Filled with natural wonders, geothermal activity, and stunning landscapes, a school trip to Iceland offers your students the opportunity to experience an environment that is so new and so different to any they will have seen in the UK.

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

You can find our latest school trips to Iceland below, along with case studies, teacher resources, and FAQs. If you're ready to start planning, get in touch today and our travel experts will help tailor a tour to suit your group's needs and objectives.

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Why choose Iceland for a school trip?

See geography in action

Walk between tectonic plates, explore a glacier, tip-toe behind waterfalls, and watch geysers erupt – 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

On an Iceland school trip, budding scientists will witness and learn more about geological activity up close, including earthquakes, volcanoes, and geysers.

Furthermore, Iceland offers one of the best chances of seeing 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.

Did you know? Neil Armstrong twice travelled to Iceland’s remote lava fields because the landscape was the closest thing on Earth to the lunar landscape.

Experience Icelandic culture

Whilst it has its roots in Nordic culture, Icelandic culture is distinctly unique and one that your students will enjoy exploring and interacting with.

For example, taking part in the Icelandic ritual of bathing in natural hot springs is always a hit with students.

And make sure you take time to enjoy some traditional Icelandic cuisine during your trip. Naturally, the local fish is excellent. Skyr, a healthy yoghurt, is also a popular choice with pupils. Fermented shark, however, is less so.

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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.

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School Trips to Reykjavík

A school trip to Reykjavik offers students the unmissable opportunity to see geography in action in the land of fire and ice!

Reykjavik school trips are most popular among geography groups because of the many wonderful experiences available here - from walking on glaciers and exploring behind waterfalls to seeing geysers erupt and bathing in geothermal waters.

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Activities and excursions in Iceland that your school group will love

Thingvellir National Park

Thingvellir National Park

Thingvellir (Þingvellir) National Park became a national park in 1928 due to its historical importance, as well as the special tectonic and volcanic environment.… Read More

Blue Lagoon

Blue Lagoon

A visit to the Blue Lagoon is the perfect way to start or end your trip to Iceland. The warm, mineral-rich waters are said to have healing properties.… Read More

Gullfoss

Gullfoss

Visit Gullfoss, or Golden Falls, a waterfall located in the canyon of Hvítá River in south-west Iceland and one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country.… Read More

The Northern Lights

Northern Lights Tour

The Northern Lights, also known as the Aurora Borealis, are a spectacular natural phenomenon; fantastic colours are often seen dancing across the Arctic sky. … Read More

Lava Tunnel Raufarholshellir

Lava Tunnel Raufarholshellir

Just 30 minutes from Iceland's capital is one of the longest lava tunnels in the country. Students will be able to explore how lava created the tunnel over 5,200 years ago.… Read More

Secret Lagoon

Secret Lagoon

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

Whale Watching Tour

Whale Watching Tour

During this cruise, you may have the chance to see various species of whales, dolphins, seabirds and seals.… Read More

FlyOver Iceland

FlyOver Iceland

Much of Iceland is still largely inaccessible - now you can see more of what this spectacular country has to offer by visiting FlyOver Iceland. … Read More

Great Geysir and Strokkur

Great Geysir and Strokkur

Geysir, sometimes known as the Great Geysir, is located in the Haukadalur Valley and was the first geyser known to Europeans. … Read More

Hellisheidi Geothermal Power station

Hellisheidi Geothermal Power Station

This visit will allow your students to learn more about how Iceland has harnessed its natural resources to provide sustainable geothermal energy.… Read More

Greenhouse village of Hveragerdi

Greenhouse Village of Hveragerdi

Hveragerði is a town in the south of Iceland. It's famous for its greenhouses, which are heated by hot water from volcanic springs. … Read More

Lava Centre

Lava Centre

This interactive educational exhibit will help your students to better understand volcanic activity and earthquakes. … Read More

Why choose Halsbury?

Here are just a few reasons why teachers choose Halsbury for educational school trips that inspire.

School trips designed by teachers for teachers

Originally founded by teachers in 1986, we understand the pressures on you as Group Leader and are here to make the process of running your school trip as easy as possible.

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School trips tailored to your curriculum

We'll design your trip around your specific learning objectives and curriculum, to ensure your school trip is a truly educational experience.

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Health & safety prioritised

As a proud Assured Member of the School Travel Forum, the health and safety of your group is always our priority.

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Support every step of the way

We'll be with you every step of the way, from your very first enquiry until the moment you return home, including 24-hour support while you’re on your school trip.

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Financially secure school trips

We're ABTA bonded and all our air tours are ATOL protected, so you can be sure that your school trip is financially secure.

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Rewarding loyalty scheme

You'll earn loyalty points from your very first school trip with Halsbury. These can be used towards a discount on your school trip or a free gift for your school.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The best time to visit Iceland on a school trip depends on what you'd like to see and do during your visit. For example, November to April is the best time to see the Northern Lights, while there's a better chance of natural attractions being open and accessible between June and August. As an experienced school tour operator, our team has visited Iceland many times and can advise you on the best time of year based on your needs and budget.

Most of our groups tend to visit Iceland for 4-7 days. This is plenty of time to visit several regions and attractions – ensuring you return home having had the chance to fully explore Iceland and make the most of your trip.

We can't guarantee you'll see the Northern Lights but there's always a chance – the lights can appear all year round. You'll have a better chance of visiting during the winter months when the nights in Iceland are longer and darker, but you also need clear skies and good viewing conditions.

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. In addition to usual clothing, essential items include walking boots, a warm waterproof jacket, a fleece, thermals, gloves, a hat, and a scarf. For a full list of items, see our Iceland packing checklist.

Yes, all of our trips include comprehensive travel insurance, which now includes Covid cover. This group travel insurance covers individuals needing to drop out of the trip in the following circumstances:

  • Because a Qualified Medical Practitioner has diagnosed them as positive for Covid-19 within up to 14 days of departure.
  • Because they have been hospitalised due to Covid-19 within up to 28 days of departure.
  • Because they have been told to self-isolate by NHS Test & Trace for a period of time that prevents them from taking part in the trip.

The insurance also covers reasonable additional costs of accommodation and flights should an individual contract Covid-19 and have to self-isolate while abroad.

And the policy also covers reasonable additional costs to account for a family member to come across or a group leader/teacher to stay with the individual.

Please contact us for details.

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.

As a general rule, we recommend that you start planning your next school trip 12-18 months before your travel date. This gives you plenty of time to get sign-off from senior leadership and to launch your trip in school to students and parents. Planning early will also mean you have a greater choice of accommodation and travel options.

If you start planning your trip later, don't worry. It is definitely possible to plan a trip in a shorter amount of time. We're here to support you and we have a selection of templates and useful guides to guide you through the process.

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The Halsbury Difference

School trips designed by teachers for teachers

Originally founded by teachers in 1986 and with several former teachers in our team, we understand the pressures on you as Group Leader and work hard to relieve them.

Trips tailored to your curriculum and learning objectives

We’ll design your trip around your specific learning objectives and curriculum, to ensure it meets your particular requirements.

Rewarding loyalty scheme

Work together with other teachers in your school to save thousands of pounds on future school trips with our multi-trip loyalty scheme!