Spotlight on Iceland
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Spotlight on Iceland

A guide to custom programs in Iceland

The untamed terrain of this European island country is flecked with glaciers, geysers, hot springs, and volcanoes, giving Iceland the well-earned nickname, “The Land of Fire and Ice”. The rugged landscape is not the only story of contrasts, however – a closer look at Iceland’s economic history also shows incredible adaptability.

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Customize Your Program

Designing Your Custom Program

We believe this kind of learning experience demands a unique travel itinerary, and that’s why we specialize in customized travel programs. Whether its J-term, spring break, May-mester, etc., our program development team, alongside our Global Academic Team, will consult with you to translate your curriculum into a one-of-a-kind learning experience that will deliver the educational outcome you’re looking for. From selecting your destination to identifying interactive experiences that bring your classroom to life, our thematic approach ensures that your goals drive every decision we make together.

A Personal Partner

Once your program is developed, you’ll work directly with an account manager who will be your champion, working directly with our large team of logistical experts, curriculum specialists, and on-the-ground partners. Our loyal clients see their account managers as an integral part of their own university teams, ensuring that your program is uniquely yours each and every year.

Meet our VP of Program Development

JeDSC_7280nnifer Fisher leads a team of WorldStrides’ program development specialists, working directly with new university clients to globalize their curriculum with short-term faculty-led cultural immersion experiences. Jen brings a passion for customized curriculum solutions to this role after more than 20 years working with institutions of higher learning.

To begin customizing your program, give us a call at 1-800-422-2368.

Topics to Explore

In Iceland, you might choose to explore some of the following topics:

Industrial Investment

Thanks to the abundant green energy available in Iceland, the country has become a growing hub of industrial investment. From off-shore oil exploration to information technology, to tourism and manufacturing, Iceland has an increasingly robust and diverse economy to offer to foreign (and domestic) investment.

Locally-grown Fare

For centuries, Icelanders used smoking, pickling, or drying methods to preserve their foodstuffs during the harsh, long winters. In this country of contrasts, Icelandic cuisine is no different. Examine how Iceland is still very much self-sufficient when it comes to food production. Delve in to the unique cuisine of Iceland, visit a geothermal greenhouse, and tour a dairy to see how Skyr is made and marketed.

Renewable Energy

Iceland is synonymous with renewable energy – in fact, Reykjavik’s motto is “pure energy”. Geothermal power facilities account for 25% of the country’s electricity production, while 72% is generated through hydroelectric power stations. Tour a power plant located along an active volcanic ridge to learn how hot-water is processed for geothermal energy.

Viking Heritage

Icelanders are immensely proud of their Viking heritage, and have maintained many of the original tales and traditions by passing them down through generations. Explore traditional Icelandic arts such as weaving, silversmithing, and wood carving. Walk in the footsteps of the original Norse settlers, read some of the sagas and eddic poetry, and be sure to keep an eye out for the storied elfin folk!

Spotlight on Iceland

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View of Reykjavik - Reykjavik, Iceland

The services sector and tourism have experienced unprecedented growth in recent years – reaching 20% annually. With its young work force (40% of the population is aged 25-54), and a low inflation rate (1.6%), Iceland appears poised to maintain its well-earned economic growth.

Prior to the 2008 financial crisis, Iceland was on its way to becoming one of the most prosperous countries in the world. Though it suffered a crippling recession and massive emigration, Iceland has made leaps and bounds towards a full economic recovery. By allowing its currency (the krona) to collapse during the financial crisis, Iceland made itself more competitive, causing it to rebound more rapidly than many other European countries. This isolated island nation, with its quickly diversifying economy, is certainly one to watch.