Iceland School Trip Guide

Here you’ll discover everything you need to know about your Evolve trip to Iceland. Check out Plan for our guide on how to create the best trip for your students with important info on where to visit, eat and sleep for your groups needs and for tips on how to plan for insurance and more. Read Pack for what to bring for specific regions and seasons and Prepare for language tips, facts and local know-how.

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Why should my student group visit Iceland?

An educational trip to Iceland can be a fascinating educational and cultural experience for students.

First, determine the intended focus of your educational trip. This will help you decide which regions will best suit what your group is looking to experience.  Get insights below and download our full guide above to plan your perfect trip.

Science– Show your science students the incredible natural biodiversity of this country, by having them participate in meaningful field research.

Geography/Geology- Iceland is unlike any place we’ve ever been in the world. The clustered geology, geography, and natural environments really bring natural sciences to life.

Outdoor Adventure – Do you want your students to experience some of the most beautiful landscapes while engaging in outdoor activities? Iceland is definitely the adventure tour of a lifetime!

Mixed focus – Or perhaps your tour wants to do it all! Try exploring the geographical landscape while participating in some amazing outdoor adventure based activities.

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Luggage – Any seasoned traveler will tell you: the lighter – the better! A medium sized backpack (50-80 litre) will be perfect for your trip to Iceland. Prepared packers also bring a couple spare plastic bags for wet clothes or separated laundry. For day trips, bring a backpack and a safe document or money holder that sits close to the body under a shirt or a fanny pack.

  • Medium Backpack 50-80 litre
    • Backpack and/or purse for day trips and overnights
    • Safe money holder or fanny pack
    • Extra plastic bags / ziplocks

Clothing –The country’s climate is split into 4 seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn. Depending on the season of travel, your group should pack accordingly to the warm or cold season. The warm season last from early June to early September, with an average daily high temperature above 11 ℃. The cold season lasts from early November to early April with an average daily high temperature below 4. Make sure to pack a warm parka during the cold season. For the warm season, make sure to bring layers to be prepared.

Accessories and Toiletries – Below are items for keeping you charged, comfortable and prepared. Before your trip, make sure you have spoken to a travel doctor about medications you will need and pack all necessary prescriptions.

  • Daily Use: sunglasses, watch, compass, lock, pocket dictionary
    • Entertainment: camera, phone, book, diary (wall plugs are Type A, B and C, so bring a transforming plug!)
    • Water bottle, sunscreen, hand sanitizer
    • Toothbrush & toothpaste
    • Soap, shampoo & conditioner
    • Medications

Below is your basic Packing List for Iceland

  • Socks, underwear, bras (2-3 wool socks)
    • 1 pair of hiking pants (fast dry, durable, light weight)
    • 3 – 5 t-shirts
    • 2-3 long light sleeve shirts (dry fit)
    • 2 sweaters or sweatshirts
    • Waterproof jacket
    • Bathing suit
    • 2 pairs of warm pants
    • 1 pair of jeans/pants
    • Shoes – comfortable and supportive for hiking (boots or trail shoe)
    • 1 pair of running shoes
    • Warm extremity clothing (hat, gloves, scarf…)

What to leave at Home – Carrying around extra pounds of luggage isn’t worth those extra shoes or that shirt you wear just one time. If you need help eliminating an item or two, check out the list below:
• Less practical and/or fancy clothing
• More shoes than needed
• Many heavy books
• BIG bottles of toiletries – swap for travel sized containers
• Heavy towels


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Iceland Fun Facts: 

  1. Reykjavík is the capital city of the Republic of Iceland.
  2. Vatnajokull glacier, located in n Southeast Iceland is Europe’s largest glacier.
  3. Hvannadalshnukur at 2,119 meters; is the highest point in Iceland.
  4. The English word “geyser” comes from Iceland’s Great Geysir in Haukadalur.
  5. Soccer is Iceland’s favourite team sport.
  6. The phenomenon of the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) can be seen during mid-winter when the weather is clear.