Bespoke for your pupils
Distinguishing us from other providers, our visits to Iceland are purely bespoke, are sustainable in nature that benefit not only your pupils, but locals and the environment alike. We only work with small, family run businesses, farmers, fishermen, craftspeople and locals within Iceland who receive direct payments from us. Likewise, we only work with small, businesses in the UK.
Our main aim is to enhance the geography, geology and science content of your courses. We focus on introducing or building on existing knowledge and understanding, geographical skills and making detailed case studies. We use a variety of techniques to engage pupils and think beyond the classroom.
We don’t just focus on geography though. We like to give students an “icelandic immersion” experience by encouraging them to earn some Icelandic prior to departure or whist in Iceland. As a minority language it is important we get children interested in languages and it is greatly appreciated within Iceland that students try to speak some words. We also encourage pupils to learn about the unique icelandic culture such as knitting or cooking, for example, we host a workshop teaching students how to make traditional lamb kjottasupa (mountain lamb soup). We can further incorporate a visit to a farm and the soil conservation centre to teach students about where food comes from and the difficulties of growing food in Iceland.
We also encourage our visitors to develop an interest in in literature. As a country that boasts one of the highest literacy rates in the World, as well as an annual writers retreat, Iceland is a great place to get children interested in reading and writing. Hence, we encourage pupils to study the icelandic sagas of Haldor Laxnes, read or listen to icelandic folk stories around our makeshift earth-friendly LED campfire, whilst sipping hot chocolate,or; simply be inspired by the landscape and compose poetry or take a trip that incorporates a visit to the Saga museum.
Students often also have a chance to engage in other cultural activities such as undertaking a school exchange or sports exchange for some hours.
We aim to develop interpersonal skills, creativity and develop a child’s confidence by undertaking sports games, team building activities as well as other areas of the curriculum such as art with eco-craft, painting or ipad sketching and music by getting students to record natures sounds or imagery and making a multimedia project. We are currently developing our music projects. We already have a guitar and keyboard and are planning to purchase an electronic drum kit, flutes, amplifiers and microphones, with the hope of working with icelandic folk music.
Where we stay
We stay mostly in traditional, icelandic log cabins where students make their own breakfast and packed lunch (ingredients supplied) and all evening meals are supplied. We have the option of full or half board in some of our accommmodation. We also offer a self-catering option whereby our staff cook evening meals and the students develop independent living by preparing breakfast and packed lunch (all food is provided). Alternatively, we can offer full board in dormitories, log cabins or hotels if preferred.
What we eat
We aim to offer mostly locally sourced food from within 60km of our bases. Our menus offer a chance to try traditional icelandic dishes like wild trout, salmon, codfish, mountain lamb, smoked lamb as well as fermented shark as well as international dishes like our curry nights, asian nights, tex mex, americana and spanish-iberico party. as well as a range of fun themed evenings complete with disco and karaoke. Our children eat healthily and well. Vegetarians are catered for.
Who we are & What we do
With 14 years experience of working in Iceland we have forged links with many of Iceland’s academic institutions, environmental projects, specialists as well as family-run businesses.
We offer fully-trained staff who are passionate about this amazing land. We provide english and french speakers (some other languages can be catered for).
All of our staff are experienced specialists and most are fully qualified teachers. We engage pupils with fun, dynamic activities both kinaesthetic, verbal, physical and written. Our staff are all first aiders, DBS checked, food-hygiene qualified and are fully compliant to British Standard 8848 as of September 2017. Currently, we are the only provider in Iceland to offer full compliance with this.
We offer a range of departure points in the UK and into the UK from overseas. We encourage you to take scheduled airlines departing the UK (or via the UK) so that you can have ATOL protection. We do not recommend that you take budget airlines to Iceland since you cannot be ATOL protected nor will they cover partial costs if the flight is delayed, cancelled or if you find yourselves having to change departure date in Iceland.
What we don’t do
We are one of the lowest cost providers to Iceland. We do not stay in hostels, we do not ask you to pack up every day and move accommodation, or put you up in poor quality and cramped hotels, we do not ask coach drivers to be a guide or provide look-see tours with guide and a brochure.