Stepping off the plane in Iceland brings us to a different world under the light from the midnight sun — and a peaceful way of life. We’ll tour the whole of the island, with stops at waterfalls along the way. Outside of class, our time will be spent swimming in hot pools, as well as hiking in the fjords and along the coastline of this magical place.
We begin in Reykjavík, where we’ll view the imposing concrete structure of Hallgrimskirkja, a church that dominates the city’s skyline. We’ll also explore Old Harbour, stroll along the waterfront and hit the geothermal beach of Nauthólsvík.
We’ll also visit the famed Golden Circle to enjoy three of Iceland’s iconic sites: Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss Waterfall and the geothermally active valley around the Geysir (geyser).
Next we’ll stop on the southern coast to view puffins and the black volcanic beaches of Vík. We’ll tour the Eastern Fjords, before visiting laid-back Akureyri in the north, with its lush Botanical Gardens and Art Trail.
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.
Coming full circle, we’ll stop on the west coast to see Snaefellsnes Peninsula. We return to Reykjavík for our final exam and farewell banquet.
Included in your Program:
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 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
Sunday, July 2, 2017
Icelandair flight 602
Depart Toronto 9:05 pm
Arrive Reykjavik 6:20 am, July 3
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Icelandair flight 603
Depart Reykjavik 5:00 pm
Arrive Toronto 6:55 pm
Please note: Flights are subject to change by the airline.
Group flights are on a request basis. Please contact Admissions at 1-866-960-3552.
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”.
Snorkelling Between Continents (Laugarvatn, Golden Circle)
Grab this opportunity for a once-in-a-lifetime experience! Where else can you leap into cool clear waters and swim between two continents? Though the temperature of the water may take your breath away, the experience will be worth it. At the Silfra Fissure, between the American and Eurasian tectonic plates, the lava rock filters the water making for amazing visibility and a super refreshing drink! The fissure is actually widening at a rate of 2cm per year.
All equipment is provided and you will have the option to snorkel in a wetsuit (which allows you to dive under water) or a dry suit (which is a little warmer) depending on your preference.
- Be at least 150cm (4’11’’)
- Be between 50kg and 120kg (110-265lbs)
- Be able to swim
- Minimum age: 16. Maximum age: 65
Please bring clothes suited to wear under a wetsuit, e.g. swimwear, warm clothes for before and after the snorkelling, a towel, lunch/snack, camera. GoPro cameras are available to rent for an additional fee. NB: You cannot wear glasses under a snorkel mask, so either wear contacts of bring your prescription snorkel mask with you.
Anticipated Date: Tuesday 4th July
Super Jeep Tour (East Fjords)
This tour takes you around the beautiful Breiðdalur valley (Broad Valley) in East Iceland. Surrounded by magnificent mountains, the views we will see on this excursion will be spectacular.
Giving us insight into both local nature and culture, we will visit waterfalls, a local church and abandoned farms. Our route takes us on rough tracks and through rivers (no bridges here!) – making excellent use of the 4×4 vehicles.
Please bring warm clothing, good hiking shoes and a water bottle. Itinerary is subject to change based on weather and road conditions.
Anticipated Date: Sunday July 9th
Seal Watching on Horseback (East Fjords)
Two large glacial rivers flow towards the sea through the wide plain around Húsey Farm, a working farm where Icelandic horses are bred. Here large numbers of seals chose to congregate to rest on the river and sandbanks in relative safety. Open to visitors for 11 months of the year, our hardy hosts have opened up their land to share so everyone can enjoy the fantastic views and untouched nature.
Our local guide will accompany us on our horseback ride to the best places for seal viewing, teach us about Icelandic horses and birds, and tell us stories of the local landscape and elves! Off the beaten track, we will appreciate the almost complete peace and quiet. At the end of our 2hr ride, we’ll have the opportunity to purchase farm produce, from smoked fish to jam.
This ride is suitable for beginners. Safety helmets are provided. Please wear warm, weather appropriate clothing and sturdy boots. Húsey is a 1 hour drive from our hostel. We will leave after morning class and return in time for dinner.
Anticipated Date: Tuesday July 11th
Whale Watching & Husavik (Northern Ireland)
Nestled on the edge of Shaky Bay, the town of Húsavík is globally recognised as one of the best locations in the world from which to watch whales. In fact, there is a higher chance of seeing whales in Húsavík than any other place in Iceland. So, if you’re ever considering where to go whale-watching, the town is without a doubt, second to none!
Though 23 species of whale have been recorded in Icelandic waters, the most likely we may see are Humpbacks, Minke and Blue. Lucky whale-watchers here may get to see them feeding, breaching (jumping out), slapping (slapping their flippers against the water) or spy-hopping (dipping their head out of the water to see what’s near). To see any of these creatures in the wild is a truly breath-taking sight to behold.
We will also enjoy a visit to the Whale Museum, an educational centre with 9 whale skeletons and interesting exhibits on the habitat and ecology of whales.
This half day excursion will take place come rain or shine, so please dress according to conditions and be prepared by wearing layers. Only high winds may prevent departure. Insulated coveralls will be provided against the cold.
Anticipated Date: Friday July 14th
Lava Cave (Reykjavik)
In the afternoon, we depart Reykjavik and head out to the lava fields where we will adventure into the Earth and view fantastic colours and stalagmites of a lava tube cave. These natural phenomena are created when during volcanic activity the surface lava solidifies and magma continues to flow in tunnels beneath. We’ll walk where the lava once flowed!
Our knowledgeable local guide will explain the science, nature and folklore behind the cave as we walk, crouch and crawl through these incredible tunnels.
Please wear weather appropriate clothing and sturdy shoes. The average temperature in the cave is 2°C/35°F so gloves are also good to have! Helmets and headlamps are provided.
Anticipated Date: Thursday July 20th
Fed by the Langjökull glacier, the Hvítá River has carved a magnificent canyon below the Gullfoss falls. It’s a perfect place to view the beautiful landscape from a different perspective.
This fun tour offers awesome adventure! We’ll take to our raft, with our specially trained and certified river guide, and dressed in wetsuit and life-vest, and we’ll see grand rock formations, portholes, turquoise waters as we cruise through the exhilarating rapids!
As we arrive back to the rafting basecamp we enjoy a hot sauna, (there are also hot showers), before we return to Reykjavik.
Please plan to wear:- Lower body: swimwear under rafting pants (provided), warm socks; Upper body: warm fleece/wool sweater (will get wet). Please bring towel and a complete change of clothes. Unless your camera is 100% waterproof, we do not advise rafting with your camera! Waterproof Go-Pros can be rented locally at an additional charge.
Anticipated Date: Saturday July 22nd
July 2 – July 25, 2017
(incl. taxes & fees)
|Tuition & Supervision||$1,445|
- English (ENG3U)
- Biology (SBI3U)
- Visual Arts: Photography (AWQ3M)
- English (ENG4U)
- Biology (SBI4U)
- Visual Arts: Photography (AWQ4M)
- Selfoss area: 3 days
- Vik area: 2 days
- East Fjords: 4 days
- Akureyri: 3 days
- Snaefellsnes Peninsula area: 2 days
- Reykjavik: 8 days
*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.