Plate Tectonics School Trips

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Are your students learning about the structure of the earth and the movement of tectonic plates? If so, a carefully chosen geography school trip could help them better understand the effects of, and responses to, tectonic hazards.

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Plate tectonics school trips abroad

A visit to Iceland, with its volcanic craters and lagoons, provides the perfect setting for learning about how plate movements have shaped (and continue to shape) the landscape. One of the youngest landmasses on Earth and still highly geologically active, a geography school trip to Iceland offers a glimpse into the past for your students.

On your plate tectonics-themed geography school trip to Iceland, your students will also learn more about how the daily lives of Icelanders are affected by tectonic hazards. They’ll learn more about how Iceland monitors its earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, and how the country responded to the dramatic eruption of Eyjafjallajökull in 2010.

They’ll also learn more about the perks of living on an island that is geologically active, such as the opportunity to harness the geothermal energy to heat homes, greenhouses and even pavements! And, of course, the spectacular thermal pools which are so important to Icelandic culture and an absolute must-do when visiting.

A geography trip to the Auvergne in central France will give your students the chance to learn more about how volcanoes shape the landscape around them. And you can travel there by coach, reducing the carbon footprint of your trip and helping to protect the precious environments you plan to explore.

If you really want your students to see the effects tectonic hazards can have on the people who live in these geologically active places, a visit to Naples and Sorrento is unmissable. You will, of course, be able to visit the famous archaeological sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum, to find out more about the devastating eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD.

With Mt. Vesuvius designated a Decade Volcano, your students may well question why people are still living in the area. So, you’ll also be able to visit local producers to find out how, similarly to the Azores, the volcanic nature of the region has led to incredible produce and Naples’ reputation as one of the food capitals of Italy.

The island of Sicily is another popular destination – its varied landscapes and spectacular coastline support the study of varied ecosystems, and the impact of Europe’s tallest active volcano, Mount Etna, on the landscape is clearly visible. Your students will even be able to observe actual eruptive activity with a trip to Stromboli.

A school trip to the Azores offers students the opportunity to visit a volcanic landscape that is a little older than that of Iceland. Here, they’ll still have the opportunity to visit volcanoes and learn more about geothermal energy, but they’ll also learn about how the volcanic nature of the islands have influenced the agriculture on the islands and why they have such a fantastic reputation for their produce, especially when it comes to wines and dairy.

And for a once-in-a-lifetime geography school trip with a focus on plate tectonics, a trip to Japan is hard to beat. Sitting on the Pacific Ring of Fire, Japan has had to adopt various measures to keep people safe from the various tectonic hazards that threaten the country, including volcanic eruptions, earthquakes and tsunamis. You’ll be able to visit one of the education centres where locals learn how to survive such events. Here, you’ll experience a strong earthquake for yourselves, in a simulator.

Why arrange a plate tectonics school trip?

Bring geography to life

In the UK, we occasionally experience minor earthquakes, but we’re not at risk from severe earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Taking students to a country where those hazards are part of everyday life is eye opening for them and helps them to understand the variety of ways that people deal with these risks.

They may wonder why people would choose to live in such dangerous places. But by visiting somewhere like Iceland, the Azores or Italy, they’ll see that there are some incredible benefits, such as fertile soil and a sustainable energy source.

And there’s nothing like seeing volcanoes, volcanic craters and geysers for yourself. This first-hand experience of plate tectonics and landscapes created by geological activity will stay with your students and help them to better recall the information when it comes to their exams.

Inspire them

Wherever you choose to go on your plate tectonics-themed geography trip, your students will be awestruck by the incredible landscape. Seeing geography in action for themselves and learning more about how the movement of the tectonic plates forges landscapes will show them how valuable your subject is when it comes to understanding the world around us.

They’ll learn more about the work that goes into monitoring and managing tectonic hazards and may even be inspired to explore careers in these exciting fields.

What is certain is that your students will return home having enjoyed an unforgettable educational experience that will give them a deeper understanding of this incredible planet that we live on.

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 while you’re away, you’ll be able to relax and enjoy experiencing geography in action as much as your students.

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Plate Tectonics activities that your school group will love

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!

Amalfi Coast

The world famous Amalfi Coast is a geographical wonderland, with an incredible beauty at every turn.

Archaeological Site of Pompeii

The small Italian town of Pompeii entered the history book in AD79 when it was destroyed by a volcanic eruption.

Botanical Garden of Naples (Orto Botanico)

The Orto Botanico is part of the University of Mathematical, Physical and Natural Sciences complex and, with a great number

Capri Island

Luxuriant, extraordinary and witha mild climate, Capri is a Mediterranean island of calcareous origin that has been visited over the

Herculaneum Archaeological Site

When Vesuvius erupted on 24th August AD 79, it engulfed the two flourishing Roman towns of Pompei and Herculaneum, as

National Archaeological Museum of Naples

The National ArchaeologicalMuseum of Naples is one of the most important and leading archaeological museums in the world. It contains

Underground Naples (Napoli Sotterranea)

First used by the Greeks and then by the Romans to build the city walls, temples and private residences, the

Vesuvius National Park

The volcano whose eruption destroyed Pompeii, the menacing presence of Vesuvius can be seen from anywhere in the Bay of Naples.

Virtual Museum of Archaeology (MAV)

The Virtual Museum of Archaeology (or MAV) is based on the ancient Roman town of Herculaneum and is sited 100

Dordogne Gorge by Kayak

Explore the spectacular upper gorges of the River Dordogne by kayak!

Mont Bessou

Spectacular panoramic views across the region and an exciting low ropes course - Mont Bessou's adventures await!

Bort-les-Orgues Hydroelectric Dam

Explore one of France's largest hydroelectric dams on the mighty Dordogne River!

Padirac Caves Boat Tour

Bring the transformative power of erosion to life with a journey deep into this network of caves, underground rivers and lakes!


This spectacular sacred village teeters precariously above a river in the Dordogne Valley!

Vulcania Theme Park

Explore volcanoes while experiencing a thrilling rush of adrenaline at this incredible theme park!

Puy de Dôme

Climb to the top of one of the youngest volcanoes in the Auvergne!

Bananera Jardines de Atlantico

The park was founded to demonstrate to both locals and tourists the incredible biodiversity of the Canaries, as well as

Casas Bioclimaticas

This bioclimatic housing development is self-sufficient in terms of its power supply and emits zero carbon emissions. Each house is

Cueva del Viento

One of the largest lava tubes in the world, the Cuevas del Viento offers your group the opportunity to explore

Mount Teide

The imposing Mount Teide dominates the island of Tenerife. An active volcano, it is also the highest point in Spain,

Piramides de Guimar

The pyramids of Güímar are 6 rectangular-based, pyramid-shaped terrace structures. There is fierce debate as to their origins, with some,

Alcantara Gorges

The gorges of Alcantara are canyons of black lava walls which tower as much as 50m above the Alcantara river.It's

Mount Etna

Mount Etna dominates eastern Sicily at a height of 3292m and isthe highest and largest active volcano in Europe.Etna has

Siracusa/Ortygia Island

Located near the southeastern corner of Sicily on the Ionian coast, Siracusa (Syracuse) is built on an ancient Greek settlement


Stromboli holds Europe's biggest active volcano after Etna - the only volcano in Europe with permanently eruptive activity. During the

Lake Ashi

Lake Ashi (Japanese: Ashinoko) was formed in the caldera of Mount Hakone after the volcano's last eruption 3000 years ago.

Mount Fuji

Mount Fuji is the highest mountain in Japan, standing at3,776 metres highabout 60 miles west of Tokyo. It is a

Owakudani Valley

Owakudani is the area around a crater created in the last eruption of Mount Hakone 3000 years ago. Sulfurous fumes,

Arenal Volcano Hiking Trails

During this unforgettable experience you will enjoy hiking on the lava trails of the Arenal Volcano. On the privateproperty where

Baldi Hot Springs

Baldi Hot Springs is located in La Fortuna de San Carlos at the base of the imposing Arenal Volcano. Baldi

Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge

CañoNegro lies in the north of the country, lying very close to the border of Nicaragua. A nature lover’s paradise

La Casona del Rio

Casona Río Fortuna is therenowned Costa Rican historical and elegant turn-of-the-century country home of the former Costa Rican president, Rafael

Monteverde Cloud Forest

Set atop the spine of Costa Rica's continental divide, Monteverde is a high altitude (1,440 m) region in the north


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.

Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park is a spectacular sight and not to be missed on any trip to Utah. The name

California Academy of Science

The California Academy of Sciences, located in Golden Gate Park San Francisco, contains an Aquarium, the world’s deepest Philippine Coral

Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon is the most famous natural attraction in the USA. It is one of the best examples of

NatureBridge Yosemite

NatureBridge Yosemite gives your students the opportunity to immerse themselves in nature, among the stunning surroundings of Yosemite National Park.

Caldeira Velha

This waterfall of warm, ionised water is on the northern slope of the Fogo Volcano. There is also an environmental

Furnas and Lagoa do Fogo

Explore the Furnas area and sample a local delicacy, the “Cozido”, a type of stew. Prepared in volcanic calderas, this

Furnas Monitoring and Research Centre

The Furnas Monitoring and Research Centre offers a wonderful insight into the lagoon ecosystem and its native flora and fauna.

Gorreana Tea Factory

The Gorreana tea plantation is the only remaining tea plantation in Europe and has been owned by same family since

Gruta do Carvão

The Gruta do Carvão is the largest volcanic cave on the island of São Miguel. Here you'll see lava stalactites

Sete Cidades

Visit the spectacular Sete Cidades, a volcanic area in the west of the island of Sao Miguel. Home to diverse

Terra Nostra Park

This botanical garden sits in the Furnas Valley, which is actually a volcanic crater. It became popular among tourists at

Walking Trail of Salto do Cabrito

The walking trail of Salto do Cabrito is a small circular route beginning/ending in the area of Caldeiras of Ribeira

Alcatraz Cruises

Alcatraz and history go hand in hand. Once home to some of America's most notorious criminals, the federal penitentiary that

Golden Gate Bridge

The best way to see and enjoy the bridge is to drive to either side, park your vehicle and then

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!

Museum of Wine & Olive Oil

TheMuseum of Wine and Olive Oil in Torgiano isrun by the Fondazione Lungarotti. Set up by the well-known local wine-making

Olive Oil Factory

Start off your visit to this olive oil factory with a walk round the olive grove where you can listen

Pizza Experience

Give your students the opportunity to learn how to make a true Neapolitan pizza!


Pozzuoli is a city of the province of Naples, in the Italian region of Campania. The town has a number

Tenuta Vannulo Mozzarella Farm

During the tour, you will watch many years of experience and knowledge at work when viewing thedemonstration onhow to make

A-Bomb Dome

The Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall was a mere 160 meters northwest of the hypocentre and the building was heavily

Asakusa Area

Asakusa is one of the largest downtown amusement centers in Tokyo and a must for visitors to Japan. It boasts

Ginza Area

Ginza is Japan's most fashionable shopping address, with high-end shops, boutiques, art galleries and department stores like Hankyu, Matsuya, Matsuzakaya,

Himeji Castle

Himeji Castle is located in the centre of Himeji City, about 50 kilometers west of Kobe and 650 kilometers west

Kyoto Imperial Palace

Kyoto Imperial Palace used to be the residence of Japan's Imperial Family until 1868 when the emperor and capital were

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

Alcatraz Cruises

Alcatraz and history go hand in hand. Once home to some of America's most notorious criminals, the federal penitentiary that

Golden Gate Bridge

The best way to see and enjoy the bridge is to drive to either side, park your vehicle and then

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