Iceland has succeeded in doing what many countries consider impossible: transforming its energy system from fossil fuels to renewables. During our week-long Study Tour, we investigate environmental engineering solutions in Iceland’s unique setting – learning from engineers at the University of Reykjavik, exploring how geothermal, hydropower, and wind generate a fossil-free energy supply, and considering the broader applicability of these Iceland-specific engineering approaches to global climate challenges.
Our Study Tour is supplemented with relevant cultural visits and events to help you learn more about Iceland and further contextualize your studies.
- Gain an understanding of the unique assets – and challenges – of environmental engineering in Iceland
- Explore the development of environmental engineering tools and technologies widespread in Iceland and evaluate their global applicability
- Assess the promise and pitfalls of large-scale “green” power plants and more locally-scaled renewable energy production
- Meet with environmental engineers at the University of Reykjavik to learn about current research and development
- Experience the raw power of Iceland’s glacier-fed waterways, the source of Iceland’s hydroelectric prowess, and speak with engineers and environmental activists
- Visit the Hellisheiði geothermal plant, the largest power station in Iceland, where constant continental rifting generates energy harnessed for local residents and – controversially – burgeoning heavy industry