WHAT CAN WE DO FOR YOU?
The location of GeoCamp offers easy access to geological sites of interest, geothermal pools, vast lava fields and unspoiled cave formations. The area is also close to accessible glacial valleys, rivers and spectacular waterfalls, as well as vast uninhabited nature, all within a couple of hours drive from the Reykjanes Peninsula.
We strongly believe that the best way to learn is by shared experience and active participation. This especially true within the field of natural sciences, where project-oriented approach, field research, on-site visits and hands-on experiments offers the student an added insight and understanding of the environment and our planet.
GeoCamp involves local experts and peers when hosting international study groups, encouraging dialogue on crucial issues concerning Earth sciences and environmental issues.
You can choose from a variety of topics for field research and study tours including geology, renewable energy, volcanology, ocean biology and wildlife, or you can customize your own learning experience by developing your projects with us prior to your arrival.
We arrange various other excursions and recreational activities at Reykjanes, e.g. horseback riding, hiking tours, whale and bird watching, as well as visits to museums, the Blue Lagoon and to the numerous open air swimming pools in the area heated by geothermal water. In Reykjavik you’ll also have the opportunity to experience festivals and activities celebrating various sectors of the city’s vibrant culture, history, music, theatre, design or sports.
NCGE - National Council for Geography Education
Study Tour in Iceland, 2015
Sample itinerary for NCGE tour
The course drew content from several important geographic themes including natural hazards and disaster prevention; human settlement and environmental adaptation; changing geopolitical spheres of influence; sense of place; and global environmental change. We will learn directly from Iceland’s renewable energy experts, visit a fishing vessel and fish processing plant, observe active volcanoes and walk upon receding glaciers and in rift valleys. Led by local guides we will explore historic sites and enjoy Icelandic foods.
Day 1 - Nature: Reception at Reykjanes UNESCO Global Geopark and excursion around the peninsula.
Day 2 - Renewable Energy: Visits to geothermal areas and power plants, Reykjanes Resource Park, Iceland New Energy initiative and reception with US Ambassador and Iceland President at Reykjavik University.
Day 3 - Geology & Geography: Earth Quake Research Center at University of Iceland, excursion to Solheimajokull glacier and the Eyjafjallajökull Volcano. Accommodation in South Iceland.
Day 4 - Nature & Environment: Reynisfjara and Skaftafell National Park, sail on the Glacier Lagoon.
Day 5 - Geography: Visit to the Saga Center in South Iceland and Keldur Soil Conservation Service.
Day 6 - History & Culture: Guided excursion in Reykjavik, Settlement Exhibition and free time.
Day 7 - Golden Circle: Þingvellir National Park, Geysir geothermal area and Gullfoss Waterfall. Visits to Fridheimar Greenhouse and agricultural areas.
Day 8 - Policy & Energy: Lectures at Departments of Civil Protection and Emergency, National Power Company and University of Iceland Department of Geography. Reception at the US Embassy.
Day 9 - Resources: Visits to fishing villages and resources in Reykjanes Peninsula, Blue Lagoon.