Reykjavik, Westjords & West Iceland
Research Expedition, Summer 2018
Research in Reykjavik, the Westfjords & West Iceland
This research expedition will focus on conducting cultural and environmental field research for our publications on Iceland. There are three main project objectives for the summer of 2018 and we are looking for researchers to join one of our teams. Researchers will travel to Iceland for 8 days of field research and then spend 2-3 months after to synthesize the information as a contribution to the book we will be publishing. The ultimate goal of this publication is to provide travelers with insight into the majestic world they will be traveling through. This will include information on the island's geography, geology, wildlife, plants, marine life, natural resources, economy, historic and current culture, as well as tourism and its impacts.
This internship offers you the opportunity to complete pre-trip investigative research, conduct action research for one week in Iceland and spend 2-3 months wrapping up your research from your home or university during the fall semester. Field research in Iceland will be 8 days, June, July, or August, 2018, depending on which team you are selected for.
Team 1 West Iceland: This research expedition will focus on developing and publishing a hiking guide to West Iceland. The primary focus will be to collect information on trail statistics and the natural environment and culture. This information will be used to create graphs, geospatial maps, narrative descriptions of the trails, local culture, cultural norms, logistics, and the environment that people will be traveling through.
Team 2 Reykjavik: Explore numerous hiking trails in Iceland in order to collect information to develop a hiking guide to the Reykjavik region. This will include creating an online interactive geospatial story map in order to convey additional information such as video from our drones. The primary focus will be to conduct research on the numerous day hikes near Reykjavik and include naturalist and cultural information to help people understand the world they are traveling through.
Team 3: Cultural Research: Research the historical and modern culture of Iceland and the cultural similarities and differences between the United States and Iceland. This will include topics such as gender roles, family dynamics, immigration, police culture, crime, cultural norms, racism, and other related topics.
What this internship offers you
1. You become a contributor in a Global Treks publication.
2. Gain experience designing, researching, collecting, and synthesizing data.
3. Experience traveling abroad and immersing yourself in another culture.
4. The opportunity to to participate in and complete a collaborative project with fellow researchers.
5. Build an impressive resume with job experience that will set you apart from other candidates.
What you can expect
We work with each intern/researcher to set up an individualized topic of research. You will spend 10-15 hours per week for the fist couple of weeks working remotely from home or school researching your assigned topic. You will then spend 1 week during the summer conducting action research on the trails of the Reykjavik region. It is during this time that you will investigate your research topic and document what you discover through surveys, observations, interviews, literature reviews, and photographs to include in the guide book. You will then spend approximately 10 hours per week for the next 2-3 months after the field portion developing your contribution to the book. You will work with our office team and editor to get assistance and feedback on your chapters content and grammar.
Check out previous research expedition to Iceland in 2017.
THE research base
Depending on the research team you are selected for, the research base will either be a house in downtown Reykjavik or in a coastal village of the Westfjords. Three bedrooms and two bathrooms will be shared (3-4 researchers per bedroom): women, men, and guides will be in separate bedrooms. There will be a mix of shared queen beds and single beds. Two vehicles will be used for group transport for hikes and/or meetings.
-We are looking for students in all professions and majors. Focus areas include creative writing, investigative journalism, anthropology, wildlife, plants, marine life, natural history, tourism, geology, geography, GIS, as well as students interested in the making of a documentary of the expedition.
- Action Research in Iceland (8 days of field research in June, July, or August during the summer 2018.)
- Mobile Research from any location (3 months/10-15 hours per week during Summer, 2018)
-Are you a student and interested in earning college credit? We will work with your university to ensure that you receive 3-6 credits for your contribution to the cultural and field guide. Credits can be applied to summer or fall semester.
1. Develop and publish a hiking guide and/or cultural guide to the Westfjords, Reykjavik, and West Iceland.
2. Conduct research on the local culture, hiking trails and the natural environment.
3. Develop maps, species profiles, narratives of the culture, trails descriptions, descriptions of what people can expect to encounter in the natural environment, as well as any important historical and cultural sites.
4. Collect high quality photographs to include in the publications and mini-documentary of the expedition.
travel Costs: $2,300
Program fee covers lodging, supplies, food, local transportation, and access to educational, natural history, and cultural centers.
*Airfare transportation to Iceland not included. We are more than happy to help you book your flight. Flights typically start at $350 depending on your location. We will meet you at the Keflavik airport (airport code KEF) with our company shirts on and a sign that says Global Treks.
*We are happy to assist with scholarship applications and working with your college.
*Interested in an intern position but not traveling? Please fill out an application to be considered for a position helping in with documentary making, marketing, and the publication process.
Iceland Expedition Activity Descriptions
Expeditions with Global Treks are unlike any other field research experience on earth. The research we conduct is hands-on, relevant, and applicable to each intern’s academic and career goals. The places we explore are far beyond the realms of a standard classroom. But, what’s it like to live the experience?
DAY 1: ARRIVAL DAY
After arriving at the airport and meeting with your team, today is spent acclimating to your new home abroad. Orientation is provided to your research base and surrounding area. The team spends time getting to know one another and the week’s agenda is outlined in detail.
DAYS 2 – 8: RESEARCH AND EXPLORATION TIME
Research days are absolutely PACKED to the max. Interns work collaboratively as they visit various locations around the country collecting data. Specific data collection techniques match each specific research project. For example, geographers and biologists will collect data via interviews, GPS data point collection and observational species surveys. Anthropology and cultural studies projects will focus more on participant-observations, interviews, photography and collecting film footage.
Interviews are conducted with professionals, government officials, business owners and employees, everyday citizens and local villagers. Interviews provide depth to the publication by representing as many perspectives as possible for the audience reading the publication. Interns work together throughout their time together to collect data and organize the publication.
Each evening, researchers work with their guides and directors to expand field notes, learn new field techniques, set goals for the following day and attend various research or writing-related workshops. Each day’s agenda is reviewed the prior evening and intern’s are held accountable daily for their field notes and progress.
Iceland Activities and Places We Will Visit
Dynjandi: this breathtaking waterfall, located by Dynjandisvogur bay, is truly a highlight in the westjords. Dynjandi mean thunderous, which is quickly understood when standing near this tall waterfall. There also also 6 smaller waterfalls below this site.
Hornstrandir: in a nature reserve along a dramatic coastline. It is full of numerous plants, birds nesting int he steep cliffs, and a healthy population of native fox.
Rauðisandur: is a large beach of endless red sand located among the coves of the westfjords. The nearby coves also contain beaches of red, black, yellow, and white sands which transform in color hues depending on the daylight and weather.
Látrabjarg: is a site of dramatic cliffs home to birds in unfathomable numbers. It is one of the largest bird nesting cliff in Europe. Puffins can be spotted here as well as a native fox looking for a quick meal.
Reykjavik: the cultural and economic hub of Iceland is located in the southwestern peninsula of the island. The first and last night of the week will be spent here and you will have access to local businesses, restaurants, religious places of worship, cultural centers, and seasonal festivals.
Turf Houses: traditional turf houses made of wood, stone, and sodare scattered around the coastline and countryside.
Geothermal Hotsprings: Scattered across the country are unique geothermal hotsprings rich in the minerals of silica and sulfur, which attract people from around the world for their suspected healing powers for all sorts of skin ailments.
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What past interns have to say about their experience:
Molly M. | LEE University
"Now being done with school and having a degree in journalism and a passion for traveling, I've been in that stage of life where I'm looking for all different kinds of opportunities to use my skills and expand them as well. I just happened upon this company and trip, and immediately was blown away at all that gets done in just a week's amount of time in the coolest places all over the world. During my time on the boat, I felt so motivated and trusted which makes a huge difference. I feel like I have the fire to write and get work done for the sailing guide professionally and I believe this will put me in the direction I want to go in with travel writing. Personally, I am so grateful to be in a welcoming environment with patience and adventure."
Eric N. | Texan A&M
"My Global Treks experience was truly one of the best of my life. The trip gave me an incredibly valuable academic experience. I probably learned more about hands-on, geographical data collection during the 8 days with the team than I have in two years at A&M. Though I think that says more about value of quality field experience than it does about any lack of quality from university education, because universities courses are hugely valuable, but nothing can replace high quality field experience. Furthermore, I believe my experience with Global Treks will give me a significant edge when applying to future internships with National Geographic (fingers crossed) and graduate school.
Joseph B. | Baldwin Wallace University
"This expedition was an overall amazing experience and definitely one that will stick with me forever. I felt that throughout the trip, my expectations and goals were exceeded. Academically, I was able to conduct valuable field work in regards to both geology and GIS. To be in the field collecting and analyzing samples from a remote location is valuable knowledge that will only help me and help me grow further as an individual in the field of geology. As for GIS, this was the first of GPS tracking and collecting data, so to go into the field and actually learn hands on how to do so is invaluable. I consider myself a hands on learner, so this field work helped me exceptionally and it will help me in the long run to apply these new skills to further my education. Professionally, this expedition taught me how to do real life work outside of the classroom in a group setting and individually. Instead of just doing group work in the lab, I was outside in the field tracking in a team. As well as looking at rock formations and identifying rock types as an individual. Not to mention working as a team throughout the week on the sailboat. That alone took an innumerable amount of teamwork and camaraderie to get through the week. This helped so much especially going into a setting where we were all strangers. You can’t always pick who you work with and you must adapt to the setting and what you’re given. Thankfully, the team was amazing and it was so refreshing to work with such an awesome group of people. Personally, this trip overall was an amazing experience and it was definitely an adventure that helped me grow as an individual. Constantly helping others to accomplish a common goal is something I’m used to because of always being in a team setting, but never in this capacity. Sailing and living on a boat for a week was such an amazing experience and the lessons, memories, adventures, and experience will stick with me forever. I look forward to applying these skills in the future.