A visit to Iceland where they can get up close to jaw dropping geographical features is an absolute must for KS5 Geography students who really want to expand their knowledge and understanding of the subject. It is also suitable for SQA Higher & Advanced Higher studies.

Iceland hosts an unforgettable array of experiences, from glaciers, geysers and gushing waterfalls, to active volcanoes and craggy volcanic beaches.

Swim in a stunning geothermal lagoon, and walk in between the Eurasian and North American plates. Time it just right, and you’ll see the Aurora Borealis in all its glory. With such a rich collection of sites, Iceland is overflowing in exciting natural wonders and iconic attractions. From South Shore Adventure Days and a trip to The Golden Circle, to The Wonders of Reykjanes,Thorsmork Valley and the Ash Cloud Volcano.

Take a look at our Sixth Form Geography sample itinerary:Geography 

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Tour Details

Sample itinerary

Day 1


Flight from UK to Reykjavik


Guided tour of Reykjavik. Visits could include: - Reykjavik City Hall & Hallgrímskirkja Church with its striking raised-relief map of Iceland - Flyover Iceland - A BRAND NEW addition to our programme. State-of-the-art technology gives you the feeling of flight while a film whisks you away on an exhilarating journey across Iceland creating an unforgettable experience’ - Perlan Centre - learn all about Icelandic nature, volcanoes, northern lights, glaciers, ocean-life, seabirds and so much more.


Check in to your accommodation

Day 2


Meet your local guide for a full day touring Iceland’s Golden Circle. Visits could include: - Thingvellir National Park - A chance to explore the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, the boundary between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates - Gullfloss waterfall - View these two impressive waterfalls, with a combined drop of 32 metres, and the striking Gullfossgjúfur canyon - Geysir Center - A chance to study hot springs, fumaroles, mud pots and geysers, including the famous Great Geysir and the active Strokkur - Kerið Crater - Walk around the red volcanic rock slopes of this caldera and look at how the crater was formed.


Secret Lagoon. Your opportunity to enjoy the healing powers of these geothermal baths

Day 3


Meet your local guide for a full tour of Iceland’s Southern Shore. Visits could include: - Lava Centre - Visit an interactive educational exhibition dedicated to Iceland‘s volcanic activity filled with a collection of artefacts, films and graphics from various volcanic eruptions that have occurred in the past century - Seljalandsfoss waterfall - See where the Skógá River tumbles over cliffs of the former coastline, a coastline that now lies roughly 5 kilometres away. - Skógar Waterfall - Walk along the black sand beaches where you will have a chance to see the impressive ball basalt columns formed after volcanic eruptions - Sólheimajökull Glacier - A highlight of your tour. Join experienced local guides for a truly memorable opportunity to explore this glacial tongue, eight kilometres long and two kilometres wide. - Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach - Walk along the black sand beaches where you will have a chance to see the impressive ball basalt columns formed after volcanic eruptions


Icelandic Lava Show - The only place in the world where you can safely experience hot molten lava in close proximity. The show, which is both educational and exhilarating, recreates a volcano eruption, similar to those of both Eyjafjallajökull and Katla

Day 4


Meet your local guide for a tour of the Reykjanes Peninsula. Visits may include: - “Bridge Between the Continents” - a chance to walk across from the North American to the Eurasian continental plate and back again. - Hellisheidi Power Station - Visit the third-largest geothermal power station in the world to see how Iceland has harnessed geothermal energy in a sustainable manner


Transfer to Reykjavik for your flight back to the UK. Flight from Reykjavik to UK

Curricular Links

AQA A Level

  • 3.1.1 Water and Carbon Cycles
  • 3.1.3 Coastal systems and landscapes
  • 3.1.5 Hazards
  • 3.2.4 Population and the environment


  • Topic 1: Tectonic Processes and Hazards
  • Topic 2: Landscape Systems, Processes and Change

OCR A Level

  • Option A – Coastal Landscapes
  • 3.1 – Climate Change
  • 3.5 – Hazardous Earth



  • Physical Environments: Hydrosphere; Lithosphere
  • Human Environments: Global climate change; Energy

Advanced Higher

  • Geographical issues

WJEC A Level

  • Section 1.3: Tectonic Hazards



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