FSC Fieldwork Locations
You can choose from a range of fieldwork courses based in four locations in Iceland. Each site has been specifically chosen for its suitability for appropriate fieldwork and each offers support from or exposure to ongoing research and projects which help to give students an understanding of the practical, real-life applications of fieldwork.
The sites are all located in the south-west of Iceland close to some of the most visited sites within our current itineraries, meaning you can easily include a visit to them within your chosen itinerary.
Horticultural University of Iceland, Hveragerdi
Hveragerdi Geothermal Park, Hveragerdi
There are a number of geographical fieldwork links to hazards, energy and ecosystems that can be investigated in and around the geothermal areas of the town. For biologists there is useful information on the hot spring spider and fly, which are able to withstand very high temperatures in the geothermal springs, whilst students can undertake sampling work to measure how abiotic and biotic factors of geothermally heated water change with distance from a geothermal outwash source.
You might also choose to visit the nearby Sudurnes Science and Learning Centre. Focussing on natural sciences and incorporating the Southwest Iceland Nature Research Institute and The University of Iceland’s Research Centre in Sudurnes, it has a strong focus on natural sciences and teaching, with specific ongoing projects investigating ecological research, ecotoxicology and prevention and cure of diseases attracting scientists from across the globe.
Here there are opportunities to learn more about the research work undertaken and its relevance in the real world, as well as conducting laboratory work to examine samples.
Opportunities for fieldwork are based around urban climate and sustainable urban development, investigating how urban development affects the local microclimate and examining how geothermal and other renewable sources of energy help satisfy the city’s energy demands.