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Explore Iceland - Reykjavik and Beyond


DATES: Friday, November 22 - 28, 2019

LEAD TRIP CHAPERONE: Donna Daigle and Sarah Virden

Iceland the Land of Fire and Ice
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 provide 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.

Those interested in the trip should contact Josephine Nicholson.
 

Please review, complete, and submit the following by September 6 to Josephine Nicholson:

Iceland Itinerary 

The minimum number of MHS students for the trip to run: 10 Students.

Accommodation: Hotel accommodation in three to a four-star hotel in Reykjavik with twin room occupancy, private facilities are guaranteed throughout the trip.

Transportation: We will travel together via Transport the People to Logan International Airport and will 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: $ 2,780/student, based on 10 students
Insurance: The cost of the trip includes trip cancellation insurance and limited emergency medical
coverage through InsureMytrip for Education, an international travel insurance company. Detailed materials will be sent to all families.

Timeline of Payments: (non- refundable payments)
  • Payment #1 (September 6, 2019), $ 1,380
  • Payment #2 (October 4, 2019), $ 1,400

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 the time of enrollment for any participant).
  • Accommodation in three and four-star hotels in Reykjavik in twin rooms with private facilities guaranteed. 
  • Breakfast at hotel and dinners in local restaurants depending on the itinerary, two meals/day.
  • Lunch will be for the student to purchase each day.
  • All excursions, cultural activities and (pre-booked) admissions as per the itinerary.
  • Transportation by bus to and from airport transfers and tours.
  • Travel insurance, a comprehensive policy through InsureMytrip for Education, an international travel insurance company that 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).
  • Transportation from LOGAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT to MHS. NOTE: Students will arrange transportation from the airport or can return to Pittsfield, MA with the chaperones for an additional fee.
  • Visas (if required), and if required, students must have their visas secured by October 23, 2019. 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.


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