Iceland 2023

Staff and students enjoyed a jam-packed trip to the wonderful country of Iceland. This once in a lifetime memorable experience started with touring the capital of Iceland, Reykjavik and visiting the Perlan Centre, City hall, Hallgrimskirkja church and much more, followed by a much needed rest at the Hotel Ork. All were up early on days 2 & 3 where the pace never slowed, visiting the Secret Lagoon, Thingvellir national park, Gullfloss waterfall, the Geysir centre, Kerio Crater, Seljalandsfoss waterfall, Skogar waterfall, Solheimajokull Glacier, Reynisfjara black sand beach and the Lava centre. A dark and clear evening meant only one thing; northern lights hunt. Students grabbed their cameras and set off to find the best photos of this amazing aurora, the anticipation and buzz around the group was incredible. The day had come where, Unfortunately the trip had to come to an end, but overall, a magical time had by the students and one they will never forget. Thank you, Iceland, Paignton Academy staff, students, and parents for this phenomenal experience.

“There are words to describe an experience which is out of the ordinary: awesome, amazing, incredible, inspiring, fantastic, extraordinary, impressive, memorable. 

Iceland 2023 encompassed all of these and more.  The chance to experience and witness the trip through the eyes of 40 teenagers, is something that cannot be placed into words.  The wonderment at the Northern Lights, a retreating glacier, snow on a volcanic beach.  These experiences cannot be explained, they can only be felt. 

It was an immense privilege to offer, organise and run this trip.  Our students were impeccably behaved and conducted themselves in a mature and considerate manner, making the Academy so very proud of them.   

To say that the trip was enjoyed by all, staff and students alike, would be an understatement.  A most memorable experience.”  (Mrs Smerdon – Trip Leader) 


Thank you to the amazing staff who looked after our kids and gave them such an amazing experience. Memories to last a lifetime (Parent) 

A massive thank you to all those that have been involved in making this incredible opportunity possible for our children. An even bigger thank you to those teachers that have looked after, cared for, and kept our children safe whilst giving them the best time, experiencing the awesome wonders they have seen in the last few days (Parent) 

A huge thank you to everyone involved in making this trip possible. You have been incredible and made some life enhancing memories for all the children that had the opportunity to go. What an experience indeed. (Parent) 

Thank you so much for giving our young people this fantastic opportunity. What an amazing experience! Sure, they will come home with plenty of stories to share and memories to last a lifetime. What an incredible trip they’ve been on. (Parent) 

Thank you for the amazing photos and diary of their fabulous trip. What a wonderful educational experience (Parent) 

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