Iceland has been tagged as “the land of ice and fire.” For those interested in witnessing firsthand both extremes, Study Abroad Iceland provides travelers with opportunities to get up close to – and by up close, I mean touching, walking, smelling, and tasting – three of the largest glaciers – Eyjafjallajokull, Solheimajokull, and Jokulsarlon – and four of the most active volcanoes – Eldfell, Katla, Hverfjall, and Krafla. For those wishing to step into a land known for its sustainable and eco-friendly practices in energy, food production, and tourism, then Iceland provides that richness, too, as you hear from the locals as they share insight into past and current trends, as well as contemplate the future. Finally, for those hoping to leave behind the stressors of life in the United States and enter into a place known for its tranquility and peacefulness, the time spent in northern Iceland provides just that.
Listen to the comments of the most recent Study Abroad Iceland students, and consider whether this is the trip for you to take in 2020:
“Today we learned about the fishing industry and the connection Icelanders feel to the area. Because of the resources, and the eventual consequences of taking advantage of those resources, they have learned how important resource management, including the tourism industry, is to the country. I learned that you cannot wait for others to lead, you have to be the change yourself.” ~SS
“There’s no other way to describe how I’m feeling besides ‘home’. I’m not scared, stressed, or worried. I feel free, calm, and joyful. I’ve always struggled with depression but on this trip, I haven’t had a bad day. Some say Disneyland is the happiest place on Earth. Well, I say Iceland is!” ~HR
“Standing in front of that glacier was surreal. I felt small and a little overwhelmed but I also felt connected with it. I felt alive and a part of something more. Truly incredible day in nature.” ~MM
“I enjoyed listening to the sounds of the boiling hot mud bubbling up out of the earth while the birds happily chirped in the background. The rock formations were stunning. I was in quiet amazement standing between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. I’ve thought of this day for months and I was not disappointed!” ~CM