Adventure - Art - Culture - Juniors Abroad at George Fox

Iceland/Ireland/England

Faculty: Cliff Rosenbohm, Sean St. Jean
Meeting Time: T - 6:30 - 9:00 PM   

We will begin the adventure by exploring breathtaking landscapes in Iceland. We will go to the blue lagoon, an outdoor geothermal spa near Reykjavik and we will get a stunning impression of Iceland on the Golden Circle day tour and the South shore adventure tour which includes visiting geysers, amazing cascades, volcanoes and glaciers.

We will  then experience the beauty of the geography of Ireland and England as well as have the opportunity to grow in our knowledge and understanding of the history, art, and culture of these countries. On this trip, we will have the chance to increase our knowledge of art through visits the National Gallery of Ireland, the National Gallery in London, and the Globe Theater in London. Additionally, we will have the opportunity to see theater productions in Dublin and London. We will experience a variety of opportunities to expand our knowledge of history through visits to museums and through seeing historical sites such as Stonehenge or the Great Bath ruins, constructed in 70 AD.

Preliminary Itinerary:

Day 1

Flight to Reykjavik, Iceland

Day 2 

Arrive Rekjavik, orientation, visit the world famous Blue Lagoon, an outdoor geothermal spa.

Day 3

South shore adventure tour one of the country´s most scenic regions. Along the way we will stop at Vík, a charming village surrounded by beautiful high bird cliffs, the gorgeous Seljalandsfoss waterfall and the majestic and much-photographed Skógafoss. then view  the stunning Mýrdalsjökull glacier, and the black sand coastline and impressive Reynisdrangar rock formations, near Vík. 

Day 4

This day we will go on the Golden Circle Tour, which will introduce you to some of the best-known historical sites and natural phenomena in Iceland. We start by visiting Nesjavellir, a high temperature geothermal area in the scenic landscape of Lake Þingvallavatn. From there we go to the Þingvellir National Park, where the Icelandic Parliament Alþingi was founded in the year 930AD. Þingvellir is geologically remarkable and the tectonic plate boundaries form a breath taking scenery. We will continue to the beautiful waterfall Gullfoss. Then we will journey towards the geothermal area around the incredible spouting hot springs of Geysir and Strokkur. 

Day 5-8

Flight to Dublin

Visits to Trinity College (must see Library), site of the ancient Book of Kells , St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and the National Gallery of Ireland.  Possible daytrips include Clonmacnois, site of the greatest of the medieval Irish high crosses, and County Wexford, home to great Irish castles (Dublin Castle). Grafton Street (Shopping Street). Kilmainham Gaol. St. Stephen’s Green. National Botanical Gardens. O’Connell Street for shopping (Spire). Molly Malone. Aviva Stadium (National Rugby Stadium). Irish Emigration Museum. Jenie Johnston Tall Ship (1850 emigrant ship). Dublin Historical Walking Tour. Cliffs of Moher.

Days 9-12  Northern Ireland; Belfast

Includes visits to the Titanic Belfast Museum and St. George’s Market; HM Prison Crumlin Road Gaol; Giants Causeway; North Coast; Carrick-Rede Rope Bridge; Armagh Cathedral. Carrick-Fergus Castle (Coastal route from Belfast to the North Coast); Mussenden Temple (Iconic of the N. Coast). Walls of Derry (this is where the Troubles began), Peace Line tour; Stormount Parliament Buildings; Grave of St. Patrick (County Down, Church of Ireland Cathedral). Windsor Park (N. Ireland Soccer Stadium).

Day 13  Flight Belfast to London

Day 14 Southhampton

Day trip to Portsmouth

National Museum of the Royal Navy, a spectacular collection of ships and activities, including the HMS Victory, the Mary Rose, and a tour of Portsmouth Harbor.

Days 15-16  Salisbury

Possible day trips to Bath, Stonehenge, includes the Roman baths, constructed in 70 A.D., Salisbury Cathedral, the tallest medieval cathedral in England, and the Jane Austen Center.

Days 17-18  Oxford

One of the most famous university towns in the entire world is a place of natural beauty and historic pubs.  Includes a possible day trip to Warwick Castle. Eagle and Child Pub. Christ Church College.

Days 19-21  London

Includes numerous London sites such as the Imperial War Museum, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, the Churchill War Rooms, the National Gallery, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and the Globe Theater.  There will be many opportunities to attend a production on the London stage, including Shakespeare at the Globe.  Possible day trips to Windsor Castle, home of the royal family, and Cambridge University. Hampton Court. Afternoon tea.

Day 22  Return flight London to Portland