Have you ever heard the phrase “adventure is the best way to learn”? It’s true! Doing an educational tour in Iceland is a great way to learn all sorts of new things, get to know a different culture, as well as get to know yourself better. Here are 8 reasons why you should go on an educational tour to Iceland!
1. Iceland is safe
According to the Global Peace Index, Iceland has been the most peaceful country on Earth for the past seven years! If you want to travel abroad but you are worried about your safety, Iceland is the perfect place for you. Iceland has a very low crime rate and violent crime is basically nonexistent. Icelandic police officers do not even carry guns, and Iceland has no army, navy, or air force. Iceland is so safe that you can walk right up to the president’s house and you will not meet any security there.
2. Everybody is equal in Iceland
If you worry about how you will be treated in Iceland, don’t! In Iceland, everybody is equal. For the past six years Iceland has ranked number one for the most gender equality in the world. Iceland is also a very LGBTQ+ friendly country, with an annual gay pride parade where a third of the entire nation has been in attendance some years. A University of Missouri Master’s study revealed that only 1,1% of Icelanders identified themselves as upper class, 1,5% as lower class, and the remaining 97% defined themselves as working class, middle class, upper middle class, or lower middle class. Therefore, there is very little tension between economic classes. There are only public schools in Iceland so no matter what class you belong to, you will get the same education as everybody else. So, no matter who you are, what you look like, or who you are attracted to, you will be treated the same in Iceland.
3. The nature is stunning
Iceland is best known for its stunning nature. Whether you want to see waterfalls, glaciers, geysers, northern lights, the midnight sun, volcanoes, or whatever else, Iceland is the place to do it. You don’t have to travel far from the capital to be close to some extraordinary nature. Whether you want to do day tours from Reykjavik, or do a round-the-island tour, you should see some magnificent nature and the options are endless!
4. So many learning opportunities
Iceland is filled with learning opportunities. Iceland is the perfect place if you want to study geology, volcanology, geography, and other sciences. Iceland also has a rich history; Icelandic sagas, political history, women’s history, and financial history (such as the financial crisis in 2008).
5. The night life is awesome
Even though you are going on an educational tour, you still might want to check out the Icelandic night life. Iceland is famous for the fun nightlife. Many bars and clubs are open until 5 in the morning so if you want to dance all night long, you can. There is also a huge live music scene and some great craft beer bars.
6. Rich Culture
One of the best things about travelling to different countries is to get to know different cultures. Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital, is very rich with culture and life. There is a big live music scene, artwork all over, and theaters and improv groups. Visiting Reykjavik’s most popular sights and scenes is also a great way to spend your time. Make sure to visit Hallgrimskirkja Church, Harpa Concert Hall, Baejarins Beztu Pylzur Hot Dog Stand, and many more interesting places.
7. Meet with professors and top industry professionals
We at Extreme Iceland are well connected with the top professionals in many industries, and with professors at the Icelandic universities. We should be able to arrange lectures and meetings with interesting people for you and your group so that you get the most out of your educational tour.
Are you looking for some adventure in your life? Traveling in itself is a great adventure, but in Iceland we can make it even more extreme and fun. Get up close and personal with the glacier by going glacier hiking, or snowmobiling. Go on a super jeep ride to the highlands of Iceland! Iceland is filled with adventure possibilities. We only have one question for you; What’s stopping you?
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Contributed: Birta Bjornsdottir