A land of ever changing scenery, dramatic lighting and incredible energy; replete with rainbows, waterfalls, glaciers, hot springs and trolls, Iceland’s beauty captivates all those who visit.
- 5 days
- Approx. 2 hrs
- Þingvellir National Park
- Reykjanes Geo Park
- Blue Lagoon
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This sample itinerary is offered as a guideline. The trip focus, length and itinerary/activities can be tailored to meet your learning objectives.
Day 1 - Arrive in Iceland
Land at Keflavik Airport, a small but modern airport situated at the Western tip of the Reykjanes peninsula.
From there it's a 45 minute drive to Reykjavik, the colourful capital city of Iceland. Reykjavik is also the world's northern-most capital city and full of history as well as modern Icelandic culture.
On your tour visit the Perlan and enjoy fantastic views of the city from the observation platform. Finish the day at Reykjavik's hottest attraction, the Lava Show. Watch up close as they recreate a volcanic eruption by superheating real lava up to 1100°C then pour it into the room. You can experience real molten lava, see it flowing, hear it sizzling, and feel the incredible heat that emanates from it.
Day 2 - South Coast and Glaciers
Today head to Seljalandsfoss waterfall which is fed by melting water from the glacier-capped Eyjafjallajokull volcano. This powerful waterfall is best known for the walking path that runs behind the curtain of water where visitors can enjoy a truly unique viewpoint from this angle. It’s the only known waterfall in the world that it is possible to walk behind.
Then visit The Lava Centre, a brand new interactive, high-tech educational exhibition where you can learn about volcanic activity, earthquakes and the creation of Iceland over millions of years.
Later on, experience how Icelanders have lived in the past with artefacts and tools dating back to the Viking age in the Skogar Folk Museum, before making your way to Skógarfoss waterfall, one of the biggest waterfalls in the country with a width of 15 metres and a drop of 60m. Due to the amount of spray the waterfall consistently produces, a single or double rainbow is normally visible on sunny days.
If weather permits, drive to the Sólheimajökull Glacier, an approximately 11km long outlet glacier, which advances from Myrdalsjokull glacier, down a one to two km wide valley. It has been retreating since 1995 and if our climate continues to warm it will disappear within 100 years. If you are feeling adventurous, our expert mountain guides can take you for an organised walk upon the glacier using crampons and ice picks.
Day 3 - Waterfalls and hot springs
Start today with a visit to the Hellisheiði geothermal power station, the second largest in the world. The geothermal power plant was created to provide electricity to the city of Reykjavik following increasing demand.
Then continue your journey with a drive through Þingvellir National Park, Iceland's popular rift valley that marks the crest of the Mid-Atlantic ridge and the boundary between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates.
In the afternoon visit the awesome Gullfoss waterfall, a tiered waterfall, with a total height of 32m. Born from the Hvita River, the crevice is hidden from sight at close range, making it appear as though the river simply vanishes into the earth.
Then drive to the Geysir hot spring area, filled with boiling mud pits and exploding geysers. Strokkur, the most frequent, spouts water 30 meters in to the air every few minutes.
You will also see Kerið Crater, originally a cone volcano that erupted and and emptied its magma reserve. Once the magma was depleted, the weight of the cone collapsed into an empty magma chamber, later to be filled with water.
Day 4 - Lava fields and Blue Lagoon
This morning try out the realistic earthquake simulator at Hveragerði. The town was built over a volcanic magma chamber and as such experiences both the positives and negatives of living so close to danger. All around the town you will spot thermal greenhouses which are heated by geothermal energy. The Earthquake Simulator shows you just what happened to the town when in 2008, an earthquake shook the town.
Then journey on to the Reykjanes Peninsula, located on a drift zone, between two continents, the North American plate and the Eurasian plate. It is a unique site where you find different elements that exist because of the drift zone; geothermal energy, lava fields and other natural phenomenon, for example you will see remarkable solfatara fields - an amazing expanse of steaming volcanic vents and boiling hot springs framed by an incredible range of multi-coloured hills. It is the only place in the world where the Mid-Atlantic Ridge is visible above sea level. A little later, stop at the lava flows from the 2021 and 2023 volcanic eruptions in Fagradalsfjall. Get up close and touch the cooled lava - an experience students will never forget!
After some fresh fish and chips for dinner, end your stay with an evening dip in the Blue Lagoon, a world famous geothermal spa where the warm waters are blue and rich in minerals like silica and sulphur.
Day 5 - Fly home
This morning transfer to the airport for your flight home. If you have a later departure we will fill the itinerary this morning with some additional sightseeing.
Full TCBC support from the moment you book until you return home
Full itinerary flexibility to ensure the perfect tour for your students
We'll source the best available flights based on your school's location
You'll have all our necessary contact details to hand should the need arise
Knowledgeable TCBC guide ready to bring your walking tours to life
Detailed itinerary, with all entrance fees included, no hidden costs
Return flights, 1 piece of hold luggage per person, airport taxes and security charges and ATOL Protection Contribution
Airport transfers upon arrival and departure. We can also arrange your UK airport transfers if you wish
Experienced Icelandic Tourist Association Guide for your included excursions
Coach, fitted with seat belts, at your disposal for all included excursions
4 nights' hotel or hostel accommodation, with multi rooms for students and single rooms for teachers
Breakfasts and dinners daily either in accommodation or local restaurant. Packed lunches provided upon request
Guided tours of Reykjavik, Reykjanes peninsula, Iceland's South Coast and the Golden Circle
There will be no hidden costs on tour, everything will be clearly explained before departure
24 hour emergency contact details of TCBC's office and your local guide's mobile number
The normal free staff place ratio is 1:10 but this is flexible and we'll work to whichever ratio you require
We'll visit your school and give a presentation to parents before departure. We introduce TCBC, run through the itinerary and what to expect and answer any questions
Free to download tour app to take with you on tour, providing you and group with important tour info
We support the Russian Orphan Opportunity Fund and make a small contribution to their organisation from each tour that travels with us
Please check at school to ensure you are covered by an adequate travel insurance policy which we will need to see a copy of. We can help you source cover if you need
We generally don't include lunches unless requested in advance of travel
If you feel you have received excellent service, then our local guides and drivers will appreciate being tipped. Guidelines will be outlined in your quote
Whichever aspect of Geography you focus on, we can design an Iceland itinerary to suit your curriculum requirements.
Together with our Education Advisor Ruth Tarrant, we have compiled useful links that show how the sights visited on your tour specifically relate to your students' studies. These will be very helpful when you come to submit the tour for approval at school.
It's important that your tour meets your learning objectives. Please feel free to download our handy introduction describing the ways a trip to Iceland can be linked to the curriculum.
We have also prepared much more detailed specifications relating to particular modules. Simply enter your name and email address, select the module you'd like and we'll send it over.
The properties we use in Iceland are used to working with our school groups and meet our high standards
The Ork is very popular amongst our groups. It's located in Hveragerði, a small town lying in a valley on top of a geothermal park which is used to heat the whole town. Surrounded by mountains, Hveragerði is approx a 1 hour drive from Keflavik airport and Reykjavik and is the perfect base to explore the South of Iceland.
The rooms are comfortable, clean and have all necessary amenities. There is a spacious area downstairs which groups can use, complete with pool table, foosball and table tennis. The restaurant Hver can provide your evening meals and packed lunches upon request. There is also an outdoor heated pool, but lifeguard services must be paid for separately.
The perfect place to stay if you have an early morning departure from Keflavik. Located 10 minutes from the airport on the tip of the Reykjanes peninsula and as the name suggests, right by one of the oldest lighthouses in Iceland.
The Lighthouse Inn is a brand new property, simply laid out with one corridor and comfortable rooms off either side. As a family run hotel, there's a very personable welcoming feel. In the evening, this is one of the best places to see the Northern Lights.
A good option if you want to stay in the centre of Reykjavik. The Cabin is located downtown, on a main road with great views from front facing rooms out to the coast, the sea and the mountains in the distance.
There are 7 floors with 249 clean and comfortable rooms. There is a decent sized downstairs lobby area and a smaller sized breakfast area just past reception.
Reasons to travel with us
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Safety & reliability
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Experience & expertise
We have years of experience in planning school tours. Our expertise lies in our organisational skills, attention to detail and an understanding of what you need to make your trip a success.
TCBC local guides
Our guides are our greatest assets and consistently lauded. Highly experienced, knowledgeable and trustworthy, most are hand-picked and have worked with us for years.
Complete peace of mind
Our accreditations (ATOL, ABTA, STF, LOtC) provide you with the reliability, assurance and financial security expected from a specialist tour operator.
Our dedicated team is on hand to offer help and advice at every stage. We are positive you will be impressed with the high level of service you receive from us.
Flexibility & customisation
We customise every trip to suit your needs and offer maximum flexibility in planning your itinerary. We won’t rest until we get it right!
The personal touch
Getting to know our clients is very important to us. It’s very likely therefore that you’ll meet one or several of us at some point, either at school before departure or on the tour itself.
We include as much as possible in our quotes and are very transparent about what is and what is not included. There will be no hidden or surprise costs.
We understand how much work goes into planning a school trip. You will be dealing with the same people throughout the pre-departure process allowing us to respond quickly and accurately.
99.9% of teachers are so happy with our tours and our service that there is no need to travel with anyone else. We are confident you will feel the same way.
Our students thoroughly enjoyed their trip to Iceland. The service TCBC provided was fabulous, much better than our previous provider. Our guide was knowledgeable and ensured that we had the best trip possible.