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7-Night Iceland’s Magical Northern Lights Land Tour

EndocrinologyInfectious DiseasesMetabolism

From October 26th, 2023 - November 2nd, 2023

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Faculty & CME Details

Dr. Jill Trinacty

Dr. Jill Trinacty


Endocrinology & Metabolism

About The Speaker


Jill Trinacty is a Nova Scotia native and obtained her medical degree at Dalhousie University. She completed her Internal Medicine residency and Endocrinology and Metabolism residencies at University of Ottawa where she is presently a lecturer. She obtained her American Board of Obesity Medicine designation in 2021. She currently practices at LMC Ottawa, Bariatric Medical Institute and Bruyere Continuing Care. She currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Endocrinology and Metabolism section of the OMA.

Dr. Wayne Ghesquiere

Dr. Wayne Ghesquiere


Infectious Diseases

About The Speaker


Dr Wayne Ghesquiere is a Clinical Infectious Diseases, Tropical Diseases and Internal Medicine consultant in Victoria BC as well as the former section chief for infectious diseases with the Vancouver Island Health Authority, VIHA. Wayne is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine with UBC. He is an attending physician at the Royal Jubilee and the Victoria General Hospitals in Victoria. He has an inpatient and a private outpatient practice in infectious diseases.

Wayne is the chair of the annual Infectious Diseases Update in Victoria now in it’s 26 year. Wayne is the medical director of the Nova Travel Medicine Clinic. He served as the Co-Site Director of GeoSentinel surveillance (BC) which is a joint project of the International Society of Travel Medicine & Centre of Diseases Control, Atlanta USA.

Current areas of interests include clinical research in Hepatitis B antiviral therapy, new vaccines, teaching and presenting. Recent publications in peer reviewed journals include the New England Journal of Medicine, Lancet, Journal of Clinical Infectious Diseases, CMAJ, Gut, Hepatology and Open Medicine.





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CME Topics

Updates on Infectious Diseases & Endocrinology

CME AWAY® by Sea Courses is pleased to invite you to a 7 night CME program land tour in Iceland from October 26 to November 2, 2023. Dr. Wayne Ghesquiere (an Infectious Disease specialist from BC) and Dr. Jill Trinacty (an Endocrinologist  physician from ON) 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. Dr. Ghesquiere will present on adult vaccines, soft tissue infections, STD’s, COVID, using Antibiotics and pandemics. Dr. Trinacty will present on diabetes, continuous glucose monitoring, adrenal and thyroid disorders among other things. Drs Ghesquiere and Trinacty look forward to seeing you in Iceland. Dr. Wayne Ghesquiere
  • Are Your Adult Vaccines Up to Date in 2023?
  • Common Outpatient Skin and Soft Tissue Infections: “Show and Tell”
  • STD Update in 2023: “Everything, everywhere, all the time!”
  • From COVID to Community Acquired Pneumonia: Treatments made easier to understand- really!
  • Top Ten Antibiotics You Use in Your Practice: Resistance isn’t futile!
  • From Viking Ships to Discount Jets: The history of pandemics and what can we do for the future
 Dr. Jill Trinacty
  • Cardiovascular and Renal Protection in Type 2 Diabetes
  • New Agents in Diabetes Management
  • Continuous Glucose Monitoring – Making Sense of Sensors
  • Work up of Adrenal Incidentaloma
  • Thyroid Cases – Take Homes for Testing
  • Completing the Work up for Hypogonadism

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 $1395
Specialist $1395
Resident, Retired, NP, RN, PA, Other $1195
Conference Tuition Book Before January 1st, 1970 Book After January 1st, 1970
FP $1245 $1395
Specialist $1245 $1395
Resident, Retired, NP, RN, PA, Other $1045 $1195

Venue Information

Experience the “land of fire and ice” and chase the aurora borealis across an ethereal wonderland. In the dark of the night, search for the northern lights as you drift along on an evening starlit cruise. Travel the “Golden Circle,” home to renowned natural wonders, and spend time at Thingvellir National Park, gaze at Gullfoss waterfall, and see the explosive geothermal fields at Geysir. Explore Skógar Museum and see traditional turf-built homes. Walk on a black volcanic sand beach. See Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon filled with floating icebergs. Relax in the warm, mineral-rich water of the Blue Lagoon. Spend your days surrounded by natural wonders and your nights in search of the elusive dancing lights.

Additional Noteworthy Features

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 Hotel Dyrholaey
  • 2 night accommodation at the CenterHotel Midgardur, Reykjavik
  • Transportation via deluxe air-conditioned motor coach for all sightseeing and group         activities as outlined in the itinerary
  • 8 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches and 6 Dinners
  • 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:

  • 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.
  • 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.

Tour Activity Level: Level 3/4

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.  

Itinerary & Schedule

Date Port / Location Arrival Time Departure Time Notes / CME Details
October 26th Reykjavík Arrival Day
October 27th Reykjavík 8:30 AM—12:00 PM; 1:00 PM—4:00 PM
October 28th Reykjavík - Golden Circle - Lava Exhibition Centre - Vik
October 29th Vik - Seljalandsfoss - Skógar Museum - Vik
October 30th Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon - Skaftafell National Park - Vik
October 31st Vík - Blue Lagoon - Reykjavík
November 1st Reykjavík 8:00 AM—12:00 PM; 1:00 PM—3:15 PM
November 2nd Reykjavík Departure Day
Day 1—Thurs, Oct 26—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 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 where you will be you are able to unwind and enjoy dinner on your own. Day 2—Fri, Oct 27—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 and dinner will be included. Day 3—Sat, Oct 28—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—Sun, Oct 29—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—Mon, Oct 30—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—Tues, Oct 31—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 CenterHotel Midgardur. Today breakfast and dinner will be included. Day 7—Wed, Nov 1—Reykjavík Spend your last day in Reykjavik in learning sessions. Today breakfast and lunch (for attendees) will be included. Day 8—Thurs, Nov 2—Reykjavík Depart for home with many incredible memories. Today breakfast will be included.  

Pre-And-Post Trip Information

There is no group pre or post tour for this tour and conference, but one of our advisors are happy to work with you individually to extend your stay!

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