The Geography department have recently returned from a 4 day field trip to Iceland. We had a fantastic time and were really proud of our students. Their maturity and behaviour on the long journey each way was outstanding and each and every one of them was a pleasure to be with.
We were extremely lucky with the weather in Iceland as it was warmer than anticipated and we saw some sunshine. The more mountainous areas were still covered with snow making them stunningly beautiful. On the first full day there, we managed to visit the very snowy Gullfoss waterfall, walk between the tectonic plates at Thingvellir national park, swim outside in the very warm geothermally-heated pool and watch the boiling streams flow past. Our students learnt a lot about the ways that the Icelandic people have managed to harness this energy to improve their lives. We saw several eruptions of Strokkur geyser and some managed to capture impressive slow-motion video of the event.
On Monday we travelled along the southern shore of Iceland and were treated to spectacular views of Hekla and Eyjafjallajokull volcanoes. Students thoroughly enjoyed climbing up onto Sólheimajökull glacier. We learnt a lot about the impact of climate change and enjoyed the challenge of climbing the steep ice in crampons with an ice-axe for assistance. The waves pounding against the black sandy shore at Reynisfjara were breathtaking and we were able to see the hexagonal basalt columns and sea stacks close to the beach. The return journey allowed us to visit two spectacular waterfall; Seljalandsfoss where we scrambled through the spray to walk behind the waterfall and Skógafoss where most climbed nearly 400 steps to reach the top.
All-in-all, a fantastic trip -we are now turning our attention to planning our next trip to Iceland in October 2019 with our year 9 pupils.
Included on the tour:
Thingvellier National Park
Sevret Lagoon, Fludir
Hveragerdi Greenhouse Village
Sólheimajökull Glacier Walk
Viking village of Vik
Reynisfjara and Basaltic Columns
Hellisheidi Geothermal Power Plant