2023 Icelandic Field Stations
Logistics and Costs


All lectures and coursework will be in English.

Dates and Duration of Course

The Icelandic Field Stations will run for 13-14 days (with an optional 14th day) over the summer of 2023. Start date will be 29 July 2023.

TUITION COST (estimated, to be confirmed)

For students: $990
For working professionals: $1090

We anticipate the total participant cost of this program, including tuition, to be an estimated USD$4,000 for a twin share accommodation.

The course fee includes transport from the town of Akureyri to Reykjavik, along with all travel related to the course excursions.

The course fee does NOT include international travel expenses, travel insurance, domestic travel to Akureyri ($35 bus – $100 flight), as well as accommodation, meals, or optional museum excursions in Reykjavik.

Participants will be required to pay their full tuition within 21 days of acceptance to the program.



THE KIÐAGIL GUESTHOUSE takes its name from a tributary gully far to the south along Skjálfandafljót river, historically regarded as the border between wilderness and human habitation. Kiðagil is located at a mid-point in the Bárðardalur valley, which allows for easy excursions to many of our planned destinations, including to the Svartárkot farm, Lake Mývatn, the town of Húsavík and the Goðafoss waterfalls. Because of its history as a boarding school, it has a built-in classroom, a large kitchen/dining room and sleeps up to 35 people, making it highly suitable for lectures and gatherings.

Room and board is provided exclusively by Kiðagil Guesthouse. Participants will need to book their room and board directly with the Guesthouse. More information is available through this link. Prices vary depending on whether single rooms with private or shared rooms are selected. When contacting the Guesthouse, please let them know that they are taking part in the Svartárkot Culture-Nature/Wright-Ingraham Institute course in 2023.

For more information on costs, please refer to participant sample budget below. We recommend participants book shared accommodation to keep costs affordable.


Accommodation in Höfn is already reserved by the Wright-Ingraham Institute. On this leg of the journey, participants will pay Wright-Ingraham Institute directly in addition to paying their tuition for the program. The estimated cost of this accommodation is $661 per participant. Participants will be required to room share (twin room share with shared bathroom) for these three nights. Accommodation is provided by Hvammur Guesthouse.


For those looking for accommodation in Reykjavik, the City Center Hotel is a convenient option, bookable directly through this link. Other affordable accommodation is available in the city, but the City Center Hotel will be the drop-off point on the final evening of the Field Station, and also the meeting point for those choosing to accompany us on an optional art excursion day on Day 14.

Ground Transportation

We have currently organized transportation from Kiðagil through Höfn to Reykjavík, and to and from all excursions, which is included in the tuition cost. We are in the process of negotiating pickup from Reykjavík to Kiðagil in which case participants will not need to make their own way to Akureyri and we will be able to offer round trip ground travel within the included costs of the program.

Anticipated Participant Budget and Expense Breakdown

Below is an approximate expense breakdown for participants that includes all basic expenses and a contingency.

Participant Sample Budget (Shared Room)
Course Tuition ($990 students, $1090 for working professionals) $990.00
Est. R/T International Airfare to Reykjavik $750.00
Room and board in Kiðagil (shared room, 9 nights) $1,134.00
Accommodation in Höfn (shared room, 3 nights, payable to WII) $661.00
Accommodation per night in Reykjavik (one night on arrival, est.) $100.00
Accommodation per night in Reykjavik (one night pre-departure, est.) $100.00
Bus from Reykjavik to Akureyri (or domestic flight for est. $120) $70.00
Est. return airport shuttle to downtown Reykjavik (if required) $70.00
Travel insurance – mandatory (estimated) $100.00
Est. Student Costs: $3,975.00

COVID Policy

A small group, of ten to fifteen participants, is the foundation of the WII Field Stations experience. This model, we call it a pod, maximizes time spent in open spaces, which greatly reduces many of the risks associated with the transmission of Covid-19. Participants should be aware, however, that lectures are held indoors, we eat meals together, and there is time spent traveling daily to and from our field excursions. Our accommodations likely also require room sharing. In these contexts, we will not be socially distanced.

We require all participants, without exception, to provide proof of vaccination, acknowledge our safety protocols, and sign our liability waiver upon acceptance to the program.

Travel Insurance

Obtaining private travel insurance is a requirement and an obligation that falls to the participant.

Entry Requirements

Your passport should be valid for at least six months beyond your planned date of departure from the Schengen area (of which Iceland is a part).

Visit the Icelandic Directorate of Immigration website for the most current visa information.

Iceland is a party to the Schengen Agreement. This means that U.S. citizens may enter Iceland for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa.  You need sufficient funds and a return airline ticket. Further information for US citizens entering Iceland.

For additional details about US citizens traveling into and within Schengen countries, please see our Schengen fact sheet.



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