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.


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

The Southwest and the Golden Circle
During orientation in the first week, the program explores 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 get a glimpse into one form of sustainable community. They also visit geothermal and hydropower plants, thereby gaining an immediate introduction to the country’s energy production.

The South and Landmannalaugar
During a trip to the south of Iceland in the end of the program, students take in Iceland’s tremendous geologic diversity. Students discover the beauty and uniqueness of Iceland’s landscape including volcanoes, glaciers, impressive waterfalls, lava fields, black-sand beaches and more. Students also have time to hike at Landmannalaugur, a unique landscape with multicolored rhyolite mountains, or dip into a relaxing hot spring.

Costs Dates

Credits: 9

Duration: 7 weeks

Program Base: Westfjords

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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