Program 641a: Finding Europe in America; Cruise Ship Nightmare; Iceland Backcountry

Release Date: 02-24-2024


Get ideas and tips from TV host Samantha Brown for finding little corners of Europe in the New World, then hear an author's dramatic firsthand account of a near catastrophe on a cruise ship caught powerless in a freak winter storm off the coast of Norway. And a tour guide takes us to the wild, windy, and wonder-inspiring backcountry of Iceland.


  • Samantha Brown, host of the "Places to Love" public TV travel series
  • Travel writer Chaney Kwak, author of "The Passenger" (Godine)
  • Tour guide Yorick Harker

Additional Info

  • Samantha Brown hosts the "Places to Love" travel series on public TV.
  • Chaney Kwak writes about his experience on the Viking Sky cruise ship, when it nearly ran aground off the Norwegian coast in a severe winter storm in March 2019, in his book "The Passenger."
  • A Cruise Critic review of the Viking Sky cruise ship, now that it's been fixed up again.
  • The website has information to help you venture safely onto the backroads of Iceland, and to help track your whereabouts on the country's gravel backroads. Road and weather updates in English are on the website.
  • Visit Iceland tracks the latest on volcanic eruptions on the island, and suggests how visitors may safely view them.
  • Yorick has used, and recommends, Iceland Camping Equipment in downtown Reykjavík for arranging equipment rentals for the backcountry.
  • Rick's senior writer/content director at Rick Steves' Europe, Cameron Hewitt, presented a one-hour talk in 2018 about planning a visit to Iceland.
  • The Rick Steves online guide to Iceland.
  • Yorick recommends exploring the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, north of Reykjavík, which includes the Vatnshellir Cave that inspired Jules Verne to write about the underworld.