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Iceland, Greenland & the Faroe Islands

Topics in Human-Environment Interactions: Natural Resources in Iceland, Greenland and the Faroe Islands

GEOG 3550 - 4 credits

Course Dates: August 15 - August 30, 2014
Location: Iceland, Greenland, and the Faroe Islands
Instructors: Russell Fielding
Application Deadline: July 1 or when course is full (SPACE IS LIMITED)

Description:  This travel course is designed to give students an introduction to the cultures, landscapes, and especially the natural resources of Iceland, Greenland, and the Faroe Islands.  Students will start in Denmark and travel primarily by ship, following the route of the Viking expansion from mainland Scandinavia through the islands of the North Atlantic.  Through in-field research, lectures by local scholars and experts, organized tours, independent explorations, and personal cultural exchange, participants in this course will come to a better understanding of the intrinsic connections between natural landscapes, human society, and the globalized world.

Throughout the program, students will explore traditional ecological knowledge, commercial and traditional food production in the North Atlantic, historical geography of Norse expansion, and conduct guided geographical fieldwork.  In Iceland students will focus their studies on geothermal and hydroelectric energy production, volcanoes and glaciers, and the legacy of Norse sagas. In Greenland, students will study the effects of climate change on Greenlandic culture and hunting traditions and the collapse of the Norse colony in West Greenland.  While in the Faroe Islands, students will learn about the Faroese cultural and political independence movement, traditional Norse farming, livestock raising,  whaling, and fishing methods, and island geography.

Prerequisites: Prior coursework in human or physical geography, natural resources, or environmental science is beneficial, but not required.  All enrollments are contingent upon instructor approval.

Approximate Travel Costs*:

Airfare: $1,000 - 1,500 (Students are responsible for making their ownflight arrangements.)
Program Fee: $TBD including optional trip to Greenland
$TBD excluding the optional trip to Greenland
(Program fees are applied to tuition bill. Fee covers lodging, most meals,  required activities, ground and boat transportation.
 Program fees are non-refundable.)
Cancellation Fee:  $TBD (Billed to student account in the event the student drops the course.

*These expenses are estimates subject to change.  Cost of tuition is additional.

For more information, contact Russell Fielding at

SPACE IS LIMITED! Applications are being accepted  until July 1, 2014 OR until the course is full. 

Application forms available online at