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Applications for Iceland 2022 are OPEN!

Applications for Iceland 2022 are OPEN!

APPLICATIONS ARE OPEN!!! The University of Glasgow Iceland Expedition is looking for a new team! This summer we travelled to Skalanes Nature and Heritage Centre in the East Fjords region of Iceland for six weeks, and we are now looking to pass the project on to...
Expedition Chronicles: The Fox Project

Expedition Chronicles: The Fox Project

Written by Clara Gyhrs   This year we are running a project on the Arctic foxes in the area surrounding Skálanes Nature and Heritage Centre, where we are collecting baseline data and testing methods that could be used for future fox research. Some of the...
Expedition Chronicles: Project updates

Expedition Chronicles: Project updates

Written by Bethan Hall-Jones   Photos by Bethan Hall-Jones   We have now been at Skálanes for 4 weeks and have 2 weeks left! Time has been flying by and we have been up to so much since the last blog post. The eider duck project, being run by Lotta, has now...
Expedition Chronicles: The Eider Duck Project

Expedition Chronicles: The Eider Duck Project

Written by Lotta Ruha   Photos by Bethan Hall-Jones Eider ducks (Somateria mollissima) can be found all around the coast of Iceland. Eiders form large breeding colonies during springtime and one of these breeding colonies inhabits the Skálanes Nature and Heritage...
Expedition Chronicles: Upgrading the Bird Monitoring Project

Expedition Chronicles: Upgrading the Bird Monitoring Project

Written by Abi McLelland   Bird photos by Bethan Hall-Jones The bird monitoring project here at Skálanes has been going for 8 years, counting the numbers of Northern Fulmars and Black-Legged Kittiwakes who regularly nest on the cliffs. In order to count the birds...
Expedition Chronicles: The Puffin Project

Expedition Chronicles: The Puffin Project

Written by Emma Watson   All photos by Bethan Hall-Jones   Skálanes Nature and Heritage Centre is home to a small sub-colony of puffins who regularly nest on the cliffs next to the Centre’s observation deck. Puffins are perhaps one of the most well known...
Expedition Chronicles: The Midnight Sun

Expedition Chronicles: The Midnight Sun

Written by Bethan Hall-Jones   Today marks the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, but here in Iceland everyday feels just as long as the nights do not get dark during the summer months. For 17 days around the solstice the sun actually sets after...
Expedition Chronicles: Terning the tables

Expedition Chronicles: Terning the tables

Written by Abi McLelland   Most know that animals, like humans, can be very protective of their young. Here at Skálanes the Arctic tern colony is no different. In fact, there is even a sign at the door to warn all visitors of the aggressive protection methods of...
Expedition Chronicles: Our first few days at Skálanes

Expedition Chronicles: Our first few days at Skálanes

Written by Bethan Hall-Jones   Travel to Skálanes 09/06: Bright and early on Wednesday morning we made our way to Reykjavik airport for our flight to Egilsstaðir. We are so used to airports taking a long time, so we arrived a full hour and 30 minutes before our...
Expedition Chronicles: Fagradalsfjall Volcano

Expedition Chronicles: Fagradalsfjall Volcano

Written by Bethan Hall-Jones   For our first full day out of quarantine, on Monday 7th June, we decided to visit Fagradalsfjall, an actively erupting shield volcano and tourist hot spot, which is located on the southwest coast not too far from Reykjavik. Shield...

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