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School trips to Iceland offer students the opportunity to see a landscape that is so new and so different to any they will have seen here in the UK.

Ideal for geography and science school trips, Iceland is an unforgettable land that will leave your students feeling excited about the world around them and the need to protect it.

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Why visit Iceland?

See geography in action

Walk between tectonic plates, explore a glacier and watch geysers erupting – Iceland is the ultimate destination for a geography school trip.

The opportunity to see so many geographical features and concepts jumping out of the textbooks and coming to life in front of their eyes is something your students will never forget.

Not only will they better understand the topics they’re studying, but they’ll also return home with a greater understanding of why geography is such an important subject, and how it can help us to better understand the world around us.

Bring science to life

Scientists too will love the opportunity to see and learn more about geological activity, including earthquakes, volcanoes and geysers on an Iceland school trip.

And Iceland offers one of the best opportunities to see the Aurora Borealis – although we can’t guarantee you’ll see the real thing, even if the weather is unkind you can learn more about the phenomenon at Reykjavik’s excellent Northern Lights Centre.

Plus, did you know that Neil Armstrong twice travelled to Iceland’s remote lave fields because this landscape was the closest thing on Earth to the lunar landscape?

Experience the rich Icelandic culture

Although it has its roots in Nordic culture, Icelandic culture is unique and one that your students will love the opportunity to explore.

Always a hit with students is the opportunity to take part in the Icelandic ritual of bathing in hot springs.

And make sure you take some time to enjoy some traditional Icelandic cuisine during your trip – skyr is always a popular, healthy choice!

Take a look at our range of Iceland school trips below, and then get in touch with one of our tour advisers to discuss your requirements.

Activities in Iceland that your school group will love

Thingvellir National Park

Thingvellir became a national park in 1928 due to its historical importance, as well as the special tectonic and volcanic

Blue Lagoon

A visit to the Blue Lagoon is the perfect way to start or end your trip to Iceland. The warm,

Gullfoss

Visit Gullfoss, or Golden Falls, a waterfall located in the canyon of Hvítá river in south-west Iceland and one of

Northern Lights Tour

The Northern Lights, also known as the Aurora Borealis, are a spectacular natural phenomenon; fantastic colours often seen dancing across

Lava Tunnel Raufarholshellir

Just 30 minutes from Iceland's capital is one of the longest lava tunnels in the country. Here your students will

Secret Lagoon

A fantastic alternative to the Blue Lagoon, the Secret Lagoon offers a truly Icelandic experience.The fresh, warm waters of the

Whale Watching Tour

During this cruise youmay have the chance to see various species of whales, dolphins, seabirds and seals. An expert guide

FlyOver Iceland

Much of Iceland is still largely inaccessible - now you can see more of what this spectacular country has to

Great Geysir and Strokkur

Geysir, sometimes known as the Great Geysir, is located in the Haukadalur Valley and was the first geyser known to

Hellisheidi Geothermal Power station

One thing Iceland‘s certainly not short of is geothermal energy. This visit will give your students the opportunity to learn

Greenhouse village of Hveragerdi

Hveragerði is a town in the south of Iceland located 45 km to the east of Reykjavík on Iceland's main

Lava Centre

This interactive educational exhibit will help your students to better understand volcanic activity and earthquakes. They'll also learn more about

Krafla Geothermal Station

Discover how Iceland is harnassing its natural geothermal energy at Krafla Geothermal Station. 

Dimmuborgir

Explore this volcanic landscape that's said to be home to child-eating trolls. 

Grjótagjá

Explore this secret grotto which once featured in Game of Thrones. 

Námafjall Geothermal Area

Explore this geothermal area with its smoking fumaroles, boiling mud pots and sulphur crystals. 

Ásbyrgi Canyon

Explore this incredible canyon created by glacial flooding after a volcanic eruption. 

Dettifoss

This impressive waterfall is one of the most powerful in Europe. 

Godafoss

Utterly breathtaking and culturally significant - you don't want to miss this incredible waterfall. 

Húsavík

Visit the historic 'Whale Capital of Iceland', which is also the site of the first house built in Iceland. 

Víti Crater

Explore this spectacular volcanic crater created during the 18th century Mývatn Fires.

Mývatn Nature Baths

Relax in one of Iceland's geothermal pools to really experience this unique landscape. 

Lake Mývatn

Lake Mývatn is a must-see when visiting North Iceland.

Hverfjall Volcanic Crater

Explore the destructive power of volcanoes with a walk around the rim of this magnificent crater. 

Höfði

Head to this rocky promontory for unbeatable views of the surrounding volcanic landscape. 

Skútustaðagígar Craters

Explore this incredible otherworldly landscape of pseudo craters. 

Diamond Circle Tour

Enjoy an unforgettable adventure through some of Northern Iceland's lesser-known but equally spectacular landscapes.

Hrísey Island with School Visit

Head to the beautiful island of Hrísey for an unforgettable visit to a local school championing sustainability. 

Blue Lagoon

A visit to the Blue Lagoon is the perfect way to start or end your trip to Iceland. The warm,

Secret Lagoon

A fantastic alternative to the Blue Lagoon, the Secret Lagoon offers a truly Icelandic experience.The fresh, warm waters of the

Whale Watching Tour

During this cruise youmay have the chance to see various species of whales, dolphins, seabirds and seals. An expert guide

Monster Truck Tour

Explore the spectacular Icelandic scenery from a monster truck!

Ice Cave Tour

Take a magical tour through the kaleidoscopic world of one of Iceland's ice caves!

Thorsmork nature hike

Get up close and personal with Iceland's incredible scenery on this unforgettable nature trail!

Glacier Panorama Trail

Enjoy an epic hike taking in views of Katla volcano, Eyjafjallajökull and Sólheimajökull!

Sólheimasandur plane wreck

Visit the famous Sólheimasandur plane wreck on one of Iceland's spectacular black sand beaches!

Ice climbing on Sólheimajökull glacier

Experience the thrill of ice climbing on one of Iceland's most spectacular glaciers!

Kayaking on Sólheimajökull glacier lagoon

Enjoy an unforgettable kayak tour on Sólheimajökull glacier's lagoon!

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FAQs

When is the best time to visit Iceland on a school trip?
The best time to visit Iceland depends on what you'd like to see and do during your visit. If the Northern Lights are high up on your list, then the best time to visit is between November - April. Our dedicated Tour Advisers have visited Iceland many times and can advise you on the best time of year based on your needs and budget.
What clothing should students bring?
This is one of the questions we get asked most by groups travelling to Iceland. With extreme weather conditions and varied terrain, it's important that you and your students are well prepared. Essential items include walking boots, a warm waterproof jacket, gloves, hat and scarf. For a full list of items, see our [Iceland packing checklist](https://www.halsbury.com/school-travel-resources/what-to-pack-for-your-geography-trip-to-iceland).
Do you offer travel insurance?

We do offer travel insurance as an optional extra - find out more in our travel insurance resource which includes the policy documents and FAQs. 

If you choose not to purchase this insurance through us (which is absolutely fine), just remember that you must have suitable travel and medical insurance in place to cover your group. 

Can the trip itinerary be adapted to my curriculum and requirements?
Every trip we organise is unique and your itinerary manager will work with you to understand your curriculum and adapt the itinerary to suit your learning objectives. The itineraries featured on our website are just a sample of what's achievable within a given timeframe. The trip duration and the activities and excursions can be tailored to your needs and budget.
How far ahead should I start planning my trip?

As a general rule, we recommend that you start planning your trip 12-18 months before you want to travel.

This gives you plenty of time to get it approved and launched to students and parents.

Planning early will mean you have a greater choice of accommodation and travel options - and it will make paying for the trip easier for families.

Want to travel sooner than this? It's possible to plan a trip in a shorter amount of time. Whenever you're ready to start planning, we'll be here to support you.  And make sure you check out the many trip-planning guides in our resource hub

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