School Trips To Iceland
School Trips To Iceland
Famed for its dramatic volcanic landscapes and array of natural wonders, Iceland is a Nordic island nation residing in the North Atlantic. Due to its vigorous geothermal activity and unusual climate, Iceland boasts a diverse geography featuring numerous geysers, glaciers, hot springs and black sand beaches. The ultimate study location for budding geographers and adventurous scientists, a visit to this unique country is unlike any other. We offer the following school trips to Iceland.
The tour guide we had made the trip. His name was Harti and he was exceptional. His wealth of knowledge was amazing. Nothing was too much trouble for him and he explained everything clearly to the higher geography students. He altered the plan on the final day to cut down time they were in the coach and to show them different things like standing where they had one foot on the American Plate and one on the Eurasian!! Harti made the trip fun! Outstanding.
Stonelaw High School, Iceland (March 2016)
If you opt to visit Iceland between September and April, your students might be lucky enough to glimpse the Aurora Borealis, otherwise known as the Northern Lights. One of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World, the Aurora Borealis occur when charged particles emitted from the sun collide with molecules in our atmosphere, making for one exciting and stunning scientific study.
A popular tourist route that encompasses a number of Iceland’s most breath-taking historical and geological sites, the Golden Circle is a must for geography students. The tour includes visits to the epic Strokkur geyser, Gullfoss waterfall and the Thingvellir National Park, where the American and Eurasian tectonic plates are pulling apart by a few centimetres each year.
Probably one of Iceland’s most famous attractions, the Blue Lagoon is a man-made pool heated by a nearby geothermal power plant. Harnessing the benefits of Iceland’s rare geology, the water in the lagoon is rich in minerals and has been known to help treat certain skin conditions.
We offer a range of accommodation options in the capital, Reykjavik, and other areas close to all the most popular sites, including within the Golden Circle and on the South Shore. We recommend a minimum of half board.
It’s safe to say Icelandic cuisine can be quite unusual. However, if you’re feeling brave, there are some delicious national dishes to try. Our favourites include saltfiskur, fish that has been dried and salted; hangikjöt, smoked lamb which is usually served with potatoes, red beets and peas; and skyr, a high in protein, low fat superfood which resembles yoghurt and is very popular with visitors.
A UNESCO Global Geopark, Reykjanes Peninsula is one of the only points in the world where the Mid-Atlantic ridge comes above sea level. The area is a hive of geothermal and volcanic activity and as a result, has a diverse landscape featuring tuff mountains, hyaloclastite ridges and large craters.
A Lutheran parish church in the heart of Reykjavik, this unusual building is well worth a visit. The church’s unique architectural style was built to resemble the basalt lava flows of Iceland’s landscape and is one of the country’s most famous landmarks.
In 1973, the Eldfell volcano erupted on the island of Heimaey, engulfing a town situated at the foot of the volcano. Years later, the area was excavated by archaeologists who uncovered the town had been frozen in time by volcanic ash. The preserved artefacts can now be viewed at the Eldheimar museum, even showing petrified waterfalls of ash pouring from cottage windows.
WST Support in Iceland
Our handpicked local guides are highly knowledgeable and, in our opinion, the best in Iceland. Prior to your arrival they’ll spend time carefully considering your trip and any specific study content requests you may have, ensuring you receive the best level of information and service.
If you wish to maximise the geography or geology content during your tour, then we can provide a UK based field studies guide to accompany you on your trip who has experience of the sites and the UK curriculum.
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