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From May 3rd - 6th geology students of the Washington and Lee Unversity, USA, was here in Breiðdalsvík and used the knowledge of the staff and the facilitiesof Breiðdalssetur. The university donated Breiðdalssetur two microscope that work very well. We thank prófessor David Harbor kindly for that!!!

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Prof David Harbor

Prof. Thor Thordarson

Professor in petrology and volcanology at the University of Iceland and head member of Breiðdalssetur

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   Thor intro and mid atlanctic ridge 2013


Some more information about Thordarson

Excursions with Thordarson in Iceland in 2013

Tillingshagi ignimbrite / Blábjörg, Berufjörður East Iceland-1: General

Tillingshagi ignimbrite / Blábjörg, Berufjörður East Iceland-2: Base of ignimbrite

Tillingshagi ignimbrite / Blábjörg, Berufjörður, East Iceland-3: Effects of water

Breiðdalur Volcano, East Iceland-Base of a Central Volcano

Caldera and the cross section of a volcano, Breiðdalur Volcano-Caldera-East Iceland

Complete Virtual field trip with Thor Thordarson, Iceland 2013

 Walker orvaldur 1992 Malkapuu preview


Thordarson (middle) as student of GPL Walker in Hawaii, Malkapuu 1992

Breiðdalssetur thanks kindly for the collaboration


St. Thomas University, St. Paul-Minnesota, USA, June 2015

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Univeristy of Berne, Switzerland, where Reykjanes ridge comes on land

June 2015

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Háskóli Íslands, University of Iceland, August 2015

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University of Edinburgh, September 2015


Stay of the faculity of St. Tomas Univeristy in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA at Breiðdalsvík for 4 days.

Thanks for the visit!

The geologist Dr. David Henry Blake, collaborator of George P.L. Walker passed away on 10th June 2014 in Australia. To honour him and his contribution to the research of the Geology of Eastern Iceland, the flags at Breiðdalssetur were put on half-mast the day before his funeral, 16th of June. We like to express our condolences to his family.

The geologist Ian Gibson is currently in Breiðdalsvík. gIBSONIan was one of the first students of G.P.L. Walkers and wrote his Phd thesis about the Reyðarfjörður volcano 1959-62, see below.

This is the 3. time that Ian is visiting Breiðdalssetur and his contribution was very important for the geology center.

These days he is working on organizing and sorting the huge amount of documents and material that the Walker's wife donated to Breiðdalssetur after his dead.

Breiðdalssetur and the students from the University of Edinburgh (pictures of the field course 2010), who are taught geology at Breiðdalssetur these days as well, are honoured and thankful to have Ian Gibson in Breiðdalsvík.

Articles by Gibson og fl.:

Gibson & Walker 1964. Some composite rhyolite/basalt lavas and related composite dykes in Eastern Iceland.

Gibson & Piper 1972. Structure of Icelandic basalt plateau and the process of drift

 PHD thesis of Ian Gibson :

In August 2009 the first field course from an univeristy is hold at Breiðdalssetur. The initiator is Dr. Thor Thordarson, former student of GPL Walker in Hawaii, now lecturer at the University of Edinburgh. With them is Dr. Ian Gibson, one of the first students of  Walker. Theses days his is sorting the documents and helpint setting up Walker's archive (picture below).

More about Ian Gibson and his research                Some pictures of the field course here