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Exploring the Wonders of Iceland With My Teenage Grandson
Evelyn Hannon

My sixteen year old grandson, Josh and I have two big interests in common. We both have a terrific love of photography and adventure travel - the kind of travel that allows us to delve into environments and cultures different from our own. At heart, Josh is a nature boy who loves the outdoors and has a keen eye for capturing the beauty in his surrounding. He also is a patient, uncomplaining, 'go with the flow' kind of explorer. So when I received an invitation to travel to Iceland with one of Insight Vacations escorted tours, I knew exactly who I would take with me as my assigned photographer. I couldn't imagine asking anybody else.

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Josh and I have gone on city photo walks since he's been a little kid. Back then the first map he posted in his room had circles scribbled in black marker around all the places he planned to visit. Whenever I discussed the assignments I had around the world he always sighed and said, 'You're so lucky. I wish I could go there, too.' Naturally, I saw this Iceland opportunity as our chance to work together. I would tell the story to my audience in words; he would tell it to his social media followers via photographs.

The perfect way to travel together...

Realistically, if we were roughing it on our own in this rugged country a 76 year old grandmother could never keep up with a 16 year old energetic young man. Happily, Insight Vacation's award winning itinerary 'Natural Wonders of Iceland' was a perfect solution for us. We travelled in an extremely comfortable air conditioned bus, there was WIFI on board (which Josh was grateful for) and extended legroom (which I loved), our bags were handled for us and the hotels we stopped at were all very well chosen. All we needed to do was show up in the morning and we were transported in style to the major highlights that this picturesque environment had to offer.

Our Icelandic guide, Snorri Valsson didn't carry one of those usual guiding flags in the air. He didn't have to; we could always spot him in his very florescent orange jacket and yellow cap. Josh and I both appreciated his good stories and expertise but loved the fact that he gave us plenty of quiet time to think our own thoughts as we took in the rugged beauty we were traveling through.



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