Iceland School Trip on a Shoestring
4 days from £550pp
based on 40 students and 4 free teacher places
Iceland is not only a geographer’s playground, it also inspires artists and photographers and is perfect for an activity week trip. But, if you thought that Iceland was too expensive for your next school trip, think again!
There are so many things to do in Iceland that it is easy to design an incredible itinerary for a variety of budgets, especially since many of Iceland’s main attractions are free to visit.
Your students can experience natural wonders including powerful geysers, sprawling lava fields, stunning waterfalls, geothermal rivers and sparkling glaciers all within a shoestring budget.
If you are able to travel in the winter months, not only will you be able to achieve the best value for money but also you will have a chance to see the northern lights, which is a truly priceless experience.
Reykjanes Peninsula and Hveragerdi
Touch down in Keflavik on the South West Reykjanes Peninsula of Iceland.
You’ll spend your first hours in Iceland exploring this extremely active geothermal area – an ideal introduction to this unique land of ice and fire!
Bring to life your students’ knowledge of tectonic plates on the Bridge Between Continents before witnessing the dramatic landscapes of the Stampar Craters and bubbling mud pools at Gunnuhver.
You’ll visit the iconic lighthouse at Reykjanesviti before stopping for lunch.
In the afternoon you will head to the colourful geothermal area of Seltun where geography students will marvel at the sights (and smells) of the fumaroles around the walking paths.
Next, your group will head to the town of Hveragerdi, a perfect case study of how Icelandic people use all this geothermal energy to their advantage and how it shapes their community.
Your day concludes at a countryside retreat, exclusive to Discover the World Education, where your group will be treated to a hot meal and plenty of space to spend some free time.
Waterfalls, Solheimajokull glacier and black beaches
If day 1’s focus was geothermal energy day 2 is all about the power of water!
Zip up your waterproofs and brave the cold spray of Seljalandsfoss from behind the waterfall itself. On sunny days your students will see many rainbows formed in the spray.
A short walk from Seljalandsfoss is one of Iceland’s hidden gems, Gljiufrabui, a waterfall which cascades into an otherworldly cavern!
Next tick on the waterfall bucket list is Skogafoss, one of Iceland’s most iconic sites! For your more energetic pupils, there is a staircase to the right of the falls where you can watch the water rush over the Cliffside.
Witness the power of water in a totally different way when you discover the enormous glacier, Solheimajokull. This glacier has been retreating due to climate change and the glacial lagoon formed at the mouth of the glacier is a sobering reminder of the dramatic changes it has experienced in the last few years.
Geography trips aren’t complete without studying the famous Icelandic coastline between Reynishverfi and Dyrholaey, which is home to a Iceland’s answer to Durdle Door, and the black sands which featured in Game of Thrones.
Your last full day in Iceland will focus on the classic Golden Circle sights.
Starting with Iceland’s most reliable geyser Strokkur which spouts every 6 minutes or so.
A short journey away is the tiered waterfall, Gullfoss, whose size and volume is a guaranteed trip highlight!
Your group will then discover the rift valley at Thingvellir national park – the divergent zone between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. Thingvellir translates to ‘the fields of parliament’ as it was home to Iceland’s first parliament.
No trip to Iceland would be complete without a chance to sightsee in the capital of Reykjavik with your guide. This small city has a unique culture and students will enjoy exploring the quirky shops, cosy cafes and colourful street art on their last afternoon.
You will stay in the heart of the city overnight.
Wave goodbye to your new favourite place as you have one last chance to see the beautiful landscapes through the coach window on your way back to Keflavik airport for your flight home.