School Trips - Iceland
Discover The World Education
Discover the World Education specialise in educational and entertaining trips, being the world’s leading tour operator to Iceland. We have offered personalised travel to the ‘Land of Ice and Fire’ for more than three decades, with the best and biggest range of activities for this unforgettable destination. Be confident in our ability to give your group the best advice throughout both the booking and preparation process, all your specific needs will be met.
Our tours and excursions are tailor-made around your group’s specific requirements and curriculum, creating an educationally rich and engaging trip designed especially for you. Here are just a few reasons to choose Discover the World Education for your school trip to Iceland:
• 100% rate us ‘good’ or ‘excellent’
• Winner of Best Special Interest Tour Operator award
• Free award-winning classroom resources
• Expert travel specialists
• Free & discounted Teacher Inspection Trips
• Field work courses with the FSC
• Your safety Assured
• Financial Protection
• No surcharge guarantee
• Price match promise
Testimonial from the High School of Glasgow:
"Another hugely successful trip, described by our pupils as the “best school trip ever”. The attention to detail and organisation at all points is superb… if visiting Iceland. Discover the World provide excellent service and you will have a memorable trip. Highlights… glacier walking, snorkelling at Thingvellir, Jokulsarlon and seeing the Northern Lights twice… brilliant!"
Why should you consider Discover The World Education for School Trips and Educational Visits?
Active volcanoes, beautiful cascading waterfalls, geysers spewing forth geothermic water, the Aurora Borealis, and ancient glaciers make Iceland the 'land of fire and ice'. We are the world's leading tour operator to this unique and remarkable destination, so if you are looking for the ultimate Iceland school, trip then you have come to the right place.
Iceland is the ideal destination for Geology, Geography and even Science field trips - a fascinating place where a wide range of topics can be studied. Here's just a selection of the naturally occurring phenomena and their effects that can be studied in Iceland:
• Plate Tectonics: Mid-Atlantic Ridge & Volcanic Activity
• Field Work Courses with The FSC
• Managing Natural hazards & The Eyjafjallajokull Case Study
• River Environments & Waterfalls
• Coastal Environments
• Glaciers and Cold Environments
• The Energy Issue - geothermic
• The Growth of Tourism
• Synoptic Studies
The so-called Golden Circle comprises of three natural wonders, all in one fairly small area. Thingvellir National Park offers fantastic views of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, where the divergent Eurasian and North American tectonic plates meet, and home to Thingvallavatn, Iceland's largest lake. At Geysir, see the famous Strokkur, which erupts every five minutes, up to 30 metres in the air. Or visit the glacier-fed two-tiered waterfall Gullfoss, which flows directly into the rift valley. You can also experience Iceland's hot spring ecology in the 'greenhouse village' of Hveragerdi.
In the south, you'll find two of Iceland's most iconic waterfalls along the south shore, Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss, plus black sand beaches, the otherworldly basalt columns at Dyrholaey and the impressive Solheimajokull glacier.
Another highlight is the Westman Islands, the site of the 1973 eruption that created the Eldfell Crater and caused both lava and ask to engulf and destroy one third of the houses on Heimaey.
FOUR DAY SNAPSHOT - Milky Lagoons, Northern Lights, Whale Watching & Glacial Hikes!
• Day 1 arrive Iceland - Blue Lagoon - Reykjavik
Fly from the UK to Keflavik and transfer to the Blue Lagoon where you can take a dip in the milky blue geothermal waters of Iceland’s most famous attraction. Then move onto your evening accommodation in the capital.
• Day 2 Hellisheidi - Hveragerdi – Kerid - - Geysir - Gullfoss - Thingvellir – Reykjavik
In the morning, meet your guide and travel eastwards through the mountains to the geothermal power plant at Hellisheidi, on a guided tour and fantastic interactive display. Visit the small town of Hveragerdi, where there is so much geothermal activity you can swim in naturally heated waters. Why not try and boil and egg in there?
At the Rift Valley in Thingvellir, you’ll find the divergent Eurasian and North American tectonic plates, which are pulling apart at a rate of 2.5 centimetres a year. It is also where Iceland’s ancient national assembly, the Althing, was founded in 930AD. Keep an eye for ropey lava as you make your way across this forbidding landscape, as you pass many fissures. You will then return to your accommodation in Reykjavik, unless you have chosen a more rural guesthouse.
• Day 3 Eyjafjalljokull flood plain - Seljalandsfoss - Skogar - Vik - Reynishverfi - Dyrholaey - Solheimajokull - Reykjavik
Drive east across the flood plains, which witnessed the glacial bursts (also known as jokulhlaup) when Eyjafjallajokull erupted in 2010. Afterwards, visit Seljalandsfoss, a narrow plunging waterfall, where the water plummets from a former sea cliff, which is so far from the bedrock that visitors can walk behind it.
•Day 4 Reykjavik tour or Whale Watching and / or Krisuvik - Keflavik - UK
Whether you want to spend your time in the capital sightseeing or shopping, or even perhaps joining a three-hour whale watching adventure from Reykjavik harbour (weather dependant), there is something perfect for your group. Alternatively, you could visit the Krysuvik geothermal area to see the bubbling pools en route to Keflavik airport, for your return flight to the UK.
What size groups do you cater for?
All group sizes.
We offer Set Departure Trips for small groups (up to 19 paying passengers) who wish to partner up with other schools, as this can help keep costs down to a minimum.
Is there first aid on site?
We also provide free educational classroom resources in partnership with the Geographical Association. Discover Geography has been designed to provide teachers with quality resources and teaching aids which can be used in the classroom, or whilst on a trip.
From these resources, we have developed two geography case studies, one reflecting on the eruption of Eyjafjallajokull in 2010 and examining the possible future volcanic eruptions in Iceland. The other is an examination of the Solheimajokull glacier, and whether climate change has caused it is recede or change in any way.
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