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Introduction to Iceland

Day trip to Snæfellsnes peninsula in natural, historical and spiritual perspective

The peninsula of Snæfellsnes is characterised by rugged mountains rising between a wide coastal plain on the southern side and narrow coast northen side. It is about 100 km long, covers an area of about 680 square kilometers and is sometimes referred to as "Iceland in a nutshell". The 1446 m high dormant volcano Snæfellsjökull glacier lies majesticially at the end of the penisula. Snæfellsnes is mainly inhabited on the sheltered north coast, in the towns of Hellissandur-Rif, Ólafsvík, Grundarfjörður and Stykkishólmur.

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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.