West Iceland, 2 Day/1 Night Geography Tour

West Iceland, 2 Day/1 Night Geography Tour

Your bespoke itinerary will include the appropriate balance of educational visits and leisure excursions to fill your chosen duration and meet your aims and objectives.

Your dedicated Tour Co-ordinator will offer advice and recommendations with the sole aim of creating the perfect itinerary for your group. But just to get you inspired, we’ve outlined a sample itinerary below.

This 2 day/1 night option is intended to be included as part of a 5 day/4 night trip. Please note that groups will have to stay in Reykjavik for the first night due to flight times and driving distances.

Day 1

Ready for an adventure? Once you've arrived at Keflavik Airport, you’ll head over to Reykjavik to start your geographical journey.

Kick things off at Deildartunguhver, Iceland’s largest and most powerful hot spring, and see the landscape come to life with its gushing, glugging and spurting hot water. Hit the road again and enjoy lunch in the picturesque town of Borgarnes, before arriving at Gerduberg basalt cliffs to study this unique geological structure first-hand.

Afterwards you’ll head to Raudamelskolda, where you’ll walk through the moss-covered lava flow, to the natural carbonated spring, then on to see the waterfall. Fancy warming up? Enjoy a relaxing swim in the geothermally-heated, outdoor pool at Lysuholslaug and soak up the spectacular surroundings. Life's troubles will simply melt away here. Once you’ve dried off, you’ll venture to Bjarnarfoss to view the impressive waterfall that sits high in the cliffs, followed by Raudfeldsgja to walk in the gorge and explore its mossy, green surroundings.

Why Rayburn?

  • Completely tailor-made experience to match your requirements
  • Team of experts with over 50 years’ experience
  • Dedicated Field Study Tutors for even more input and guidance on tour
  • Designed to meet the aims of the National Curriculum
  • Award-winning Study Handbooks to enhance learning opportunities


Finish the day in style with a scenic coastal walk in the charming fishing village of Arnarstapi, where you’ll check in to your accommodation for the night. Alternatively, a visit to Snaefellsnes could be included as a day trip. Now rest up well, because you’ve got another busy day ahead tomorrow.   

Day 2

Is there anything better than waking up in Iceland? Pack up your belongings and board the coach where you’ll bid Arnarstapi goodbye and head over to Londrangar. You’ll have the best seat in the house to admire these incredible lava formations as you step up on to the viewing platform.

Afterwards, you’ll make your way to the Snaefellsjokull Visitor Centre for a free ranger talk and walk to learn more about the glacier-capped volcanic landscape. Then it’s time to strap on your headlamp and venture underground to the Vatnshellir lava tube! Reaching over 200 metres in length, you’ll be able to explore the unique colours and lava formations of this 8,000 year-old lava tube. 


In the afternoon, you’ll journey onwards to the rocky wonderland of Djupalonssandur to experience its black sand beach, followed by a trip to Saxholl Crater, where you’ll walk to its summit for panoramic views of the rugged landscape below. Tuck into lunch at the charming town of Olafsvik, before ticking off more waterfalls.

First on the list is Baejarfoss, where you’ll walk to its impressive waters. Then it’s the beautiful and iconic Kirkjufellsfoss, where you’ll walk to the tiered waterfall and enjoy views of Kirkjufell, the most photographed mountain in Iceland (you’ll see why!).

Rising out of the sea behind the waterfall, the colours of Kirkjufell change every season, from summer greens to winter whites, meaning you’ll always find a new perspective to view this beautiful landmark. Also translated as ‘Church Mountain’, its shape is remindful of a nave or church tower.

Once you’ve had your fill of waterfalls, board the coach and head back to Reykjavik, passing through Borgarnes.