Iceland: Renewable Energy, Technology, and Resource Economics (Summer)

Educational Excursions

Please note that in order to take advantage of dynamic learning opportunities, program excursions may occasionally vary.


Explore the geology underneath Iceland’s energy
Students will explore all of Iceland’s astonishingly varied landscapes: glaciers, volcanoes, fjords, geothermal fields, highlands, lava flows, rugged coastline, and infinite waterfalls. Students will experience the power of nature, which is evident in every aspect of this constantly transforming island. Witnessing Iceland’s energy sources will provide students an essential understanding of the geology beneath energy utilization.

The Southwest and the Golden Circle
During orientation in the first week, the program will explore Iceland’s southwest region, including the Golden Circle. The circle includes Geysir Geothermal Area, Gullfoss waterfall, and Thingvellir National Park. While hosted by the eco-village Sólheimar, students will get a glimpse into one form of sustainable community. They will also visit geothermal and hydropower plants, volcanic craters, and small fishing villages, thereby gaining an immediate introduction to the country.

Travel to Landmannalaugar
Traveling into the highland interior of Iceland — only accessible in summer — students will take in Iceland’s tremendous geologic diversity. This excursion brings students into the heart of Iceland’s geothermal zone, providing students with an unparalleled understanding of geothermal power.

Costs Dates

Credits: 9

Duration: 7 weeks

Program Base: Ísafjörður

Language Study: Icelandic

Prerequisites: Previous college-level coursework or other significant preparation in engineering, economics, environmental studies, or related fields, as assessed by SIT. Read more...


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