You only protect what you love,

You only love what you know,

You only know what you have been taught

Guðmundur Páll Ólafsson naturalist

Photocredit @veronicaspann

Understand Iceland specializes in study-abroad tours for college and university students in the United States who want to explore Iceland's dynamic nature and history.

We organize trips around Iceland, focusing primarily on topics ranging from geology, biology, sustainability and nature conservation to history, archaeology, and culture. 

We create connections with academic departments and research institutes, allowing students to interact with local experts in various disciplines and study Iceland through visits, lectures, and field excursions.

We explore the most amazing scenery in Iceland: stunning volcanoes, lava fields, black beaches, and glaciers.

Along with academic study programs, we offer various outdoor activities, depending upon the wishes of the group.​

We are passionate about every tour and proud of our personalized service.

The groups are always led by an Icelandic guide with first-aid certification and a safety plan is made for every tour. 


 Send us an email  to require or book a study tour. 

Lectures and courses by our local experts

We have a wide range of local experts within different disciplines that will provide lectures for your students on various topics:

Dr. Brynhildur Bjarnadóttir

University of Akureyri

A lecture on a specific methods of tackling ongoing climate change with solutions to bind CO2.

University of Akureyri

Steingrímur Jónsson

University of Akureyri

A lecture on ocean currents and properties of the waters of the N-Atlantic and the influence of climate change and future prospects.

University of Akureyri

Jóhann Örlygsson

University of Akureyri

A lecture on biological production and second-generation biofuels from lignocellulosic biomas and production of high-value chemical building blocks.

University of Akureyri

Oddur Þór Vilhelmsson

University of Akureyri

A lecture on the organism commonly found in extreme ecosystems and their potential utilization in waste degredation ect.

Ögmundur Knútsson

University of Akureyri

Seminars on fisheries split in 3 parts; Global fisheries, Transformation of the Icelandic fish industry and Fisheries and climate change.

Hreiðar Þór Valtýsson

University of Akureyri

A lecture that focuses on fisheries in Iceland, the quota system and the overall goals of fisheries management in general. The effects of the system of today are discussed.

Ásta M. Ásmundsóttir

University of Akureyri

A lecture on microplastics, where it originates from, if it is possible to get rid of it and where one can find it in the environment.

Hjörleifur Einarsson

University of Akureyri

A lecture on development of products through utilization of side products from traditional food production.

David C. Finger

Environmental Impact assessment

University of Reykjavík

A 3 week (8h/day), 6 ECT, MSc level course. The course is composed theroetical lectures, hands on experience and writing a statement.