July 2, 2012 to July 16, 2012


Brief Description of Program:
Iceland and Norway constitute a fascinating object of interdisciplinary, academic case study. Their history is intertwined and both nations has developed into modern Western European, high tech nations with high living standards, universal healthcare, and social security benefits, while offering a vibrant social, cultural, and arts scene. In particular, Iceland and Norway are world leaders in alternative energies, sustainable management, economic development, and scientific research in genetics and geology. From July 1-16, 2012 eight Honors students and two Honors faculty, Gary Thorgaard and Kim Andersen, visited museums, sights, government institutions and private businesses to learn about the past and present of Iceland and Norway. The group also met with specialists in fisheries, economics, and genetics. Students and faculty prepared the trip during spring 2012 and students completed a travel journal, and a research paper following the trip. It was a great experience with a productive mix of cultural sights and meetings with representatives of the Icelandic and Norwegian government and business community.

Day 1 Monday, July 2 Departure Seattle
Day 2 Tuesday, July 3 Arrival REYKJAVIK. Blue Lagoon, City walking tour
Day 3 Wednesday, July 4 National Gallery. National Museum of Iceland, DeCode tour
Day 4 Thursday, July 5 Excursion to Thingvellir, Gull Foss
Day 5 Friday, July 6 Whale watching, Reykjavik Art Museum
Day 6 Saturday, July 7 Meeting w. Icelandic officials, Horse riding excursion
Day 7 Sunday, July 8 Flight to BERGEN. City tour. Hike in the mountains.
Day 8 Monday, July 9 Bergen Aquarium, Fish Market, Hanseatic Museum,
Day 9 Tuesday, July 10 Rosenkrantz Tower, Haakon’s Hall, Bergen Museum of Art
Day 10 Wednesday, July 11 Maria Church, Fantoft Stave Church,
Day 11 Thursday, July 12 Train to OSLO. City tour. Vigeland Sculpture Park
Day 12 Friday, July 13 The Edvard Munch Museum, Resistance Museum
Day 13 Saturday, July 14 The Viking Ship Museum, The Norwegian Folk Museum
Day 14 Sunday, July 15 Kon-Tiki and Polar Expeditions Museums
Day 15 Monday, July 16 Departure OSLO, arrival Seattle

Guesthouse Aurora
Freyjugata 24 - 101 Reykjavík - Tel: (354) 899 1773


Marken Gjestehus

Kong Oscarsgt. 45, 5017 Bergen Tel: + 47 55 31 44 04 Fax: + 47 55 31 60 22

Thon Hotel Astoria

Dronningensgate 21, 0152 Oslo, Tel: +47 24 14 55 50, Fax: +47 22 42 57 65



The Blue Lagoon, Iceland.


The group outside CCP Games, Icelandic computer game company.


The group at deCode Genetics in Reykjavik.


Internationally renowned molecular biologist Agnar Helgason gives us tour of deCode Genetics.


The group outside deCode Genetics in Reykjavik.


Lecture at the Icelandic Innovation Center.

Gary lectures at the Norwegian School of Veterinary Science.

Gary in front of Guesthouse Aurora in Reykjavik.


Haakon's Hall in Bergen.


View of Bergen from the Rosenkranz Tower.


Jeff, Jim, Skyler, Adam, Joel, Joseph, Nikkole and Megan at the Hanseatic Museum in Bergen.


Tour of Haakon's Hall in Bergen.


Sjomannsmonumentet by Dyre Vaa (1903-1980) from 1950 in downtown Bergen.


A heck of a bus ride down the fjord!


Cougs in the fjords of Norway.


Jim, Joseph, and Skyler at the Viking Ship Museum in Oslo.


The group by Gol stave church at the Norwegian Folk Museum.


The group at the Norwegian Folk Museum in Oslo.


Edvard Munch at Oslo City Hall.


A segment of Norwegian history by Henrik Sørensen at Oslo City Hall.


Oslo's waterfront seen from the City Hall.