Invitation from Margaret Atwood

Since her childhood spent in the woods of Northern Ontario and Quebec, Margaret has been a passionate conservationist and a tireless advocate for the natural world. A deep believer in the power of getting people out into nature, Margaret invites you to travel alongside her in 2023.
Graeme Gibson Svanur Thorkelsson and Margaret Atwood

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The late Graeme Gibson, storyteller and poet Svanur Thorkelsson, and author Margaret Atwood, all Adventure Canada staff experts on our Iceland Circumnavigation, 2018

Dear friends,

I invite you to join me on the upcoming 2023 expedition with Adventure Canada, Iceland to Greenland: In the Wake of the Vikings. I have been travelling with Adventure Canada since 2001, when my late husband Graeme Gibson and I first joined them as staff for their Arctic Odyssey expedition. In the twenty years since, we travelled nearly every year with them, and were always deeply impressed by the calibre of the experience.

There’s nothing quite like an Adventure Canada expedition. The experience you will have is profound, but also entertaining. The staff members take their subject matter seriously, but not themselves. That to me is deeply Canadian: we don’t suffer stuffed shirts gladly. Graeme and I were avid conservationists and birders, and we both knew there is no better way to connect with the natural world than to get out into it ourselves—boots on the ground, seals in the water, ravens above.

I hope you’ll join me as we search for whales and seabirds, and explore breathtaking fjords along this seldom-visited coastline. I'll be giving a special presentation aboard the Ocean Endeavour. Maybe we'll even be lucky enough to hear some poetry in Old Norse or Anglo-Saxon, spoken as it was a thousand years ago. That's only one of the Icelandic treats awaiting us!

Hwaet! (Behold!)

Very best,


About the Author

Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood, whose work has been published in more than forty-five countries, is the award-winning author of more than fifty books of fiction, poetry, critical essays, and graphic novels. 2021 marks twenty years of her travelling with Adventure Canada.

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