The Geology of Iceland
Field guide (PDF 12.99 Mb)
Leaders: Organizing committee: Hreggviður Norðdahl, Ólafur Ingólfsson, Olgeir Sigmarsson, Grétar Ívarsson, Helgi Björnsson, Ragnheiður Ólafsdóttir, Sigurrós Friðriksdóttir, Bjarni Richter
Purpose: The aim of the excursion is to give participants an insight into the fascinating geology of Iceland - a high-latitude volcanic island situated across a rifting plate boundary. The excursion route will be in Southwestern and Southern Iceland, and will focus on rift tectonics and volcanism and glaciers and glaciations through time. Volcanic and glacial/subglacial landscapes will be studied, as well as geothermal fields, geysers and high-energy fluvioglacial and coastal environments. The excursion coverage will be general in nature, suited for earth scientists of varying backgrounds, but there will be a strong emphasis on what makes Icelandic geology so unique - the interaction of ice and fire through time.