The next day, guests will continue to the even more remote Hornstrandir peninsula. As the northernmost point in the country, it’s an ideal place to experience the Arctic summer’s 24 hours of daylight—perfect for viewing the wildlife, from whales to puffins, guillemots, and kittiwakes. While you might have to rely on binoculars to spot some of these residents of Iceland, you’ll meet other locals up close. Joining the Iceland Hangout are leaders in fields as varied as energy, economics, geography, philosophy, and art. You’ll get to explore the Hornstrandir peninsula with them, or simply join them in the ship’s lounge for cocktails and conversation at the end of the day. They will also be presenting informal talks and q & a sessions on everything from the natural wonders you are seeing to the remarkable ability of Iceland to rebound, individually and collectively, from fiscal collapse.
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