A road-trip movie about a couple of guys nearing the end of life's road, Land Ho! is a sweetly simple tale that underscores what we already know but too often forget: adventurism and finding your bliss are not destined just for the young.

A road-trip movie about a couple of men nearing the end of the life’s road, Land Ho! offers a sweetly simple tale that underscores what most people already know but too often forget: Seeking adventure and finding bliss aren’t destined just for the young.

Mitch (Earl Lynn Nelson), a profane and lovable crank of a man, invites his quieter, more erudite brother-in-law, Colin (Paul Eenhoorn), on an expenses-paid trip to Iceland.

Actually no longer brothers-in-law, they had been married to a pair of sisters.

Mitch asks Colin to accompany him to Iceland, in fact, to take a breather from the suffocation of loneliness.

Once in Iceland, nothing of world-changing import happens: They hang out with a young relative of Mitch’s and her best friend, on their way back from Greenland. Colin starts to get back his mojo, thanks to a Canadian hiker (Alice Olivia Clarke); Mitch gets to look at natural beauty, such as an explosive geyser, that he has long wanted to see.

Mostly, though, Mitch and Colin — who appear in almost every scene — just talk and argue, bond and bicker, relying on a friendship built through years of life experience.

That they happen to be doing it with one of the most dramatically gorgeous landscapes on the planet as background (take a bow, cinematographer Andrew Reed) makes it all the more memorable. There are no huge laughs or thunderbolts of insight in the film but merely warm smiles of recognition. The new-wave-influenced soundtrack, specifically the 1983 hit In a Big Country by Big Country, also works surprisingly well.

The directing and writing team of Aaron Katz and Martha Stephens takes a low-key, naturalistic approach to the material — a la an indie film.

The lack of a dramatic buildup could be irksome, but the chemistry between Mitch and Colin makes it work.

Land Ho! won’t be everyone’s idea of a great trip, but the journey is worth taking.