On the first day, we hopped right off the airplane and headed to breakfast at a local hotel in Keflavík. Then, we headed to the blue lagoons. We eagerly covered our faces with the refreshing silica face mask and drenched our hair with conditioner to prevent chalky hair. We bonded over jokes and showed off our talents and then took some amazing pictures.

(Photo by: Alex Milan Tracy)

(Photo by: Alex Milan Tracy)


The second day was full of exploration. We ventured the streets of Reykjavik, visited the volcano house, and explored one of Iceland’s greatest buildings, the Harpa. Our day was full of laughter and photos! Whether it was at the beautiful church we visited or the amazing landscapes we saw, we all had our cameras at hand. We had dinner later that day and we were privileged enough to eat a wide variety of food. Today was the first day we started working on our on-assignment projects and we are so excited for the adventure that awaits us in Iceland.

The next day, the group woke up and got ready for the day. We ate the last breakfast at the hostel and left Reykjavik with a new bus and a trailer attached to the back that houses our traveling kitchen. We then rode for an hour to the geothermal plant Hellisheiði, where we learned about and documented the process of geothermal energy. The photography and film students took pictures and set up interviews while climate and geology students took notes for their project.

Then we drove for an hour to Þingvellir, where the North American and Eurasian plates are separating Iceland. The group hiked to our trailer, which was patiently waiting for us with lunch. While taking in the beautiful view of the park, we enjoyed our sandwiches and hot drinks.

Next, we drove to the Geysir center. Our group crowded around the big geyser and patiently waited to capture the eruption.

A short drive later, we made it to Gullfoss, one of the most famous Icelandic waterfalls. We put on our rain gear to get a closer look of the falls. Once we were fairly soaked, we all loaded back on the bus one more time and headed to our guest house.

The guest house was surrounded by a beautiful view of the mountains. Two lambs and a dog welcomed us after we enjoyed our chef’s spaghetti in the dining room. Once dinner was finished, we got together with our on-assignment groups to talk about our projects.

Photography and film students sprinted outside to capture the sun’s rays peeking through the clouds while the geology group prepared a presentation for the next day.