December 5, 2019

Mesa Goes to the Land of Fire and Ice

By Office of Communications

Skogafoss Waterfall, Iceland

This summer, when the predictable June cloudiness sets in over San Diego, a group of adventure-seeking travelers from Mesa College will be heading north to Iceland – the land of fire and ice.  The trip will be co-led by myself, Geology Professor, Don Barrie, and El Camino College Geography Professor, Matt Ebiner. It will give students the opportunity to explore the island’s natural wonders while also raising money for student scholarships at Mesa. 

Destination: Iceland. Iceland sits in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean, about 650 miles west of Norway.  The island has a population of only around 360,000 people, who reside primarily in and around Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital city. Iceland’s geography and warm ocean currents contribute to its relatively moderate climate, and influence the formation of many of its recognizable landscapes.

Cool geological features: Since the 2010 eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano (pronounced “aye-ya-fiat-la-yer-koot-tul”), Iceland has been a popular travel destination for tourists from around the world. In addition to its volcanos, travelers come to witness Iceland’s waterfalls, glaciers, hot springs, and geysers, as well as a visible tectonic plate boundary.  Trading their familiar Pacific Coast for one off of the Atlantic, Mesa students will have the one of a kind opportunity to learn among Iceland’s many natural attractions.

Lifelong learning: Mesa College’s educational summer trip to Iceland will run from June 17th to June 26th.  The group will travel by bus around Iceland’s Ring Road – a scenic highway that winds around the island’s perimeter.  In addition to Iceland’s natural features, participants will learn about Icelandic history, culture, and language.  For more information, please contact Professor Don Barrie at     


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