Updated Excursion Pack. Iceland

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Transcript of Updated Excursion Pack. Iceland

    • Please note that prices for excursions will be provided with your draft itinerary.
  • Should you require more detailed information after receiving this document please contact us.
  • Rayburn Tours LtdTel: 01332 347828
  • Parcel Terrace Fax: 01332 371298/340940
  • Derby DE1 1LY www.rayburntours.com
  • Geography
  • Study Tour
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Iceland Contents

      • The Blue Lagoon
      • Hellisheii Geothermal Power Plant
      • Horticultural College Greenhouses
      • Health Centre Greenhouses
      • Solheimar Sustainable Community
      • Geysir Centre
      • Day Visit to Heimaey
      • Swimming Pools
      • Skgar Folk Museum
      • River Rafting
      • Jkulsrln Glacial Lagoon
      • Reykjavk: Whale Watching
      • Reykjavk: 3D Map of Iceland
      • Reykjavk: Perlan
      • Reykjavk: Hallgrmskirkja
      • Reykjavk: Surtsey Exhibition
      • Reykjavk: Puffin Express
      • Reykjavk: Volcano Show
      • Grindavk: Salt Fish Museum

Blue Lagoon Geothermal Swimming Pool and Spa

  • This amazing lagoon is a unique, mineral-rich lake, formed from geothermal sea water. Five to six million tonnes of fluid, containing two thousand tonnes of silica are released into the lagoon each year.
  • The bue-green algae and white silica mud give the lagoon its milky, aquamarine colour and provide a natural source of minerals which are renowned for their therapeutic properties. The lagoon has an average temperature of 37C.
  • To bathe in the mineral rich waters at any time of the year and under any weather conditions is exhilarating. There are also saunas, a waterfall and silica mud pots to enjoy.
  • Address :The Blue Lagoon, P.O Box 22,
  • 240 Grindavk
  • Website : www.bluelagoon.com
  • Opening times :
  • Mid MayAugust09.00 - 21.00
  • September Mid May 10.00 - 20.00
  • Payment : Cash or credit card

Hellisheii Geothermal Power Plant

  • The Hellisheii Power Plant lies between Reykjavk and Hverageri. A visit to the Power Plant Visitor Centre includes a guided tour through the plant and various multi-media presentations.There is also the opportunity to ask qustions of your guide during your visit.
  • The Hengil geothermal area sits astride the western volcanic zone of the Mid Atlantic Ridge and is one of the most extensive geothermal areas in Iceland. All around there is much evidence of the volcanic and geothermal nature of the landscape here, not least of which are the powerful columns of steam rising skywards.
  • The Hellisheii Geothermal Power Plant began producing electricity in 2006 to meet increasing industrial and domestic demand. By the end of 2008 there will be 5 steam turbines in operation; in 2009 a hot water plant will start operating. In future years, by connecting into futher potential, the power plant could be expanded considerably.
  • Address : Road 1 over Hellisheii
  • Website : www.or.is
  • Opening times :
  • Open every day from 09.00 - 18.00
  • (by arrangement through Rayburn Tours)
  • Payment : Free

Horticultural College Greenhouses, Hverageri

  • The Horticultural College in Hverageri, the greenhouse town, allows an understanding of the use of geothermal steam for horticulture. The College trains Icelandic students in all aspects of market gardening and countryside management.
  • A visit to the college provides an introductory talk, a visit to several greenhouses (including the bananahs where also coffee plants and cacti are seen) as well as a visit to the Colleges hot spring area from which the Collegegathers their steam.
  • Address : Horticultural College,
  • Reykir lfusi
  • Hverageri
  • Website : www.reykir.is
  • Opening times :
  • All year, by arrangement with RT
  • NOTE : Closed in July (due to holidays)
  • Payment : Cash or credit card
  • ( NOTE : free on weekdays)

Health Centre Greenhouses, Hverageri

  • The Heath Clinic in Hverageri offers a visit to their greenhouses and horticultural area in order to learn about the cultivation of horticultural products under glass andusing the locally sourced Geothermal steam.
  • A visit here allows an understanding of the seasonal activities in such an operation to be understood. The cultivation is organic and much of the produce is consumed in the Clinic.
  • A tasting session is usually part of this visit (depending upon what produce is available).
  • Address :Health Clinic NLF
  • Grnumrk 10
  • Hverageri
  • Website : www.hnlfi.is
  • Opening times :
  • All year, by arrangement with RT
  • Payment : Cash or credit card

Slheimar Sustainable Community

  • Slheimar is a small community village. In Slheimar both able bodied and disabled people live and work together. Slheimar is located between Selfoss and Geysir.
  • There are six workshops at Slheimar Carpentry, Candles, Pottery, Weaving, Bakery and Herbal & Toiletries. Their purpose is to offer opportunities for training to residents.
  • In 2006 Slheimar received the Environmental Prize of the Iceland Tourist Council for the activities of Sesselja House, an environmental centre at Slheimar. Here your visit begins with a general discussion of renewable energy after which a stroll around the community illustrates sustainability in practise e.g. energy from wind, stream HEP, solar, and Geothermal sources.
  • Your visit ends at Slheimars small craft shop and Caf.
  • Address : Sesselja House, Slheimum,
  • 801 Selfoss
  • Website : www.sesseliuhus.is
  • Opening times :
  • All year round by arrangement
  • (through Rayburn Tours)
  • Payment : Cash or credit card

Geysir Centre - Geysir

  • In this large exhibition and display area, much can be learned about the nature of the land in Iceland. Wall displays, several video screens and even a vibrating floor plate simulating a 5.1 Richter scale earthquake, all serve to show us how different is Iceland. Much is displayed and explained about Icelands volcanic and glacial landscapes.
  • Whilst at the Geysir Centre you are also able to see the Strokkur Geysir erupting every 6 to 8 minutes with its boiling water emerging from the ground and shooting a spout skyward to a height of 15 metres.
  • Nearby is the Great Geysir, once inactive but, after the June 2000 Earthquakes, it is now a little more lively on occasion.
  • Around this thermal area there are steam vents, boiling springs and beautiful turquoise blue pools.
  • Address : Geysir Centre, Geysir
  • Web : www.geysircenter.is
  • Opening times :
  • March 12.00 - 17.00
  • April & Oct 11.00 - 17.00
  • May - September 10.00 - 19.00
  • Payment : Cash or credit card

Day on Heimaey

  • The group takes flights from Bakki Airport to Heimaey Airport on the Westmann Islands. This is an unforgettable trip for pupils and teachers alike! The flight lasts about seven minutes and is by far the best way to view the impressive coastal land volcanic landscapes of the islands.
  • Options during the day include:
  • Self Guided Tour around the area of Eldfell volcano (with guide sheets)
  • A guided coach/walking tour up Eldfell Volcano (which erupted in 1973) and to other interesting locations.
  • Boat trip beyond/around the island
  • Viewing the Volcano Show film in Caf Kro whilst taking a well earned rest after the walk up Eldfell.
  • Coach transfers around the island to view puffin breeding grounds and witness the locals cliff swinging.
  • A coach transfer back to Heimaey Airport (if taking the Self Guided Tour) from the centre of town.
  • There are currently five andnine seater planes groups will therefore have to be shuttled across! (approx. one hour for 60 passengers, if all planes are in operation)
  • Day Trips
  • March October
  • Depart early morning & return late afternoon