The Frontlines of Climate Change

Investigate how Icelanders connect and adapt to their unique environment and the reality of climate change within the evolving landscapes and geothermal impacts of the tectonic plate boundary in southern Iceland.
Harkness Travel - Iceland
Harkness Travel - Iceland

Climate issues are pretty hard to ignore in Iceland. Glaciers that once dominated much of the land are melting at a markedly fast pace, and the changing landscape has ripple effects across local lifestyles and broader implications for our planet. For visitors, being in Iceland and understanding climate change with all our senses can impact how we connect with our environment and the reality facing our world. But how do we share that impact with others? How can we expand people’s experience with climate change the way we will experience it ourselves?


Harkness Travel - Iceland
Harkness Travel - Iceland

Once again, Atlas Workshops will guide Lawrenceville students as they take part in an expedition around southern Iceland, exploring the unique geology and climate of the region as well as the people who live there. This program will focus on how the people have adapted to the conditions of Iceland as well as how they are threatened by the current trends in climate and weather. On this program, we work to understand and translate glaciology and the interwoven impacts of climate warming. We will head East to learn about and experience this massive Vatnajokull glacier and lagoon; we will spend time hiking and exploring the waterfalls coming down from the highlands; and we will see the changing landscapes and geothermal impacts of the tectonic plate boundary. Along the way, we will work as a group to think about how to bring our understanding and experience home.

Throughout the trip students will engage in different types of research as we tour various ways that the people of Iceland use geothermal energy as a means to provide food and power to the island.


Sign-Up Instructions

Participation for all Lawrenceville Harkness Travel Programs is dependent upon a review of student applications, Head of House/Advisor recommendations, medical clearance for participation, and financial and disciplinary standing. Seniority and gender balance is also considered in the selection process.
Application to this program is not considered complete until both of the following items have been submitted:
Head of House / Day Advisor Recommendation must be completed and submitted to Tara Gonzalez by Monday, October 30, 2023.
Application Survey must be completed by Monday, October 30, 2023.


March 1 - 10, 2024



Includes all ground transportation, flights, meals, accommodations, and any required non-routine vaccines. Families will receive a list of all MANDATORY vaccines. All travelers must be up-to-date on routine vaccines; if routine vaccines are administered on campus families will be charged. If the participant has received any of the mandatory vaccines, documentation must be provided to the Health and Wellness Center no later than December 15, 2023.

Program Leaders

Stephen Laubach
Director of Sustainability
Nicki Selan
Science Teacher
Pooja Patel
Math Teacher

Pre-Trip Work

Prior to our trip, we will have 3–5 mandatory meetings for all students traveling with this program.

Student Expectations

Click Here to View the Iceland Spring Break 2024 Packing List

Passports MUST be valid through October 15, 2024; if the passport will expire before that date students should apply for a replacement as soon as possible.

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