Travel and learn - NEW

Travel and learn - NEW

08.06.2010 | Oddný Björg Halldórsdóttir

For all who are interested in learning about Icelandic nature, history and culture, a marvellous opportunity awaits. A Learning Journey workshop are held in the summertime in Patreksfjörður in Vestfjords.  After each daily workshop, the group visits local sites to experience firsthand what was discussed each day.
The lectures teach at the University of Iceland, and are all respected scholars in their respective fields.
Patreksfjörður is a small, friendly town called Patró in daily conversation situated on the southern part of the West fjords.  Life for the local population of 600 revolves around the fisheries and agriculture.  The townspeople are friendly and hospitable.
The easiest and probably most enjoyable way to peek into the Icelandic national spirit is by spending some time in a small town such as Patró where people live and work in close communion whith the forces of nature.


The following topics will be discussed during the workshop:

1. Geology of Iceland A general discussion about Iceland's geology, its characteristics and distinctiveness.  Particular attention will be given to geology in the West fjords.  After the lecture, a field trip is taken and various notable geological formations in the area are examined.
2. The ancient manuscripts - Icelandic Sagas.  The lecture will cover the origins of the Icelandic Sagas, the main authors and their characteristics, followed by a brief discussion on Icelands's most notable historical sites.  the second part of the lecture focuses on one manusript in particular, the Saga of Gísli Súrsson.  This saga combines various aspects of old Icelandic literature, and is good example of work that brings excitement and energy to history.  After the lecture, sites mentioned in the Saga of Gísli Súrsson are visited.
3. Modern Iceland. The country's economic sectors, government and infrastructure are discussed.  Following the lecture, companies and institutes in the district will be visited.
4. Icelandic nature.  A general discussion about Iceland's natural environment, including vegetation and wildlife.  The second part of the lecture will focus in particular on stunning Látrabjarg cliff and its teeming birdlife.  The day's field trip is to Látrabjarg.
5 Icelandic Culture.  Today's topic will focus on modern Icelandic literature, with discussions centred on several authors.  The Icelandic film industry will also be covered.  The afternoon is free time for participants, and an Icelandic film will be shown.

The dates this summer 2010 are: July 31st, August 7th and 14th.

Price € 1800

included: accommodation in comfortatble flat, seminar and field trips, lunch for 5 days and one dinner.


This is a wonderful oportunity to experience an Icelandic community in a unique way.

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