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Introduction to Iceland

Sheep round-up and the Golden Circle

In the fall, the farmers gather the sheep to a fold, the Icelandic term is “réttir". There the farmers sort out the sheep according to their home farm. This used to be the biggest social event in the country provinces and still is a very lively event where people meet . After a hard work it’s customary to warm up the spirit with some traditional Icelandic alcohol "Brennivín" and sing songs about the beautiful countryside. After visiting “réttir”, the tour continues to the geothermal area around the great Geysir and Strokkur. From there it is only a short drive to the beautiful waterfall Gullfoss. Before we return to Reykjavík, we will stop in Þingvellir, where Alþingi assembly was established around 930 and continued to convene until 1798.

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There are seven universities in the country. Most of the higher education institutions are run by the state or private parties with state support. Currently there are approximately 18000 students enrolled in the higher education system, of which about 5% are international students.

International students either attend Icelandic higher education institutions as exchange students or as degree-seeking students. For exchange options, please consult the international office of your home university, where you can get information on partner universities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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