High School Program

Iceland, a unique European gem in the North Atlantic, seamlessly blends millennia-old landscapes with innovative environmental practices. Here, nature’s grandeur and sustainable energy coexist, offering a distinctive backdrop for exploring climate and conservation.

Sustainable Development

 Iceland’s combination of large glaciers, geological activity and numerous rivers results in 99% of Iceland’s electricity being engineered  from renewable resources. The SDGs serve as guiding principles in Iceland’s development cooperation and as a nation Iceland is paving the way to a more sustainable future. 

Alternative Themes

About Iceland

The North  Atlantic Ocean is home to the most sparsely populated country in Europe, Iceland. Often called the Land of Ice and Fire, this Nordic island boasts pristine natural beauty shaped over thousands of years by glaciers and volcanoes. A keystone of Icelandic culture is environmental conservation. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have been integrated into Iceland’s government policy on social, economic, and environmental affairs. The promotion of human rights for all, including the LGBT community, is a cornerstone of Iceland’s foreign policy. In particular, Iceland has been a vocal champion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. While Iceland is a net-contributor to climate change, it aims to be carbon neutral by 2040. An Icelandic Youth Council for the SDGs was established to ensure the formal participation of young people in the promotion and realization of the goals. This makes Iceland an unparalleled setting from which to explore the localization of the SDGs.

Fully customizable authentic experiences

At Insight, our program itineraries are as unique as your students. All our program itineraries are customized with teacher chaperones to ensure that it meets the needs of your students.

With the support of a variety of local vendors and NGO’s, we promise that your students will get an authentic, local experience.

What's Included

We make it simple. No hidden fees or itinerary exclusions.

Program highlights

Stroll through a lava tunnel, a cave created by a volcanic eruption 5.200 years ago.

Visit one of the largest geothermal power plants on the planet. Experience first-hand how green, sustainable energy is produced.

Dig out a pot of fresh baked bread from the hot black sand at Laugarvatn Fontana Geothermal Bakery for lunch.

Visit Diamond Beach where pieces of glaciers wash up ashore in contact with the region’s volcanic black sand.

How it works


Want to take your students outside the classroom? Review our program locations and suggested themes.

Connect with one of our High School Educators who will help custom design your program.

With our assistance, submit required paperwork and details to your Administration and School Board.

Announce the trip to your students! (We’ll provide all the materials you need).

Invite us to your school to host a Student & Parent Info Night! We will be there to answer questions and support student sign-up!

Sample Itinerary

  • Travel to Reykjavik, Iceland.
  • Welcome to Iceland! Hit the ground running with a tour of Perlan, one of the most iconic buildings in Iceland. Perlan consists of a huge glass dome that rests on top of six district heating tanks, each of which can hold about 4 million liters of geothermal water. The frame, which is hollow inside, is Perlan’s furnace system. On cold winter days, hot water flows through the steel frame, switching to cold water on hot summer days. 
  • Then, take a walking tour of the city and stop to visit the Einar Jonssons sculpture garden home to 26 bronze casts of Einar Jónssons work.
  • Take a guided stroll through the Lava Tunnel, a cave created by a volcanic eruption 5.200 years ago.
  • Then, head to Hellisheiði ON Power Plant to experience first-hand how green, sustainable energy is produced at one of the largest single-site geothermal power plants on the planet.
  • Visit Þingvellir National Park. Dig out a pot of fresh baked bread from the hot black sand at Laugarvatn Fontana Geothermal Bakery for lunch. 
  • Next, head to Geysir Geothermal Area and Gullfoss, one of Iceland’s most iconic and beloved waterfalls, found in the Hvítá River Canyon. 
  • Stop at Kerið to admire the 3,000-year-old volcanic crater where crimson rocks lie in contrast with the azure water of the crater lake. 
  • End the day with a tour of Friðheimar, a greenhouse that uses geothermal-heat-based horticulture practices to produce tomatoes year-round. Enjoy tomato soup and fresh-baked bread while sitting among their 10,000 plants.
  • Explore Reynisfjara Beach where jagged rocks stand jutting out of the sea just off unique black sand with basalt formations. 

  • Stop for lunch in Vik, a remote seafront village that sits in the shadow of Mýrdalsjökull glacier.

  • In the afternoon, be mesmerized by Seljalandsfoss, one of Iceland’s most breathtaking waterfalls featuring a 200-foot drop. 

  • Finally, top off the day with a guided hike at Sólheimajökull Glacier. 

  • Stay overnight near Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon.

  • Visit Diamond Beach where pieces of glaciers wash up ashore in contact with the region’s volcanic black sand. 

  • See Svartifoss, a ‘black waterfall’ in Vatnajökull National Park surrounded by black basalt columns that were formed during a quickly-cooled volcanic eruption. That night, Return to Reykjavík.

  • On your final day, enjoy free time in the morning to explore the shops and sounds of Reykjavik. In the afternoon, come together to enjoy an afternoon of fun at a geothermal pool. Conclude your final evening with a group dinner and trip debrief.
  • Begin your journey home.

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