of archaeological excavation in their heartland – Iceland, Denmark, and northern Germany. To deepen our understanding of the Viking cultural legacy we travel to the principal areas where they established and sustained their egalitarian well-ordered society. We emerge with a far more complete story of them as poets, lawmakers and originators of the modern jury system, and as great artists; as perceptive people who valued design, and fine craftsmanship. Yes, they were fierce and fearsome, yet were also a culturally well-developed people with a strong ethos and sensitivity to the natural world. Striking archaeological remains are testimony to the full extent of their nature.
COST £3965 members, £4015 non-members, £350 single room supplement, £350 deposit, includes flights London-Hamburg, Copenhagen-Reykjavik and Reykjavik-London, nine nights accommodation, all breakfasts, six dinners with wine, all lectures, all entrance fees, all private minibus travel during the tour, all gratuities, VAT.