NEXT COURSE: June 17th - 27th 2022

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

A 10-day interdisciplinary course in Environmental Humanities and Social Sciences will be held in Summer 2022 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. For more information see here or by email:

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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.

Past Courses

SCN has held 6 annual academic courses, one course in 2007 and two in 2009, 2014, 2015, 2018 and 2021).