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We do like to keep rules and regulations to a minimum but in the interest of enjoyment & safety, and in the hope that students will gain the most from their visit, we expect the following standards of behaviour during the course.

At the Hotels

1. Familiarise yourself with the escape routes posted in your bedrooms
2. Do not indulge in smoking or the consumption of alcoholic beverages.
3. Do not leave the grounds without first notifying a member of staff.
4. Do not place items of clothing on electric radiators - especially if they are wet.
5. Remember that this is also the home of your hosts and that the usual home courtesies are expected.

In the field:

General Safety: Remember that you have a responsibility (a) to yourself, (b) to those around you, and (c) if called upon, to those who might be called in to help you.

Crossing Roads: Remember Icelanders drive on the right hand side of the road.

Water: Icelandic rivers are notoriously cold and fast flowing. At no time should you enter a stream or river. Similarly the Atlantic swell onto south coast beaches comes uninterrupted for thousands of miles. Waves are large and beaches sometimes steep. Playing dare devil or throwing stones into the sea is not to be undertaken. The north coast waters are colder, being part of the Arctic Ocean.

Falling rocks: There is much loose material in front of a glacier and this can be unstable and contain large boulders. It may also be underlain by an ice core or near liquid clay which can make it slippery. Extreme care should be exercised. Stones should never been thrown in any situation.

Exposure: There is no reason why any student should suffer from exposure or hypothermia if instructions are obeyed.

Burns: The areas around hot springs are not safe owing to thin crusts overlying boiling water. Only walk where directed by staff/guide. Should your foot go into boiling water (a) say so, (b) remove boot/sock & keep foot off ground, (c) apply cold water and d) sterile (non-fluffy, non-adhesive) dressing. There will be burn dressings in the First Aid Kit carried by the guide.

Dust in the eyes: Glacial and volcanic areas can be very dusty in dry weather. The wind can blow grit or students playing around can kick up dust. Sensible behaviour must be stressed. Should you get something in the eye (a) say so, (b) do not rub it, (c) ask for help!!

Getting Lost: At no time should any group split up or any individual select to go off without first asking a member of staff. The only place where groups will be more independent is in Reykjavík which is a very safe city and the instructions to students are very specific.

Unforeseen hazards: As this is a hazardous environment the advice of the guide/tutor must be obeyed

First Aid: While our guides/tutors carry a First Aid in the field, it is your responsibility to carry your own basic kit of plasters etc. for blisters, cuts etc.

Clothing: We have issued a clothing list. It is absolutely essential that you are prepared for cold and wet. We reserve the right to refuse a student to take part if the clothing is considered to be inadequate.

Walkman: We do not consider it to be safe practice to use a walkman in the field.

Sleep: The days will be long and demanding. We ask that students should be in their rooms by 2300 (or at agreed times by your staff) and sufficiently quiet so that those around them may sleep.

Food: The days can be long and demanding. Do not skimp on your food and be sure to make up a decent packed lunch each day. Supplement it with your own chocolate and drink

Conservation: All of the fieldwork units contain an environmental element and we expect students to be conscious of the fragility of the Icelandic environment and the risks that they bring to it by using it in large numbers. We try to minimise this impact and request your co-operation in this.