Home, Independence, and Sheep

It’s hard to find words to describe the Wilderness Center. When we first drove up, we were flooded with excitement as two dogs ran around the bus eager for us to get out and pet them, little did we know that the dogs were just the tip of the iceberg. We got a tour through […]

The Beauty of Change and Adaptability

Thanks Corbyn! Today was full of options, changes, and wet bus seats. We knew it was going to rain today, so our plans for Day 12 were decidedly undecided as of last night. This morning, a soft rain greeted us as we walked to breakfast. The rain seemed like an indicator for no hiking this […]

Interdisciplinary Insight in the Land of Ice

Höfn, Iceland is a quaint community located on the Eastern side of the island know for its fish, glaciers, and the University of Iceland Research Center. As a class, we were fortunate enough to visit the research center and experience three different lectures presented by Kirstín the meteorologist, Snaevarr the glaciologist, and Thorri the director […]

From Moraines to Ice Caves

Halló from Iceland! We began with a little blast from the past, 1784 to be exact.  We started the day with a short trip to the ruins of the Fire Sermon Church in Kirkjubæjarklaustur.  This was the church where the Fire Sermon was spoken during the Laki eruption in 1784.  While here we discussed a […]

A Day for Reflection

Hello friends! Today we find ourselves in a lovely little hostel in Vik, a town on the southern coast of mainland Iceland. Due to unforeseen changes in plans, we have a free day today to study and reflect on what we have experienced thus far. We have yet to see Vik (it’s 9:15 am and […]

Heimaey to Vik

Hello and welcome to the blog!! Due to weather concerns, it was decided to leave a day early from Heimaey to avoid possible cancellations of the ferry boat! Thus, today was an unscheduled travel day that was somehow still packed with free time, class discussion, and even a hike on a volcano! Our Schedule Breakfast […]

Volcanic destruction and creation in the Westman Islands

January 17th was our first day on Heimaey in Vestmannaeyjar (Westman Islands).  One of the strongest tourism attractions to this island is the puffin colonies in the summer. However, this island is much more than simply that; in 1973, the Eldfell volcano erupted, lasting about 6 months until the lava cooled and the dust settled. […]

Geothermal Energy and Good Views

Today started off sort of hot and also sort of cold and I’m not talking about the weather. I’m talking about the high and low temperature fields right below our feet in this country. Those temperature fields are used for producing geothermal energy here in Iceland. With that being said, the beginning of our day […]

Weather Delay to Educational Day

Our Tuesday morning started off with a little uncertainty due to poor weather conditions, but thankfully our entire trip is about adaptability. Most students started off the day finishing up Njal’s Saga, a thirteenth century saga depicting the lives of earlier Icelanders. Though our initial plan was an excursion elaborating on Iceland’s early governing systems, […]

A Break from Reyk

Halló from beautiful Reykjavik, Iceland!!   On the final day in the country’s capital city, Gusties awakened to what looked like a picture perfect day in terms of weather, a nice contrast to the previous day’s winds impressive even to their standards upon The Hill. The morning kicked off with the standard breakfast provided by […]