Science Explorer

Departures: Year round Duration: 4-7 days

Science in Iceland
Our science school trips have been designed in collaboration with science teachers and educational establishments to ensure they are engaging and relevant to the current science curriculum, whilst experiencing some of Iceland’s most magnificent natural features.

Iceland provides ample opportunity for study of a number of science topics, including:
• Energy for biological processes
• Earth’s water resources
• The rock cycle
• Climate change and atmospheric science

Ideal for those studying biology, chemistry and physics, our school trips can easily be adapted to satisfy students of geography, geology, environmental science and photography, offering a science and cross-curricular focus.

Tailor made Travel
We are dedicated to providing tailor made educational travel, allowing you to tailor your own itinerary to suit your individual requirements. The suggested itinerary below provides you with an idea of what can be achieved on a 5 day school trip to Iceland. However, this can be easily shortened for those with less time or could form the basis of a longer trip.

You may wish to enhance your science trip by adding an FSC fieldwork course to your itinerary, or choosing from our wide range of fun and educational optional activities.

Day 1: arrive Iceland – Reykjanes Peninsula – Perlan

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, transfer to your accommodation in Reykjavik for an evening meal and overnight stay. You might wish to add an optional evening activity to your itinerary, such as a meal out in Reykjavik, a visit to Aurora Reykjavik or the Cinema Number 2.

Day 2: Eyjafjallajokull – Seljalandsfoss – Skogar – Solheimajokull Glacier

This morning you’ll drive east to the flood plains near Seljalandsfoss. Witness the engineering employed to control the effects of the glacial bursts (also known as jokulhlaup) that were caused by the Eyjafjalljokull volcanic eruption. Visit Seljalandsfoss, a narrow plunge waterfall where the water plummets over a former sea cliff, far enough away from the bedrock to allow you to walk behind it. In contrast, the waterfall at Skogar is a broad, block waterfall that thunders 60m over a cliff edge. Close by is an interesting museum which looks at rural life through the ages, complete with re-constructed turf houses – a great opportunity to see how the Icelandic way of life has been influenced over the years by the country’s geography and harsh climatic conditions. After this exploration, travel to the Solheimajokull glacier to learn how climate change has affected its growth and retreat. An optional Glacier Hike allows you access on to the ice and the opportunity to collect GPS data to contribute to ongoing measurements of the glacier by the Icelandic Glaciological Society. Transfer to your accommodation in Vik for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 3: Vik – Reynishverfi – Dyrholaey – Hveragerdi

Visit the black sand beach and dunes at Vik, the most southerly point of Iceland. The coastline between the incredible hexagonal basalt columns and impressive cliffs of Reynishverfi and Dyrholaey is worthy of study with a variety of features including Iceland’s answer to Durdle Door – an immense natural rock arch. If the roads are open, visit the lighthouse perched on the headland and perhaps spot puffins. Heading west back towards Reykjavik you’ll reach the small ‘greenhouse’ town of Hveragerdi, a place where there is so much geothermal activity it is possible to swim in naturally heated waters and to even boil an egg in them! The latest hot springs to have appeared here did so after the Olfus earthquake in 2008. This is an ideal place to carry out an FSC fieldwork course at the Horticultural University or Hveragerdi Geothermal Park. Transfer to your accommodation in Hveragerdi for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 4: Golden Circle

Your first stop this morning is the hydro-electric power station at Ljosafoss, where the interactive visitors' centre has information about converting potential energy in water into electricity. Then on to Geysir, where Iceland’s most reliable geyser Strokkur spouts every 5 minutes or so. Nearby, witness the immense power of the two-tiered waterfall Gullfoss, one of Iceland’s most beautiful, which flows from a glacier into a rift valley. . After a quick stop at the dairy farm at Efsti Dalur to meet the cows and sample some of Iceland’s best home-made ice-cream, continue to the rift valley at Thingvellir, where the divergent North American and Eurasian tectonic plates can be found, pulling apart at an average rate of 2.5cm per year – it is also where Iceland's national assembly, the Althing, was set up in 930AD. Look out for ropey lava as you make your way across the landscape, passing many fissures. Return to Reykjavik for your evening meal and overnight stay.

Day 5: Reykjavik city sightseeing or Reykjanes Peninsula – UK

You may like to spend time in Reykjavik sightseeing or, shopping or exploring the Reykjanes peninsula. The Reykjanes peninsula is another location to conduct an FSC fieldwork course, whilst there are a range of fun and educational optional activities available in and around Reykjavik, including a three-hour whale watching trip from the harbour (weather dependent) or lava-tube caving. Afterwards, continue to Keflavik for your return flight.

If there is an area you would particularly like to visit or if you have any queries regarding your travel plans please contact us.

Our first visit to Iceland exceeded our already high expectations. Every stop on the itinerary inspired and informed our 45 GCSE and A Level students. The organisation and overall quality of our visit by Discover the World was outstanding.
LK - Bassaleg School

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