Iceland adventure 2018

Iceland adventure 2017

Take a look at our highly successful Iceland 2017 trip here.

Title: The Land of Ice and Fire (Residential)
Location: Iceland
Date: Wednesday 24 – Saturday 27 October 2018
Party leader: Mrs Grierson
(egrierson@kingshurst.tgacademy.org.uk)
Number of staff: 2
Number of students: 14
Year groups: Year 7, 8, 9, 10 and 12
Subject area: Geography
Brief description: After an extremely successful trip this year, we are once again delighted to be offering the opportunity for students to visit Iceland, one of the most underappreciated and breath-taking countries in Europe. We will be visiting Reykjavik, the world’s northern most capital city, hiking on glaciers made of ice over 10,000 years old, traveling to the beautiful Seljalandsfoss waterfall, watching the earth send water hurtling 30m into the air and taking a dip in the Secret Lagoon, a geothermally heated natural pool.

Summary

During the visit students will have the opportunity to explore incredible frozen country and find out about the geographical features and cultures of this incredible island.
The packed itinerary includes:

  • Reykjanes Peninsula where you’ll find Krysuvik, a boardwalk through the hissing geothermal areas plus mud pools like, Gunnuhver, Iceland’s largest mud pool with a diameter of 20m!
  • Walk across the Bridge Between Continents and look down into the Mid Atlantic Ridge to witness the effects of continental drift.
  • Iceland’s oldest lighthouse
  • Stampar crater row lava fields
  • Brand-new Lava Centre, an interactive exhibition which allows visitors to experience earthquakes and learn about the formation of Iceland
  • Walk behind the iconic waterfall – Seljalandsfoss
  • Visit the huge glacier tongue of Solheimajokull
  • Basalt columns of Reynishverfi beach
  • Skogafoss volcano
  • Visit geothermal village of Hveragerdi – hot springs and solfataras
  • Secret lagoon – natural hot baths
  • Two-tiered waterfall Gullfoss
  • Watch Strokkur, the most dynamic geyser in Geysir!
  • Thingvellir -sitting upon the mid-Atlantic ride
  • Explore the city of Reykjavik including the Presidents House, the Harpa Reykjavik Concert Hall, Hallgrimskirkja – Cathedral, The Solfar statue where the Vikings are said to have first landed and the famous Roland Reagan hot dog stand.

Look through the gallery below. There is also a video below showing you more of this beautiful country.

Kit List

  • Walking Boots/ Sturdy footwear: these should have a strong grip to cope with the conditions, which could be muddy, wet or icy and may be steep and uneven with loose stones
  • Warm socks (at least 2 – 3 pairs depending on the duration)
  • Waterproof outerwear: a good wind and rainproof jacket with a hood and rainproof trousers or leggings are essential
  • Warm hat and gloves (a scarf or shawl may also be useful)
  • Layered clothing: thermal t shirts, long-sleeved t shirts, jumpers and fleece
  • Trousers warm outdoor or walking trousers. Keep jeans for indoors where it is warm and dry.
  • Long johns if you are going in the winter months they can be very useful to keep warm
  • Indoors: the accommodation is warm and comfortable so normal clothes and trainers for inside are fine. Travel slippers or slipper socks are useful too for indoors
  • Sleepwear: hotel accommodation is of a good standard and rooms are warm and comfortable. Pyjamas are adequate
  • Day bag/ rucksack: rucksacks are more suitable for trekking than a shoulder bag or satchel
  • Sun glasses, sun cream, lip balm and moisturiser/ after-sun protection
  • Power adaptors
  • Swimming suit and towel

For further information, please email egrierson@kingshurst.tgacademy.org.uk

What else do I need to take?

Please ensure that students have a valid passport before travel. Passport information can be found at www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/iceland/entry-requirements
Students must also have an EHIC which can be obtained from the NHS. www.nhs.uk/chq/Pages/1073.aspx

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