July 11-25, 2004
A Student Only-Oriented GeoTrip
Brevard College, Brevard, North Carolina
Jim is a magnetostratigrapher with interests in Neogene volcanism and foreland basins who has been leading international field trips since 1996.
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Designed for students only, this GeoTrip will visit the classic geological localities of Iceland on a low-frills budget. Participants will camp and prepare meals in a group kitchen tent. Eighty kilometers of hikes will take us through spectacular volcanic and glacial scenery.
The trip begins in Baltimore and will fly to Reykjavík to make a 12-day loop around the country, starting at Thingvellir, Gullfoss waterfall, and Geysir geothermal area, near the capital. Next, we'll head to Myvatn, in northeastern Iceland, where we will hike through Krafla caldera and investigate other volcanic areas. Then, after passing steep table mountains to get to Askja caldera, we'll swim in the acidic water of the 1912 Viti crater within the caldera. Several days will be spent in southeastern Iceland around the Vatnajokull ice sheet, visiting the valley glaciers descending from the large icecap. Hikes at Skaftafjell National Park lead to spectacular overlooks of the ice. We'll continue across southern Iceland to the Lakigigar craters from the 1783 eruptions and proceed to the hot springs at Landmannalauger where a slowly cooling obsidian flow heats the water. Upon returning to Reykjavík, we will have a free day and night in the city with the final stop at the Blue Lagoon on our way to the airport.
$2100 for GSA student members
$2200 for nonmembers.
$200 deposit is due with your reservation and is refundable (less $75) through May 1. Balance is due May 1. Firm minimum number of participants: 21.
Included: Ground transportation, all meals, classroom programs and materials, guidebook, and map.
Not included: Roundtrip airfare to Iceland from Baltimore, airfare to and from Baltimore, camping equipment (tent and sleeping bag), alcoholic beverages, and other expenses not specifically included.
To register for this trip, please contact Sandy Doss, Holbrook Educational Tours, 1-888-890-0632.