The NABO field school began as a cooperative venture with the Institute of Archaeology, Iceland (FSÍ) in 1997. Originally the field school centered on the long running excavations at Hofstaðir, later expanding (along with the Mývatn projects) into a wider investigation of multiple Viking Age sites in the landscape. The Mývatn field school continued through the summer of 2004, eventually providing students from 26 nations a chance to experience the hot springs, lava fields, and rich insect life of this highland lake basin.
The field school collaborated closely with the Bradford University field school at Old Scatness led by Steve Dockrill and Julie Bond, and with the NSF-Funded Research Experience for Undergraduates program led by Sophia Perdikaris (Brooklyn College CUNY).
From 2005 to 2013, the field school shifted venue to Vatnsfjörður in the impressive West Fjords of Iceland. Since then the school has been run by Dr. Karen Milek (U Aberdeen) and Gardar Gudmundsson (FSI) with the active participation of Christian Keller (U Oslo) and a full range of NABO collaborating specialists. Since 2010 Julie Bond and Steve Dockrill have also ran a NABO Fieldschool on Rousay (Orkney), which was a collaboration between University of Bradford, CUNY & Orkney College. This is part of the Against Time and Tide: Investigating The Iron Age of Orkney project. In 2016, the NABO Field School was based at Gufuskálar