Teach Through Educational Travel: Iceland
There are so many things to see and do in Iceland – from the summer’s white nights (where the sun hardly sets) to winter, where the Northern Lights reflect upon black lava fields or snow-covered glaciers in the evenings. This is reflected in Icelandic literature, which started with the ancient Sagas and is continued today with a Nobel Laureate, among other writers. The Icelanders also believe in elves, trolls, stone people, and fairies. These have also been culturally relevant and written about from the ancient Sagas to modern times.
Imagine getting into a hot spring, in the middle of winter! Or, more likely, in the middle of summer, when your nose won’t freeze. Take a look at this webcam to get a sense of being there. There are many hot springs located throughout Iceland, but this one is the most famous. Would you get into a hot spring?
The Northern Lights, Aurora Borealis, feature prominently in Icelandic life in the winter. Read about the science behind the Northern lights, and check out some of the incredibly beautiful photos. Have you seen the Aurora Borealis? What were the sights and sounds you experienced?This lesson was contributed by Jessie Voigts, get to know her!Want more lesson ideas? See last week’s Teach Through Educational Travel: The Eden Project – perfect for your next classroom activity.