Iceland Research Expedition

with Gennifre Hartman (Montana State University- Bozeman)

June 22 - 29, 2019

 Research in Reykjavik & southern Iceland

This research expedition in Iceland will focus on conducting cultural and environmental field research for our upcoming “Hiking Trails of Iceland” publication. Researchers will travel to Iceland for 8 days of field research and then spend 2-3 months, before and after the field research, to synthesize the information to be included in 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, natural resources, hiking trails, 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 remaining summer or fall semester. Field research in Iceland will be June 22 - 29, 2019.  

Objective: Explore and document numerous hiking trails in the Reykjavik and southern region of Iceland in order to collect information to add to our printed paperback trail guide and develop an interactive electronic version. 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 within driving distance of Reykjavik and include naturalist and cultural information to help people understand the world they are traveling through.


What this internship offers you

1. You become a contributor in a Global Treks publication (Print or online interactive material).

2. Gain experience designing, researching, collecting, and synthesizing data.

3. Experience traveling abroad and immersing yourself in another culture. 

4. The opportunity 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 first 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 months after the field portion developing your contribution to the book. You will work with our office team and editors to get assistance and feedback on your chapter’s content and grammar. 




Check out a past interns video of his research expedition to Iceland in 2017.

Iceland Highlights

THE research base

The teams will share a research base located in a house in Reykjavik or in nearby coastal villages if exploring resources outside of a days drive. Four bedrooms and three bathrooms will be shared (2-4 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. 

Position Details

-We are looking for students in all professions and majors. Focus areas include creative writing, investigative journalism, anthropology, wildlife, plants, natural history, tourism, geology, geography, GIS, App development, as well as students interested in the making of a documentary of the expedition. 

- Action Research in Iceland (8 days of field research June 22 - 29, 2019.)

- Mobile Research from any location (3 months/10-15 hours per week during Summer, 2019)

-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. 

-100% of book proceeds go into a scholarship fund to aid future interns to participate in publication research. 


1. Develop and publish a hiking guide and online interactive resource of 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: $2,400

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 $600 from Bozeman. 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 for college credit.

*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. 

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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? 

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.

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

Reykjadalur Valley: this breathtaking valley is a highlight of southern Iceland. The valley has numerous steam vents, boiling mud pots, a geothermal river, breathtaking views, and numerous back county trails.  


Reykanes Penninsula: a relatively new peninsula that is still geologically active and contains lava tubes, the bridge between two continents, and coastal Icelandic villages.



Hengill Geothermal Area: is a seldom visited geologically active region near Reykjavik that Games of Thrones used for filming due to its dramatic landscape. It is also the location of the Hengill Geothermal power plant and.


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. 


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