Geography School Trip to North and South Iceland Iceland

6 Days from £990pp

Based on 36 students and 4 free teacher places travelling Sep-Oct 2023 excluding key school holiday peak dates

Iceland offers untouched, rugged landscapes, and your students will witness geographical processes unfold.

There’s also lots to discover beyond the famous South West region. Your geography trip can include Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall, and Myvatn Nature Baths, the North’s answer to the Blue Lagoon. No matter which route you take, our Travel Specialists will help you choose an option that suits you.

The below example itinerary goes through the impressive West region without missing any highlights in the South.

What's included

  • Return flight from LON. Regional departures also available
  • Hold Luggage
  • 5 nights’ accommodation
  • Full board basis
  • Teacher Tour Leader or expert local guide
  • Whale Watching
  • Entry to Myvatn Nature Baths
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Perlan, Borgarnes, Hraunfossar, Barnafoss, Deildartunguhver Hot Springs

Begin your trip with a visit to one of Reykjavik city’s most memorable landmarks, Perlan. Explore the museum and head to the observation deck to admire the views of Reykjavik’s colourful houses below.

On the road again you will drive through the beautiful region of Hvalfjordur which was once a prominent whaling area. There are many quiet towns to explore in this area including Borgarnes.

Now you are in the West you must see one of our favourite spots; the cascading blue waters at Hraunfossar. Formed as water carved its way through lava fields and emerged to join the river below.

You will also see Barnafoss, another waterfall, which offers a very different scenery and landscape to Hraunafossar.

The West of Iceland is home to Europe’s largest and most powerful hot spring, Deildartunguhver which is used to heat many of the houses in this area. Ideal for Geography students interested in geothermal energy.



Grabrok Craters, Hvammstangi, Akureyri

En route to the north of the island, you will first visit Grabok Craters. These giant volcanic craters were formed approximately three thousand years ago from a fissure eruption.

It is time to experience some culture at the Hvammstangi wool shop and factory famed for producing its own line of knitwear from Icelandic wool.

You will later arrive in Akuryeri, named Iceland’s second city and one of Lonely Planet’s best places to visit in 2015.



Whale Watching in Husavik, Tjornes peninsula, Asbyrgi Canyon and Dettifoss

In the morning your students will embark on an exciting boat trip to go whale watching. There are 24 species of whale who frequent Husavik’s waters and it is often called one of the best places in the world to spot whales.

Geologists will rejoice as you reach the Tjornes Peninsula. This area is known for dramatic cliffs green hills and fossils.

Your next stop will be the magnificent Asbyrgi Canyon,  a horseshoe-shaped canyon that is routed in Norse Mythology. It was originally thought to be the hoof print of Odin’s eight-legged horse.

This incredible day concludes with a visit to Dettifoss, the most powerful waterfall in Europe.



Skutustadir, Dimmuborgir lava formations, Namaskard, Krafla Geothermal Power Station and Myvatn Nature Baths

When you begin your journey on day 4 your students will witness a lunar landscape of large pseudocraters at Skutustadir.

Continuing on the theme of dramatic scenery, your trip will head to Hofdi and then Dimmuborgir, both areas where lava formations have created unusual silhouettes and provide an excellent opportunity to discuss physical geography.

You will also visit Hverfall, a large crater that is part of the Krafla system, which you will learn more about later on day 4.

One of our most memorable stops on day 4 is the Namaskard geothermal area. The hot springs and bubbling mud pools are a powerful (and pungent) reminder of the power beneath the ground.

This power is harnessed by the Icelandic people at sights like the Krafla geothermal power station. At this stop, students will learn about the benefits of living so close to geothermal activity.

After a short visit to Viti Crater Lake, your students will have a chance to experience another benefit of geothermal energy first-hand by soaking in the milky blue waters at Myvatn Nature Baths. These authentic hot baths are the North’s answer to the Blue Lagoon and provide the perfect end to a busy day!



Godafoss, Glumbaer turf farm and Glanni

Iceland is not short of waterfalls but there is one that is hard to beat when it comes to beauty. Godafoss literally means waterfall of the gods and it is easy to see why. This horseshoe-shaped waterfall is certainly a photogenic attraction.

You will then visit Glumbaer turf farm. Wandering through the maze of tiny rooms and passages in one of Iceland’s best-preserved turf farms you’ll get a feel for how life used to be for centuries. The buildings are packed with original artefacts from a self-sufficient lifestyle where nothing was wasted – an interesting comparison with contemporary consumerism.

No geography school trip is complete without studying coastal formations! Your next stop is at Hvitserkur where your students can study the large monolith which in folklore was known as a petrified troll.

Finally, you will have a chance to stretch your legs on a forest trek to Glanni waterfall before heading on to Borgarfjodur for your overnight stay.



Reykjavik City / Reykjanes Peninsula and home

You will head back to the capital of Reykjavik and enjoy some free time to explore before heading to Keflavik for your return flight.

While in Reykjavik we’d recommend browsing in the quirky boutiques, admiring the street art or sheltering in a quaint coffee shop.

For geographers eager to take every opportunity to explore Iceland’s rugged landscape, you could swap a Reykjavik visit for a tour around the Reykjanes Peninsula, a geologically fascinating area with bubbling mud pools and lava fields.

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