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Iceland is a country full of rich and vibrant culture, a magical country where fire and ice co-exist.

Destination Overview

Iceland is a volcanic island with real natural beauty featuring spectacular geysers, lava, thermal pools and icy landscapes, with the built-up bustling city of Reykjavik sat snug in the middle.

Trekking on expedition takes your students into the wilderness with hidden gems around every corner making for a magical and sometimes surreal journey.

Whether you want to climb Mount Hekla (4,892m), hike along the Laugavegur Trail or the volcanic territory of Fjallabak, you and your students will get to experience this unique landscape first hand on their expedition.

Quick Facts


Grade – moderate

Altitude – 0m – 2,110m. There is a lagoon which is -146m below sea level.

Visa – No visa required but passport must be valid for minimum of 3 months before you enter Iceland.


Capital – Reykjavik

Official Language – Icelandic

Population – 329 thousand

Climate – 2 seasons – winter and summer. Winter anything between 0° to -14° c (The North -25° to -30° c). Summer 10° -20° c.

Religion – Christianity

Currency – Icelandic Krona

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Location + Itinerary

For many people, the mention of Iceland evokes images of volcanoes with difficult names or maybe the hip Reykjavík music scene. Naturally, as Europe‘s least densely populated country, and as an island long isolated from the rest of the world, Iceland may seem like a curious place for a travel destination.

But this land of hot springs, glaciers, lava fields, and waterfalls is a nature lover‘s paradise, with an unspoiled and truly surreal landscape that inspires countless artists and photographers. Travellers seeking an adventure won‘t be disappointed, with miles of scenic roadway circling the entire country and endless opportunities for outdoor pursuits— from leisurely, family-friendly activities to more active excursions for thrill seekers.

Despite the country‘s name, Icelandic summers are surprisingly mild and green, with nonstop daylight around the midsummer thanks to the phenomenon known as the midnight sun. Whereas during winter, the longer nights create ideal conditions for the northern lights—a fascinating experience on many travellers’ bucket lists.

Of course, no matter the season, you can always count on the warm hospitality of the Icelanders, a people fiercely proud of their well-preserved language and heritage that stretches back over a thousand years ago to the Viking Age. (But have no fear—English is widely used here!) From the lively Reykjavik city centre to the rural fishing villages, the unique Icelandic culture with its blend of old and new can be experienced at every turn.

Day 1 - Depart the UK and arrive in Reykjavik.
Day 2 - Today you’ll follow the Golden Circle driving route towards Thingvellir National Park. Here you’ll visit the site of the Silfra Fissure, where tectonic plates are pulling apart and exposing some pretty wild rock shelves. Continue on to the Geysir Geothermal Area and check out the Strokkur Geyser – it swells with blue water before erupting and shooting a spout some 20–30 metres in the air. Finally, witness the sheer power of the Gullfoss (Golden) Waterfall on the Hvita River. You'll even get a chance to stop by Secret Lagoon, a natural hot pool that will beckon you to take a dip. After your Golden Circle tour, head to your stay in the Hvolsvollur region for the evening. This guesthouse is a leader in local responsible tourism and sustainability. The owners started a tree planting project on their land to contribute to lowering atmospheric carbon dioxide and counteract soil erosion. Tonight, you’ll have the option to join the effort and head out into the hills surrounding the property to plant trees yourself.
Day 3 - Begin the day with a visit to the breathtaking Skogafoss – a giant waterfall, 25-metres wide and dropping 60 metres. Get up close and feel its power, then climb a long and windy set of stairs to a stunning viewpoint. Next up is one of Europe's biggest ice caps – Myrdalsjokull – which covers the active volcano Katla. Choose whether to join an optional hike over the glacier tongue – no experience is necessary. If you don't want to take the glacier walk, perhaps explore the area around the glacier tongue. Alternatively, Skogafoss waterfall has a number of walking trails, or you can visit the Skogar folk museum. Along today's drive you'll get to check out the Laki Lava fields as you continue along Iceland's South Shore, spotting bird colonies on the promontory of Dyrholaey, Iceland's southernmost point. You’ll also see the amazing stepping-stone rock formations of Reynisdrangar and its black sand beach, Reynisfjara. Overnight is spent in the countryside near Reynivellir.
Day 4 - This morning, visit one of Iceland's undisputed highlights: the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon. Consider jumping on an optional cruise among the icebergs, or just take a walk along the shore down to Diamond Beach, where icebergs from the lagoon wash up on its black sands. Later today, head to Vik for lunch. With the sea on one side and high cliffs on the other, this dramatically positioned small village is Iceland's most southern mainland settlement. In the afternoon, complete your southerly loop by heading back to Reykjavik with a quick stop at Seljalandsfoss on your way. On arrival in Reykjavik, join your local leader for a short guided walk of the capital to visit the old harbour, city centre and snap some photos of Hallgrimskirkja church. The evening is free for you to enjoy all the capital has to offer.
Day 5 - Departure back to U.K.

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