See the best of South Iceland next February Half Term on a holiday organised by Iceland Traveller. Everything planned and organised for you, flexible free time, choice of activities and accommodation, all with a professional tour guide.
Join this holiday to see, have fun and learn about the highlights of South Iceland accompanied by our professional Icelandic guide. It’s designed for those who are travelling with children, friends, families or for students (accompanied by a parent) who are studying Geography for A level, GCSE or at Key Stage 3 and who may not otherwise have the chance to visit this popular study location. There’s a wide range of optional or extra activities that can be added, although the package as it stands provides plenty to see and do and there is no need to add anything extra if you don’t want to. For Geography students, we will supply additional resources linked to Iceland and to the topics being studied at school to ensure maximum benefit from the trip. Let us know if that’s you! There is also the option to extend the holiday and fly home at a later date.
5 days/4 nights in Iceland
February 16 to 20 2019. Extension available
Price from £640 per person. Early bird discount, see below
- 2 nights staying in Reykjavik
- 2 nights in the countryside in South Iceland
- Classic guided day trips with professional tour guide
- South Coast of Iceland guided day trips with professional tour guide
- A free day Reykjavik
- Visit to Vikingaheimar
- Family friendly programme
- Additional study/enrichment resources
- Flexibility to extend and add to suit individual tastes
- A member of Iceland Traveller team travelling with you
Day 1: Sat 16 Feb
The holiday begins on arrival at Keflavik International airport, less than 3 hours away from London by air. At Keflavik, our coach and guide will be waiting to meet us and begin the journey over the rugged landscape of the Reykjanes peninsula to our countryside accommodation in South Iceland to settle in and enjoy a welcome dinner. On the way, our introduction to Iceland will include stories, information and some unusual facts, and we’ll watch the daylight fade as we arrive at our destination… and after supper there will be the chance to stand out under the night sky to watch for the Northern Lights. For accommodation options, see the information at the bottom of the page.
Day 2: Sun 17 Feb
After a hearty breakfast, we’ll set off along the South Coast for a day of waterfalls, volcanoes, glaciers and black sand, with plenty of looking, seeing and finding out about this area of Iceland. It’s here that we’ll see the location of the famous Eyjafjallajökull volcano that erupted in 2010. There are a range of options attached to today’s activities which include taking a guided hike up on the Solheimajökull glacier or to take a private super-jeep day trip to explore more remote, off road areas along the way, or to take a snowmobile or ATV ride. It all depends on individual interests. We’ll have supper at our accommodation again this evening, and time to relax, or do some night sky gazing. For the geographers amongst us, possible topics for the day include glaciation, volcanoes, natural hazards, coasts and rivers.
Day 3: Mon 18 Feb
This morning we check out after breakfast and spend the day in the Thingvellir National Park where we’ll see the site of the original Icelandic parliament, the American and Eurasian tectonic plates and the beautiful lake that fills much of the rift area between them. In the geothermally active area to the east there’s a whole collection of bubbling steaming pools, together with Iceland’s accommodating geyser, ‘Strokkur’ that lets of a hot steam explosion about every 7 minutes. A little further on, and within sight of the great Langjökull glacier, lies the mighty Gulfoss waterfall and its impressive gorge. Great photo opportunities from the two viewing areas, plus some important geography too. The day ends in Reykjavik, Iceland’s charming capital city where we’ll have a hotel dinner before either retiring or venturing out for some night life! An evening guided Northern Lights hunt after supper is an option too. Today’s geography topics include plate tectonics, geothermal energy and rivers.
Day 4: Tue 19 Feb
There’s plenty to see and explore in Reykjavik, so this can be a day to do just that and we’ll suggest activities, cafes, swimming pools and shops that we enjoy and recommend. If half a day in the city is enough then there are trips and visits from Reykjavik that might be of interest – caves or lava tubes to explore with a guide, or a trip to the Blue Lagoon, learn to knit, go horse riding- or a whole day to see another area of South Iceland, perhaps to go inside a glacier or hiking (or snow shoeing) and a hot river swim. For the geographers, and really for everyone, Reykjavik houses a beautiful little cinema which shows excellent short films about Iceland. It’s a must-see for all students and recommended for everyone other than very young children. The evening meal is not included in the programme as there’s so much choice and we’ll all be doing different things. Naturally we have our favourites, and we also know where to suggest for children, adults, Icelandic, vegetarian, quirky food and drink tastes. Northern Lights hunting will also be an option again this evening. Geography topics today can be based on an urban/settlement theme or if you choose to head out of Reykjavik then there’s scope for geothermal energy and geology. Depending on the interest amongst students and their parents travelling with us, we can organise a smaller group geography-based day for today perhaps with geothermal energy as a focus – including a swim!
Day 5: Wed Feb 20
The usual pattern for departure day is to check in around lunch time for an afternoon flight, and so we’ll be leaving Reykjavik during the morning and make a stop at Vikingaheimar to round off our trip. It’s a lovely all-age exhibition with dressing up, a Viking ship to climb onto (it’s the ship that sailed to America in the year 2000 to celebrate the initial voyage in 1000), interesting information and a café where we can have lunch before going to the airport. An alternative option will be to go the Blue Lagoon if the desire to relax outweighs the lure of discovering about the Vikings! Either way, we’ll end up at the airport to check in at the same time, and fly home.
The holiday package includes accommodation with breakfast, 3 evening meals, coach transport, a professional guide (day 1-3), entry to Vikingaheimar and sightseeing as described above. We have flexible accommodation in the countryside including cottages, guesthouse and hotel rooms, some en-suite and some with shared bathrooms. In Reykjavik the accommodation is in twin en-suite rooms. Our tour manager will be with the group throughout your time in Iceland to ensure that you can get on with enjoying yourself, no logistics, leave that to us!
What’s not included?
We have not included an evening meal in Reykjavik on Day 4 or any lunches. Lunch will be in cafes or small restaurants where there is a good choice including soup, salads and sandwiches. Packed lunches can also be ordered through us in advance. The optional extras that are available include: Northern Lights Hunting from Reykjavik, Glacier hiking, Snowmobiling, swimming, Horse-riding, Hiking, Super-jeep, Lava tube, Blue Lagoon, natural lagoon swim, Icelandic food experiences, a chocolate tour, whale watching and more. These vary in cost and many offer reduced prices for children. Please contact us with your questions and for more information on prices and how they can fit into the programme. Flights are not included, and we strongly encourage early booking with us to save additional costs and less favourable flight times. For an ATOL package, let us arrange and book your flights from one of the UK departure points. For self-booking we’ll need to agree your flight arrangements to ensure that we meet up in Iceland. Arranging insurance is your responsibility and must be appropriate for the activities undertaken on the trip.
This is a really flexible holiday or study package and we are very open to questions and ideas. We know that a trip to Iceland is seen as a high priority for students and want to make this possible. We also know that travelling to Iceland is more expensive than other European destinations. As this will be a mixed group we are not able to take responsibility for unaccompanied children but to help reduce the costs of one parent travelling with one child, if there are small groups of students that can travel accompanied by some parents who will take on this responsibility, then please do let us know and we can discuss it further.
Iceland in February
At this time of year there’s likely to be snow around, and it’s light roughly between 09:00 and 18:00, so the evenings are dark enough for sightings of the Northern Lights (conditions permitting). Clothing for the trip must include windproof and waterproof outer wear, non slip boots and hat, scarf and gloves. Layers are best as it’s toasty warm indoors in Iceland! We will send a kit list, ask us about discount shopping at your local outdoor store.
The cost of the holiday varies according to the accommodation chosen, prices per person range from £640 to £795. Booking information is available here, and in summary is as follows: to confirm a booking we will require your completed booking form together with a deposit of £100 per person plus flight costs if we book these for you. An interim payment to cover 50% of the holiday cost will be due in September 2018 and the balance is due 12 weeks before departure. We are happy to arrange a payment plan to spread the costs, please let us know if you’d like to do that. There is a further 5% early bird discount available for bookings received before July 31 2018. If you wish to travel as a group of 10 or more please contact us.