Fire & Ice: Iceland


Few visitors can travel around Iceland without being deeply touched by its sheer beauty, and few can leave the country without a strong vow to return. It’s just that sort of place.

Perched on the edge of the Arctic, this wonderful little island contains some of the most impressive natural wonders in Europe. The continent’s biggest waterfalls thunder down with such force that the ground trembles under your feet; the barren highlands form Europe’s largest, loneliest desert; and the awesome ice cap Vatnajökull is the biggest outside the poles. Other spectacular phenomena include smoldering volcanoes, slow-flowing glaciers, extruding lava, gushing geysers, bubbling mud pots, soothing thermal pools and, in the darkness of winter, the magical northern lights.

Situated on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, Iceland is a hot spot of volcanic and geothermal activity: 30 post-glacial volcanoes have erupted in the past two centuries, and natural hot water supplies much of the population with inexpensive, pollution-free heating. Rivers, too, are harnessed to provide hydroelectric power.

Until about 20 years ago, Iceland’s fantastic scenery, friendly natives and eerily remote wilderness were a well-kept secret. Today the country is one of Europe’s hottest destinations. As well as having awe-inspiring nature, it boasts the compact capital Reykjavik, a city filled with Viking history and renowned for its high- energy nightlife and kaleidoscopic music scene.

If you have the time, indulge in a little horseback riding, white-water rafting, glacier walks, caving, whale watching, sea kayaking and a spot of elf hunting. That's right - elf hunting! Elves are nothing new to Icelanders who have told folk tales of "little people" since the time of the medieval sagas and have even today, had roads rerouted and building plans redesigned or abandoned to avoid disturbing rocks where elves are said to live.

Whale watching is a big here too. In the summer, Iceland is probably the best place in Europe to see minkes and humpbacks. The sea cliffs around the country are a paradise for birdwatchers, but even if you’re not a ‘twitcher’ you’ll be blown away by the sight of 20,000 puffins nesting on a cliff top. No matter if it snows, rains or blusters, or if you spend your whole visit basking in the sweetest spring sunshine, Iceland is a ravishingly beautiful place that you’ll long to return to.

With an amazing mixture of stunning scenery and natural wonders, mythical traditions, Viking heritage and the warmth of the Icelanders', this country is a must on any bucket list.

This amazing STEM tour includes:

  • Round trip flights
    5-nights’ accommodation
    Vikingaheimar Museum & Viking Ship Islendingur
    Iceland's Golden Circle Tour - Gullfoss, Geysir, Strokkur, Þingvellir National Park, Almannagja Fault & Alpingi Parliament - plus a visit to the Friðheimar Greenhouse
    Hellisheiði Geothermal Power Plant, Hveragerði Geothermal Park
    Dinner & Icelandic Folklore Story Telling - Fairies, Elves & Trolls!
  • Waterfalls & Volcanoes Tour - Vík í Mýrdal, Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, Þorvaldseyri Farm Volcano Visitor Center, Skógafoss Waterfall, Skógar Folk Museum, Cliffs of Dyrhólaey, Reynisdrangar Rocks, Mýrdalsjökull Glacier
    Reykjavik Guided City Tour
    Icelandic Whale Watching Cruise
    Dinner at the Hamburger Factory