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If your geography students are studying glaciated landscapes, a field trip can really help them to better understand the processes and landforms associated with glaciers.

You could stay in the UK and explore how some of our most iconic landscapes were created by glaciers. Or you could go abroad to give your students the unforgettable experience of seeing a glacier for themselves.

Geography becomes really exciting once you get out of the classroom and experience it in action. You could help your students discover a lifelong passion! Plus, the practical experiences of glacial processes and landscapes will help them recall important information when they’re under pressure during exams.

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Why arrange a glacier-focused trip?

Bring the topic to life

Living in a country where there are no glaciers left, the topic of glaciers can sometimes seem a bit abstract for students. A school trip focusing on glaciers can help to bring the topic to life for them.

The Yorkshire Dales are famous for limestone pavements, which were created when glaciers scoured the bedrock. Your students will be fascinated by the opportunity to explore this spectacular evidence of glacial erosion.

The Yorkshire Dales are also home to many U-shaped valleys, carved out by glaciers during the last ice age. And when the glaciers retreated, they left behind banks of moraine and fields of drumlins. Visiting some of these will help to bring the geography they’ve learnt in the classroom to life. Your students will better understand the effect that glaciers have had on the landscape and will deepen their understanding of the processes that have created the landscape they see before them.

Whether you choose to visit the Yorkshire Dales, to see how glaciers have shaped one of our most iconic landscapes or prefer to travel to Iceland or Switzerland to see glaciers first-hand, your students will love this opportunity to see geography in action.

While a trip in the UK can show your students the effects that glaciers have on a landscape, the one thing it can’t offer is the opportunity for them to see a glacier for themselves.

Iceland and the Swiss Alps both offer the opportunity to see glaciers and are fantastic destinations for supporting this topic both at GCSE and A Level.

In Iceland, students will experience first-hand the natural system of a glacier and how geomorphological processes affect the landforms within this dynamic landscape.

You’ll be able to visit the Sólheimajökull glacier, which will be an unforgettable experience for your students. They’ll likely be impressed by its size, but it’s currently retreating at a rate of about 100m every year. Your students will be able to see how the glacier has carved out the valley and this will help bring glacial processes to life for them.

An excellent alternative to a trip to the Swiss Alps – here your students will enhance their understanding of glaciers whilst experiencing the ecosystems and biodiversity of this alpine country.

This diverse destination offers something for all ages – A-Level students can use this destination for their case studies, while GCSE students may like to complete a field activity related to glaciers.

You’ll be able to visit Langgletscher where, as well as seeing a glacier for themselves, your students will also be able to follow a trail that tells the story of how the landscape around the glacier was created, and how the glacier has changed over time due to nature, climate change and human activity.

Inspire them

The opportunity to explore the power of glaciers in shaping our landscapes can also inspire a real passion for geography in your students. After all, by getting out into the field, they’ll see how crucial geography is for helping us to understand the world around us.

They’ll also have the opportunity to learn more about how climate change is affecting glaciers. Seeing how quickly some of these glaciers are retreating is shocking and will show them just how critical the situation is becoming.

Your school trip may not only inspire them to love your subject, it could inspire them to want to get involved in protecting the environment and battling climate change.

Enjoy the trip as much as your students

Originally founded by former teachers, we understand the value of geography school trips and how to make them successful.

Your trip will be completely tailor-made, to ensure that it meets your specific requirements and learning objectives. And we’ll be on hand throughout the process to answer any questions you have.

In fact, we’ll be with you every step of the way, from now until you return home at the end of your trip. While abroad, you’ll be able to reach us with just one phone call, at any time of the day or night. And, with this comprehensive level of support, you’ll be able to relax and enjoy immersing yourself as much as your students.

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Glaciers activities that your school group will love

Arnside & Silverdale

A wide variety of unique landscapes offering your students the chance to learn more about coastlines and limestone landforms. Stunning

Ingleborough Caves

One of the most famous cave systems in the UK allows for a study of this impressive limestone landscape. Follow

KS2 Geographic Exploration - Yorkshire Dales

Enjoy guided walks to Malham Cove, Gordale Scar and Janet’s Foss, work on map skills and navigation and follow GPS.

White Scar Caves

A fabulous opportunity to experience the fascinating landscape of the Yorkshire Dales, this cave walk will allow your students to


The Berneuse is the mountain that stands over Leysin, in the Bernese Alps. Take the cable car to its summit

Grande Eau

This tributary of the Rhône flows from Les Diablerets and offers the opportunity to delve deeper into river processes.

Langgletscher and Fafleralp

The Langgletscher is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site and boasts a nature trail designed to educate visitors on

Thermal Baths at Saillon

Relax in the thermal baths at Saillon! Let the current carry you along the Thermal River, heal your aches and

Tourism Study - Les Diablerets

Les Diablerets is an area popular with tourists, particularly those interested in adventure sports.

Aurora Reykjavik - Northern Lights Centre

Make sure you don't leave Iceland without having experienced the Northern Lights - even if the weather doesn't play ball!

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

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


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

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

Kerið Crater

Often a popular stop on the Golden Circle Tour, the Kerið crater lake is the perfect visit for teaching your

Lava Centre

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

Lava Tunnel Raufarholshellir

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

Northern Lights Tour

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

Thingvellir National Park

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

Volcano House

Volcano House is a multi-functional establishment in Reykjavik's city centre, with a special focus on Icelandic geology and volcanology. The

Perlan Museum

Explore all the highlights of Iceland's wild nature at this iconic museum!

Maison Cailler

An absolute 'must' when visiting Switzerland is tasting some of its famous chocolate! At the Maison Cailler, you'll find out

Restaurant La Fromagerie

You can’t come all the way to Switzerland without trying some of its famous alpine cheeses! Housed in a 17th

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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