Iceland 2017

During this 16-day field excursion, we will learn about geologic hazards through the exploration of Iceland; a country that is young and raw in its geology. We will venture all along the southern coast of Iceland and up into the volcanic interior for a 6-day backpacking trip. We will explore recent volcanoes, lava tubes, hot springs, olivine beaches, glacial bays, waterfalls, and alpine canyons. We will see a country heated and powered almost exclusively by hydro and geothermal power. The trip is camping and hiking intensive and the weather can be epic, so be ready for a challenge and an adventure.

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This course is offered with a total of six (6) credits. Four (4) of them are GLY-1103 or GLY 2500 credits and two (2) optional HPC-2545 Effective Leadership and Group Development in International Expeditions credits. The optional HPC credits will involve additional work, evaluations, and outside reading. Pre-departure lectures and workshops will be held at 5PM on Wednesday evenings March 17' through the end of the semester.


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Signing Up

All students wishing to sign up need to speak directly with Brian Zimmer in Rankin Science South 109 before registering. Once registered, you can secure your spot on the trip by paying your $300 deposit. Once 14 deposits have been paid, the course closes. Details on registering here.


*Program dates are tentative. Appalachian reserves the right to cancel or alter the program format in case of conditions beyond the university's control. The program cost is subject to change pending currency rate fluctuations and the number of program participants.

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