Culture — Nature

SVARTÁRKOT CULTURE – NATURE (SCN) is a multidisciplinary programme focusing on the diverse relations between humans and nature inspired by the environment and cultural heritage of the Bárðardalur valley and Lake Mývatn region in northern Iceland.

SCN disseminates knowledge gained in ambitious and innovative research projects, in cooperation with the local population. The programme offers unique learning experiences combining high-quality academic courses grounded in the local landscapes and cultural history. The courses welcome graduate and post-graduate students, professors and scholars looking for new insights and inspirations in post-and transdisciplinary methods.


In the light of the current COVID-19 crisis the world is facing these days, it is difficult to make plans beyond a few days or weeks. With that in mind we have decided to extend the application deadline preliminarily to April 30th.

We will also wait until mid-April to announce the total costs of the course, since the global economy and currency exchange rates are volatile at the moment.

We have finished the day-to-day programme for the course but will not post it on the website until a week or two from now, in the hope that by then things have clarified somewhat.

We will accept applications anytime but will not make any decisions about running the course until the situation is totally clear. We firmly believe that at times like these it is important to look forward and be optimistic that these events will largely be behind us in the next couple of months.

NEXT COURSE: 14 - 24 AUGUST 2020

Human Ecology and Culture at Lake Mývatn 1700 - present: Dimensions of Environmental and Cultural Change:

An interdisciplinary course in Environmental Humanities and Social Sciences will be held in August 2020 in Bárðardalur, northeastern Iceland. The course will connect local communities and issues with global developments, with a particular focus on the scenic Lake Mývatn area and the Bárðardalur valley on the banks of the glacial Skjálfandafljót River with its magnificent waterfalls. The course will provide a unique blend of lectures and experiences of cultural histories embedded in landscapes.
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Past Courses

SCN has held 6 annual academic courses, one course in 2007 and two in 2009, 2014, 2015 and 2018).

Svartárkot Nature-Culture Svartárkot, 645 Fosshóli

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