LAND OF ICE AND FIRE: SUMMER FIELD STUDY IN ICELAND
Iceland is a friendly place to travel and an easy place to bring students. The language barrier is negligible in most areas, crime is low, food and water are safe for consumption everywhere, and risks are typically no greater than those at US field sites. Logistics are straightforward and arrangements easily made. Although there are no travel restrictions for foreigners, driving safely in the back country requires considerable expertise because few rivers have bridges. Consequently, we have always hired an outfitter with a skilled driver and a 4WD bus. Surprisingly, hiring an outfitter has actually been cheaper than renting vehicles and doing our own driving. The outfitter also has provided a cook and tents. To keep costs down, we have camped while in the countryside and stayed in the Youth Hostel while in Reykjavík. Including airfare from Boston, costs for summer 2015 are estimated at $3K per person for 15 days for a group of 20-25 people.
We have developed a set of forms for international travel that serve as a template for all of our international travel and can be modified for use at other institutions. We have also written a field guide for our Iceland field study. These documents, plus the pre-field seminar assignments, are available on request.