Spatial Analysis & Geovisualisation Research Group at the University of Iceland

Overview of teaching related activities by members of the lab offering geospatial elements in courses at the University of Iceland:

  • LAN102G: Cartography and Map Design (8 ECTS)
    Undergraduate level course introducing students to cartographic theory and mapmaking using the Open Source Geographic Information System QGIS.
  • LAN116F: Introduction to Cartography and Geovisualisation (10 ECTS)
    Graduate level course for students without prior GIS experience giving students a broad conceptual as well as practical understanding of cartographic visualisation and geographic communication using the Open Source Geographic Information System QGIS.
  • LAN023F: Practical training in the use of geospatial technologies in hazard research and response (3 ECTS, taught only in 2022)
    Graduate level intensive field course in East Iceland supported by the Aurora European Universities Alliance
  • FER209G: Destination Iceland (6 ECTS)
    Undergraduate level course providing knowledge about tourism in Iceland and the country’s geography. Integrated a unit on spatial thinking and the use of geographical data in organisation of travel routes using ESRI ArcGIS StoryMaps
  • LAN221G: Environmental Geography (8 ECTS)
    Undergraduate level course covering various geographical approaches to environmental dilemmas and their links to some globally important environmental issues. The course includes a unit on environmental field data collection and data visualisation.
  • LAN517G: Geographical Perspectives (8 ECTS)
    Undergraduate level course providing students with an overview of research topics in geography and philosophical positions which influence the work of geographers. This course includes a unit on critical cartography.
  • LAN306G: Critical use and representation of geographic information (8 ECTS, discontinued in 2022)
    Undergraduate level course providing an introduction into spatial thinking and the relevance of geographic information in natural and social sciences by utilising basic statistical approaches and introducing key concepts of data visualisation using the Datawrapper online platform.

Teaching activities in the Islands and Sustainability joint research Master programme:

This programme is a joint programme of the University of Groningen, the University of the Aegean, the University of Iceland and the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. It focuses on the development of knowledge on island particularities and the development of tools, skills and technology in order to reduce the gap between theory and practice concerning sustainability. The following courses offered at the University of Iceland are exclusively open for students in the Islands and Sustainability track who have been admitted centrally to the ISLANDS programme (see

  • LAN024F: Visualisation and Science Communication (5 ECTS)
    Graduate level course aiming to give students a broad understanding of scientific visualisation and communication, encompassing a range of topics relevant in geographical sciences.
  • LAN021F: Individual Research Training (10 ETCS)
    The aim of this graduate level course is for students to become acquainted with the practice of conducting research and build the capacity to do academic research and to come to a scientific product.
  • LAN022F: Research Internship (15 ECTS)
    In the graduate level Research Internship, students tackle research problems that have been identified by local, regional, national or international stakeholders, such as governments, firms or organisations. The students work on well-defined assignments within that organisation that challenge students to apply their knowledge and skills in real world settings.
  • GERMISIN: Islands, Insularity and Islanders (5 ECTS, taught at the University of Groningen in collaboration with the University of Iceland)
    The aim of the graduate level course is to develop students’ analytical understanding of islands and relevant inter-disciplinary themes. The course includes a unit on Visualising islands, insularity and islanders: Insights into tools and techniques.