National Council for Geographic Education

Explore Iceland’s changing landscapes and diverse environments for Nine magical days!

DATES: June 23-July 3, 2020

COST: $2,900.00 plus airfare*

WHO CAN ATTEND: Up to twenty-five (25) U.S. K-12 educators or higher education faculty who teach any of the social studies, earth or environmental sciences, or any subject where the applicant can make an explicit connection to the National Geography Standards within his/her course curriculum.

WHAT: The NCGE-GeoCamp Iceland Institute is a graduate-level equivalent, short course in geographic inquiry and field methods for in-service teachers and education professionals. Iceland’s extraordinary and unique landscapes will be our classroom and laboratory. The course will draw content from several important geographic themes including natural hazards and disaster prevention; human settlement and environmental adaptation; changing geopolitical spheres of influence; sense of place; and global environmental change. Icelandic field leaders will be our local guides. We will learn directly from Iceland’s renewable energy experts, sail on a fishing vessel, visit active volcanoes and walk upon receding glaciers and in rift valleys. Working alongside local teachers we will explore historic sites and enjoy Icelandic foods. Participants will be housed in apartments at the former NATO base at Keflavik on the Reykjanes Peninsula, a 30-minute drive from Reykjavik and 20 minutes from Iceland’s famous geothermal tourist attraction, the Blue Lagoon pool and spa. Fee includes lodging, meals, tour fees, ground transportation, course materials, and honoraria for expert guides and presentations. Participants will want to budget extra for incidentals and souvenirs.

HOW TO APPLY: Complete applications must be returned by Feb. 15, 2020. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by March 1, 2020. If accepted, a deposit of $1000 is due by March 15, 2020 to reserve your spot in the institute. The remaining $1900 balance is due May 15, 2020. Cross-disciplinary collaboration will be encouraged and applications from teams of teachers in the same school or school district are welcome. Participants will begin course readings and assignments in April 2020 in preparation for the fieldwork in Iceland. Some material may be presented through 3-4 live Webinars. Travel arrangements will be discussed at this time.

Deliverables: Participants will be expected to produce classroom resource materials and lessons for dissemination through national, state and/or local outlets, including but not limited to, the National Conference on Geography Education and The Geography Teacher journal. Participants are strongly encouraged to coordinate statewide dissemination activities with State Alliances for Geographic Education. Materials produced in this institute will be submitted to the GeoCamp Iceland database for use by teachers and students from all over the world. NCGE will confer certificates of completion for participants to apply toward professional recertification credits consistent with policies in their respective school districts. Participant CEU credits are available. 1 CEU equivalent to 1 hour of “instructional time” (no meals or breaks counted).

Questions: Please contact institute leader Dr. Ellen Foster at with questions and comments.

Click here to download the 2020 GeoCamp Iceland Application

Photos from GeoCamp Iceland