UNU-LRT fellows on field excursion

9 July 2013
Fellows in the field with SCSI district consultant
Fellows in the field with SCSI district consultant

In the first week of July, the UNU-LRT fellows participated in a 4 days field excursion. Moving from Gunnarsholt in the south the fellows went through the highlands in the south-west up to the north-west of Iceland, before heading south again through the Kjölur highland road. This was the first of a total of two field excursions the fellows will experience during their stay in Iceland. The second trip is scheduled in late August. The 2013 UNU-fellows have already been on shorter field trips close to Keldnaholt, the base of the UNU-LRT programme. The aim of these trips is to introduce the fellows to different land use practices in Iceland, land degradation problems and how they have been combated in different areas in Iceland.

In this first field excursion the fellows visited a farmer that participates in the Farmers Heal the Land-project, met with a district consultant of the Soil Conservation Service and visited several interesting sites, including two of the crown jewels of Icelandic tourist attractions: Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir geothermal sight. During the excursion the fellows received all kinds of weather and although summer is at its peak, warm jumpers, jackets, hats and gloves were necessary throughout the whole trip!

The photo shows the fellows when in Skagafjördur with the SCSI district consultant.