Iceland Geography Tour
Our compact 4-day itinerary covers the best of Iceland including the Golden Circle and South Shore highlights
School Geography Trip to Iceland
The Land of Fire and Ice is our most popular destination for a school geography tour. The combination of volcanism, plate tectonics, geothermal activity and glaciation makes it the perfect environment to learn about a range of physical processes. There are geysers, hot springs, and spectacular waterfalls all within easy reach of the capital Reykjavik. There are opportunities to visit Iceland’s power stations to see renewable energy at work, and greenhouse towns where fresh produce is grown utilising the naturally-occurring hot water. Travelling in the summer months benefits from 24-hour daylight whist in the winter you may be lucky enough to see the Northern Lights.
The itinerary featured here is intended to give you inspiration and an idea of what you could do on your tour. Your trip will be created individually by one of our travel advisors to match your requirements and budget.
Fly to Reykjavik. Reykjanes Peninsula, Perlan and Reykjavik
On arrival in Reykjavik you will be met by your guide and private coach.
Today you explore the volcanism and geothermal activity on the Reykjanes Peninsula. Your first stop is at the Bridge Between Two Continents where you can see evidence of tectonic movement where the North American and Eurasian plates are moving apart. You then see the Hot Steam Outlet at Gunnuhver. The final visit is at Krysuvik where you see the hot bubbling mud pools.
Situated on the outskirts of Reykjavik, the Perlan consists of six huge water tanks built to contain geothermally produced hot water to supply the city. Each tank can hold up to five million litres of hot water. An observation deck, restaurant and arts centre has been constructed here and the Perlan offers a wonderful panorama across the Reykjavik and the mountains in the distance.
You continue to your hotel in Reykjavik for check-in and dinner.
Golden Circle Tour including Thingvellir, Geyser and Gullfoss
Today you do the classic Golden Circle Tour which visits some of the most famous sights in the country. The first stop is at Thingvellir, situated on the Mid-Atlantic ridge where you are able to see where the two continental plates are moving apart. Your next visit is to the volcanic cinder cone of Kerid with its small lake. You hike to the crater rim for a spectacular view.
You take a break at Efstidalur ice cream farm which produces a range of dairy produce including cheese and yogurt as well as its speciality organic ice cream. You can see the working farm and its herd of cows before sampling the produce in the café. You also visit the Fridheimar Greenhouse and gain an insight into the processes of greenhouse horticulture. You also get to sample their delicious tomato soup.
At the Geysir area you can see Strokkur erupting every few minutes before continuing to the huge waterfall at Gullfoss, one of the most popular and recognisable attractions in the country. In the late afternoon you continue to your accommodation in the Hvolsvollur region.
The South Shore
Today you explore the South Shore of Iceland. The days starts with two spectacular waterfalls at Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss. You then continue to the Solheimajokull Glacier where you can walk to the glacier snout. Where the glacier retreats and thins, many features of both glacial erosion and deposition are revealed and can clearly be identified.
After lunch the tour continues to the region west of Vík where there is an extensive black sand beach at Reynishverfi and a most impressive outcrop of columnar basalt on one of the cliff faces. Looking westwards from Reynishverfi you can see Dyrhólaey, a headland on which classic coastal erosion features of arches, stacks and stumps can be seen.
In the afternoon you return to your accommodation in the Hvolsvollur region.
Lava Centre, Hellisheidi Power Station and Reykjavik
You begin the day at the Lava Centre near Hvolsvollur, an interactive, high-tech educational museum that reveals the epic forces of nature that have shaped our planet. The exhibition depicts tectonic plate movement, volcanic activity, seismic activity, earthquakes, and the creation of Iceland a mere 20 million years ago.
You continue to the Hellisheidi Power Station, the largest geothermal power station in Iceland and among the largest in the World. During the tour you can learn about the electricity generating process and see the huge turbines that are powered by steam generated from geothermally heated water extracted from depths of more than 2km.
Spend the afternoon in Reykjavik where you will be able to explore some of the city along the central street of Laugavegur with its fashionable shops, cafes and restaurants. You can also see the cathedral of Hallgrimskirka, the famous Sun Voyager sculpture and the iconic Harpa Building, Reykjavik’s main concert hall.
Dinner this will be at your hotel or a city restaurant.
Blue Lagoon and Flight Home
This morning you visit the incredible Blue Lagoon. This is one of the most famous attractions in Iceland, its milky-blue waters being instantly recognisable.
This afternoon you transfer to the airport for your homeward flight.
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