As the title addresses, It’s all good here in Iceland!
I live in the second largest city of Iceland called Akureyri, which actually has no more than 18 000 inhabitants. It is located in the North Iceland in a fjord surrounded by mountains. I live in a private owned flat in the harbour and the whales swimming just behind my window remind me every day that I really am in Iceland!
Pic. 1 The view to the fjord from Akureyri
One of the greatest attractions here are the colourful Northern lights that are visible almost every night starting already in the Autumn, something which really surprised me. Besides my studies, I have been able to get familiar with the amazing nature of the country, its hot springs, waterfalls and other attractions that draw the typical Icelandic landscape.
The studies in Háskólinn á Akureyri, the University of Akureyri, has started well and the courses have met my expectations. There are almost forty Erasmus exchange students here in the University and since the most of the Icelandic students complete their courses as distance students, due to the lack of Universities and long distances in Iceland, most of the students I come across at the Uni daily are students from other nationalities. During my exchange, I have also learned to speak Icelandic, of which usefulness, to be honest, I am not really sure yet.
The exchange period has provided me a great opportunity to extend my experience in International Marketing. During my studies I was responsible for taking care of improving a marketing plan of a company called Fine Focus, An International Microbiology Journal for Undergraduate Research, and got selected to represent the company in British Conference of Undergraduate Research (BCUR) in Manchester in March 2016.
The experience here has exceeded my expectations and regardless of my previous experience of 12 months in Australia, the one semester in Iceland has been great, if not even more significant for me in terms of my career in the field of International Business!
Pic. 3 Vetur á Íslandi, winter in Iceland