Fire and Ice: Exploring the geology

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Length

8 days

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Price

Program Price to be paid to Montclair State University: $4175

10-14:2

From 12 to 16 travelers

15-19:2

From 17 to 21 travelers

20-25:2

From 22 to 27 travelers

$3,085 $2,655 $2,515

Single occupancy upgrade cost – $ 320

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Dates

March 9 – 16, 2024

Program includes

• 6 Nights of Hotel Accommodation
• All Ground Transportation
• Daily Continental Breakfast
• Welcome and Farewell Dinners
• Historical & Cultural Walking Tours
• Full Time Local Guide
• 24/7 On-Ground Emergency Support
• Travelers Health Insurance & Liability Insurance
• Tips & Gratuities

Program Highlights

• Viking World Museum
• Suðurnes Science Centre
• Blue Lagoon
• Volcanic Reykjanes Peninsula
• Stampar Craters
• Gunnuhver Hot Springs and Brimketill Lava Rock Pool
• Meradalir
• Thingvellir National Park
• Geysir Hot Spring and Mud Pits and Gullfoss
• Kerid Crater
• Fridheimar Greenhouses
• Lava Center
• Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss Waterfalls, Sólheimajökull Glacier, Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, Hálsanefshellir Cave
• Skaftafell National Park
• Svartifoss Waterfall
• Raufarholshellir Lava Tunnel

Itinerary

DAY 1 – DEPARTURE – Saturday, March 9

Depart Home for Reykjavik, Iceland 

 

DAY 2 – REYKJAVIK – Sunday, March 10

Arrive in Reykjavik, Iceland

Airport Transfer – Be picked up by your guide and start the explorations by private bus

Viking World Museum – Here the group will have

breakfast and enjoy the exhibits, and will learn about Iceland‘s viking history.

Suðurnes Science Centre – Learn all about their work. You will be led to a nearby beach where organisms are collected and then examined more closely in the Science Center, and will take a tour of the research facility with a local biologist.

Blue Lagoon – Time to relax and soak in the milky waters of this beautiful lagoon!

Go to Hotel and Check in – Your guide will take you to your accommodation in Keflavík where you will

check in .

Welcome Dinner – The group will be taken for an authentic dinner with a variety of menu options to cater all diets.

 

DAY 3 – REYKJANES GEOPARK – Monday, March 11

Breakfast & Day Briefing 

In-depth Exploration of the Volcanic Reykjanes

Peninsula – Starting with the bridge between continents, where you can cross the rift separating the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. 

Stampar Craters – These are parts of a 800 year old crater series and Reykjavik lighthouse where you can experience the waves hammering at the surrounding cliffs. 

Gunnuhver Hot Springs and Brimketill Lava Rock Pool – Natural pool carved out of an eroded lava shoreline, with a viewing platform to see giant waves.

Meradalir – See the newest lava fields created by two volcanic eruptions in 2021 and 2022.  Stop at the multi-coloured Krýsuvík geothermal area.

Overnight in Reykjavik

DAY 4 – GOLDEN CIRCLE – Tuesday, March 12

Breakfast & Day Briefing 

Transfer to Thingvellir National Park – Situated between two continental plates, Thingvellir National Park is one of Iceland’s most historically significant, sacred and naturally beautiful sites.

Geysir Hot Spring and Mud Pits and Gullfoss  – Waterfalls

Kerid Crater – With distinctive red volcanic rock slopes, measuring 170 meters wide, 270 meters in circumference and 55 meters deep, Kerid crater lake is a 3,000 year old volcanic crater lake in South Iceland, the perfect golden circle Detour. The actual lake itself is relatively shallow, between 7 and 14 metres, depending on rainfall and other factors, but as a result of minerals from the surrounding soil, the water is a unique and strikingly vivid aquamarine shade of blue.

Fridheimar Greenhouses Gain – A unique insight into the processes of greenhouse horticulture and the use of geothermal heating in Icelandic horticulture with a visit to Friðheimar.

DAY 5 – SOUTH COAST – Wednesday, March 13

Breakfast & Day Briefing
Lava Centre – Traverse the corridors, visit the exhibition halls and use the interactive displays at the Lava Centre to discover the colossal and complex natural forces that shape the Earth and began to create Iceland tens of millions of years ago.

Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss Waterfalls, Sólheimajökull Glacier and Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach with Hálsanefshellir Cave

Overnight in the region of Vík/Kirkjubæjarklaustur

 

DAY 6 – SKAFTAFELL N.P. & THE GLACIER LAGOON – Thursday, March 14

Breakfast & Day Briefing
Transfer to Skaftafell National Park –  Short Hike to Svartifoss Waterfall (if weather permits) – Svartifoss (Black Fall) is a waterfall in Skaftafell National Park in Iceland, and is one of the most popular sights in the park. It is surrounded by dark lava columns, which gave rise to its name.

Fjallsárlón and Jökulsárlón glacier lakes stream down from the massive Vatnajökull ice cap, the second largest mass of ice in Europe. Vatnajökull National Park, which covers no less than 14% of Iceland, was recently added to the UNESCO World Heritage List and it’s the largest of its kind in Europe.

Back to the region of Vík/Kirkjubæjarklaustur for the night

DAY 7 – REYKJAVIK – Friday, March 15

Breakfast & Day Briefing
Discover Raufarhólshellir Lava Tunnel in a Guided Tour before heading to Hellisheiði Power Plant – The geothermal power plant of Hellisheidi in Iceland successfully manages to bind

CO2 into rocks and could provide a solution for other industries in Iceland and beyond.

Check-in at your hotel in Reykjavik

Farewell Dinner & Program Closing

 

DAY 8 – RETURN – Saturday, March 16

Breakfast & Day Briefing 

Airport Transfer 

Depart Reykjavik, Iceland for Home

For any additional information or questions please email us at: Info@studyabroadassociation.com

Payments Schedule

First Deposit of $1325 due, via Montclair StudioAbroad credit card payment: November 27th, 2023

Second Deposit of $1250 due, via Montclair StudioAbroad credit card payment: January 16th, 2023

Balance payment of $1600 is on your Montclair Spring 2024 Student Account bill, as an EAES 204 course fee.

For any additional information or questions please email us at: Info@studyabroadassociation.com

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