Kendra Sommerfeld - CFANS Study Abroad Program

May Session 2016



My study abroad trip to Iceland this summer was everything I imagined and more. The trip was 3 weeks long and I thought that was the perfect amount of time.

From hiking on a glacier to swimming in a hot stream, Iceland was beyond magical. Every day was filled with activities and learning experiences. The group of students that went were some of the best students I’ve met during my 2 years at the University of Minnesota. I made some friendships that I’ll cherish forever.

The culture in Iceland is very different from the United States. The countries population is about the same as Minneapolis.

Iceland is rural and has a very barren landscape, which I appreciated. It was nice being out of the city and being up close with nature. There were a few things we did that really stuck out to me.

The glacier hike was my absolute favorite. The glacier we hiked on was featured in a documentary about the melting glaciers on Earth. It was life changing being personally on something that is being so drastically effected by global warming.

The waterfalls of Iceland are indescribable. They are large, loud, but majestic landscapes.

The last thing that will stick with me for a while was our hike through the lava cave. Lava caves are unique in how they form and how they age. There were spots were we had to crawl and was I felt a tad claustrophobic.