Travel Opportunities
Travel Opportunities 2018-2019

Iceland: November 2018

ICELAND: The Land of Fire and Ice
Gender Equality, Progressive Environmentalism and Sustainability

DATES: Friday, November 16 - Thursday, November 22, 2018


Historians tell us that Iceland was originally founded by a man named Floki of the Ravens; we never hear about Aud the Deep-Minded. A Hebridean Viking, Aud had a boat built in secret and convinced over twenty of her friends and family members to sail with her to Iceland for a new life. Iceland’s near equal gender parity comes from her long history of independent women starting with Aud, her followers and their subsequent generations. Over 1200 years later, Iceland holds the prestigious rank as number one on the Gender Gap Index (GGI) according to the World Economic Forum and has for the past eight years.

Progressive Environmentalists
Iceland’s unique geologic features add to its stark beauty and provides 90% of the people of Iceland with geothermal energy to heat their homes and perform other services. Iceland is the only country in the world that produces 100% of its electricity from renewable sources. In 2002, Iceland adopted a comprehensive national strategy for sustainable development which has stimulated several environmental policy initiatives in response to climate change and in support of nature conservancy and waste management. Iceland also has a long tradition of democracy pertaining to environmental policies and decision making. Their commitment to public participation in the democratic process was strengthened through the ratification of the Aarhus Convention, which promotes awareness through access to important environmental informatics/metrics and judiciary policies.

The Raw Beauty of Iceland
Glaciers, rivers and lakes account for 13% of Iceland’s surface area, resulting in abundant freshwater supplies. Less than 1% of the land area is artificially built. National parks and reserves have been expanded: about 20% of the land area is under some form of nature protection, among the highest shares in the OECD.

Please reference the Itinerary below for details as to how we will explore the history, natural wonders and sustainable practices of Iceland.
Please review, complete, and submit the following by September 5 to Josephine Nicholson at



Donna Daigle
Trip Leader

Josephine Nicholson
Chair of Trip Committee &
Global Programs Liaison


List of 10 items.

  • Detailed (Tentative) Trip Itinerary

    Friday, November 16
    Logan  Airport, Boston
    Students will depart as a group from MHS
    Saturday, November 17
    Keflavik International Airport
    • Clear customs and transfer by ground transport to Iceland’s capital, Reykjavik
    • Orientation session which will include a health and safety walkthrough.
    • Hop On Hop Off  Tour- features some of Reykjavik’s famous sites and museums
    Sunday, March 18
    • Golden Circle Tour- visit Geysir geothermal area, Gullfoss waterfall and Pingvellir National Park
    • Northern Lights Tour-view the awe inspiring Aurora Borealis
    Monday, November 19
    • Local Sights of Reykjavik
    • South Shore of Iceland for a Nature Excursion- walk through some of Iceland’s famous waterfalls, black sand beaches and spectacular landscape
    Tuesday, November 20
    Reykjanes UNESCO Heritage Site and Global Geopark- visit the largest mud geyser in Iceland, tour a geothermal energy plant, and several other points of interest
    Wednesday, November 21
    Whale Watch-wear your hats and gloves to get a chance to see Humpback whales, Minke whales and other sea mammals in their natural environment
    Thursday, November 22
    Logan Airport, Boston
    • Blue Lagoon-relax in the clear seawater before we travel back to the USA.
    • Transport to Logan Airport
    Note: Students will arrange transportation from the airport or can return to Pittsfield, MA  with the chaperones
  • Minimum number of MHS students for the trip to run

    12 (The cost of the trip will not decrease if one more student signs up. Maximum number of students is 13.)
  • Housing/Accommodations

    Hotel accommodations in three to four star hotel in Reykjavik with twin room occupancy and private facilities are guaranteed throughout the trip.
  • Transportation

    We will travel together by bus to Logan International Airport and use ground transportation while in Iceland. Families need to provide their own transportation from Boston, Logan Airport if the student is not returning to Pittsfield, Massachusetts at the end of the trip.
  • Costs payable to MHS

    Total cost per student: $2,250 per student, based on 12 students 
  • Insurance

    The cost of the trip includes trip cancellation insurance and limited emergency medical coverage through Roamright, an international travel insurance company. Detailed materials will be sent to all families.
  • Timeline of Payments

    • Payment #1 (September 5, 2018) - Families would need to make the first non-refundable* payment of $1,200
    • Payment #2 (October 5, 2018) - Non-refundable* payment of  $1,050
    *see exceptions in Roamright insurance policy
  • This fee includes

    • Round trip airfare with a major carrier on scheduled flights and guaranteed dates
    • All airport taxes and fuel surcharges (which will not change after time of enrollment for any participant)
    • Accommodation in three and four star hotels in Reykjavik in twin or triple rooms with private facilities guaranteed
    • Breakfast at hotel, lunches or dinners in local restaurants depending on the itinerary, two meals/day
    • All excursions, cultural activities and (several pre-booked) admissions as per the itinerary
    • Transportation by bus to and from airport transfers and touring
    • Roamright travel insurance, and international travel insurance company - This comprehensive policy includes limited health, property and cancellation coverage
  • What is NOT included

    • Special travel arrangements: If your child will not be flying with us to Iceland or you plan to have your child fly back from another destination, these arrangements need to be made by you and cannot interrupt the trip itinerary.
    • One meal/day (see above provisions)
    • Visas (if required), and if required, students must have their visas secured by August 15, 2018.  The following link lists the countries for which a visa is required to secure entrance into Iceland.
    • Any fees that might be imposed by the airlines at the airport for checked baggage
    • It is recommended that students bring additional money to use for personal expenses, souvenirs, etc., and for the additional meal not included in the trip fee.
  • Application

    In 300 words, explain how this trip will be beneficial to you academically and personally. Give this some serious consideration and think both in the short- and long term. We are interested in learning how you hope this trip will influence your worldview and sense of yourself as a global citizen. Send your essay to Josephine Nicholson at or submit your application using THIS LINK
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