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  • Locations: Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 2.5 Housing: Hotel
Number of Credits Offered: 0-2 Eligible Population: 01 Freshman, 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior
Type of Program: Faculty-led Area of Study: Integrative Studies
Study Abroad Host: Field Studies in SAIL Open to non-Mason Students: Yes
Program Description:

Blue Lagoon, Iceland

Fire & Ice: The Geology of Iceland 

Join us in the 6-day exploration of Iceland, the “Land of Fire and Ice”. Nicknamed for the constant contrasting forces of glaciers and volcanic centers that pull the island apart. Iceland has been the backdrop for many movies such as The Game of Thrones.  Led by Dr. Julia Nord (Mason department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Earth Sciences) you will visit Geysir geothermal area, the namesake for all geysers, bathe in the Blue Lagoon, visit stunning waterfalls and have the opportunity to walk on a glacier.  You will also see Thingvellir National Park, centered on the surface representation of a mid-ocean ridge and a geological hot spot where North America and Eurasian plates are pulling apart. Thingvellier was also the site of the first Parliament worldwide.  These breathtaking geological sites showcase the geothermal energy that courses just beneath the surface of Iceland – you’ll learn how this geothermal energy provides power and heat, how it aides agriculture on the island, and discover how this powerful force is interwoven with the cultural heritage of the Icelandic people. 

Program Details

Seeking Credits for the Following:

  • School of Integrated Studies (INTS) 498 Field Based Work
  • Earth Sciences (GEOL) 315 Topics in Geology II


This program is open to all students including students who do not attend George Mason University. 


Hotel in Reykjavik. Triple occupancy is standard, Double and Single occupancy can be arranged please contact Greg Justice

Program Cost (Summer 2018): $4,850.00

  • Tuition (2 credits)
  • Airfare
  • Ground transportation in country
  • Accommodations  
  • Most meals
  • International Emergency Insurance
Not Included:
  • Personal spending

Contact Information

Program Manager

Greg Justice

Academic Director

Dr. Julia Nord


Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.