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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: 

Staff: local group leader and one FREE teacher place per 10 paying students

Transport: Chartered bus

Meals: Full Board Basis

Accommodation:  4 nights’ hotel/cottages

Flights: EasyJet (from Luton) or WOW (from Gatwick) 

 

 

 

Trip Highlights: 
Þingvellir National Park & Gulfoss Waterfall
Swim in the naturally heated Blue Lagoon
See erupting geysers in the Golden Circle
Helliheið Geothermal Power Plant
Option to snorkel in a fissure and hike on a glacier
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Trip Highlights: 
Þingvellir National Park & Gulfoss Waterfall
Swim in the naturally heated Blue Lagoon
See erupting geysers in the Golden Circle
Helliheið Geothermal Power Plant
Option to snorkel in a fissure and hike on a glacier
see full itinerary >>
What's included: 

Staff: local group leader and one FREE teacher place per 10 paying students

Transport: Chartered bus

Meals: Full Board Basis

Accommodation:  4 nights’ hotel/cottages

Flights: EasyJet (from Luton) or WOW (from Gatwick) 

 

 

 

Trip Overview: 

Iceland’s unique and dramatic geology create a fascinating school trip, and it’s why students learn so much on our adventurous itinerary. It’s been one of our most popular destinations for many years, and we have lots of personal travel experience to plan the perfect journey to geysirs, waterfalls and volcanoes for your school.

This dynamic itinerary visits all the major sites that are of special interest to geography students; Þingvellir National Park, geothermal areas, black sand beaches and glaciers; adding a twist of adventure to many of the typical sites. If you travel in the winter, you may also see the Northern Lights dance across the night sky.

Explore geothermal areas, spot puffins, walk behind waterfalls and swim in the amazing Blue Lagoon. We’ve also hand-picked comfortable accommodation and included all meals. This is a new, different and action-packed school trip designed to ignite interest and inspire pupils outside the classroom.

As our Iceland trip is created especially for your school, we can also offer a fantastic selection of additional activities:

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 naturally heated warm water. This huge outdoor spa is 5,000 m2, holds six 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. It's blue because of the high levels of silica and minerals. A visit to the Blue Lagoon is not only a relaxing excursion (for teachers, too!) but educational because of its natural properties. (D)

Winter Only: Not only will you bathe in the Blue Lagoon surrounded by snow, but it can be arranged during your time in Reykjavik to journey into remote countryside to view the Northern Lights (weather permitting). Here, in 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

Þingvellir National Park / Gulfoss Waterfall / Great Geysir

Today is a full day of geographical activities.

This morning, we drive to Gullfoss, the queen of Icelandic waterfalls. Gullfoss is an amazing sight as thousands of tons of icy water thunder 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, 10,000-year-old “Great Geysir”. Here the earth gurgles and bubbles while the geysir hurls boiling water 70m into the air. You will also see one of the most active geysirs in the area, Strokkur.

Continue to the famous Þingvellir National Park. Þingvellir is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and site of the oldest democratic parliament in the world, founded in 930. 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, why not go snorkelling in the crystal clear water of the Silfrá fissure - a narrow canyon between the European and American continents. The water in the fissure is crystal clear and visibility can reach 70-80m. This is a favourite of ours and a very special activity; unique in the world and certainly something students won't forget. Please note, age restrictions apply to this activity.

We can also arrange for you 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. Tunnels, lava rivers and stalactites are frozen in a fossilised world of black basalt mixed with colourful oxides. This is a great way to learn about tube caves. (BLD)

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

Today, you'll explore Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital. We'll explore the city from one end to the other - seeing the old town centre, parliament, cathedral, harbour, National Museum, the Pearl and Höfði House (summit site of 1986). We also drive past the city's salmon river, an indication of Reykjavik's low pollution levels. 

Árbæjarsafn is an open-air museum whose 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 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 because history comes to life as they explore the old houses.

After this interesting morning, the 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.

You will continue to Hveragerði where you have a brilliant opportunity to study how a community develops 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 as the natural hot water could be used for heating, cooking, baking and laundry, and so led to the development of jobs. The first greenhouse was built in 1930, marking the beginning of greenhouse horticulture in this region and it then 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 the boiling hot springs that erupt in their gardens. We will boil eggs in the hot springs and those who wish can have a mud footbath.

Continuing east through small villages, we head into the mountains and have views of Eyjafjallajökull, which is probably the most famous volcano in the world after the eruption of 2010, which grounded international flights for days.

Your coastal accommodation is in the scenic area of Fljótshlíð; lovely cottages with accommodation in twin rooms, and a communal hot tub. (BLD)

Day
4
Seljalandsfoss and Skógarfoss Waterfalls

Seljalandsfoss and Skógarfoss Waterfalls

On the fourth day, we explore the Icelandic south coast. First we visit Seljalandsfoss and Skógarfoss. Both tumble over high rock escarpmentsa and you can walk behind Seljalansfoss. 

Afterwards we visit the beautiful village of Vik, where we stop for lunch, heading back to Reykjavik via the coast. The shore is flanked by steep bird cliffs rising above black beaches. Just outside of Vik are the Reynisdranger Rocks - 66m high. According to legend, they were formed when two trolls were trying to drag a three-masted ship to land. When daylight broke they turned to stone. 

There's also the opportunity for an exhilarating hike on the Sólheimajökull Glacier. Put crampons on and explore the magnificent ice sculptures, crevasses and cauldrons; it's a great way for students to get closer and, literally, 'hands on' with their subject and the study of glaciers. Your guide will also discuss the effects of global warming with the students. (BLD)  

Day
5

Flight home

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

Snorkelling in the Silfra fissure

Snorkel in the crystal-clear water of Silfrá fissure, allowing your students to swim between continents and see the European tectonic plates on one side and America on the other. 

Hike on the Sólheimajökull glacier

Getting out on the ice with crampons is often a major highlight for pupils and 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. 

Cave exploring

Discover an underground world of lava tubes and rivers, tunnels and stalactites frozen in a fossilised world of black basalt and colourful oxides.