Geography Trips to Iceland
The natural and unique landscape of Iceland lends itself perfectly to a geography field trip where there is no shortage of ways to link your visit to the curriculum. Visit diverse volcanic landscapes, take a trip to the world heritage site of Þingvellir where you can see the European and North American plate boundary, or visit Skaftafell National Park where you can walk to the snout of Skaftafellsjökull glacier or Svartifoss waterfall.
If you choose to visit in winter your students may be lucky enough to see the countryside bathed in the eerie light of the Aurora Borealis. At every time of year Iceland proves to be a truly awe inspiring and unforgettable destination.
Curriculum Topics Key Stage 4 & 5
- Tectonic Hazards
- Content of the World Around Us
- Glaciated Landscapes and Change
- Tectonic Processes and Hazards
|1||Check in to UK airport for flight to Iceland||Arrive in Iceland. Transfer to your accommodation||Evening meal|
|2||Full day guided South Shore Excursion, including Reynishverfi and Skogafoss waterfall. (Optional supplementary activity: Glacier Walk)||Evening meal|
|3||Full day guided Golden Circle Excursion, including Pingvellir National Park, Gulfoss waterfall and the Strokkur Geyser. (Optional supplementary activity: Lave Tubing)||Evening meal in a local restaurant|
|4||Visit the Blue Lagoon||Transfer to Iceland airport for return flight|
|Optional extra day||Full day guided Reykjanes Peninsula Tour, including lake Kleifarvatn and the Seltún geothermal area, (Optional supplementary activity: Ice Caves)|
- Optional extra day
|Morning||Check in to UK airport for flight to Iceland|
|Afternoon||Arrive in Iceland. Transfer to your accommodation|
|Morning||Full day guided South Shore Excursion, including Reynishverfi and Skogafoss waterfall. (Optional supplementary activity: Glacier Walk)|
|Morning||Full day guided Golden Circle Excursion, including Pingvellir National Park, Gulfoss waterfall and the Strokkur Geyser. (Optional supplementary activity: Lave Tubing)|
|Evening||Evening meal in a local restaurant|
|Morning||Visit the Blue Lagoon|
|Afternoon||Transfer to Iceland airport for return flight|
|Morning||Full day guided Reykjanes Peninsula Tour, including lake Kleifarvatn and the Seltún geothermal area, (Optional supplementary activity: Ice Caves)|
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Reasons to Visit
Golden Circle Tour
Stops include the Þingvellir National Park; the only place in the world where the Mid Atlantic Ridge can be observed above sea level. Appreciate the interaction between tectonic and glacial influences at Gullfoss waterfall as well as the Geysir geothermal area with its hot springs. Witness Strokkur the most famous and active geyser in Iceland which erupts every few minutes. Then it is time to head back to Reykjavík over the Hellisheiði plateau, passing the geothermal village Hveragerði on the way.
South Shore Adventure
This tour crosses the Olfusa and Eyrarbakki rivers and travels through quaint coastal villages to where the famous Hekla volcano can be seen on a clear day, also en route are two breathtaking waterfalls. After lunch the tour continues to the impressive Solheimajokul glacier with a short stop on the glacier tongue before the return home across the Hellisheidi plateau.
Located with the Golden Circle Area, this is a great alternative to the Blue Lagoon, and offers a more authentic Icelandic hot springs experience which hold a temperature of 38-40 Celsius all year. In the whole area there are several geothermal spots and a little Geysir which erupts every 5 minutes.
This is an incredible opportunity to experience caving through a lava tube. Groups will descend into the lava tubes to discover more about their formation and will see interesting forms of lava stalactites and different rock formations making this an experience of majestic and almost indescribable beauty. The Leidarendi Cave can be incorporated into your Reykjanes Peninsula Day. The Gjabakkahellir Cave is in the area of Thingvellir, so can be incorporated into your Golden Circle Day.
Reykjanes Peninsula Day
This tour is designed to take a closer look at the ‘real Iceland’ away from the tourist hotspots. Visit lake Kleifarvatn to look at pillow lava the foundation of Iceland, before stopping in the Seltún geothermal area, where the volcanic heat has formed thermal springs, steam vents, and mud pools. Visit Stampar volcanic fissure demonstrating two hornitos together with Reykjanesviti, home to Iceland's oldest lighthouse perched on top of a volcanic cone. The day concludes with a visit to the bridge between continents en-route to Reykjavik and the Perlan Centre which supplies Reykjavik with geothermally heated water.
Langjökull Ice Caves
Explore the second largest glacier in Iceland from the inside. The man-made tunnel in Langjökull glacier is a quite unique place to visit. Experience the awesome ice cap glacial environment by taking a ride in a monster 8-wheel-drive glacier truck to the entrance of the ice cave. The layers of ice quite literally tell Iceland's history and illustrate the effects of global warming inside this magnificent ice environment.
A rare opportunity to see Sólheimajökull, a glacial tongue extending south from the Mýrdalsjökull Glacier, study the outwash plain, and witness glacial processes in action. During the 2 hour tour you will be walking on the southernmost glacier in Iceland where you will experience pure ice within an amazing landscape. This can be incorporated into the South Shore Adventure.
The Blue Lagoon is a unique wonder of nature, with pleasantly warm mineral-rich geothermal water in a middle of a black lava field. The naturally high levels of silica and minerals give the Lagoon its rich blue colour.
Skaftafell National Park
The National Park is one of Iceland's most outstanding areas of natural beauty dominated by the glacier Vatnajokull, Europe's largest ice cap. Continue to the Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon where huge icebergs float and grind together in the still, deep waters of the lagoon.
The Pompeii of the North and the UNESCO Youngest Place on Earth are within a group of 15 islands, situated off the south coast of Iceland. During this excursion you will venture out to the magnificent ocean cliffs, home to 10 million puffins. May - September only.
Iceland uses its abundant geothermal energy to heat greenhouses in which fruits and vegetables are grown. You can visit greenhouses at Reykholt in western Iceland where cucumbers, tomatoes, other vegetables and flowers are grown and learn about this important industry.
Hveragerði Geothermal Park
Hveragerði has long been one of Iceland’s most popular tourist destinations.
The existence of hot springs led people to originally settle in Hveragerði town where pillars of steam from the numerous hot springs may be seen rising up out of the ground. The natural hot water could be used for heating, cooking, baking and laundry.
When visiting the Geothermal Park there has a natural clay foot bath where afterwards you can soak your feet in one of the hot springs..
Northern Lights Tour
The Northern Lights, also known as the Aurora Borealis, are a spectacular natural phenomenon, often seen dancing around in the fantastic colours across the Arctic sky. Northern Lights can be seen when certain weather conditions are fulfilled, usually during crisp, cold and very still evenings.
The museum offers a comprehensive historical overview of Iceland's past, from the days of the Settlement right up to the birth of the Republic in 1944.
Reykjavik Art Museum
Located in the former warehouses of the Port of Reykjavik, this museum features exhibitions from the Erró Collection, as well as from general collections.
Skogar Folk Museum
The museum has been the responsibility of one man, Thordur Tomasson. He started the collection of the artefacts and houses of the open-air museum and has not stopped yet. The pride of the museum is the church, which was consecrated in 1998. It depicts the most common church architecture of the past and all its possessions belonged to older churches, which have disappeared.
The Pearl & Saga Museum
The Pearl is a landmark building in Reykjavík. Former hot water storage tanks have been reused and redesigned. One of the water tanks holds the Saga Museum which tells you about the Icelandic sagas as well as other historical events. It also shows you how Icelanders used to live and how they live now.
Hallgrímskirkja (Hallgrim's Church) in Reykjavik is the tallest and most striking church in Iceland. A Lutheran cathedral, Hallgrimskirkja is named after an Icelandic poet and clergyman, Hallgrímur Pétursson (1614-74), the author of the Passíusálmar and other works. He was one of the most influential pastors during the Age of Orthodoxy.
Icelandic Lava Show
The Lava Show, located in Vik, is the best way to appreciate the majestic power of a volcanic eruption within a safe and controlled environment. This multi-sensory experience will allow your students to feel the heat from a lava eruption, see it flowing and hear it sizzling all before their eyes. The Icelandic Lava Show is an educational experience like no other - the perfect way to see something that few others will lay eyes on.
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