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Iceland School Trip

Trip type: 
Geography
Adventure level: 
2. Gentle
Max group size: 
50
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Iceland | 5 days
Trip code: 
SGIC
What's included: 

Transport: Chartered bus

Accommodation:  4 nights hotel/lodges

Meals: Full Board Basis

English speaking local Tour Leader throughout

Flights: Easy Jet from London Luton or WOW from London Gatwick

1 free teacher place per 10 paying students

Trip Highlights: 
Hiking with crampons on the Sólheimajökull Glacier
Snorkelling in the Silfra fissure
Þingvellir National Park & Gulfoss Waterfall
See erupting geysers in the Golden Circle
Helliheið Geothermal Power Plant
Swim in the naturally heated Blue Lagoon
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Trip Highlights: 
Hiking with crampons on the Sólheimajökull Glacier
Snorkelling in the Silfra fissure
Þingvellir National Park & Gulfoss Waterfall
See erupting geysers in the Golden Circle
Helliheið Geothermal Power Plant
Swim in the naturally heated Blue Lagoon
see full itinerary >>
What's included: 

Transport: Chartered bus

Accommodation:  4 nights hotel/lodges

Meals: Full Board Basis

English speaking local Tour Leader throughout

Flights: Easy Jet from London Luton or WOW from London Gatwick

1 free teacher place per 10 paying students

Trip Overview: 

The unique and dramatic geology of Iceland make for a fascinating school trip, and are the main reason that Iceland is currently one of our most popular destinations for school groups. This dynamic and adventurous itinerary visits all the major sites that are of special interest to students; Þingvellir National Park, volcanic exhibitions, geothermal areas, black sand beaches and glaciers; adding a twist of adventure to many of the typical sites.

Instead of simply looking at the rift where tectonic plates meet you have the option to go snorkelling in the crystal clear water of Silfrá fissure with the European tectonic plates on one side and America on the other. Don't just viewing a glacier from afar, a School Adventure Company trip to Iceland will get your group into their crampons and hiking onto the ice.  Explore geothermal areas, spot puffins and walk behind waterfalls. This is a new, different and action-packed school trip designed to ignite interest and inspire pupils outside the classroom.

Itinerary: 
Day
1
Fly to Reykjavik / Visit to Blue Lagoon

Fly to Reykjavik / Visit to Blue Lagoon

On arrival in Reykjavik you will be transferred straight to the Blue Lagoon where you can recover from your flight relaxing in the naturaly heated warm water. This huge outdoor spa is 5,000 m2, holds 6 million litres of geothermal seawater and is powered entirely by geothermal energy. It's one of the few places on Earth where you can bathe between two continents as the Euro-Asian and American tectonic plates meet here.

Winter Only: It can be arranged during your time in Rekjavik to journey out to see view the Northern Lights (weather permitting). The trip out to the remote countryside, away from the cities light pollution is approx. one hour. Here, in the pure darkness, you will hopefully be treated to a stunning natural show that began its life as a storm on the surface of the sun. The Northern Lights, scientifically known as the Aurora Borealis, are a spectacular natural phenomenon of dancing light and colour spreading and weaving its way across the night sky. Sightings cannot be guaranteed and you may take this tour on a different evening if the weather is forecast to be more favourable. Please let us know if you'd like this tour included in your quote.

Day
2
Þingvellir National Park / Gulfoss Waterfall / Great Geysir / Kerid Crater

Þingvellir National Park / Gulfoss Waterfall / Great Geysir / Kerid Crater

This morning starts with a visit to the famous Þingvellir National Park (en. Parliament Fields). Þingvellir is a UNESCO world heritage site and the original birthplace of the oldest existing parliament in the world. From a geological point of view it is the place where the tectonic plates of America and Europe meet and the rift valley is clearly visible. To add a twist of adventure to the day you can opt to go snorkelling in the crystal clear water of Silfrá fissure a unique swimming experience with the European tectonic plates on one side and America on the other. You also have the option to explore an Icelandic lava cave, a great example of a lava tube situated in one of the most active volcanic areas in the world.

We then drive to Gullfoss, the queen of Icelandic waterfalls. Gullfoss is an amazing sight with water rushing down three steps of lava layers with breath-taking power and grandeur. A few minutes down the road is a geothermal area which is the home of the famous “Great Geysir” – a 10,000 year old geyser. Here the earth gurgles and bubbles while Geysir hurls boiling water 70 metres into the air. We will also visit the Kerid Crater a volcanic crater lake.

Day
3
AM visit the Árbæjarsafn Museum / Cultural visit to Hveragerdi Geothermal Park / Helliheið Geothermal Power Plant

AM visit the Árbæjarsafn Museum / Cultural visit to Hveragerdi Geothermal Park / Helliheið Geothermal Power Plant

Árbæjarsafn is the open air museum of the city of Reykjavík. Its purpose is to give the public an insight into the living conditions, work and recreational activities of the people of Reykjavík in earlier times. Quaint old buildings have been uprooted from their original sites and rebuilt here, preserving for future generations a window into the old, traditional ways that it was felt were being lost. Alongside the 19th century homes are a turf-roofed church, and various stables, smithies, barns and boathouse. This is a popular place for students as history comes to life as they explore the old houses.

After this interesting morning you will continue on to Hveragerði where you have a brilliant opportunity to study how a community develops around and adapts to its environment. This geo-park is unique; nowhere else in the world is there a populated region so close to an active high-temperature geothermal area. The existence of hot springs led people to settle in Hveragerði. The natural hot water could be used for heating, cooking, baking and laundry and led to the development of jobs. The first market garden Fagrihvammur, was founded by the Varmá River in 1929. A year later the first greenhouse was build, marking the beginning of greenhouse horticulture in this region. Horticulture became a key sector of the local economy. We will have an in-depth tour of the area, learning how the locals make use of these boiling hot springs that erupt in their gardens. We will boil eggs in the hot springs and those who wish can have a mud foot-bath.

Tee group's next stop is the Helliheið Geothermal Power Plant. The area surrounding the power plant is a strange land with steam bursting out of the ground. Driving up to the plant you’ll see the huge vents where the steam is stored and the miles of pipes stretching into the distance. The tour is fascinating and a great way to learn about this unusual powerplant.

Day
4
Seljalandsfoss Waterfall / Hiking on the Sólheimajökull Glacier / Black sand beaches / “Eyjaflallajökull Erupts”

Seljalandsfoss Waterfall / Hiking on the Sólheimajökull Glacier / Black sand beaches / “Eyjaflallajökull Erupts”

On the fourth day we explore the Icelandic south coast. First we visit Seljalandsfoss, a stunning waterfall that you can walk behind. We then venture on to Sólheimajökull Glacier where you will put on crampons and explore the magnificent ice sculptures, crevasses and cauldrons; its a great way for students to get closer and literally get 'hands on' with their subject and the study of glaciers.

Afterwards we visit the “Eyjaflallajökull Erupts” exhibition and will watch an amazing action video of the eruption that closed down European airspace in 2010. After a visit to volcanic sand beaches and a chance to see the weird and wonderful rocky formations around the shoreline, we head to Skógar to see the stunning 60 metre waterfall Skógarfoss, those who want can walk all the way to the top for a better view.  

Day
5

Flight home

This morning we transfer to the airport to catch our international flight back to the UK.

Þingvellir National Park with an adventurous twist

Perhaps the most famous stop on Iceland's 'Golden Circle' route is the famous Þingvellir National Park (en. Parliament Fields). Þingvellir is a UNESCO world heritage site and the original birthplace of the oldest existing parliament in the world. From a geological perspective it is the place where the tectonic plates of America and Europe meet and the rift valley is clearly visible. To add a twist of adventure to the day and to really show your group something amazing, we suggest an itinerary that includes snorkelling in the crystal clear water of Silfrá fissure, allowing them to see first hand the European tectonic plates on one side and America on the other.

Hike on the Sólheimajökull glacier

The glaciers of Iceland are awe-inspiring. Get your group closer to ther subject by hiking on the Sólheimajökull glacier. Getting out on the ice with crampons on is often a major highlight for pupils and is the perfect way for them to learn about glaciers and how they are formed. It is also the only way for them to get up close to magnificent ice sculptures, crevasses and cauldrons. 

Explore geothermal areas, waterfalls & hot springs

A trip to Iceland wouldn't be complete without visiting the famous geyser region and the impressive glaciers that cover the island. These huge masses of ice move over land and have formed over many years, slowly carving a path through the lanscape. You'll visit the Gulfoss 'Golden' Waterfall and watch geysers spout water high into the air.