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7-Night Iceland Fire & Ice CME AWAY® Land Tour

Land Tour

Chronic PainConcussionsPain ManagementPalliative CareRehabilitationSports Medicine

From October 30th, 2021 - November 6th, 2021

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Faculty & CME Details

Dr. Monica Branigan

Dr. Monica Branigan


Family Practice

About The Speaker

Monica Branigan is a family physician and associate professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto. After diverse experiences in rural, rehab, student health and academic settings, she focused her clinical practice in palliative care. Her education experience is equally varied. Following a MHSc (Bioethics) at the Joint Centre for Bioethics at the University of Toronto, she was responsible for the ethics and professionalism teaching the University of Toronto Medical School from 2002 to 2008. She taught postgraduates ethics, palliative care and communication skills. At the faculty level she was Professional Development Lead for the Division of Palliative Care. Currently she is on the faculty for the Physician Leadership Institute with Joule where she teaches Professionalism and Ethics and is a trainer for Crucial Conversations. She continues training and teaching in mindfulness and compassion skills for physicians. Monica is very curious about how to move the discussion about physician wellness from personal resiliency to environments that support sustainable practice.

Dr. Roman Jovey

Dr. Roman Jovey


Chronic Pain Management

About The Speaker

Dr. Jovey, a family physician and emergency physician for 20 years, closed his practice in 1999, to focus on his twin interests of chronic pain management and addiction medicine. From 1991 – 2014 he was the Physician Director of the Credit Valley Hospital, Addictions and Concurrent Disorders Centre. Since 2005 he has been the Medical Director at CPM Centres for Pain Management, the largest, outpatient chronic pain management organization in Canada. He is also a staff physician at the Michael G. DeGroote Pain Clinic at Hamilton Health Sciences Centre in Hamilton. He is a Past-President of the Canadian Pain Society, a medico-legal expert for the Canadian Medical Protective Association and a provincial Coroner. For over 30 years, Dr. Jovey has been treating patients with chronic non-cancer pain in an outpatient practice setting. He has presented educational workshops and seminars on pain to health care professionals in Canada and internationally.

Dr. Gaétan Tardif

Dr. Gaétan Tardif


Sports Medicine

About The Speaker

Gaétan is a Consultant at the University Health Network and a Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto. He obtained his medical degree at l’Université Laval and holds diplomas in sports medicine and electrodiagnostic medicine. Gaetan was previously Physiatrist in Chief and Medical Program Director, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, a hospital of the University Health Network. He continues to be involved in leadership development at Joule, where he teaches strategic thinking and entry into practice workshops.  He obtained the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors in 2016.  He is a Past-President of the Canadian Society of Physician Leaders and of the Canadian Association of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. Gaétan was also the President and Chair of the Board of the Canadian Paralympic Committee from 2013 to 2017.

CME Topics

This Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 15 Mainpro+ credits.

Pain Management Across the Continuum – From Prevention to Palliation: Movement, Motivation, Mindfulness, Medication

CME AWAY® by Sea Courses is pleased to invite you to a 7-day CME program in Iceland. Dr Roman Jovey (Pain and Addiction), Dr. Gaetan Tardif (Physiatrist and MSK) and Dr. Monica Branigan (Palliative Care) have developed an educational program that will be of interest to family physicians, specialists and allied health professionals. Their programs are designed to be evidence based with interactivity and attendee participation strongly encouraged. They will provide perspectives on common MSK, nerve and cancer related conditions. Dr. Jovey’s topics for this program will include practical pain assessment, optimizing non-opioid treatment, cannabinoids, and safe opioid prescribing. Dr. Tardif will present approaches to preventing pain, spinal pain and other MSK conditions and neuropathic pain Dr. Branigan will discuss mindful approaches to pain control, pain at the end of life and Physician Wellness and resilience. Drs. Jovey, Tardif and Branigan are very much looking forward to seeing you in Iceland.

All Faculty

  • Pain – What Is It?

Dr. Branigan

  • Mindful Approaches to Pain
  • How is End of Life Pain Different?
  • Physician Resilience and Sustainable Practice

Dr. Jovey

  • Practical Chronic Pain Assessment
  • Screening for Psychosocial Risk Factors in Patients
  • Non-Pharmacological Treatments for Chronic Pain
  • Optimizing Non-Opioid Pain Pharmacotherapy
  • The Role of Cannabinoids in Chronic Pain Treatment
  • Safe Opioid Prescribing Guidelines
  • An Exit Strategy for Opioids

Dr. Tardif

  • Physical Activity and Pain Prevention
  • Spinal Pain Assessment and Early Intervention
  • Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes

This course is designed for family physicians, specialists, and allied health care professionals. The aim is to provide evidence-based material, as well as practical and relevant clinical pearls that will be easy to implement into one’s own medical practice. Conference attendees will be invited to complete a pre-course Needs Assessment to assist the faculty with the development of their presentations.

Conference Tuition Price
FP $1295
Specialist $1295
Resident, Retired, NP, RN, PA, Other $1095
Conference Tuition Book Before January 1st, 1970 Book After January 1st, 1970
FP $1145 $1295
Specialist $1145 $1295
Resident, Retired, NP, RN, PA, Other $945 $1095

Venue Information

Each year, during the winter months, travellers journey to Iceland and venture out into the dark to see the magical but elusive northern lights (aurora borealis). This natural phenomenon is the product of collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun that enter the earth’s atmosphere; the results are spectacular! Streaks of colourful light appear across the sky. The colours can vary from white to pink or purple and, most commonly, green. It is known that the best time to witness the lights in Iceland is from late September to mid-April, when the nights are the longest. This light show is truly dazzling and worth the pursuit.

Effective immediately and until further notice, all guests will be required to bring one of the following: proof of vaccination (official vaccination certificate in paper or electronic form), proof of recovery from COVID-19 or a negative test result (FDA Approved diagnostic) for a test performed 72-hours or less from the start date of the tour with you on tour to verify information you will be providing to Collette when filling out the Wellness Declaration upon arrival.

Additional Noteworthy Features

Collette Vacations

CME AWAY® by Sea Courses has chosen Collette Vacations to plan and operate this tour. Backed by nearly a century of experience, Collette (a family owned and award winning leader in travel) is proud to show you the world. Their passionate tour design team travels the globe creating new experiences and staying ahead of the latest travel trends. Plus, with a professional Tour Manager at your  service and local guides by your side, you’ll never miss a thing. Payments will be processed by them and final  documentation will come from them.

Tour Includes:

  • Meet and Greet at Keflavik International Airport
  • Roundtrip group transfers between airport and hotel
  • All taxes and service charges
  • All baggage handling
  • 2 night accommodation at the CenterHotel Plaza, Reykjavik
  • 3 night accommodation at the Katla Hotel, Vik
  • 2 night accommodation at the CenterHotel Grandi, Reykjavik
  • Transportation via deluxe air-conditioned motor coach for all sightseeing and group activities as outlined in the itinerary
  • 7 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches and 5 Dinners (NO BUFFETS)
  • Services of a professional Tour Manager
  • Tips for Tour Manager, Driver and Local Guides

Tour Excludes:

  • All flights
  • Any items of a personal nature
  • Any meals and items not specified
  • Cost of passports and visas (if necessary)
  • Trip Cancellation, Interruption and / or  Medical Insurance – Strongly Recommended

General Points About This Tour

  •  This tour includes moderate physical activity. The itinerary blends some longer days with shorter days and leisure time. Walking tours, as well as walking some slightly longer distances, up stairs and on uneven walking surfaces, should be expected.
  • The Northern Lights are in the Northern Hemisphere from September to April and are only visible when the sky is clear and free of clouds. As this tour is weather dependent, sightings of the Northern Lights are not guaranteed.
  • The Northern Lights’ cruise is weather dependent and may be cancelled in the event of weather.
  • Because the Northern Lights are a winter event, you will be walking and waiting outdoors for them. It is recommended that you wear sturdy, non-slip footwear and warm clothing including hats and gloves.

Activity Level:

You’re an on-the-go traveler. You don’t want to miss a thing, so walking and standing for longer periods of time (1-2 hours) isn’t a big deal. You can navigate hills and uneven ground, climb into various modes of transportation (tuk-tuk, cable car, zodiac, etc.), and could possibly anticipate changes in elevation. You can expect some longer days balanced with free time to recharge or set out on your own adventure.


CenterHotel Plaza, Reykjavík
  • Slap bang in the middle of downtown Reykjavik, Center Hotels Plaza overlooks the city’s oldest square, the central venue for cultural events and performances. Surrounded by shops, restaurants and the harbor, when you stay at Plaza, the buzz of central Reykjavik is always on your doorstep. Each room is designed with bright modern decor and contemporary oak furnishings. Each room has its own free high speed internet connection, as well as free wireless internet throughout the hotel.
Katla Hotel, Vik
  • Located in South-Iceland, about 5 km from Vík in Mýrdal, this countryside hotel offers spacious guest rooms and stunning views of the Mýrdalsjökull Glacier. Guests have free access to the outdoor geothermal hot tubs and a fitness center. The rooms at Hotel Katla by Keahotels are classically decorated and feature a work desk and TV with cable and satellite channels. Guests can enjoy free WiFi in the lobby area and enjoy a drink at the bar. Hotel staff can help arrange area activities, such as horseback riding, snowmobiling or guided walks on the Mýrdalsjökull Glacier. Vik’s black sand beach and Vik Golf Course are both about a 5-minute drive.
CenterHotel Grandi, Reykjavík
  • In the center of Reykjavik's booming creative quarter, you'll find the stylish, industrial Grandi by Center Hotels. The lively hotel reveals the true stylish urban vibe in the city center with live music, cool and comfy design. The hotel includes 195 charming and spacious rooms, a lobby and lobby lounge with floor to ceiling windows. Breakfast is included for you while staying at Grandi. Each room has its own free high speed internet connection, as well as free wireless internet throughout the hotel.

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Itinerary & Schedule

Date Location Notes / CME Details
October 30th Reykjavík
October 31st Reykjavík 8:30 AM—12:00 PM; 1:00 PM—4:00 PM
November 1st Reykjavík - Golden Circle - Lava Exhibition Centre - Vik
November 2nd Vik - Seljalandsfoss - Skógar Museum - Vik
November 3rd Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon - Skaftafell National Park - Vik
November 4th Vík - Blue Lagoon - Reykjavík 3:30 PM—5:30 PM
November 5th Reykjavík 8:00 AM—12:00 PM; 1:00 PM—3:15 PM
November 6th Reykjavík

Day 1     Reykjavík

Welcome to Iceland, a land and culture forged by fire and ice. Where streaming lava fields and massive glaciers sculpt mountains and valleys, leaving thundering waterfalls and plunging fjords. Your tour begins in Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital city. Once you arrive at the Reykjavik airport, you will be transferred to the CenterHotel Plaza where you will enjoy breakfast before heading out on your walking tour. Get acquainted with old town Reykjavik featuring Hallgrimskirkja church, city hall, the harbour, and the Parliament building. After your tour, venture back to the hotel will you are able to unwind and enjoy dinner on your own.  

Day 2     Reykjavík

Spend your day in learning sessions. Tonight, gather with your fellow travelers at a popular restaurant for dinner featuring Icelandic cuisine. Then, take an exhilarating northern light cruise (weather permitting). Leave behind the bright city lights and sail into the darkness of Faxaflói Bay in search of the northern lights – one of nature’s wonders. When revealed, you’ll be dazzled by the flickering light display of bursting colour that unfolds before your eyes. Today breakfast, lunch (for CME Attendee's) and dinner will be included.  

Day 3     Reykjavík - Golden Circle - Lava Exhibition Centre - Vik

Travel the incredible Golden Circle, a route that encompasses many of Iceland's most renowned natural wonders. Journey to Thingvellir National Park, the nation’s most historic area, where Icelanders gathered in A.D. 930 and established what is considered one of the world’s first parliaments. Find yourself standing upon one of the globe’s most geologically significant landscapes, Thingvellir’s rugged rift valley. This UNESCO World Heritage site marks the point where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet. Experience the eruptive energy of the Icelandic landscape with a stop at the geothermal fields of Geysir and Strokkur. Then, marvel at the beauty of the Gullfoss (Golden Falls) waterfall, a stunning 100-foot double cascade. Next, stop at the Lava Exhibition Centre to learn about Iceland's historic eruptions and current lava flows that make the island a showcase of volcanism. Continue southeast to Vik, the southernmost village in Iceland, surrounded by beautiful valleys, beaches, cliffs and mountains. For each of your three nights in Vík, weather permitting, you’ll set out into the peace and stillness of rural Iceland in search of the elusive northern lights. On foot, or with the assistance of our motor coach and driver, you will venture out away from the light pollution to where the views of the sky are ideal. Three nights of searching means three times the likelihood that you’ll find this incredible natural light show. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.  

Day 4     Vik - Seljalandsfoss - Skógar Museum - Vik

 Journey to the mesmerizing Seljalandsfoss, one of Iceland’s most famous and picturesque waterfalls with a walkway behind it. Visit Skógar Museum with its turf-built homes and outstanding collection of artifacts covering all aspects of Icelandic life. Nearby, view the impressive Skógafoss waterfall, one of the tallest in Iceland. Later, see Reynisfjara, a black volcanic sand beach surrounded by basalt formations, cliffs scattered with caves, and rich bird life including the Fulmar, Black Guillemot, Razorbill, Gannet and various types of seagulls. See the unique natural rock formations at Dyrhólaey. Later this afternoon, challenge your taste buds when you try samples of the traditional Icelandic delicacies Hákarl and Brennivín (Icelandic schnapps). After dinner, gaze at the sky in search of the northern lights, a truly spectacular sight. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.  

Day 5     Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon - Skaftafell National Park - Vik

Travel to Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon, filled with floating icebergs. Explore this extraordinary landscape and perhaps see seals swimming in Arctic waters. Travel to Skaftafell, gateway to Vatnajökull National Park, the largest national park in Europe. Vatnajökull is known for having Iceland’s highest mountains, an Alpine environment, and the Vatnajökull glacier, Europe's largest. After dinner, continue searching for the shimmering northern lights dancing across the night sky.* Today breakfast and dinner will be included.  

Day 6     Vík - Blue Lagoon - Reykjavík

Drive along the south shore towards the Reykjanes Peninsula. Known for its rugged landscape, lava fields, and numerous hot springs, the peninsula is home of the Blue Lagoon. Take a dip in the pleasantly warm, mineral-rich waters of the geothermal pool, located in the middle of a dramatic lava field. Return to Reykjavík for your CME sessions, farewell dinner and overnight stay at Center Hotel Grandi. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.  

Day 7     Reykjavík

Spend your last day in Reykjavik in learning sessions. Today breakfast and lunch (for attendees) will be included.  

Day 8     Reykjavík

Depart for home with many incredible memories. Today breakfast will be included.

Pre-And-Post Trip Information

There are no Sea Courses pre or post tours for this CME AWAY. Please click here to design your own!
7-Night Iceland Fire & Ice CME AWAY® Land Tour
We had a fabulous time on our Iceland CME tour. The lectures were practical and left plenty of time for questions. The lecturers were very responsive to the needs of the audience and were engaging and skilled. The venue for lectures was charming and comfortable.
The trip was well organized, and the scheduling was done in a way to maximize our opportunities for touring. The tours were first rate and gave us a real good exposure to the wonderful sites that Iceland has to offer : a place like no other.
The staff were very responsive to our needs and always helpful for great recommendations for local restaurants, etc.
We have travelled with CME Away many times and always have enjoyed the combination of first rate travel with informative CME.
-Dr. Sandi Seigel and Dr. Joel Yellin - Dundas, Ontario, CAN

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