Volcanology Field Camp





July 29 - August 17, 2013


 Three credits/Three weeks


Application Deadline: Closed - Session Full

If you like to be on waitlist please contact Nuri Uzunlar, Director

Cost: $3,695.00 undergraduate and graduate. Cost includes tuition, fees, food, lodging and daily transportation to the sites.  Cost does not include airfare to Reykjavik . Airfare from US to Reykjavik ranges between 600 and 1500 USD depending on starting point. Registration on a rolling basis through March 1, 2013 unless filled earlier. Course limit is16. additional registrants will be waitlisted.

Arriving Reykjavik no later then morning of Sunday July 29 and leaving Reykjavik on August 17, 2013

Register online

Iceland is a volcanic wonderland (Pictures from 2012 Camp).  This course in volcanology will explore Iceland from the south coast where the Mid-Atlantic Ridge comes ashore to the highlands near the focus of the Iceland mantle plume.  Subjects that will be considered include: basaltic and rhyolitic lava flows, tephra characterization, phreatomagmatic features, subglacial volcanism, volcano monitoring and geothermal power.  Projects will be conducted on active volcanic systems, in Late Pleistocene and Holocene volcanic fields and in the Tertiary  volcanic stratigraphy exposed in glacial valleys of Iceland.

Course Information:

Prerequisites: Mineralogy, and petrology required; stratigraphy, structural geology, and volcanology helpful but not required.

Physical demands: Field work will involve working off-trail in rugged terrain, and may include several hikes of considerable length.  Students should be both physically prepared and comfortable with steep terrain.

Climate: Iceland weather is highly unpredictable, but is cool and mild in the summer with typical highs in 50’s (F) and lows in the 40’s.  Late summer weather is relatively good, but periods of rain and high winds are not unusual.

Facilities: Lodging for most of the program will be tent camping in developed campgrounds.  Several days of office work (compilation and and report-writing) will be based out of hotels/hostels with basic accommodations.  The first and last nights  of the program will be spent in Reykjavik.  Students will need to supply their own camping equipment, tent (or arrangement to share), sleeping bag, and pad, as well as a basic “mess kit”.

Other required equipment: Basic geology tools including hammer, hand lens, rite-in-the-rain notebook, map case, colored pencils, Brunton compass (or equivalent), and a GPS unit (note: the latter two items can generally be borrowed from student’s home institutions; in special cases these can be borrowed from the camp).  Students will need a laptop computers to complete reports.  Suitable clothing for working in cool wet conditions including waterproof breathable coat, rain pants, fleece layers, good rugged hiking boots, and appropriate socks.  A complete equipment list will be provided for participants ahead of the camp.

Application and deposit of $400 online. BHNSFS reserves the right to cancel the camp if the minimum enrollment is not reached.  The full deposit will be refunded in this case, and applicants will be notified via email by April 1, 2012.

For more information Contact:

Dr. Brennan T. Jordan, Iceland Camp Coordinator
Associate Professor
Department of Earth Sciences
University of South Dakota
414 E. Clark Street
Vermillion, SD 57069




Dr. Nuri Uzunlar, Director, BHNSFS


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