Iceland is a country rich with history and full of natural beauty. Drawing upon our class discussions and readings of primary texts, medieval sagas, and poems of the Viking Age, we visit Viking landmarks and historical sites, providing a glimpse into the culture and values of the Viking Age. We 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, and magnificent waterfalls, the island’s varied scenery can be described as ‘otherworldly.’ We 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.
- 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
- Visiting the National Museum, Manuscript Museum, and Saga Museum
- Experiencing the Blue Lagoon
- Excursions to lava fields (on horseback), massive waterfalls, geyser parks, and other natural spectacles
- Following the path of the Eyrbyggja Saga, and the Golden Circle around Western Iceland