Geography or Geology School Trip to Iceland

There is perhaps no better place on earth to experience such a wealth of jaw dropping geographical features than Iceland. A true wonderland, this other-worldly landscape is home to glaciers, geysers, contrasting waterfalls, tectonic plates, volcanoes and volcanic beaches, and not forgetting the stunning geothermal lagoons.

During a geography trip to Iceland, GCSE and A Level students will be able to experience and learn about this fascinating country first-hand. Booking with WST means you'll have access to our Geography specialists, who have a wealth of experience to help create your ideal tour – filled with spectacular learning opportunities.

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4 day trip

Tour Day 1

Flight to Keflavik airport, Reykjavik
Meet your guide and coach then transfer to Reykjavik for a guided exploration, to include Perlan Observation Deck, before check-in at your accommodation.
Evening meal and free time for local orientation

Tour Day 2

A full day guided coach excursion begins with an opportunity to swim at the ‘Secret Lagoon' followed by exploring the spectacular sites of the ‘Golden Circle’ including Thingvellir National Park, Geysir Geothermal Area, Gullfoss waterfall and Kerid Crater.
Evening meal at your hotel then take a chance to explore the local area.

Tour Day 3

A full day guided coach excursion to witness many incredible geographical features on the ‘South Shore Adventure’ including Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, Skógafoss Waterfall, Sólheimajökull Glacier, Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach and Vík Village with additional stop at the Lava Center
Evening meal at your hotel, with swim at a local geothermal pool

Tour Day 4

Transfer to the airport your return flight home

5 day trip

Tour Day 1

Flight to Keflavik airport, Reykjavik
Meet your guide and coach then transfer to Reykjavik for a guided exploration, to include Perlan Observation Deck, before check-in at your accommodation.
Evening meal and free time for local orientation

Tour Day 2

A full day guided coach excursion begins with an opportunity to swim at the ‘Secret Lagoon' followed by exploring the spectacular sites of the ‘Golden Circle’ including Thingvellir National Park, Geysir Geothermal Area, Gullfoss waterfall and Kerid Crater.
Evening meal at your hotel, then take a chance to explore the local area

Tour Day 3

A full day guided coach excursion exploring the ‘Wonders of Reykjanes Peninisular’ including Krýsuvík Geothermal Area, Strandakirkja Church, Gunnuhver Hot Springs, The Bridge Between the Continents, The lighthouse with added stop at Hvergerdi Geothermal Park and an earthquake Simulator.
Evening meal at your hotel, followed by free time.

Tour Day 4

A full day guided coach excursion to witness many incredible geographical features on the ‘South Shore Adventure’ including Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, Skógafoss Waterfall, Sólheimajökull Glacier, Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach and Vík Village with additional stop at the Lava Center
Evening meal at your hotel, with swim at a local geothermal pool

Tour Day 5

Transfer to the airport your return flight home

Curricular Links

A WST Geography tour to Iceland will support the study of elements of the following exam board specifications:



Section 3.1.1: The challenge of natural hazards

            3.2.1 Section A: Urban issues and challenges

            3.2.2 Section B: The changing economic world

A Level

Section 3.1.1 Water and Carbon Cycles

            3.1.3 Coastal systems and landscapes

            3.1.5 Hazards

            3.2.4 Population and the environment


GCSE Geography A

Component 1:   Topic 2 Weather hazards and climate change

Component 2:   Topic 4 Changing cities

                        Topic 5 Global Development

GCSE Geography B

Component 1:   Topic 1: Hazardous Earth

                        Topic 3: Challenges of an urbanising world

A Level

Topic 1: Tectonic Processes and Hazards

Topic 2: Landscape Systems, Processes and Change


GCSE Geography A: 2.3 Environmental threats to our Planet

GCSE Geography B: Topic 1 – Global Hazards

A Level Option A – Coastal Landscapes

Topic 3.1 – Climate Change

Topic 3.5 – Hazardous Earth


National 5

Physical Environments: Landscape types

Global Issues: Climate Change; Natural regions; Environmental Hazards


Physical Environments: Hydrosphere; Lithosphere

Human Environments: Global climate change; Energy

Advanced Higher

Geographical issues



Key Idea 3.1: Tectonic processes and landforms

Key Idea 3.2: Vulnerability and hazard reduction

A Level

Section 1.3: Tectonic Hazards

Study Visits

Blue Lagoon

This stunning lagoon is pleasantly warm (38°C) with mineral-rich geothermal water in the middle of a black lava field. The high natural levels of silica and minerals give the Lagoon its rich blue colour. The water originates 2,000 metres below the surface, where freshwater and seawater combine at extreme temperatures. It is then harnessed via drilling holes at a nearby geothermal power plant. During geography school trips to Iceland, groups often choose to stop for a swim here en-route to the hotel from the airport.

If you are after a cheaper, less crowded geothermal swim, then check out the Secret Lagoon below which can be added to the Golden Circle Day.


(Ideal airport transfer add-on or can easily be added to the Reykjanes Peninsular Day).

Explore the magnificent lava tunnel Raufarhólshellir, one of the longest and best-known lava tubes in Iceland. It is located just 30 minutes from Reykjavík and is easily accessed year round.

A journey into Raufarhólshellir is a unique experience and a great opportunity to witness the inner workings of a volcanic eruption as you and your geography group can walk in the path of lava that flowed during the Leitahraun eruption, which occurred east of the Bláfjöll mountains about 5200 years ago. Every winter spectacular ice sculptures are formed inside the entrance of the cave making the experience of visiting the lava tunnel even more breathtaking.

The Standard tour for Iceland geography trips takes you to the part of the tunnel that is easily accessible for everyone and the journey last approximately 1 hr.

The Golden Circle Day

The Golden Circle includes some of Iceland’s most stunning sights. Your guide will escort you to see the famous ‘Strokkur’ Geysir shoot a column of water up to 30 metres into the air every 4-8 minutes! After witnessing the Geysers, groups can visit this modern multimedia museum displaying the inexplicable natural wonders of Iceland, and even feel it with the earthquake simulator. 

You’ll also visit the magnificent Gullfoss (Golden Falls) waterfall, created where the river Hvítá tumbles and plunges into a crevice some 32 m deep. This full day also includes the historical and geological wonder that is Þingvellir National Park where you can make a unique walk between the American and Eurasian tectonic plates which are pulling apart at a rate of a few centimetres per year. 

Complete the day with a quick stop at the impressive Kerid Volcanic crater believed to be a cone volcano which erupted and emptied its magma reserve.

You can also choose to add a tour of Hellisheidi Power Plant, Friðheimar greenhouses or the Secret Lagoon to your geography Iceland field trip.

Friðheimar Greenhouse Cultivation Centre (can be added to the Golden Circle Day)

Visit the idyllic Friðheimar greenhouse cultivation centre, where students will learn about the magic behind growing delicious, pesticide-free tomatoes which are cultivated all year round using the latest technology, in an environmentally-friendly way: green energy, pure water and organic pest controls combine to produce fresh, healthy tomatoes.

Hellisheidi Power Plant (can be added to the Golden Circle Day)

The largest geothermal plant in the world, with the purpose of meeting increasing demand for electricity and hot water for space heating in the industrial and domestic sectors. Groups can take a tour and visit the Energy exhibition with its multimedia displays.

The Secret Lagoon (can be added to the Golden Circle Day)

What better way to start off your day that a relaxing soak outdoors in the warm waters of Iceland’s oldest swimming pool formed by the area's hot springs. There are new changing facilities, a café and viewing decking. This is much smaller than the Blue Lagoon but much cheaper and far less crowded.

South Shore Adventure Day 

With your guide, drive along the south coast of Iceland, one of the country´s most scenic regions. Along the way you will stop at the majestic Seljalandsfoss waterfall, which is unique in that you can walk behind it and through to the other side (if it’s not icy). You’ll also stop and compare with the dramatic and much-photographed Skógafoss waterfall, with its 60m drop.

See the stunning Mýrdalsjökull glacier and approach its glacial snout Solheimajokull providing an excellent group opportunity to discuss the processes ongoing here. 

Students love paying a visit to Reynisfjara, a black volcanic beach with its dramatic Basalt columns rising up from the shore. There is a great view of the stunning Reynisdrangar rock formations rising up from the sea just offshore.

You can also choose to add a visit the Skógar folk museum to geography tours to Iceland, to get a taste of how Icelanders lived in centuries past, or Eyjafallajokull Volcano Museum dedicated to the eruption and resulting ash cloud in 2010.

The Lava Centre (can be added to the South Shore Day)

Traverse the corridors, visit the exhibition halls and use the interactive displays at the Lava Centre to discover the colossal and complex natural forces that shape the Earth and began to create Iceland tens of millions of years ago.

Examine the various volcanoes, eruptions and lava flows, volcanic and rift systems, faults and glacial floods that make Iceland a showcase of volcanism.

The centre introduces the Katla Geopark plus Iceland's elaborate monitoring system for surveying volcanoes and earthquake zones.

LAVA - Iceland Volcano and Earthquake Centre is an interactive display of nature's epic forces that shape our planet and created Iceland. A visit includes; Volcano Corridor, Geology Globe, Earthquake Corridor, The Fiery Heart of Iceland, Lava Corridor, Intro to Volcanology, Ash Corridor, Site of Actual Volcanoes'.

Skogar Folk Museum (can be added to the South Shore Day)

If you want to get to know the Icelandic society and how the Icelandic people used to live and work, you should definitely make a stop at the museum at Skógar. The museum focusses on the 4 areas of Fisheries, Agriculture, Handcrafts and also Transport.

The Wonders of Reykjanes Day         

Get a little bit of true Iceland on this varied geography tour which includes volcanic landforms, two geothermal sites, dramatic coastlines and quaint, historic towns. You will really get a feeling of the life and power of this young land. Half of the attraction is the beautiful scenery you pass.

Begin the day with a visit to a geothermal park where a natural clay foot bath can be enjoyed. In a hole in the park the locals bake the famous black bread using the geothermal ground as an oven. Students love to each boil an egg in the hot springs and later enjoy warm with the bread. Look out for the restaurant nearby that uses the geothermal heat for its outdoor kitchen!

Just a few minutes away from the Geothermal Park you’ll stop off to view a small exhibition dedicated to a local earthquake in 2008. Students will experience a short simulator which recreates the earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale – and brings home to students just how violent it was!

You'll then drive through endless lava fields and then the quaint historic town Eyrarbakk now a near deserted fishing town due to its industrial decline. Stop at Iceland's most famous church Strandakirkja overlooking the fierce waves.

You will then head to see and hear the hot steam leaving the ground’ at the geothermal area of Krýsuvík, where there are impressive mud pools and hot springs. Back on your coach you will pass Graenavatn blue lake before seeing the 97m deep Lake Kleifarvatn that has no visible surface drainage but whose levels dropped dramaically in a 2000 eruption. There's also nearby pillow lava to see. 

Next up is the geothermal area of Gunnunver where you can watch the boiling saltwater mud pools and escaping steam from a viewing platform. Take in the magnificent coastline and dramatic breaking waves by the Reykjanesviti lighthouse perched on a volcanic cone and enjoy the 360 degree panoramic view from the cliff tops. 

Finally. step out on the “Bridge Between the Continents” which connects the American and Eurasian tectonic plates - another great site and photo opportunity. You can also visit the Perlan Centre with is massive tanks of geothermal heated water and outstanding viewing platform over Reykjavik. 

Possible additions to this day if not already included are;

  • Lavatunnel
  • Blue Lagoon
  • Pizza Meal

Westman Islands Day - Visiting Heimay

The Westman Islands came to international attention in 1973 with the eruption from a fissure that opened, destroying many buildings, and forced a months-long evacuation of the entire population to mainland Iceland. The eruption officially lasted 5 months and by that time, more than 400 buildings had been buried and collapsed under the weight of tephra, burned by bombs or crushed by lava. A new scoria-crater had formed soon to be named Eldfel (Fire Mountain).

Your guide will escort you on the short ferry ride to Heimay where you meet your island coach and explore the island consider the 1973 and previous eruptions, the effect on the land, the people and the future.  You will see the weather station which assesses the incoming weather for the whole of Iceland on the islands southern tip which affords amazing views.

Climb to the summit of Eldfell for some spectacular views mover the Island and feel the warmth from the rocks still today at the top. Make your way down and visit the excellent new Eldheimar museum focusing particularly on one cottage, where time has stood still since the eruption. In the cottage each item was painstakingly removed as ash and lava were cleaned away, then placed back in the exact spot where they were found - to give the impression the home was completely frozen in time. The area is being called the ‘Pompeii of the North.' 

The ferry service is year round but can the weather can effect crossings in Winter months, particularly October to March.

Snæfellsnes Penninsular: Iceland in Miniature

The Snæfellsnes peninsula in the west of Iceland is almost like a miniature version of the whole country. In addition to its characteristic Snæfellsjökull glacier, you will find white and black sandy beaches, bird cliffs, spectacular mountains and volcanic craters, incredibly rich trout lakes and salmon rivers, lush valleys, and unique harbours in charming fishing villages.

The stunning landscape of the peninsula has captured the imagination of people all over the world, ever since Jules Verne wrote the famous science fiction novel "Journey to the Centre of the Earth" but the journey begins at Snæfellsjökull glacier. This is a longer day lasting 12 hours.

Thorsmork Valley & The 'Ash Cloud Volcano' (June to September only)

Board your 4 x 4 coach and head for Thorsmork, a beautiful nature reserve situated between three glaciers including Eyjafjallajökull whose same-named volcano beneath erupted in 2010 and produced the Ash cloud that brought Europe to a stand-still. To get there you drive on rough mountain tracks and cross unbridged glacial rivers, unpassable by ordinary vehicles. You will be able to see remnants of the 2010 eruption, and even some of the ash from the 2011 Grimsvotn eruptions. Thorsmork is like an oasis in the midst of the barren landscape – trees, shrubs, heather, flowers and other plants along with abundant moss and lichen. The final viewpoint is Hrunagil canyon– where the lava flow from Eyjafjallajokull threatened the whole valley. A fantastic day in a really special location allowing consideration of glaciation and volcanic activity.

Please note: The highland bus we use for this excursion has a maximum capacity of 50 passengers


Skaftafell National Park & Jökulsárlón

Surrounded by glaciers on three sides, Skaftafell is a place where you are able to see the highest mountain in Iceland, Hvannadalshnjúkur at 6066 m, visit Skaftafell National Park and take a guided walk up to the picturesque ‘Black’ waterfall, Svartifoss, surrounded by basalt columns. The walk affords fantastic views out across the region.

Afterwards, continue on along the coastal road to see one of Iceland’s most spectacular sites, Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon. Jökulsarlón was formed by melting ice from Breiðamerkurjökull glacier, has many small floating icebergs and you'll see seals swimming in the water. You can also see the point where the freshwater lagoon meets the salty sea water.

On the way back to Skaftafell admire the fascinating glacial landscape as well as the dramatic coastline made of black, volcanic sands and grit.

We highly recommended staying over in this area to allow ample time to see the visit here and there are accommodation options used to taking school groups.

Northern Lights Tour (September – March)

The Northern Lights, also known as the Aurora Borealis are a spectacular natural phenomenon, often seen dancing around in fantastic colours across the Icelandic sky. The lights are caused by the interaction of particles from the sun with the upper atmosphere near the North Pole creating this wonderful light effect.  Your driver and guide will take you out to find the best possible location that evening to view this once in a lifetime event.

Reykjavik Sightseeing tour

Reykjavík is the world's most northerly capital, with more than one third of Iceland's population. This guided tour is a detailed and comprehensive introduction to Reykjavik's past and present.

Visit the Perlan Centre, with its six enormous tanks, each containing 4 million litres of geothermal water which provides much of the city with hot water. The observation platform offers fantastic panoramic views of the city and its surroundings. 

You’ll also see Reykjavík City Hall, visit the famous Hallgrímskirkja church with its striking raised-relief map of Iceland (when available). You’ll also drive through the city centre, the harbour area, the University of Iceland campus, past the Elliðaár River, and through Laugardalur valley. Your expert guide provides all the essential information about Reykjavik´s rich culture, history and natural environment. 

A BRAND NEW addition to our Reykjavik sightseeing tour is a visit to FlyOver Iceland. Using state-of-the-art technology to give you the feeling of flight, you hang suspended, feet dangling, before a 20-metre spherical screen while a film whisks you away on an exhilarating journey across Iceland. Special effects, including wind, mist and scents, combine with the ride’s motion to create an unforgettable experience.

Volcano House: Cinema and Geology Exhibition

The Volcano House cinema presents two unique documentaries featuring Emmy-nominated footage covering two of the most powerful eruptions to rock Iceland over the last 40 years - 1973 eruption on the Westman Islands, and the 2010 eruption of Eyjafjallajökull in South Iceland. 

The Volcano House Geology Exhibition is a hands-on geological exhibition where you can examine various pieces of pumice, ash and lava from Icelandic volcanoes. The exhibition gives a brief overview of Iceland’s geological history and volcanic systems.

Northern Iceland 

If you have visited Iceland before and what to look at something new why not ask about our 5-day tour to Northern Iceland. This programme includes some fabulous sites well off the beaten track. This includes:

  • Akureyri - often described as the capital city of North Iceland, with possibility of seeing Northern Lights
  • Eyjaförður- located at the end of the arctic circle, Eyjaförður is an area of outstanding national beauty. The fjord lies on the migratory routes of whales and countless bird species, making it the perfect place to observe wild animals in their natural habitat.
  • Goðafoss - one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Iceland
  • Reykjadalur - the Valley of Steam, a beautiful geothermal region close to the southern town Hveragerði. Visit the filming locations of Game of Thrones (Skútustaðagígar Pseudo Craters, Grjótagjá & Dimmuborgir)
  • Krafla - part of a greater volcanic system and one of the country’s most explosive volcanoes
  • Víti - one of the two most famous craters in Iceland, Víti was formed in 1724 by a massive eruption in part of the Krafla volcanic region
  • Hverarönd - an expanse of hot springs, fumaroles, mud pools and mud pots.
  • Mývatn Nature Baths - a set of geothermally heated pools and steam baths
  • Whale watching with Elding
  • Grábrók - a crater formed by a fissure eruption approximately three thousand years ago.

Local Guides and specialist Geography & Geology Guides

All our tours include a local Icelandic guide who has been hand chosen to work with WST due to the extent knowledge of the country. They have good geographical knowledge of the sites as well as detailed Icelandic culture and historical knowledge.

If you want to maximise the geographical content of your trip, we highly recommend using the services of one of our specialist Geography & Geology Guides instead. With their curriculum knowledge combined with their firsthand experiences of leading student groups in Iceland, they can deliver a high level of educational content at each site in line with you learning objectives for the trip.

Cultural Visits

Whale Watching

Whale watching tours are operated from the old harbour in Reykjavik. The whales most frequently seen on our tours are the minke whales, humpback whales, dolphins and porpoises.

The boat’s guide will tell you about your trip which usually lasts around 3 hours and describe what you can see and where to look, together with an introduction and safety guide, as well as answer any questions.

There are indoor and outdoor viewing areas so anyone feeling cold can still get a great view.

Exploring Reykjavik

Aside from our Reykjavik Sightseeing tour, you may want to spend a little time exploring Reykjavik yourselves. Whether you fancy a spot of shopping, visiting the harbour area, or seeing some of the capital’s historic buildings Reykjavik makes the perfect addition to any Iceland geography field trip. 

The Saga Museum, Reykjavik

The Saga Museum intimately recreates key moments in Icelandic history, that have determined the fate of their people and which give a compelling view into how Icelanders have lived for more than a millennium.

Visitors are guided through the museum of fullscale figures in realistic clothing and figures with an audio-guide available in English. At the end of the tour students have the opportunity to try on clothes, armour and weapons of the Viking age!

Evening Activities


Reykjavik has an 18-lane bowling-hall with arcade games and pool tables to entertain your group. It’s a little further than a walk so it's likely you’ll need a coach transfer.


For groups based in Reykjavik, there is an ice-skating rink within walking distance of the Hotel Cabin, and Reykjavik City Hostel. A coach transfer can be provided for groups staying in other Reykjavik accommodation.

Laugaskarði Swimming Pool, Hveragerdi

50 meters long and 12 meters wide. The pool is a so-called flow through pool and is heated with thermal steam which ensures natural acid levels and purity of the water. The pool has a hot and shallow sitting pool along with a hottub with electronic massage as well as a natural sauna. The pool has a beautiful environment and good shelter. Lifeguards are on duty at all times.

Laugardalslaug Geothermal Baths: Reykjavik

The pool is located in Laugardalur Valley, close to the Hotel Cabin and Reykjavik City Youth Hostel. Its facilities include a 50m outdoor pool, outdoor children’s pool and paddling pool, two waterslides, numerous “hot pots“ and a steam bath.

Evening meeting rooms

Where available you can use meeting rooms in your accommodation in an evening to gather your group. Why not use the room to re-cap the day’s events or deliver a briefing about the next day. A quiz is also a good option.

Aurora Reykjavik, Northern Lights Centre 

Now you can catch the Northern Lights no matter what the season. Aurora Reykjavík’s Northern Lights Centre, home of the Icelandic Northern Lights, features a continuously running HD panoramic film of these amazing auroral displays in Iceland. Here you can read up on the auroras through stories and legends from around the world, learn something about the science behind this amazing phenomenon and gaze at spectacular Northern Lights photography from top Icelandic photographers.  Closes at 9pm.

Eating Options

We highly recommend staying on a Half Board or Full Board Basis at your accommodation, especially if staying outside of Reykjavik. We do have a few restaurant options in Reykjavik for those groups wanting a meal out.

We can either provide packed lunches each day or we have a recommended eating options available during each day which we can pre-arrange for you.