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 email@example.com
Into the Glacier - Ice Cave in Langjokull
The ‘Into the Glacier’ experience opened earlier this month, a unique and magical experience taking you deep into Europe’s second largest glacier – Langjokull. Stretching out over nearly 300 metres of man-made ice tunnels, groups are able to explore the inside of a glacier, 30 metres below the surface. But how did the project come to be and what does a trip ‘Into the Glacier’ involve?
Read on to find out more…
Located in the highlands of the midwest of Iceland, the impressive Langjokull (‘The Long Glacier’) is Europe’s second largest glacier, only behind Vatnajokull. Roughly 50km long and 18km wide the average ice is around 580m thick. Little water runs from the surface of the glacier although by sub-surface streams, Langjokull supplies the largest natural lake in Iceland – Thingvallavatn as well as lakes in the North of Iceland and the geothermal areas of the west and the Geysir area of the south. Langjokull is shrinking and concerns have been raised on the effect that global warming will have on the glacier, some experts predict that if the current rate of climate change continues, Langjokull may disappear completely in as little as 150 years.
About the ‘Into the Glacier’ project
Before the ‘Into the Glacier’ project began, only a very select group of glaciologists knew what lay beneath the surface of Langjokull. That was pre-2010, before Baldvin Einarsson and Hallgrímur Örn Arngrímsson had the extraordinary vision and idea to take people deep inside the remote natural wonder through ice tunnels and show people the spectacular blue ice. Five years of meticulous studying, planning, modelling and tunnelling followed with the input of renowned geo-physicist Ari Trausti Gudmunsson. In 2015, the staggering engineering project was completed and the world’s first man–made ice cap glacier cave was unveiled to the world.
What is there to see?
Exploring the inside of a glacier is an incredible experience and offers a unique perspective to study glacial landscapes and processes as well as witnessing first-hand the affects and consequences of global warming. As you walk deeper into the tunnel system on a guided tour, you will be able to see how the age of the ice varies as the colour changes from white to deep-blue. The blue ice is far from the only attraction to see though so witness how the glacier has evolved by exploring its deep crevasses, moulins (glacier mills), ice layers and the different types of snow and ice.
How can you experience it?
Wandering through the ice caves tunnel system is only half the fun and getting to and from the entrance of the cave is an exciting and memorable journey in itself. Beginning at the roots of Langjokull, climb aboard an 8-wheel drive glacier truck which takes you to the peak of the ice-cap, some 1,200 above sea level. This journey allows you to witness the landscape of a glacier whilst offering you incredible sights. On a clear day it is even possible to see as far out as the Westman Islands. The Into the Glacier experience can be added to any Iceland trip organised by Discover the World Education so please discuss with your travel specialist if you would like to include this excursion as part of your itinerary.
A Taste of Italy – the world’s favourite food
One of the great pleasures of a visit to Italy is in indulging in the food – think of juicy ripe tomatoes, tangy cheeses, rich olive oils and fresh garlic. These simple staples form the basis of many of Italy’s most famous dishes including spaghetti bolognese and pizza, though with the world’s best coffee and fabulous ice cream available on every corner, the choice is seemingly endless.
Italian food regularly tops polls to establish the world’s favourite cuisine, and with good reason – its roots stretch back almost 2,500 years and the huge variety means there is something for everyone to enjoy. With this in mind, we have developed a wide range of gastronomical experiences to enhance any group’s Italian experience.
Dine the Italian way
We highly recommend you dine out at least once during your visit, to experience dinner the Italian way, so instead of eating in your hotel each evening why not enjoy a night out? For a small supplement we can make a reservation for your group at one of Sorrento’s most popular restaurants where you’ll savour a four course meal including bruschetta, pasta, meat or fish and a homemade dessert in a relaxed setting just a short walk from the town centre.
Make your own pizza
For pizza-lovers, what could be better than learning to make your very own pizza under the expert guidance of a pizza chef at one of Italy’s most famous pizzerias? Pizza a Metro (literally ‘pizza by the metre’) in Vico Equense is renowned the length and breadth of the country and is reputed to serve the best pizza in the area. Don an apron and chef’s hat and learn to throw your dough before topping your pizza – and don’t worry, the restaurant serve a couple of professionally-made pizzas as well, just in case!
Learn how to make ice cream
If that’s whet your appetite for learning more then you can also visit one of Sorrento’s finest gelaterias for a demonstration into how ice cream is made. A master ice cream maker will show you the tricks of the trade as he makes ice cream and gelato from local seasonal produce. Learn the difference between ice cream and gelato and take home a certificate of attendance as well as a range of easy recipes for you to try at home. And of course, every participant will also get a free ice cream.
Explore local produce
We offer a range of visits to local producers to learn more about their products and methods. Visit a vineyard on the slopes of Vesuvius and learn about why the volcanic soil is ideal for grape production; tour a local working farm to see farming methods and a range of demonstrations about how olive oil, bread and cheese are made; visit an organic water buffalo farm, watch mozzarella and yogurt production and learn about sustainable agriculture; explore the famous lemon groves in Sorrento. And yes, all visits are accompanied by tastings!
The town of Gragnano, located in the hills just south of Pompeii, is Italy’s pasta-making heartland, contributing around 10% of the country’s pasta production. Pasta has been made here for over 500 years – the main street was reportedly laid out so as to best capture both the sun’s rays and the cooling winds which blow from the hills to the sea to aid the drying process. Visit the town and tour a local factory to uncover the secrets of the world’s most popular food.