Complimentary A1 classroom poster: Energy in the Azores
Discover the World Education are delighted to offer you a new complimentary poster to help support you and your students in the classroom. The poster focuses on energy in the Azores and how the nine volcanic islands continue to deliver a sustainable energy solution despite an increase in demand. The poster encourages students to consider issues surrounding the topic of energy with particular focus on supply and demand, sustainable planning and conservation.
If you would like to request a copy of this poster then please email email@example.com including a postal dress in the main email body. Further resources on the Azores plus more destinations can be found on Discover-Geography.com
Travelling to Iceland with your school? Please read this important safety information for visiting beaches and glaciers
The sight of black volcanic sand stretched along a rugged and beautiful surf-ponded coastline is iconic to Iceland and beaches are usually accompanied by a variety of rock formations, basalt columns, hidden caves and blow holes. However, the serenity of the beaches can often mask the risks so it is important to remember that Iceland is a place like no other and circumstances can change in an instant. Large and powerful waves can crash down onto the shore without warning and in recent years, there have been a number of incidents where tourists have been swept out to sea, sometimes with fatal consequences. These waves can occur unexpectedly, even when the sea appears relatively calm.
To help address this issue, we would like to make you aware of the following advice that we respectfully ask your group to adhere to stringently:
It is extremely important that your group do not cross distance warning signs when present. When visiting beaches without such signs the local recommendation is to remain 20 metres away from the sea’s edge (50 metres for Djupalonssandur). However, we do want to emphasise that this is also the very minimum distance to adhere to. Conditions may dictate that you should remain even further back.
A similar approach needs to be taken when visiting Iceland’s spectacular glaciers, as the dangers may not appear obvious at first. We have therefore provided the following advice in addition to the information presented on our risk assessments and itineraries:
When visiting a glacier, it is extremely important that your group do not cross distance warning signs when present, unless on a scheduled glacier hike with specialist glacier guides.
When visiting glaciers without warning signs the local recommendation is to remain at least 15 metres away from the glacier edge. However, we want to emphasise that this is the very minimum distance to adhere to. There are a number of hidden hazards particularly near the edge of a glacier so extra precaution is needed.
We are well aware that safety is at the forefront of teachers’ minds, which is why safety is of paramount importance to us as well. The health and safety culture that we promote within the company along with our relationships with our suppliers allows us to offer you more adventurous activities than any other UK tour operator to Iceland. We thoroughly road-test all our activities and extra precautions are made to ensure we meet rigorous external audits as outlined by the School Travel Forum.
New Direct Flight to Egilsstadir, East Iceland
From May 2016, travellers from the UK to Iceland can fly direct to East Iceland's Egilsstadir Airport. Exclusive to Discover the World, it is the very first time that a flight has been offered between the two locations, offering easy and convenient access to one of Iceland's most spectacular and lesser visited regions. In under 3 hours, visitors will be transported to the dramatic landscapes, charming villages and unique culture of the North and Eastern Fjordlands.
You now have the opportunity to explore many more of Iceland’s highlights and best kept secrets, without the hassle and cost of a domestic flight in Iceland. Within a two hour drive, witness a showcase of volcanic and geothermal landforms surrounding the enormous Lake Myvatn which, in summer, is a magnet for impressive birdlife. See, hear and smell the bubbling mud pools at Namaskard; hike amongst eerie lava formations at Dimmuborgir and keep watch for the hidden people! Take a dip in the soothing Nature Baths (the Blue Lagoon of the North) and visit Akureyri, a tiny north Iceland city voted Lonely Planet’s best place to visit in Europe for 2015.
Waterfalls are also plentiful; from the famous Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful, to Hengifoss in the East Fjords, Iceland’s third tallest at an impressive 128 metres!
Flying into Egilsstadir also brings you closer to Europe’s largest icecap, Vatnajokull, which feeds the stunning iceberg lagoon, Jokulsarlon and many impressive glacial tongues.
To find out more about the new flight or to see some of region's many highlights, please CLICK HERE
New syllabus-relevant field work in Iceland
We are in the process of developing new field study opportunities which will enrich the Icelandic experience for your students and enable them to address some of the fieldwork requirements in the new specifications.
Students will have opportunities to investigate key themes such as energy, rivers, cold environments and changing places using both quantitative and qualitative fieldwork techniques.
Further details will be published in October and it is envisaged that this exciting option will be available for schools travelling in October 2016.
If you would like us to notify you once more information is available, please register your interest by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org