JOUR2050: Travel Writing in Iceland

Student silhouette in front of Northern Lights

Instructor: Jenny Wohlfarth

Offered: Wednesday, 3:35 - 6:20PM

Requires a study tour to Iceland, December 13 - 21, 2024


In this Honors course, we’ll explore a variety of approaches to writing about travel and place (e.g., destination articles, journey pieces, travel narratives, outdoor recreation, historical pieces, etc.). Through in-class and out-of-class writing assignments, travel journals and assigned readings about travel destinations around the world, you'll learn about contemporary applications in travel writing and explore its many forms, techniques and styles. You’ll get hands-on practice in journalistic writing skills, learning how to incorporate observation, in-depth research and informal interviews into your narrative travel writing, plus you'll practice the fine art of “being there.” And, of course, you’ll learn a lot about Iceland, specifically, through readings, discussions, presentations and class guests. We’ll explore Iceland’s culture, history, natural wonders, folklore, language, politics and people as we prepare for our trip at the end of the semester! Plus, you'll have an opportunity to research a particular aspect of Icelandic culture that deeply interests you, and share what you’ve learned. 

Program Fee

The program fee will be determined BEFORE students are asked to commit to the study tour course. UHP and UC International offer grant funding for all participants, which typically covers $800-$1200 of the sticker price. The total study tour fee, before grants, will be $4900. This is subject to change.

Traveling with a group through a university is the most affordable way to go abroad! The program fee covers all flights and on-ground transportation, as well as all lodging and some group meals. Students are responsible for individual meals and any souvenirs they may wish to bring home. You may discuss an ideal budget with the instructor, as they will have information specific to your travel locations and activities.


Day 1 – Friday, December 13: Travel

Day 2 – Saturday, December 14: arrive in Iceland, Blue Lagoon, Reykjanes Peninsula

Day 3 – Sunday, December 15: explore Reykjavik, northern lights tour

Day 4 – Monday, December 16: Golden Circle tour

Day 5 – Tuesday, December 17: south coast waterfalls, black sand beaches, and glaciers

Day 6 - Wednesday, December 18: ice cave tour / Lava Center

Day 7 - Thursday, December 19: horseback riding / horse farm tour

Day 8 - Friday, December 20: free day in Reykjavik!

Day 9 - Saturday, December 21: travel, return to Cincinnati

Be prepared for plenty of walking! All activities are optional, but highly encouraged. Iceland sees about 4 hours of daylight in the winter, with long sunrises and sunsets. Temperatures on the last trip were between 15-40º F.

This seminar in the news:

This course was offered in Fall 2022 under the same name. Read about student experiences in this UC news article!