Iceland School Trip Overview
There’s a reason that Iceland has recently become one of the world’s trendiest travel destinations: Its unique geology, friendly people, and breathtaking landscapes are all one-of-a-kind. Go off the beaten path and introduce your students to this Scandinavian culture with Travel For Teens. Students will truly gain a comprehensive understanding of Iceland as we circumnavigate the whole country on a fun and relaxing road trip. As we travel from the vibrant capital city of Reykjavik to a horse farm in a remote village, our perfectly-paced itinerary ensures that students will get the most out of their trip while enjoying themselves immensely. This tour is ideal for teachers of any discipline since Iceland is a destination that appeals to anyone with a sense of adventure!
Our mission is to provide an authentic experience rooted in “teaching teens to be travelers, not tourists.” Our guides will help students step outside their comfort zone, appreciate other cultures, and discover the joys of traveling. They’ll give them the tools they’ll need as they explore the world, wherever their travels might take them. Thanks to our years of experience in leading young travelers around Iceland, Travel For Teens are experts in engaging and inspiring student travelers. Join us on this one-of-a-kind cultural experience and leave them with memories to last a lifetime!
Did You Know? Teachers travel for free! Enroll just six paying participants and your trip is covered. Learn more about the Benefits for Teachers.
During this trip, you and your students will…
- Explore the hip city of Reykjavik with our local guide
Soak in the famous Icelandic hot springs, including the Blue Lagoon
- Marvel at breathtaking waterfalls all over the country
- Visit natural wonders like Strokkur Geysir and the Hverir Hotpots
- Snorkel between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates at Silfra Fissure
- See where puffins roost and climb the basalt rock columns on black sand beaches
- Go on a glacier hike to hidden ice caves
- Ride gentle Icelandic horses at twilight and stay with a local Icelandic family on their farm
- Take a Viking Sushi tour for the freshest seafood you’ll ever eat
- Have a photoshoot at the iconic Kirkjufell Mountain, the famous symbol of Iceland
DAY 1: Hello Iceland!
Flight from your preferred airport to Reykjavik.
DAY 2: Exploring Reykjavik
Welcome to Iceland! You’ll be met at the airport by your TFT guides, who will accompany you for the duration of your journey. After getting settled into our guesthouse in downtown Reykjavik, we’ll get acquainted with the city on a walking tour led by locals, and even get a bird’s-eye view of the city from atop the Hallgrimskirkja Belltower. For dinner, get your first taste of delicious Icelandic cuisine at one of our favorite restaurants!
DAY 3: Discover the Golden Circle
Today we’ll begin exploring the breathtaking geography of the Golden Circle region of Iceland. We’ll first stop at the mighty Gulfoss Waterfall, before continuing to Strokkur Geyser, from which we get the word “geyser” in English. In the afternoon, visit the one-of-a-kind Thingvellir National Park. This beautiful national park, sacred to Icelanders as being home to the first Parliament in Europe in the year 930, is also geologically fascinating because it’s where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet. Students will have the option of going snorkeling in the Silfra Fissure*, where the water is a bright turquoise blue and you can see clearly down to 300 feet, or hiking in the park. In the evening, relax at our cozy guesthouse and even go for a soak in the local hot springs.**
*Students must be age 14 or older to participate in the Silfra Fissure snorkeling activity.
**Note: With the exception of the Blue Lagoon, admissions to the hot springs are not included in tuition. Please contact us for more information.
DAY 4: Picturesque Vik
Our journey around Iceland’s Ring Road continues along the southern coast today. Start the day with visits to Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss Waterfalls, which students will surely recognize from social media as some of the most iconic places in Iceland. See where the puffins roost at Dyrholaey Promontory, and climb on the incredible basalt rock columns at the black sand beach. We’ll spend the night in the coastal town of Vík, where students will have free time to explore.
DAY 5: Hiking Vatnajokull Glacier
Today, we’ll introduce students to one of Iceland’s crown jewels: the spectacular Vatnajokull Glacier. Students will have the option of hiking the glacier with a guide to explore a hidden ice cave, or of hiking to a basalt waterfall. In the afternoon, visit the unique Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, where the Vatnajokull Glacier meets the Atlantic Ocean. See if you can spot local wildlife like seals floating in the Lagoon!
DAY 6: Iceland's Eastfjords
Our road trip continues through the impressive Eastfjords. The massive cliffs plunging into the ocean will surely take your breath away. We’ll stop for lunch in the quaint seaside village of Seydisfjordur, where students can explore and get a feel for what life is like in rural Iceland. In the evening, we’ll head to a local family’s horse farm. What better way to spend your time in Iceland than by taking a twilight horseback ride? After riding the gentle Icelandic horses, students can warm up with homemade waffles and a soak in the jacuzzi.
Day 7: Myvatn & Akureyri
We’ll drive across the northern half of the country today as we continue on our journey. First, see the source of Iceland’s geothermal energy at the Hverir Hotpots, then explore the unique geology of the village of Myvatn, including the massive crater leftover from a volcanic eruption centuries ago. Spend the night in Iceland’s second-largest city, Akureyri, where students can have time for souvenir shopping and exploring on their own.
Day 8: Snaefellsnes Peninsula & Kirkjufell Mountain
Though today is perhaps our longest drive, students will be clamoring to stop for photo opportunities all along the way! We’ll head to the famous Snaefellsnes Peninsula, home to some of the most iconic places in Iceland, including Kirkjufell Mountain. Upon our arrival to the Peninsula, we’ll even go on a Viking Sushi tour for what is certainly the freshest seafood you’ll ever eat!
Day 9: The Blue Lagoon
As we head back to Reykjavik today, we’ll stop to reflect on our trip during a soak at none other than the Blue Lagoon hot springs that made Iceland famous. Upon our arrival back in the capital, students will have time for last-minute souvenir shopping before we enjoy an upscale final dinner to celebrate the end of an amazing trip.
DAY 10: Until Next Time, Iceland
Your TFT guides will accompany you to the airport and assist you with check-in for your flight. Wave goodbye as you head through security and sit back and relax on your flight home.
The TFT Difference
We Never Combine Groups
Your tour should be special and just for you and your students! We will never combine two or more groups on the same bus or tour. We will lead a trip with as few as six people and a teacher. Your Trip Director travels with you for the duration of your program.
Stress-Free Planning and 24/7 Support
We are there for you every step of the way, and our support begins the moment you decide to do a TFT trip! We will provide you with a team member who will help bring your tour to life, along with everything you need to help get students to sign up for the adventure! On the tour you will have 24/7 dedicated staff with you to ensure everything runs smoothly and because we know travel is full of surprises, solve anything that may pop up along the way.
Photos and Email Updates
Your trip is special and you and your students should have those memories captured forever! Expect frequent personal email updates and hundreds of photos from your TFT staff shared with you and your students’ families so everyone can follow along on the journey. We are the only teen travel program to offer this in-depth trip communication and it truly makes all the difference!
Central Accommodation and Local Meals
Authenticity is engrained in everything we do. We stay at locally owned accommodation in the city center so you don’t waste your valuable time commuting. We dine at charming authentic restaurants to get a real flavor (literally!) for the local culture. The best way to travel is like a local. So ditch the tour bus and have a real traveler’s experience with us!
Authenticity is engrained in everything we do. Eat, stay, and travel like a local.
Check out what past travelers have to say about TFT and discover why we are consistently winning awards for Top Youth Travel Organization.
"For my graduation present last year, I was grateful enough to travel to Italy with TFT! I was a bit nervous about traveling across the world without knowing anyone beforehand, but the staff and my peers were all so friendly and welcoming! Everything about this trip was so FUN, exciting, and very well organized. From the airport designations to the travel itinerary, everything was smooth sailing. There was always something new for us to do/see which was my favorite part of the trip. Although relaxing, it was fulfilling to be kept busy with a new culture to explore. I highly recommend not only the Amalfi trip, but any trip with TFT! They are an extremely trust worthy company and my parents were confident that I was being left in good hands. This trip was hands down one of the best trips I have been on and am excited to be traveling with TFT again soon!"
"When I decided I wanted to travel last summer, I looked at quite a few websites before I finally found TFT. I knew immediately that they were the company I wanted to spend my summer with because they had such a variety of intriguing options. The trip that really piqued my interest was the Europe for Older Teens: Prague, Austria, Slovenia & Croatia, and my experience with TFT ended up being two of the best weeks of my life! The activities were a perfect mix of history, culture, and free time to get to know all of the amazing people this tour allowed me to meet. Whether it was the locals, counselors, or other campers, I so enjoyed spending time with and interacting with them all! From wandering around the magical streets of Prague, gorging on pastries (and just food in general) in Vienna, indulging in the splendor of nature in Bled, and having my breath taken away by the charm of the Adriatic, every day was a treat. My summer with Travel for Teens was unforgettable, and I look forward to seeing even more of the world with them in the future!"
"Traveling with TFT was a life-changing experience for me. I was a very shy person and not very outgoing before I went on my trip to Europe. I was very nervous that I wouldn't fit in and the next month was going to be hard. In the end, it was the exact opposite. I made so many friends that I was sad to leave. The counselors made it easy to communicate with everyone so we were all really great friends. I would recommend TFT to anyone who is looking to step out of their comfort zone and travel. The activities we did were amazing. Although there was a tight schedule to make sure we got the most out of our trip, there was always free time at night where we could just wander and explore. Overall it was a life-changing experience that I will never forget!"