Iceland: The Perfect Blend of Education and The Environment

Not many students can say they’ve explored the ancient land of Vikings, kayaked through glacial lagoons or had an opportunity to learn more about climate change and sustainability in a place where it’s all happening. For students with an interest in environmental changes and geology, there’s only one place that can give them a once in a lifetime opportunity to see it all in action: Iceland.

Iceland is anything but average. In this gorgeous country, students can see erupting geysers, flowing lava and breathtaking waterfalls all in one trip. This incredible country has a rich history, dating back to the eighth century when it is believed to have been discovered by Irish monks. Its dramatic landscape is unlike anywhere else in the world, and spending time in this beautiful country is a must for students with a passion for the environment.


A study of the Earth and all of its amazing properties would not be complete without a trip to Iceland. Formed 25 million years ago by an exploding volcano, Iceland is a place where students can get a better understanding of the shifting tectonic plates, discover geysers and glaciers, relax near babbling streams and take in the majesty of the mountains. Iceland is home to some of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world, and students can get up close and personal with stunning rocks and land formations that have a story to tell. Hot flow springs, quiet islands, boiling mud pools, geothermal fields and caves are just a few of the geographical wonders that can be explored in Iceland. There’s no better way to capture the beauty of Mother Earth than through a visit to this dynamic country.

Environmental Studies

Students who are pursuing a future in environmental studies will quickly fall in love with Iceland. Iceland’s unique combination of natural and human-made environments provide countless study opportunities for eager learners. While there is much to explore when it comes to human interaction in Iceland’s biggest city, Reykjavik, there are also many small fishing villages and farms that play a large role in the environment of the country. Walking tours through state parks or a day learning about The Golden Circle gives avid environmentalists plenty to see, learn, and do.  For a first-hand look at the effects of climate change, the ever-changing glaciers are the place to be. Not only is a trip to Iceland packed with natural beauty and breathtaking scenery, but it’s also a mecca for hands-on learning.


When it comes to sustainability, Iceland leads the way. This country, although home to fewer people than Anaheim, California, is steps ahead of most of the world when it comes to renewable energy. Iceland is a strong example of how renewable energy can be used to power a modern community, and the rest of the world could learn a few things from the land of fire and ice. Ninety percent of homes in Iceland are powered by renewable energy, and both geothermal and hydro energies generate heat, electricity, and transportation for over 80% of the country. For students who aim to be the change when it comes to going green and cutting back on the general carbon footprint, Iceland is a great place to start.

Not only can students pack their Icelandic adventure with educational opportunities, but this small country also offers incredible eateries and street food, unique shops, fascinating museums, and a local community that is friendly and welcoming.

Regardless of when they visit Iceland, students are in for an adventure they’ll never forget. A hot-spot for all things environmental, Iceland gives students a life-changing opportunity to learn more about the world as they know it while empowering them to make it a better place than they found it.


by Diana Eastman