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School Trips to Iceland

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.

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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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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.

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.

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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 the 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 trip 12-18 months prior to 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 accomodation and travel options.

If you start planning your trip later than this, 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 help guide you and save you time throughout the process.

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Activities and excursions 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… Read More

Blue Lagoon

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

Gullfoss

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

Northern Lights Tour

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

Lava Tunnel Raufarholshellir

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

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

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

FlyOver Iceland

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

Great Geysir and Strokkur

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

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… Read More

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… Read More

Lava Centre

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

    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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School trips by teachers for teachers

School trips designed by teachers for teachers

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.

Tailor-made school trips

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.

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Rewarding loyalty scheme

Earn loyalty points from your very first trip which can be used towards a trip discount or free gift for your school.