• Iceland’s Way from a Settlement to a Nation


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  • Duration

    10 days

  • Accommodation

    2-star hotel in Reykjavík

During this interdisciplinary program, you will explore Iceland’s rich and unique history and culture. Due to its geographic location, the Icelandic culture, language, and nature have not lost any of their charm over the centuries. Today, Iceland is well known for its mixture of tradition, modernism, its rough climate, and warm-hearted people. Explore Iceland’s unique development from a settlement to a nation.

  • DAY 1

    • Overnight flight to Reykjavík, Iceland (group flight can be booked separately)

    Stay 8 nights at a 2-star hotel in Reykjavík

    • Arrival at Keflavík International Airport (KEF)
    • Check-in at the hotel and orientation session by your CEPA On-Site Coordinator
    • Guided walking tour of Reykjavík, during which you will see prominent sights of the city such as the Harpa Music Hall or the Lækjartorg
    • Welcome dinner at an Icelandic restaurant
    • Admission to the Settlement Exhibition – Reykjavik 871± 2, which focuses on the history of the first Vikings that came to stay in Iceland. A special remark is that the complex is built around ruins of a Viking longhouse.
    • Visit the Culture House. The exhibitions feature different objects, reaching from thousand-year-old treasures to the latest in Icelandic art.
    • Guided tour of the National Museum of Iceland to explore the permanent exhibition “Making of a Nation”, which will give you a complete insight into Iceland’s history

    • Guided bus tour of the Golden Circle, which is one of Iceland’s most popular routes. Discover Iceland’s highlights, such as the famous Geysir and Strokkur in the Haukadalur valley, the Þingvellir National Park, or the Gullfoss waterfall. Your bus tour will include a stop at the Friðheimar Greenhouse for lunch.

    • Free day to explore the capital of Iceland further at your own pace
    • Guided tour of the Icelandic Ocean Cluster to learn about the Icelandic seafood industry, its high-end food processing structures, and to get an introduction into Iceland’s ocean cluster
    • Audio-guided tour of the National Maritime Museum of Iceland. Seven exhibitions give insight into the maritime history from the early Viking settlements to the late 20th century and the economic importance it still has today.
    • Admission to the Hallgrímskirkja, which is Iceland’s tallest and most famous church. Its unique architecture is inspired by the fascinating shapes that occur when lava cools into rock. Your admission will also include access to the tower top.
    • Guided tour of the Harpa Music Hall, which is one of Reykjavík’s most prominent landmarks. Learn about the exciting history of this site, beginning with the financial crisis in 2008.

    • Guided bus tour of the Reykjanes UNESCO Geopark, during which you will visit the ON Geothermal Energy Exhibition. Additionally, you will see the geothermal areas in Krýsuvík as well as the dramatic coastlines on the Southern coast of Iceland.

    • Admission to Perlan, which is situated on top of a hill on the edge of Reykjavík. The museum displays several exhibitions on the different biotopes that are present in Iceland and also features a walkable ice cave.
    • Enjoy a free afternoon in Reykjavík
    • Farewell dinner at an Icelandic restaurant
    • Departure from Keflavík International Airport (KEF)
  • What’s included in this sample itinerary:

    Academic and professional excursions with special presentations • cultural excursions and field trips with local, bilingual guides • entrance fees and reservations • accommodation in a 2-star hotel (twin rooms for students; single room for the faculty) • daily breakfast • welcome and farewell dinner • 1 additional group lunch • local transportation by private bus as needed • public transportation passes in Reykjavík • on-site coordinator during excursions • orientation session • time to study, instruct, and explore

  • Program fee starting at € 1,770 per participant based on a group size of 15
  • All program fees are calculated to include participation of one accompanying faculty or group leader.
  • Prices are based on a minimum number of 15 or 20 paying participants.
  • The actual quote for a tailored program will vary depending on different factors, for example: the actual program dates, the final participant number, the duration of the program, the visits and excursions included, as well as varying exchange rates

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