South West Iceland Itinerary

South West Iceland Itinerary

A school trip to Iceland offers students the chance to explore this awe-inspiring country whilst providing extensive study opportunities and invaluable hands-on experience in an array of subject areas including Geography, Geology and Science.

At Discover the World Education, we create varied and adventurous itineraries that incorporate a range of outdoor activities in a variety of settings, allowing your students to learn new practical skills whilst engaging with the natural environment around them.

The itinerary below is designed to provide examples of the areas you and your students can visit, as well as the activities that are available. Our highlights page will give you an overview of some of the things you might like to do.

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This map shows a typical 3-5-day route around Iceland’s most popular geographic attractions. The dotted line on the map shows alternative excursions which could be added or substituted for part of the itinerary. Most school trips last 4 to 6 days, but we have plenty of suggested itineraries which can last between 3 to 15 days, tailored to your requirements and budget.

When you are ready to get started planning your schools ideal Iceland itinerary simply make an enquiry with our experienced travel specialists.

 

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Geography Topics Covered
  • Tectonic processes, landforms & hazards
  • Weather processes & hazards
  • Climate change
  • Ecosystems
  • Coastal processes, landforms & management
  • Water & river processes, landforms & management
  • Glacial processes, landforms & management
  • Geological processes & landforms
  • Urban change & growth
  • Population
  • Economic change
  • Food resources
  • Water resources
  • Energy resources
  • Fieldwork
Highlights
  • Reykjavik
  • The Blue Lagoon
  • Reykjanes Peninsula
  • Gullfoss
  • Thingvellir rift valley
  • Eyjafjallajokull
  • Seljalandsfoss & Skogafoss waterfalls
  • Vik
  • Skaftafell National Park
  • Jokulsarlon
  • Dyrholaey and black volcanic beaches
  • Geothermal town of Hveragerd

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Day 1 – The UK to Reykjavik and the Reykjanes Peninsula

  • Fly from the UK to Keflavik and explore the unearthly Reykjanes Peninsula or head to the Blue Lagoon where you can take a dip in the geothermal waters.
  • Continue on to Reykjavik for the evening where you can experience the beauty of the Northern Lights at Cinema no.2 or understand the phenomenon at Aurora Reykjavík.

Day 2 – Hellisheidi – Kerid – Golden Circle

  • Meet your guide and travel eastwards through the mountains to the geothermal power plant at Hellisheidi.
  • Continue to Kerid, a dramatic volcanic crater lake.
  • Travel onwards to the three attractions which make up the well-known Golden Circle.
  • Geysir – Iceland’s most reliable geyser Strokkur that spouts every 6 minutes or so.
  • Gullfoss – Witness the immense power of the two-tiered waterfall.
  • Rift valley at Thingvellir – the divergent zone between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates.

Day 3 – Eyjafjallajokull Flood Plain – Seljalandsfoss – Skogar – Solheimajokull – Vik

  • First stop, the flood plains near Seljalandsfoss, where you will witness the engineering employed to control the effects of glacial bursts that were caused by the Eyjafjallajökull volcanic eruption.
  • Visit Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls that plunge 60m from relict cliffs. You can often walk behind Seljalandsfoss, and legend has it that a chest of gold is hidden in the eroded pool below Skogafoss.
  • Travel to Solheimajokull glacier to study the moraines and see first-hand how the glacier is shaping the land.
  • Hike the glacier itself and get up close to this ice giant.

Day 4 – Vik – Reynishverfi – Dyrholaey – Hveragerdi – Reykjavik

  • Visit the black sand beach and dunes at Vik.
    See the incredible basalt columns and impressive cliffs of Reynishverfi.
  • Study the coastline between Reynishverfi and Dyrholaey which is home to a variety of fascinating landscapes and features including Iceland’s answer to Durdle Door.
  • If the roads are open, visit the lighthouse perched on the headland and enjoy some puffin watching.
  • On route to Reykjavik pass through the small ‘greenhouse’ town of Hveragerdi, a place where there is so much geothermal activity, food can be cooked in the ground. It is an ideal place to carry out an FSC fieldwork course at the Horticultural University or Hveragerdi Geothermal Park.

Day 5 – Reykjavik tour or Whale Watching and/or Krysuvik – Keflavik – UK

  • For your final day, you may like to spend some time sightseeing in Reykjavik or exploring the Reykjanes peninsula.
  • Fun and educational optional activities including a whale watching trip from the harbour or lava-tube caving is available.

Other options for your Iceland trip…

Want to extend this itinerary for a 5+ day trip? Talk to our team about making your trip bespoke to what you want to see in Iceland.

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Heimaey Island

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Day 1 – Heimaey Island

  • Travel by boat to the island of Heimaey off the south coast of Iceland.
  • Visit the site of the 1973 eruption that created the Eldfell crater.
  • Observe the damage the eruption of ash and lava caused to one third of the houses on the island of Heimaey – the destruction is still very evident today.
  • Meet some of Heimaey’s residents, puffins! At certain times of years the cliffs are full of these charismatic birds.

Skatafell National Park and Jokulsarlon

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Day 1 – Myrdalssandur – Eldhraun – Svinafellsjokull – Skaftafell National Park

  • Travel east to Myrdalssandur – a 700km squared area of sand flats.
  • Next stop is Eldhraun, an extensive, now moss-covered, lava flow from the Lake Eruption in 1783, believed to be the largest flow from a single eruption in the world.
  • Then visit Svinafellsjokull to see evidence of the advance and retreat of a glacier tongue.
  • Continue towards Skaftafell National Park and visit one of Iceland’s primary areas of natural beauty.

Day 2 – Jokulsarlon –– Svartifoss

  • Travel to nearby Jokulsarlon – the famous iceberg lagoon.
  • Visit Fjadrargljufur, a rugged and impressive gorge about 100m deep and 2km long that runs through hyaloclastite with lava intrusions that dates back over 2 million years.
  • Stop at Svartifoss – the ‘otherworldly’ waterfall surrounded by basalt columns.