Our accommodations in residences, small guest houses and hostels will be simple, and will include dormitories. We will also get to enjoy Icelandic cuisine, predominantly dishes of fish and lamb.
We begin with a soak in the hot pools of the Blue Lagoon before continuing to the world’s most northerly capital city, Reykjavik, a vibrant city with a modern edge. We’ll appreciate the panoramic views across to the sea, and tour the city on the hop-on, hop-off bus.
Our next stop is the route of the Golden Circle. We’ll see Thingvellir National Park, where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates are slowly separating, creating deep fractures in the ground. Here we will hike along the Almannagjá fault line. We’ll watch the Strokkur Geyser erupt, and explore the Gullfoss, or Golden Falls, on the Hvítá River.
We move on to the south coast to Vík, Iceland’s most southerly village. Here we’ll explore basalt-lava rock formations, visit a black volcanic beach, and view puffins. Finally, we explore the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, with colourful fishing villages, impressive mountains, a multitude of native birds, and empty beaches.
Outside of class, we will swim in hot pools, hike the fjords, mountains, and coast-line, enjoy wildlife spotting, and take a sunset photography tour.
We return to Reykjavik for our final exam, and a farewell banquet to celebrate this fantastic journey through the land of the Midnight Sun.
Included in your Program:
Hike the fjords
Geyser hot spring
Visit to waterfalls
Other Inclusions of this Program:
Round-trip group airfare from Toronto, arranged by Blyth Academy
Group airport transfers at location
Transportation for moves between cities with the group
Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
Farewell Banquet and Awards Night
Pre-departure briefing and materials
Designated outings and activities
City orientation tours
Use of free Internet, where available*
Access to Blyth Academy Travel Journal
Access to Vidigami photo sharing
And much more!
** Most hotels have Wi-Fi in common areas. Please note Internet access may not be available in bedrooms.
Groups are required to meet at the airport 3 hours prior to departure
Group flights are on a request basis. Please contact Admissions at 1-866-960-3552.
Monday, July 3, 2017
Icelandair flight 602
Depart Toronto 9:05 pm
Arrive Reykjavik 6:20 am, July 4
Thursday, July 20, 2017
Icelandair flight 603
Depart Reykjavik 5:00 pm
Arrive Toronto 6:55 pm
Please note: Flights are subject to change by the airline.
Are you flying into Toronto Pearson International Airport to join the group?
Blyth airport staff will meet students flying into Toronto Pearson International Airport from any city with same-day connections to Blyth group flights at no additional charge. Once your student is registered, please email firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Thursday, June 1st and request an “Airport Meet-and-Greet in Toronto”.
Lava Tube Caving (Laugarvatn, Golden Circle)
We meet our local guide on the edge of the village to venture into the surrounding countryside and deep into the Earth!
Once, it was thought that Litli Björn and Vörðuhellir were two different caves. Now they have found a little hole connecting them, making it just one cave. Join us as we explore the wonders of Litli Björn-Vörðuhellir cave and crawl through the small connecting hole.
Helmets, headlamps and a coverall suit will be provided. We recommend that you wear good hiking boots, weather appropriate clothes (it’s cool underground), and a hat and gloves will make your afternoon more comfortable.
NB: This is not a tour for people suffering from claustrophobia.
Anticipated Date: Friday 7th July
Boat Ride on the Glacier Lagoon
We’ll take a day excursion up to the Jökulsárlón ‘Glacial River Lagoon’ on the east coast. We will take a Zodiac boat ride on the lake to cruise amongst icebergs of all shapes, sizes and colours. These chunks of ice have broken off the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier (an outlet of the huge Vatnajökull glacier) and can be watched as they make their way floating out to sea. The lagoon today is at least 18km², and at a depth of 284m is the deepest lake in Iceland. Around the lake, during the summer we can see Arctic Skuas, big seagulls; and Arctic Terns, which migrate from the other side of the world and hold the world record in migratory flight.
Cruising around these calm waters, have your camera at the ready to photograph the incredible shapes, colours and mirror-like reflections. If we’re lucky, we may see seals, and we’ll even get to taste 1000 year-old ice.
We’ll stop at the impressive Svartifoss (Black Falls) waterfall and make several other photo stops en route to and from Vik.
Anticipated Date: Saturday 15th July
July 3 – July 20, 2017
(incl. taxes & fees)
|Tuition & Supervision||$1,755|
- English (ENG1D)
- Science (SNC1D)
- Visual Arts: Photography (AWQ1O)
- English (ENG2D)
- Science (SNC2D)
- Visual Arts: Photography (AWQ2O)
- Reykjavik: 2 days
- Golden Circle: 3 days
- Snaefellsnes: 3 days
- Vik: 4 days
- Reykjavik: 4 days
Reykjavik: BB44 Guesthouse
Golden Circle (Laugarvatn): Héraðsskólinn
Snaefellsnes (Borganes): Borganes HI Hostel
Vik: Puffin Hostel
Reykjavik: BB44 Guesthouse
*Plus $195 registration fee. Includes group airfare arranged by Blyth Academy and an estimated $895 in airline and departure taxes, local taxes and fees. Please visit www.blythsummers.com/fees for an explanation of our departure taxes, fees, and surcharges, and when these fees will be invoiced. All itineraries, excursions, and dates are subject to change.
**Please visit www.blythpoints.com for more details on funding your program through Aeroplan points.