Since its start, the World Happiness Report has consistently ranked the Nordic countries as among the happiest countries in the world. What does happiness mean in the Nordic countries and why are they so happy? For our study abroad, we will take up the theme of Nordic happiness and this sense of well-being and contentment through close observations of the countries themselves. We will investigate the source of happiness—linked in the report to the wealth of the Nordic countries, focus on sustainability, relative safety and lack of corruption, and the generous social safety net—by experiencing the natural beauty of the Nordic region and their rich cultures, histories, and traditions. We will make Oslo our home base, but take extended excursions to Copenhagen, Reykjavík and Bergen. Along the way we’ll delve into Denmark’s world famous food culture and focus on sustainability initiatives, explore the fjords just outside of Bergen, take a trip to the Westman islands just outside of Reykjavík, and experience the conversion of Iceland’s raw natural forces into usable power. Along the way, we’ll enjoy the sites, smells, tastes, and sounds of some of the great capital cities of the Nordic region all in an effort to discover what Nordic happiness is and why it has become so influential.