|Photo courtesy of Leif Norman||Author: Judy Sólveig Richardson, Arborg, MB|
In the early winter, an idea was born to two men who have no genealogical ties to Iceland. Both had wanted to travel to our homeland for some time, and they made a definite decision. Ian McCausland and Evan Kuz went to the guy they knew could help them – Leif Norman, a colleague in the professional arts community in Winnipeg. Sitting in a coffee shop in the darkest days of winter, the three brought the idea to fruition: a tour of selected parts of Iceland would occur and the people taking part would be those Winnipeggers working in the professional arts.
The group will first visit Iceland’s capital city and then go on a self-driving tour to the Westfjörds. During their ten-day trip, they will never travel more than 200 kilometers in a day. However, the purpose of the trip is not one of tourism – it is to be a voyage of learning and discovery. Participants are interested in the technical side of art and the cultural world, particularly in the areas of photography, graphic design, and architecture. It will, in fact, be a cultural expedition. In Leif’s judgment, “Ninety percent of visitors to Iceland just do regular stuff, going to Reykjavík and doing the Golden Circle,” but this group will be radically different. For Leif’s group of voyagers, cultural exchange of ideas will be key.