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!
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.
"I had never done an overnight camp before and I decided to go big and go to Scotland and Ireland with TFT! It was the best experience I ever had and I made so many memories. First off, the staff is incredible and they always take care of safety first, they are very fun and very supportive. One of the best adventures I remember was when we went rock climbing on the cliffs and rocks on the coast of Ireland, we got to jump off from the cliffs and into the ocean and that was such a blast. We also got to visit a castle and learn about falcons and even hold them as they would fly back and forth off our arms. The food was also incredible, as we got to try typical meals like a full English breakfast and haggis. The accommodations were very good too. For two of the three places we stayed at, we stayed at a hostel. They were quite small, but with all the new friends you meet there, it does not feel weird to be within such close proximity with others. The third place we stayed at was at an outdoor activity center on Achill Island and that was the most fun since every day there was a new activity such as surfing, canoeing, coasteering (climbing the rocks by the ocean), archery, and so many more. I have traveled a lot before, but with TFT, they are always on the move and you are trying new activities and trying new food while taking in the breathtaking scenery."
"I was given the opportunity of a lifetime: to travel across Europe with amazing kids my age and outstanding counsellors. This trip showed me beautiful parts of the world I longed to see since I was a little girl. Not only were the people, accommodations and food incredible, but also the activities. Like canyoning down a mountainside in the middle of the Swiss Alps, paddle boating in the canals of Amsterdam and riding my bike on a beautiful trail just at the foot of Neuschwanstein Castle to a lake where we could swim to the middle and face the German hillside with two beautiful castles as the backdrop. After going on this trip, I can now tell my friends that I’ve travelled across Europe and I’m not even finished with high school yet. It was truly an incredible experience and I would totally recommend it to any teenagers aspiring to travel."
"I have traveled with TFT for four summers now, exploring Costa Rica, Croatia, Fiji and Greece. These trips have been the highlight of my summers. They have broadened my horizons and strengthened my confidence. Going on these trips and meeting new people changed how I view the world. I love having conversations with locals and people I meet along the way. The small TFT groups and the knowledgeable and enthusiastic group leaders make for a fun and eye-opening experience. What sets TFT apart is that we immerse ourselves in the culture and we are not just tourists. We meet locals, hear stories about their lives, and it is truly invigorating. Travel For Teens has given me so much more than fun memories over the summer. They have given me the ability to be comfortable talking to anyone, being in new places, having a widened perspective on other cultures, and to be independent. On my Costa Rica and Fiji trips, we volunteered with school children. In a very short time we made deep connections that I will always cherish. I feel so fortunate to have had my eyes opened through TFT to so many beautiful places and memorable people."