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Iceland Trip 2015



Travel information

Departure – Sunday 19th July 2015 Please arrive at DHS at 7.00am (prompt) for a 7.15am departure by coach to GatwickOutbound flight from Gatwick at 13.10pm with Icelandair on Flight FI471Arrival in Keflavik International airport, Iceland at 15.10pmReturn – Thursday 23rd July 2015Check in at Keflavik airport at 05.45amDepart on Icelandic air at 07.45am on Flight FI470Arrival at London Gatwick North terminal 11.45amEstimated arrival time at DHS 3pmN.B. Group seats have been pre-allocated.A small complimentary drink will be available on the flight. Additional snacks are available for purchase.



SUITCASESLuggage allowance 23kg per person Max. length of 158cmThe travel company will supply luggage labels for each pupil Each pupil will be given a piece of coloured ribbon to identify cases easily at baggage collection.



Hand Luggage

Suggested items:SnacksMP3 player/Ipod (charged)Clothing layersBook/magazineSpending money – Icelandic Krona (IKr) and GBP for refreshments and souvenirs. (1GBP – 207 Ikr)Swimwear, towel and 100ml shampoo/conditioner for our trip to the Blue Lagoon.

Please do not pack the following items:ScissorsTweezersRazor bladesNo fluids exceeding 100ml


Ensure all electronic devices are charged for the flight!


Current ABTA Advice re: Enhanced airport security measures – from 9th July 2014

“Due to new security requirements introduced on 2/7/14, ABTA recommends that customers ensure all electronic devices taken on board a flight in hand luggage, are fully charged before departing from home and on their return journey. The Department for Transport has advised that these additional security measures will affect ‘some routes into and out of the UK’, they have not specified which routes, so customers on all international flights should be prepared. If you are unable to demonstrate that your phone or other electronic device can be switched on, you risk having to leave the device at the airport, which may also result in you missing your flight. Many airports now have charging facilities at the airport but demand for these will be intense particularly at this time of the year. Customers are also advised to switch on their electronic devices before they reach the security check areas to cut down on potential delays."


Weather and climate

Expect temperatures around 8ºC at night and 14ºC during daytime. Weather can be changeable so layers are advisable. The sun sets in June at around midnight and rises at about 3 in the morning.It might be advisable to bring some sunglasses.


Itinerary - Day 1

Flight to Iceland (arrival in Keflavik International airport, Iceland at 15.10pm)TransfersBlue Lagoon swimmingHotel supperEvening activity: Cinema No 2 – Fire, Ice and Northern Lights film.


The Blue Lagoon

Set in a black lava field, the milky-blue spa is fed by water (at a perfect 30’C) from the futuristic Svartsengi geothermal plant.The super-heated sea water is rich in blue-green algae, mineral salts and fine silica mud.


Itinerary – Day 2

Hellisheidi Geothermal Power StationKerid volcanic crater lakeGullfoss double-fall waterfallGeysir – spouting geysers and hot springsEfsti-Dalur dairy farm (optional stop for homemade ice cream – approx.’ £2 additional entrance fee to see the working dairy)Thingvellir National Park scoured by the Mid-Atlantic Ridge and rift valleys are visibleHotel Cabin, Reykjavik Supper at The Hamburger Factory, ReykjavikEvening activity: Geothermal swimming at the Laugardalslaug open air swimming pool



Iceland’s most famous waterfall.It has a spectacular double cascade with a 32 metre drop into a mile-long gorge.Gullfoss it at it best in early summer when the Hvitas feeder glaciers upstream are first melting.


Kerid Crater Lake

A dramatic volcanic crater lake, originally believed to be formed by a huge volcanic explosion.Thorough studies show that Kerid was a cone volcano which erupted and emptied its magma reserve.


Itinerary - Day 3

Eyjafjallajokull flood plain Eyjafjallajokull Visitor CentreSkogafoss waterfallSkogar Folk MuseumSolheimajokull glacier visitDyrholaey natural arch rock feature along the coastReynishverfi walk along black volcanic sands beachArrive at hotel accommodation - Farm HellisholarSupper at hotelEvening activity – group quiz


Eyjafjallajokull flood plain and visitors centre

Visit an area affected by a glacier burst from the recent Eyjafjallajokull volcanic eruption and see evidence from where glacial flood water has washed down the valley. Information from the visitors centre will focus on the local impacts from the recent eruption.


Dyrholaey natural arch

The name means ‘door hill island’ with its 120 metre high natural rock arch and prominent headland.This area is rich in birdlife such as puffins, arctic terns and guillemots.


Itinerary - Day 4

Seljalandsfoss waterfall walkGlacier walk on the frozen tongue of SolheimajokullReykjavik tour- Perlan furturistic landmark, old port, central lake, Hallgrimskirkja Church, shoppingSupper at Rossopomodoro Italian restaurantEvening activity: Reykjavik sites and packing!


Seljalandsfoss waterfall

This waterfall spills 60 metres over a basalt cliff as a result of a isostatic rebound of the land and its lava flow. Depending on the weather conditions, we will take a walk which navigates behind the waterfall.


Glacier walk on the frozen tongue of Solheimajokull

We will explore the frozen tongue of the Solheimajokull glacier through ice sculptures, ridges and deep crevasses.An experienced glacier guide will teach us how to use crampons, basic equipment and ice axes.Comfortable walking boots are imperative for this activity.


Itinerary - Day 5

Early breakfast – 04.00 – 04.45am!Transfer to Keflavik Airport05:45am check in07.45am Depart Iceland with Icelandair flight FI47011.45am Arrive at London Gatwick Airport, North TerminalArrive back at DHS for collection at approximately 3.00pm



Hotel Cabin Reykjavik – 2 nights Farm

Hellisholar, south Iceland – 2 nights



Swim wear and swimming towel

(packed in hand luggage)

Walking boots – they should have a strong grip to cope with the conditions which may be muddy, icy or loose moraine/ground

Walking socks, at least 2/3 pairs

Layers of clothing, thermal t-shirt and long johns (optional), long sleeved t-shirts, jumpers, fleece

Waterproof outer clothing – jacket and over trousers

Trousers – jeans and lightweight trousers for travel and evening activities. However alternative

lightweight walking trousers

are essential for daytime activities as jeans are inappropriate if they get cold and wet


Warm hat and glovesSunglasses, sunscreen and Insect repellent A rucksack, for field equipment and lunchIndoors: The accommodation is warm and comfortable so normal clothes and trainers for inside are fine. Travel slippers or slipper socks are useful too for indoorsOther Personal Items:European adaptors are suitable for the plugs in Iceland.Mobile phones, MP3 players etc. may be taken at pupils own risk.SunglassesPersonal Wash bag Eye masks and ear pugs may be useful


Food and Dietary Requirements

All food will be provided during the trip. Breakfast and packed lunches will provided by the hotel accommodation.Pupils may wish to pack additional snacks to supplement their packed lunches.2 evening meals will be catered by local restaurants:The Icelandic Hamburger Factory in ReykjavikRossopomodoro an Italian restaurant in Reykjavik If you have a specific dietary requirements, please let us know ASAP.


Medical Requirements

If pupils have a medical condition that the school doesn’t already know about please let us know asap. If anyone carries an EpiPen®, insulin or other self-administered medication, they must obtain a prescription or doctor’s certificate before travel to ease passing through security at the airport.The travel company always pass the information to hotels regarding allergies and dietary requirements.


Iceland Hoodie Order

Hoodies have been ordered and will be distributed to pupils before they leave for Work Experience/Berlin.




Please hand in your completed

consent forms

before you leave.

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