Discovering STEM in the Arctic Circle

  • 10 Days
  • STEM-Based Tour

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Map & Route

Depart

Overnight Flight

1 1 Night

Hvolsvollur Area

2 2 Nights

Reykjavik

1 1 Night

Oslo

2 2 Nights

Longyearbyen

3 3 Nights
Return
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What's Included

Our itineraries reflect 40 years of experience in crafting exceptional educational tours. That means we know exactly how to make the best of your time abroad—incredible destinations, immersive activities, centrally located hotels, and smart, well-traveled tour managers who ensure your educational goals are met. Here are some of the exceptional features of this tour.

ACIS Guarantees

We have high standards, which is why we take care to include these features in every tour.

Round-Trip Flights

Leave the airlines to us.

3- or 4-Star Hotels

After a busy day, comfort is key.

Centrally Located Hotels

Save the commuting time, beat the morning crowds and keep right on exploring after dark when your hotel is in the heart of the city.

Daily Breakfast and Dinner (unless otherwise noted)

Delicious, authentic, multi-course dinners at local restaurants with meal times tailored to maximize your experience.

24-Hour Tour Manager

Part guide, part educator, part engineer, part mind-reader, part magician—ACIS Tour Managers are your travel partner.

Start Exploring

Never wait hours at the airport to share a transfer with other later groups.

Service Guarantee

We're so sure you're going to love your tour, we guarantee it!

Global Network

24/7 on the ground support whenever and wherever you need it.

Exceptional Experiences

Our tours are designed to help you and your students be in the moment and experience everything the world has to offer.

Svalbard Dog Sledding Excursion

Svalbard Dog Sledding Excursion

Grab the reins and conquer the outdoors with an adventurous dog sledding excursion through the breathtaking Arctic-desert terrain. Reindeer, foxes and migratory birds are frequently spotted along the way. An important part of the transportation culture in this part of the world, your guides will also teach you how they rig the sled and look after the dogs.

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Grab the reins and conquer the outdoors with an adventurous dog sledding excursion through the breathtaking Arctic-desert terrain. Reindeer, foxes and migratory birds are frequently spotted along the way. An important part of the transportation culture in this part of the world, your guides will also teach you how they rig the sled and look after the dogs.

Sólheimajökull Glacier Hike with Guide

Sólheimajökull Glacier Hike with Guide

Natural landscapes combine with the thrill of adventure as you get your crampons on and hike on the Sólheimajökull Glacier. Explore its many crevasses, ridges and ice sculptures with a local guide who will also teach you about its formation. Students will enjoy the spectacular views as well as gain a first-hand perspective of the effects of global warming.

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Natural landscapes combine with the thrill of adventure as you get your crampons on and hike on the Sólheimajökull Glacier. Explore its many crevasses, ridges and ice sculptures with a local guide who will also teach you about its formation. Students will enjoy the spectacular views as well as gain a first-hand perspective of the effects of global warming.

Viking World

Viking World

Oslo Tour with Guide

Oslo Tour with Guide

Svalbard Museum

Svalbard Museum

Longyearbyen Tour with Guide

Longyearbyen Tour with Guide

Norwegian Museum of Science and Technology

Norwegian Museum of Science and Technology

Viking Ship Museum

Viking Ship Museum

Þingvellir National Park

Þingvellir National Park

Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa

Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa

Reykjanes Peninsula Tour with Guide

Reykjanes Peninsula Tour with Guide

Laugarvatn Geothermal Bakery

Laugarvatn Geothermal Bakery

Gullfoss Waterfall

Gullfoss Waterfall

Geysir Geothermal Area

Geysir Geothermal Area

Friðheimar Tomato Greenhouse

Friðheimar Tomato Greenhouse

Hellisheidi Power Station

Hellisheidi Power Station

Barentsburg Boat Cruise

Barentsburg Boat Cruise

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Itinerary

This itinerary is the starting point for your tour, but it’s not set in stone. If there are days you would like to change, or specific places you’d like to go, we can work with you to create a personalized program that fits the needs of you and your students.

Day 1: Overnight Flight

Depart from the USA.

Day 2: Hvolsvollur Area

Velkomið to Iceland, the land of fire and ice! Upon arrival, meet your local guide and head to Viking World for breakfast and the chance to explore this five-exhibition museum that vividly brings to life the history of these fierce, sea-going marauders. Then set out on a guided sightseeing tour of Reykjanes Peninsula during which you'll view the Bridge between Continents, spanning a fissure between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates; the Reykjanesviti lighthouse, Iceland's oldest such beacon; and the beautifully eerie Gunnuhver mud pools, a highly active geothermal area filled with steam vents and boiling mud. Then visit the technologically advanced Hellisheidi Power Station, the world's third-largest geothermal power plant. Afterward it's on to Hvolsvöllur, a charming small town nestled between mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.

Day 3: Hvolsvollur Area

Keep your camera handy this morning as you explore Iceland's amazing southern shore, home to amazing geological attractions. The sightseeing tour will include the stunning Seljalandsfoss and Skógarfoss waterfalls; the magnificent Dyrholaey door hole, a stone arch carved by the sea from a massive promontory of volcanic rock; and Vik village, renowned for its starkly beautiful black basalt-sand beach and the dramatic, sea-sculpted Reynisdrangar rock pillars nearby. Later, enjoy a guided hike of the Sólheimajökull glacier, riddled with other-worldly crevasses, ridges and ice sculptures. The next stop: the state-of-the-art Lava Centre. This interactive, high-tech educational exhibition vividly depicts how violent volcanic activity and seismic events shaped Iceland over the eons.

Day 4: Reykjavik

A full day of guided sightseeing awaits, starting with a tour of the Golden Circle, which features more of the country's unique geological and geothermal features. You'll start with a visit to the Friðheimar tomato greenhouse, where you'll taste succulent fresh tomatoes grown year-round using advanced geothermal technologies, followed by the chance to pet Icelandic horses in their stable as you learn about this unique equine breed. More awe-inspiring sights await at the Geysir Geothermal Area,, which is filled with numerous hot springs, fumeroles and geysers, including the world-famous, 30-meter-tall spouting Strokkur; and the Gullfoss (the Golden Waterfall), one of Europe's most impressive, featuring torrents of water that thunder with majestic fury into a deep canyon. Then switch gears to a culinary mindset as you travel to Laugarvatn to witness and taste something truly unique: bread baked underground, using geothermal heat. The day's activities end with a trip to Þingvellir, the site of both the world's oldest democratic parliament, established in 930, and the dividing fault line between two of the earth's immense tectonic plates. You'll arrive in Reykjavik this evening.

Day 5: Oslo

The morning begins with a trip to the renowned Blue Lagoon, named for its milky-blue color, the result of its roughly 100-degree water reacting with silicate minerals. The lagoon is home to a famous spa which you'll enjoy on your visit. Then you'll say kveðjum to Iceland as you board a flight to Oslo, the capital of Norway.

Day 6: Oslo

The day's activities start with guided sightseeing tour of Oslo, viewing beautiful Frogner Park, a 111-acre wonder that's home to gorgeous landscapes as well as 212 bronze and granite statues created by sculptor Gustav Vigeland; the Oslo Opera House; the scenic and historic Bygdøy Peninsula; and a visit to the Viking Ship Museum, which features some of the world's best-preserved Viking ships and artifacts. In the afternoon, you'll browse through the Norwegian Museum of Science and Technology, which offers a fascinating look at this country's scientific and industrial history.

Day 7: Longyearbyen

This morning you'll depart for Longyearbyen, located in Norway's rugged Svalbard archipelago, one of the world's northern-most inhabited areas (where polar bears outnumber people) and home to the "midnight sun" in summer—sunshine 24/7. Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of this unique town, including a visit to the Svalbard Museum. This evening get a taste of the Arctic wilderness with a visit to Camp Barentz, where you'll enjoy dinner by a roaring fire and gaze at the shimmering Northern Lights if you've timed your visit right.

Day 8: Longyearbyen

Today you'll meet your team of huskies, grab the reins and conquer the outdoors with an adventurous dog sledding excursion through the breathtaking Arctic-desert terrain. Mush! Reindeer, foxes and migratory birds are frequently spotted along the way. Don't worry—wheels replace runners on the sleds in the summertime, so you can experience this thrill year-round.

Day 9: Longyearbyen

The day begins with a boat cruise along a dramatic fjord where we'll pass the Esmark Glacier on our way to Barentsburg, a coal-mining town also known as “Little Russia.” Your guide will show you how this enclave has earned this nickname due to its austere architecture, Lenin statue, Soviet-era propaganda and small Russian Orthodox church. Its 350 or so residents are Russians and Ukrainians that all live in a one-block communal apartment complex and eat meals together in a local hotel. Your last night in the Arctic affords you a final chance to appreciate how its citizens have forged a meaningful existence in such extreme climes.

Day 10: Departure

Depart for the USA.

Price This Tour

Price This Tour

Due to the unique nature of this destination, please contact us for a custom price quote for this trip.

Optional Extras

Ultimate-Plus Protection Plan

Most Enhanced health coverage, program interruption, baggage delay/loss and travel delay protection while on tour. Plus, enhanced medical/job loss cancellation refund policy

Rate $200

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Ultimate Protection Plan

Enhanced health coverage, program interruption, baggage delay/loss and travel delay protection while on tour. Plus, enhanced medical/job loss cancellation refund policy

Rate $100

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