School Geography Trips to West Iceland

Landscape that’s the stuff of legends

  • Kirkjufellsfoss & Kirkjufell
Rough and ready yet effortlessly beautiful
From £825pp i

Grab your hiking boots, strap on your headlamp and gear up for an adventure that’ll take you off the beaten track and into the rocky retreat of West Iceland. A fusion of hidden lava tubes, glittering glaciers and gushing waterfalls, the rugged yet beautiful wilderness of West Iceland draws you in with little effort.

Where mighty forces shape the earth, your young geographers and geologists will get their fix of all things volcanic and experience the sheer power of nature; seeking out tucked-away fishing villages, strolling along black sand beaches and getting up close to majestic Kirkjufell.


Popular places to stay in West Iceland

  • Boutique hostel in beautiful, rural surroundings
  • Based in the heart of the Golden Circle
  • Ideal for stargazing and spotting the Northern Lights
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Situated by Laugarvatn Lake and Geothermal Baths
  • Wi-Fi
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Restaurant
  • Library
  • Shared dorms and double and single private rooms
  • Wi-Fi
  • Unwind with a book in the library
  • Tuck into a delicious meal at the restaurant
  • Explore the surrounding area or go for a hike
  • Set in beautiful, rural surroundings
  • Multiple accommodation options (hotel, guesthouse, cottages)
  • Nearby recreational activities and hikes
  • Wi-Fi
  • Restaurant
  • Cooking facilities
  • Nearby hiking routes
  • Multiple accommodation options (hotel, guesthouse, cottages)
  • Shared and private bathrooms
  • Drive to the nearby swimming pools
  • Explore the beautiful surroundings of Arnarstapi
  • Go for a hike along one of the nearby routes
  • Enjoy a meal with local ingredients in the restaurant
  • Visit the closest village of Olafsvik (37km)
  • Short stroll from the centre of Reykjavik
  • 5 minutes from Laugardalslaug swimming pool
  • Within walking distance of cafes and restaurants
  • Triple, twin and single rooms
  • Wi-Fi
  • Buffet breakfast
  • Restaurant and bar
  • Wi-Fi
  • Tuck into the delicious buffet breakfast
  • Relax with a drink in the bar
  • Go for a swim at the nearby Laugardalslaug pool
  • Explore the city centre by foot and grab a bite to eat

Excursions in West Iceland

Explore the unique and rugged landscapes

Curriculum Information

Perfect for all ages and stages of secondary education

  • Curricular Links
    • Changing Places
    • Climate Change
    • Coastal Systems & Landscapes
    • Cold Environments
    • Geographical Skills
    • Glacial Systems & Landscapes
    • Globalisation & Global Systems
    • Natural Hazards
    • Plate Tectonics
    • Population
    • Resource Management
    • Rocks, Weathering & Soil
    • Tourism
    • Rural Environments
    • Urban Environments
    • Weather & Climate

Additional Information

Your journey doesn’t have to end here! See what else we can offer to help you get the most out of your tour. From expert Field Study Tutors to our award-winning study resources, we’ll go above and beyond to support you and your students.

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What our customers say

The tour gave our children a once in a lifetime opportunity to see and experience Geography outside the classroom.

Mr Michael Holly

Great Academy Ashton

Five days in the land of fire and ice – simply awesome!

Mr Rob Chambers

St Ivo School

Superbly organised tour with real geographical awe and wonder

Mr Paul Thompson

Sevenoaks School

FAQs about this tour

Find the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions.

  • What help do you have in Iceland to assist us in the event of future disruption?

    Our main accommodation centres are contracted solely to us and are able to offer substantial support in terms of advice, accommodation extension and local safety issues. One of the centres is earmarked as a rescue centre for the community should there be an eruption event. Alternatively, we work with hotels in other locations, such as Reykjavik, which we could utilise. Our Icelandic coach operator has robust transport resources to quickly implement changes.

  • What happens if we are unable to complete our planned excursions whilst in Iceland?

    We have numerous, well researched alternative excursions which can be implemented if needed whilst in Iceland. Additionally, we have produced a new study unit relating to the volcanic eruption in 2010. Experience has shown us that with some minor changes we are able to carry out the majority of our itineraries.

  • What happens if there is a further volcanic eruption whilst we are in Iceland?

    In Iceland every community, by law, has a set of very rigid logistical procedures in place to deal with natural disasters and these have proven to be effective. The whole of Iceland is hazard aware. There are systems in place and sequences of events all worked out. Systems are robust and vigorous. Safety procedures are only stepped down after a full assessment is carried out by the experts.

    In addition, we have local knowledge and direct communication to the safety authorities to ensure a calm, efficient evacuation to safety, if required. We also have access to accommodation in different locations. We have 24-hour contact available to both Icelandic airlines and we have experienced the high level of support they offer during the repatriation process.

  • Can I talk to Rayburn Tours whilst out on tour?

    Yes, a 24-hour emergency phone number will be provided in your final documents pack and one of our experienced members of staff will be happy to help with any problems you have whilst out on tour.

  • Do you provide risk assessments for this trip?

    Yes, we do. We’ll provide you with our country specific risk assessment handbook, which acts as a practical guide to help you manage risk and hazards on tour. The handbook takes many of the component parts of this trip, identifies potential risks and suggests control measures to manage them. Download your Iceland Risk Assessment Handbook here.

School Geography Trips to West Iceland

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