Iceland: Vikings and SagasOptional Study Tour

Required Course(s)
Iceland: Vikings and Sagas
5 Day(s)
Reykjavik & Western Iceland
Spring semester
Spring 2018, $1195

Iceland is a country rich with history and full of natural beauty. Drawing upon our class discussions and readings of primary medieval texts, sagas, and poems from the Viking Age (800-1050), we will visit Viking landmarks and historical sites, providing a glimpse into the culture and value of the Viking Age. We will bring the Icelandic Sagas to life as we follow in the footsteps of the colorful characters.

In addition to its storied past, Iceland boasts stunning landscapes and an intriguing modern culture. With its glaciers, spouting geysers, volcanoes (hopefully dormant!), raging rivers and magnificent waterfalls, the island’s varied scenery can be described as ‘other worldly.’ We will experience the natural beauty of Western Iceland, Reykjavik, and the surrounding areas, as we explore how the landscape affected Viking culture and how history continues to influence modern Icelandic philosophy.

The study tour to Iceland is an integrated part of the Iceland: Vikings and Sagas course. You will travel with your professor and classmates allowing you to connect theories presented in the classroom with experiences in the field.

Tour Objectives

  • Gain insight into the social and cultural world of the Vikings as rendered in the culture and history of Iceland
  • Develop an understanding of Viking Age religion and culture
  • Identify the role of the Viking Age in contemporary Icelandic consciousness

Possible Activities

  • Visit the National Museum, the Culture House, and Saga Museum
  • Experience the Blue Lagoon
  • Excursion to lava fields, massive waterfalls, geyser parks, and other natural spectacles
  • Follow the path of the Egil's Saga, and the Golden Circle around Western Iceland
  • Experience the Northern Lights (weather permitting)