Iceland School Trips

College and school visits to Iceland, the land of fire and ice, is the perfect destination to view nature's raw power. A vastly under-populated island, it offers students a unique opportunity to appreciate how mighty forces shape the earth;  geysers gush, waterfalls cascade, volcanoes rumble and glaciers grind their pathways through the mountains. In addition, you may be lucky enough to see the spectacular phenomenon of the Northern Lights!

On the Golden Circle Tour stops include the spectacular Gullfoss Waterfall, the surprising active geyser at the Geysir Geothermal Area, the Hveragerði Geothermal town built above a hot-spring field and the Þingvellir National Park which is the only place in the world where the Mid Atlantic Ridge can be observed above sea level.

You can take a ride in a monster 8-wheel-drive truck to the entrance of the Langjökull Ice Caves to explore the second largest glacier in Iceland from the inside. Also, visit the Blue Lagoon, a unique wonder of nature, with pleasantly warm mineral-rich geothermal water in a middle of a black lava field.  

Skaftafell National Park is one of Iceland's most outstanding areas of natural beauty dominated by the glacier Vatnajokull, Europe's largest ice cap and Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon is where huge icebergs float and grind together in the still, deep waters of the lagoon.

Finally, In Reykjavik, Hallgrímskirkja (Hallgrim's Church) is a must visit as being the tallest and most striking church in Iceland.

An Iceland school trip is truly a bespoke opportunity to enjoy geography which cannot be found anywhere else in the world, but is not just for geography students! Summer or winter, all will be inspired by the marvels of the natural landscape, astounding scenery and a great range of cultural attractions which will guarantee students an unforgettable experience.

On an educational visit to Iceland you have so many choices, whatever your subject area. Below you will find further information on potential places to visit as well as the opportunity to browse by specific subject area.

When booking your college or school trip to Iceland with us, our experienced Tour Consultants can guide you to make the right choices by recommending appropriate educational visits and/or cultural and enrichment activities to add a bit of fun!

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Reasons to Visit

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.

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.

Secret Lagoon

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.

Westman Islands

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.

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.

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.

Blue Lagoon

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.

Lava Tubing

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.

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.

National Museum

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.

Glacier Walk

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.

Hallgrimskirkja Cathedral

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.

Geothermal Greenhouses

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..

 

Hellisheiði Power Plant

The Hellisheiði Power Plant is in a stunning setting surrounded by lava and moss. You can visit The Geothermal Energy Exhibition and take a tour of the Power Plant to learn how Iceland produces its green, sustainable energy.

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.

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.

Perlan - Wonders Of Iceland

Volcanoes, glaciers, geothermal marvels and more come alive through cutting-edge technology and groundbreaking science at the Wonders of Iceland exhibition at the Perlan. Pupils can see, feel, and live Iceland’s many natural wonders all in one place. Also, on the fourth floor of Perlan is the large observation deck, on the top of the hot water tanks, encircling the entire dome giving amazing 360° views of Reykjavík and the surrounding area.



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