Land of Fire and Ice!  The spectacular beauty of lava fields, volcanos, fiords, glaciers and waterfalls draws thousands of visitors to this island nation yearly.  Formed by the pulling apart of the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates, the rugged landscape attracts artists, photographers, and filming crews, such as Game of Thrones.  Established by Vikings, it has the oldest parliament (930), purebred Icelandic horses, a Nordic German language, a state Lutheran church, and no standing army.  Equally enticing are the technology and commitment to sustainable energy, particularly large scale heating and electrical generation coming from geothermal power plants.  Add the exceptional warmth and English fluency of the Icelanders and you understand why visiting Iceland has become such an attraction.

  • Bathe in the warm mineral-rich geothermal waters of the Blue Lagoon in the middle of black lava field
  • Travel the Golden Circle: Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir, geothermal bakery, and greenhouses
  • See Eldhraun, the largest mass of lava ever to flow
  • Visit Skaftafell National Park, Vatnajokull Glacier, and stunning Jokulsarion Glacial Lagoon
  • Explore Reykjavik, the capital
  • Tour South Shore’s Myrdalsjokull glacier, the black sand coastline, the impressive Reynisdrangar rock formations, and Skogar folk museum
  • Board a monster 8-wheel glacier truck to reach the entrance of the ice cave in Langjokull glacier
  • Fly to Akureyri, North Iceland, area of extreme contrasts, bird life, whales, flora, geothermal activity, geology and saga. See Lake Mývatn area is by many considered the most beautiful and at the same time the most catastrophic place in Iceland, stopping at Go›afoss Waterfall and all the highlights of the area, such as Hverir Mud Pools, Grjótagjá Rift, Dimmuborgir Lava Fields and many more.

Dates

May 8 - 18, 2018

Cost

Estimated trip cost: $3500 - $4300 (including FPU school subsidy for traditional full time undergrad students).

Inclusions

  • International round trip flight to and from Fresno airport
  • Accommodation 6 nights in Reykjavík hostel with breakfast (4 bedroom with private bathroom, lockers in room and linen included)
  • Accommodation 3 nights in the countryside with breakfast
  • Private airport pick up and drop off
  • Breakfast upon arrival
  • Entrance and towel at the Blue Lagoon
  • Visit to Nesjavellir power plant
  • Geothermal bakery tour at Laugarvatn Fontana
  • Visit to Greenhouse at Fri›heimar
  • Day tour Into the Glacier
  • Domestic round trip flight to and from Akureyri
  • Taxes for domestic flight round trip
  • Transfer to and from Reykjavík airport
  • Transfer to and from Akureyri airport
  • Entrance and towel at Mývatn Nature Baths
  • Whale Watching in Akureyri
  • Entrance to Skógarsafn Folk Museum

Exclusions

  • Airport transfers if not arriving or departing with group bulk air
  • Beverages, snack, lunches, dinners unless otherwise noted
  • Room outside of normal check-in/check-out times
  • Transfer to the Whale Watching
  • Optional excursions, activities, museums or pre and post trips not mentioned above

TUG scholarship

Up to twelve $500-$800 scholarships will be awarded, primarily on a first-come first-served basis, to students enrolled in the traditional undergraduate program on the main campus. (Degree completion, graduate and seminary students do not qualify for these scholarships.)

Course credit

Spring 2018 Phys Sci 486: Earth Science with special lab experience in Iceland  4 units

Fulfills General Education Physical Science 150 equivalent and meets Focus Series International requirement

Registration deadline

A $500 registration fee will hold your place and will be applied toward the balance due.  Apply Now:  https://www.fresno.edu/programs-majors/study-abroad/summer-short-term-study-abroad-application

Payment is due in three increments: December 1, 2017, February 1, 2018, and March 1, 2018.

Cancellation notice to Dr. Pratt or Dr. Cianci before January 7, 2018, will receive a full refund of all payments. After January 7, a $500 registration fee will be charged, and remaining payments will be refunded.

Contact information

To receive more information and to get your name on a list of possible participants for a tentative itinerary, updates, reminders and an application form, please contact: