Duration: 5 Days
This tour visits Heimaey, part of the Westman Islands. You will travel along the southern coast of Iceland and experience majestic waterfalls, striking glaciers and black sandy beaches. The tour encompasses all that Iceland has to offer and makes the ultimate school trip.
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- Return Flights
- All travel when at your destination
- Half Board Accommodation based on students in multi-bedded rooms
- Teachers free of charge sharing twin rooms
- Full Time Tour Director
- All meals mentioned in the itinerary
- All activities mentioned in the itinerary unless otherwise stated
- Travel Insurance
- Single Room Supplements
- Personal Expenditure
- Overseas departure taxes if applicable
- Tips for guides and drivers
- UK Coach Transfers
- Activities not mentioned
- Meals not mentioned
- Luggage in the hold of the aircraft
Depart the UK
Take your flight to Reykjavik and meet your coach and guide upon arrival at Keflavik airport.
Transfer to your hotel near Hvolsvollur by driving through Hveragerdi.
Enjoy dinner at the hotel upon arrival.
Spend the day visiting the South Shore of Iceland, including Seljalandfoss Waterfall, Skogafoss Waterfall and Solheimajokull Glacier.
In the afternoon continue to Vik, Reynisdrangar and Dyrholaey with black sandy beaches and stunning geological features.
In the evening you will return to the hotel for dinner and some evening activities.
The Westman Islands
Take a trip via ferry to Heimaey, the largest of the islands that make up the Westman Islands.
Visit Eldfell and the Natural History Museum. Later you could experience a naturally heated thermal swimming pool.
Take your ferry back to the mainland and enjoy dinner at your hotel.
Travel to Reykjavik via the Golden Circle. Visit Gullfoss, Strokkur, the Great Geysir, and Thingvellir National Park.
Visit the Perlan Viewing Platform and take an evening walking tour of Reykjavik.
Enjoy dinner at the hotel in Reykjavik.
Transfer to the airport for your return flight.
En-route to the airport you will visit the world-famous Blue Lagoon and Reykjanes Peninsula with steaming vents and volcanic formations.
Take your return flight home.
Iceland’s iconic blue lagoon, a health and thermal spa, is the perfect place to relax after your flight or before you depart. The spa is located in a lava field on the Reykjanes peninsula and has a water temperature between 37 -39°C. It has been voted best worldwide spa and has Blue Flag environmental recognition. Edventure Travel can make your reservation for your trip.
Reykjavik is the capital and largest city of Iceland with 60% of the country’s population, however it is not a whirlwind city and is known as the little capital with the big heart. This is your gateway to this amazing country and it is one of the most fascinating cities in Europe. Take a walking tour with Edventure Travel along the main street of Laugavegur and discover the Viking history of the city. Visit some of the museums and attractions the city has to offer, such as the Perlan Dome or National Museum.
Þingvellir National Park
One of the most historically important places in Iceland, this national park is the site of Iceland’s parliament from the 10th to 18th century and was one of the oldest parliamentary institutions in the world. A UNESCO world heritage site due to its special tectonic and volcanic location, it sits in a rift valley between two tectonic plates and is part of the Golden Circle.
Commonly seen as one waterfall but it is in fact two separate waterfalls with the lower waterfall dropping 21 meters and the upper one 11 metres. Formed in the canyon of the Hvítá river during an interglacial period. The famous landmark forms part of the Golden Circle tour.
Strokkur and The Great Geysir
The Great Geysir; the first geyser known to modern Europeans which has been dormant since 1916. The English word geyser derives from the Icelandic word Geysir, meaning gusher. Although The Great Geysir is now inactive, there is still a lot of active geysers nearby, most notably Strokkur just 100m away which is a fountain geyser erupting every 6-10 minutes.
A UNESCO Geopark with volcanic and geothermal activity that has created caves, craters, lava fields and hot springs. It is the only place in the world where the mid-Atlantic ridge is visible above sea level and is just a few minutes away from the Blue Lagoon. In the region there are more lighthouses than villages and it makes a good activity on the way to the airport.
Located along the south coast in the river Seljalandsá, Seljalandsfoss is a magnificent 60 metre waterfall which is the only one of its kind where visitors can walk behind. Selijalandfoss makes the perfect postcard picture and you will see it being used in many advertisements to promote Iceland.
Skogar Folk Museum
Skogar folk museum has over 15,000 regional folk craft artefacts spread over 3 museums and 6 historic buildings. It preserves the cultural heritage of this region and has a reconstruction of old farmhouses to see how people lived in the past. Situated next to Skógafoss waterfall, it makes a great educational visit.
Another of Iceland’s spectacular waterfalls is situated at the cliffs of the former coastline on the Skógá river in the village of Skogar. You will be able to see the scenic surroundings including two snow-capped glaciers. You might see fishermen by the river below due to the population of salmon and char. You can hear the roar of the water as it falls from the cliff above and if it’s a sunny day you will see a rainbow in front of the waterfall.
Take a walk and get up close to view the Sólheimajökull glacier in southern Iceland. Situated between the volcanoes Eyjafjallajökull and Katla it is one of the most accessible glaciers in Iceland. Although access is relatively easy, you should not attempt to walk it without a professional guide. You can add on a glacier hike to your tour and walk onto the glacier as part of a guided tour.
Vik í Mýrdal
Vik í Mýrdal, is the southernmost village in Iceland and situated along the seafront. It is known as the rainiest place in the country and is becoming every more popular with tourists. It is a perfect places to access Reynisfjara, a black sandy beach, and Dyrhólaey meaning ‘the arch with a hole’.
Reynisdrangar are basalt sea stacks situated under the mountain Reynisfjall on a black sandy beach near the village Vík í Mýrdal. This is all that remains of what was once a cliff, demonstrating the power of the sea. With no landmass between here and Antarctica the waves can become enormous due to having the length of the Atlantic ocean to build.
The Lava Centre
The LAVA centre is an educational museum and exhibition in Hvolsvöllur. It explains the volcanic history of Iceland from 1900 to the present day with many interactive exhibits demonstrating Iceland’s famous earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Students can learn about the fascinating and exceptional geology of Iceland.
The Westman Islands - Heimaey
Heimaey, meaning home island, is the largest of the islands that make up the Westman Islands, which are also known as Vestmannaeyjar. The islands are the only part of Iceland that have experienced foreign invasion. The island’s economy is based on commercial fishing with Heimaey’s population approximately 4,800 people. School groups can visit during the summer months when ferry crossings are available.
Eldfell - Heimaey
Located on the island of Heimaey in the Westman Islands, you can take a hike up Eldfell and get a fantastic view of the region. Eldfell is a volcanic cone that was created from a volcanic eruption that began in 1973. Standing at just over 200 metres the names translates to ‘Hill of Fire’.
Natural History Museum - Heimaey
Also on the island of Heimaey in the Westman Islands there is the Natural History Museum. You can visit the museum which describes how the 1974 eruption nearly destroyed the entire island, known as the ‘Pompeii of the North’.
This trip offers students the opportunity to develop their independence and self-confidence by putting themselves into a new environment.
Discover the Geological features of this amazing country where students will see the power of earths natural forces.
Educating through a school trip can create a better understanding of a subject with hands-on learning. Students are engaged, enthusiastic and observant.
A trip can make a students engage with a subject and become more positive about a subject.
This trip can help develop a student’s motivation for the subject and inspire them when back in the classroom due to personal experience.