A field trip to a multiple natural hazard area
A field trip to remember
An excursion to southern Iceland is included in the programme but is optional (price 24.000 ISK). A guided bus drive and short walks to view the spectacular and natural hazard prone area southeast of Reykjavik, and learn about the multiple disaster risk management employed there.
Iceland´s southern mountain range traverses a belt of active volcanoes, including Hekla, Katla and Eyjafjallajökull, infamous for massive disruptions with ash and lava eruptions. We begin in communities threatened by earthquakes and volcanic activity, including the geothermal village of Hveragerði, where a new field of bubbling hot springs surfaced during earthquakes in 2008. Further east we will visit communities that have had to tackle repeated volcanic eruptions in the last decades. At the end of the day we will enjoy local lobster in a rustic restaurant by the seaside in a community challenged by the open Atlantic Ocean as well as seasonal floods in nearby glacial rivers.
The trip that lasts for 8-9 hours will give a unique opportunity to view the scenic landscape of southern Iceland from mountains to the black sands of the basalt coast, and learn at the same time about the various risk management measures that have been developed for this area.
The Blue Lagoon – Optional
Date: 22 August
Departure: from University of Iceland at 18:00
Price: 14.000 ISK
The Blue Lagoon’s warm water and natural active ingredients; mineral salts, silica and blue green algae help you relax and unwind while the Blue Lagoon white silica mud gently cleanses and exfoliates the skin. The mineral salts balance and relax body and soul.