New Discover the World Education Brochure
We are delighted to share with you our brand new Discover the World Education brochure which should be landing in your school any day now. We believe that the contents of this brochure will provide you with a taste of what is possible with Discover the World Education – let it inspire you to organise a school trip of a lifetime! If you have not received the brochure in the post by the 26th April, you can request one by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted on April 24, 2016 in Azores , Bay of Naples , China , Costa Rica , Geography , Geology , Geysers , glaciers , Iceland , Morocco , New Zealand , Norway , Science , Sorrento , Study Trips | Permalink | Comments (0) | E-mail this
Travelling to Iceland with your school? Please read this important safety information for visiting beaches and glaciers
Following some recent incidents we would like to reiterate some important safety information if you will be visiting beaches or glaciers in Iceland.
Visiting beaches and glaciers can be a wonderful experience but it is important to follow all safety information provided without exception and to not underestimate the dangers.
The serenity of beaches in Iceland 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:
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.
It is important to only travel with tour operators that are accredited with the School Travel Forum, as this will ensure that all safety elements of the trip are managed effectively and rigorous safety procedures have been met.
To find out more about safety on a Discover the World Education trip, please click here.