Science & Geography Expedition

Iceland | Minimum Age - 14 years

Iceland, a place where fire and ice co-exist, is a geological wonder and a land of extremes. Whether you are a geography or a science buff or someone just looking for a unique experience, this trip will not disappoint. We start in the capital city of Reykjavik, home to one of the best museums of Northern Lights before visiting areas of geothermal activity, stopping to admire one of the largest geothermal power stations in the world. Naturally, gigantic waterfalls, lava fields, gushing geysers, bubbling mudpots and ice-covered volcanoes can hardly be left out on a trip like this. But you’ll also have the opportunity to turn this into a personal adventure by adding the optional adventures of dipping in the Blue Lagoon & hiking on a glacier. Iceland is spectacular and it’s an amazing example of the vast processes that go into the making of this planet, making it one of the most visited places by geologists. Make your school lessons come to life on this once-in-a-lifetime trip to Iceland!

What can you expect to achieve from this trip
  • Unravel the mysterious phenomenon of the Northern Lights at one of the best Museums on the subject
  • Visit a volcano museum founded by a National Geographic grantee, and witness volcanism in action while exploring geysers and hot springs
  • Learn about Iceland’s tectonic activity at a volcanology museum and the association between plate tectonics & geological processes and landforms
  • Explore and study how Icelandic people are harnessing the energy produced by the country’s geothermal landscapes and using it as an alternate power source
  • Optional trek across a glacier with an expert guide to learn about climate science and glacial recession.
  • Witness the changing landscape in a short span of time and area – a scientific and geological wonder
  • New experiences in a safe, secure environment and an opportunity to acquire skills - independence, interdependence, and personality development.

Trip Highlights

Science & Geography
Glacier Trek with Climate Science & Glacial Recession
Geothermal & Natural Energy
Lava Tubing & Volcanology Museum
Northern Lights Centre
Blue Lagoon Tour
Local Culture

Itinerary - 7 Days

Arrival – Reykjavík

On arrival in Reykjavik we transfer to the hotel and then have the evening to settle in.

Meals: Dinner

Reykjavík City tour

Today, we head out on a guided tour of Reykjavik where we learn all about the exciting Viking history of Iceland and the mysterious phenomenon of the Northern Lights.

Follow this up with some free time to continue the exploration at our own pace.

Meals: Breakfast, Boxed Lunch, Dinner

Golden Circle

Our geological adventure starts off in spectacular fashion with a road trip around the golden circle. We visit one of the world’s largest geothermal power plants, stop off at the Thingvellir National Park which sits in a Rift Valley created by two tectonic plates pulling the earth apart millions of years ago.

After lunch we head over to Geysir - the valley boasts a plethora of hot springs and geysers, including the powerful Strokkur - watch as it shoots vast jets of boiling water between 20 and 40 meters into the air!

Meals: Breakfast, Soup Lunch, Dinner

South Shore - Optional Glacier Hike - Vik

We continue the road trip on the South Shore of Iceland - home to some of the world’s most spectacular waterfalls - take a walk behind the Seljalandsfoss Waterfall and witness the majesty of the Skogarfoss falls.

The day gets even more exciting from here with a trip to the Solheimajokull glacier - approximately 11-km-long outlet glacier, which advances from Myrdalsjokull glacier, down a one to two km wide valley.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Lava center—Hvaðageiði hotel spring—Leiðarendi Lava tube

As a follow up to the ice from yesterday, today we have fire. We learn all about volcanoes and tectonics at the Lava Centre. Later, witness all this first hand with a guided walk inside the Leiðarendi Lava tube.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Bessataðir—Kleifarvatn—Krisuvik—Optional: Blue Lagoon

Start the day with a visit to the Kleifarvatn Lake - the hot and cold dichotomy continues here.

We end our geological tour of Iceland with the remarkable solfatara fields of Krýsuvík, where you’ll discover an expanse of steaming volcanic vents and boiling hot springs, framed dramatically by a range of multi-coloured hills.

Back in Reykjavik, you have the evening for an optional trip to the Blue Lagoon.

Meals: Breakfast, Boxed Lunch, Dinner

Departure – Transfer Reykjavík – Keflavík airport

If only geography lessons in school went by as quickly as the last 7 days have!

Transfer to the airport for our flight back home.

Meals: Breakfast

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Expert on this trip

Mehvash Arslan

Mehvash Arslan

Some of the most interesting conversations around our office revolve around the name of this outdoor enthusiast who carries the huge responsibility of curating and operating our impeccable trips on her (extra) small shoulders. But as they say – don’t let the size fool you. A muti-talented team member Mehvash holds a Master’s degree in Maritime Archaeology from UK and wildlife and the environment are close to her heart. Her daily routine includes planning the menu for her dogs dinner and though she might be failing miserably in converting people to commute by bicycle, she makes an ace leader on our trips!

What's Included

Arrival and departure transfers at the destination at specified timings. Our team will help you with the details for your trip.

Safe, secure and fun accommodation at hostels, lodges & camps on shared basis - separate for girls and boys.

All meals. Breakfasts are continental style with cereal, toast, jam, butter. Picnic style lunches and hot dinners with snacks available on most days.

An experienced Internship Leader from the #DoTheDifferent team who travels from India and stays with the group at all times.

Meaningful experiences to introduce you to practical exposure on the subject of your interest.

Certificate for the valuable real experience and knowledge you have gained to boost University Applications & your CV.

FAQs

What flights should I book? Open or Close

Flights are not included in your trip price. Should you like to travel on the same flight as our Trip Leader from India, we suggest the following flights ex-Delhi:

Onward:
Saturday AY 122 DEL 09.45 HEL 14.45
Saturday AY 993 09.45 HEL 16.10 KEF 17.00
Return:
Friday AY-992 KEF 09.25 HEL 15:50
Friday AY 121 HEL 20.15 DEL 5.25 (next day)

You are welcome to book other flights if you find them suitable, however please aim to arrive and depart within 1 hour of the above group arrival and departure from Reykjavik to ensure the Trip Leader can personally receive and see you off.

What is the accommodation like? Open or Close

This trip uses multiple accommodations and these range from hostels to rural lodges. The participants will be accommodated on multi-sharing basis with attached facilities.

Is this trip only for someone interested in Science & Geography? Open or Close

Although this trip is a ticket to paradise for Science & Geography buffs, given the diversity of the destination and the included experiences, the trip will appeal to anyone who’s interested in exploring unique places. The take-away on this trip is so experiential that you will learn amazing things without any effort as everything you’ll see, visit and experience will connect the dots for you.

How can I get the most of this trip? Open or Close

Iceland is a really unique place on earth and it is volcanically and geologically active. On the one hand you’ll witness lava fields and glaciers and on the other hand the Gulf Stream gives it its warm, temperate climate despite its location just outside the Arctic Circle. Reading up and watching documentaries on this fantastic country can take your experience to another level. We believe our trips are a great opportunity to do many things – learn, grow and certainly have fun. And doing all of this in Iceland is another experience altogether.

Do I need special equipment for the Glacier Hike? Does it need me to be physically fit? Open or Close

You will require a pair of gaiters/gum boots which will be given by us for the duration of the trek. You will certainly need special clothing throughout the trip and we will provide you with a more comprehensive packing list after you register for the trip.

Will vegetarian food be easily available? Open or Close

Yes, vegetarian food is available on this trip. However, the style and cuisine being continental we strongly recommend that you keep an open mind and a flexible attitude to help you with a better experience. If you have any special dietary requirements or food allergies, do inform us prior to the trip itself so that we can see how we can meet your needs.

Is there any special documentation needed to obtain a visa for Iceland? Open or Close

All Indians entering Iceland need to hold a valid Schengen visa. Travellers below the age of 18 travelling as unaccompanied minors require special documentation. You may also require documentation relating to the person receiving the participants at the destination. DoTheDifferent provides visa assistance though the documentation is the responsibility of the parents / travellers. Visa is granted at the consulates discretion.

Dates

Start Date End Date
13 July 2019 19 July 2019

Why Us

  • Life is an adventure

    Discover, appreciate and understand the world you live in
  • Global Exposure

    An insight into unconventional opportunities
  • Develop New Skills & Interests

    Many that can’t be taught in an ordinary classroom
  • Learn first-hand from the experts

    Get access to specialists and leaders in their field
  • Comprehensive Personality Development

    Independence, Team Building & Leadership
  • Authentic Cultural Exchanges & Community Work

    Meaningful experiences that make a difference
  • Meet like-minded Youth

    From all over India and at times the world
  • 100% Safe Environment

    Self-discovery & Growth in a secure environment
  • Internship & Participation Certificate

    Value Addition to College Applications with the Certificate