May - June 2019
  • Day15

    Ships Docking

    May 27, 2019 in Iceland ⋅ ☀️ 10 °C

    25) We completed our trip to Iceland by heading back where it all began, the Keflavik Airport. Throughout our travel, we took the Ring Road, which encompasses the entire island and connects many major landmarks to a single route. It was definitely a trip of a lifetime and I will greatly miss the beautiful 'Land of Fire and Ice.'Read more

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  • Day14

    Kerid Crater

    May 26, 2019 in Iceland ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    24) On our way back to the airport, we stopped at the Kerid Crater, an old volcano that collapsed inwards. Iceland has many active volcanoes and while in the country, I had the opportunity to visit the Lava Center where I was able to learn more about the history of the volcanic activity in Iceland.

  • Day13

    Hiking Update!

    May 25, 2019 in Iceland ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    23) We found Sigridur Tomasdottir's (lady who saved Gullfoss) grave in the National Park where we were hiking! She was laid to rest beside a little church on a hill.

  • Day13

    Hiking

    May 25, 2019 in Iceland ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    22) On our last free day in Iceland, we hiked about 10 miles around Geysir Hestar. We discovered a National Park and a tiny hot spring on our great adventure in the forest.

  • Day12

    Gullfoss

    May 24, 2019 in Iceland ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    21) The last waterfall we saw was Gullfoss, a very long and powerful waterfall about five minutes from Geysir Hestar. Viewing the waterfall was an especially exciting moment because we had learned much about Sigridur Tomasdottir (the lady who saved the waterfall from being destroyed) in class.

  • Day12

    Context and Culture

    May 24, 2019 in Iceland ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    20) In regards to the contextual factors, talk about one and what you learned while we were in the country that helped you understand that factor in more depth?

    The economy of Iceland is a huge contextual factor when viewing leadership and the country itself. Iceland had an economic collapse in 2008 that affected virtually everyone in the country. Banks and businesses were going bankrupt and many struggled financially. The boom of the tourist industry in Iceland helped the country recover. I did not realize prior to visiting the country that tourism is the main source of income for the country now. I assumed fishing was still the largest industry. Staying in Reykjavík allowed me to see how many stores and businesses rely heavily on tourists for profit, as there are streets upon streets of stores for tourists to buy t-shirts, sweaters, hats, and more. The increase in tourism also explains one reason for why so many Icelanders speak English fluently, as the shop keepers interact with tourists every single day and practice speaking the language often.

    In regards to the culture factors, talk about one and what you learned while we were in the country that helped you understand that factor in more depth?

    Food and the nutritional diet of a typical Icelander were very interesting to note while visiting the country. Prior to traveling, I understood that there was much more fish in the diet than I was used to, but I did not realize how utterly different the cuisine was. When we visited the grocery store, beef and chicken—which are staples in the American diet—were limited in availability and the prices were quite expensive. Instead, I was able to try many different fish options which were all unique and some were tastier than others. I also did not realize how popular lamb was in their diet. It was quite common to find lamb on a restaurant menu; yet, this factor makes sense as sheep are common livestock in the country. Many of the fresh fruits and vegetables in Iceland are imported into the country due to the difficulty of growing them in the harsh environment; however, upon visiting the Friđheimar, we learned that some produce is grown with greenhouse technology. Tomatoes grown in the Friđheimar tasted just like tomatoes we have in America but they were fresher and local, as they were grown right there in the restaurant. It was a unique opportunity to experience Icelandic cuisine and note the stark differences between it and American cuisine.
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  • Day11

    Geysir Hestar

    May 23, 2019 in Iceland ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    19) We finally arrived at Geysir Hestar, a horse ranch where we are spending our remaining days in Iceland. The horses in Iceland are unique because they have five gaits and are much shorter than American horses.

  • Day11

    Not another waterfall!?!

    May 23, 2019 in Iceland ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    18) The name of this waterfall was Seljalandsfoss and it was another exciting stop on our way to Geysir Hestar. Here I walked behind the waterfall where I danced with my friends and got soaked!

  • Day10

    Beach Day!

    May 22, 2019 in Iceland ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    17) We stopped at several black sand beaches on our way to our final destination in Iceland. There were "diamonds" on several of the beaches as pieces of glaciers broke off and washed ashore; however, one lucky ship got a real diamond as well!

  • Day10

    (Water)falling for Iceland

    May 22, 2019 in Iceland ⋅ ☁️ 6 °C

    16) The second day of our service in Seyðisfjörður, the caretaker of the nearby cemetery took a small group of us outside the town to hike to a few waterfalls. I hiked as close as I could to the waterfalls and it was absolutely gorgeous. Talking with our guide was difficult at times due to the language barrier but it had improved significantly over the few days we were with him as he shared with us stories about his personal life.Read more