Bursary Funded Iceland School Trip
27-29 April 2018
As part of our strategic partnership with the Geographical Association,in April 2018 we will be sending students on our first ever bursary funded school trip to Iceland.
We want every child to have an opportunity to study geography in the field and bring their love of the subject to life. However, we know that not every student is able to afford to travel abroad with their school.
We had many applications and have successfully filled the trip with students from a variety of backgrounds who have one thing in common, a love of geography.
In April 2018 students and teachers from different schools will travel together to visit some of Iceland’s most incredible natural wonders. We hope to educate and inspire students to appreciate the beauty and spectacle of Iceland’s natural phenomena with an itinerary showcasing some the geographical highlights of the land of fire and ice.
The deadline to apply for this trip has now passed however keep an eye out for future announcements about next year’s trip.
What they’ll see…
Fly from the UK to Keflavik on an evening flight and transfer your accommodation in Keflavik for an overnight stay.
Meet your guide for the trip to see the natural wonders on the famed Golden Circle route. Travel westwards towards the UNESCO World Heritage site of Thingvellir National Park, traversed by the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, where the divergent North American and Eurasian tectonic plates pull apart at an average rate of 2.5cm per year; it is also where Iceland’s national assembly, the Althing, was set up in 930AD. Look out for ropey lava as you make your way across the landscape, passing many fissures.
Continue to the geothermal area at Geysir, where Iceland’s most reliable geyser Strokkur erupts every 5 minutes or so. The next stop is to observe the immense power of the iconic two-tiered waterfall, Gullfoss and see where the Hvita river flows from a glacier into a rift valley.
Stay overnight at a rural property (Guesthouse Bitra/ Hotel Borealis), far away from the light pollution of the capital, in order to maximize your chances of witnessing a display of the northern lights.
Explore Iceland’s south west – the Reykjanes Peninsula and its many volcanic and geothermal features. First off is the Lava Tunnel – see the inner workings of a volcanic eruption as you walk in the path of the ancient lava flow. Then at Sandvik, walk across the Bridge Between Continents, a small footbridge built over the fissure caused by Continental drift, where it is possible to have one foot in America and the other in Europe at the same time. At Gunnuhver, walk amongst bubbling mud pools and hissing steam vents whilst experiencing the strong smell of sulphur.
At Krysuvik, keep to the boardwalk as it traverses an extensive geothermal area, where, in addition to the steaming volcanic vents, the solfataras, fumaroles, mud pots and hot springs, give the soft soil its yellow, red and green hue.
Explore more of the fascinating peninsula and see the sea stacks Valahnukur, just off the black sand coast before heading inland to take a look at Keilir, the small but steep, cone-shaped mountain. Afterwards, it is time to head back to Keflavik Airport for the flight home.