Iceland - Land of Fire, Ice & Magic
Iceland is possibly one of the most diverse countries in the world. In a single day you can be sunning yourself by a serene lake and the next be plunged into a cold inhospitable environment that resembles the surface of the moon. The land of fire and magic really is a country that has it all.
This expedition will provide an invaluable source of learning for students, allowing them to develop a better understanding of geography and science as they travel around Iceland.
- Exploring Iceland's capital city Reykjavik
- Visit the fishing village of Grindavik and the Bridge over continents connecting the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates
- Marvel at the infamous Eyjafjallajökull volcano and museum
- Relax in the Blue Lagoon
Iceland – Land of Fire, Ice & Magic
day to day
Upon arrival at Keflavik Airport, you will be met by one of our local in-country team and transferred to your eco-friendly accommodation.
This morning you will set out on a tour of Reykjavik, stopping at the iconic church towering over the city followed by a downtown and old harbour walking tour to learn more about the capital. After lunch, you will visit the Whales of Iceland (showcase) exhibition; see full-size models of these amazing creatures and learn how humans have impacted their fragile eco-system. Afterwards, you will stop off at Aurora Reykjavik—the Northern Lights centre with the chance of some souvenir shopping. The day will end with a visit to the Laugardalslaug thermal pools, which have been used for swimming since 1772.
Reykjanes Peninsular - Blue Lagoon
After breakfast, you will head to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Reykjanes Peninsular featuring Solfataras, Fumaroles mud pots and hot springs, including Iceland’s largest mud geyser. Weather permitting you will visit the fishing village of Grindavik and the Bridge over continents connecting the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. In the afternoon you will visit the Geothermal Resource Park/ Planet Earth Exhibition Blue Lagoon. The Resource Park is dedicated to the history of Geothermal power in the
Reykjanes area including the first power station and how the runoff from this became the global phenomenon that is the Blue Lagoon.
Heillisheidi Power Plant - The Golden Circle
The Heillisheidi Power Plant is the third largest geothermal power plant in the world. This morning you will have
a guided tour around the plant, learning how the power is harnessed in a sustainable manner and how sustainable energy is a global resource. During lunch, you will have a glimpse into greenhouse horticulture which allows vegetables to be grown year-round despite cold conditions with the assistance of geothermal heating. This afternoon you will head off to explore Iceland’s key tourist attractions (The Golden Circle) including Thingvellir National Park, home of the World’s first parliament, the Althingi and the point where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet. You will also visit Gullfoss (The ‘golden falls’) which is a 2 drop waterfall with a total height of 32m.
Eyjafjallajökull volcano - Skogar museum
Travelling along the South coast you will stop at the infamous Eyjafjallajökull volcano and museum. The volcano erupted in 2010 causing widespread air traffic disruption. After the museum, you will enjoy an exciting Glacier hike on Solheimajokul. Following lunch, you will head to the Skogar
museum and Waterfall. Skogarfoss impressively features a 60-metre drop and is 25-metres wide. The waterfall feeds from 2 glaciers—both Eyjafjallajokull and Myrdalsjokull. In good weather, you can climb the 370 steps to the top and also walk right up to the base of the falls.
South Coast exploration
For your last full day in Iceland, you will spend it exploring some of the South Coast’s most iconic sights including the village of Vik and the Reynisfjara black sand beach, the Katla Geopark and Sel-jalandsfoss waterfall.
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport ready for your return journey.