Stories from the Field
Exploring Iceland’s Lofthellir Ice Cave
July 21, 2014
Today our group visited Lofthellir, a 3,500-year-old ice cave near Lake Myvatn that was formed by lava. When we arrived, we put on our boots, helmets and headlamps, clambered down a metal staircase, and then squeezed through a small gap in the rock to enter the cave. Once we got into the cave, we saw that it was well worth the trouble. We were in awe of beautiful, and ancient, ice formations all around us, from floor to ceiling. We saw huge icicles hanging precariously from the ceiling, and we saw ice on the ground built up from hundreds of years of dripping water. We slid, crawled, crouched, and walked, appreciating every inch of the cave. After about half an hour of walking, we sat down for some reflection. One by one, our headlights winked out. In mere seconds, it was pitch black — dark enough that you could forget your eyes were open!
Jennifer’s College Essay, Iceland Expedition
April 11, 2016
I believe the greatest challenge my generation will face is climate change. I traveled to Iceland this past summer with National Geographic and witnessed climate change in action. On a small boat in an iceberg-filled lagoon, I saw a beautiful glacier crumbling to pieces. Right before my eyes, chunks of ice were falling off of the glacier and into the lagoon. The beautifully clear blue glacial rivers flowed beneath my shoes. Yet, these rivers were evidence of the quickly melting glacier.
Alyssa’s Adventures, Q&A from Three Expeditions!
April 27, 2016
What made you choose these four Student Expeditions trips?
I first chose Ecuador because it seemed like something that was most familiar. I’m Mexican-American, so the fact that I could understand and speak the native language of the country made me feel more comfortable and close to home. Also, the opportunity to visit the Galapagos and get an up-close experience with the amazing nature there through learning about animal conservation really excited me.