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Icelandic Paradise

Iceland Trip 2
  • Senior School

Towards the end of term, 38 excited and enthusiastic Geography and Environmental Science Higher pupils (alongside 4 equally excited staff), started their 4 day excursion to explore the incredible sights of Iceland.

We caught up with Geography Teacher, Mr Barrack, who reflected on what was the first Iceland trip in seven years:

"Iceland is a Geographers/Environmental Scientists paradise, everywhere you turn there are locations or features which are textbook examples of what we love to explore and learn. Iceland is therefore the ideal location for our Higher Study Trip as it gives our pupils the opportunity to see first hand the concepts and formations that they are learning about in class. The pupils were an absolute credit to the school, showing enthusiasm and engagement within every activity.

After landing in Keflavik Airport, we were whisked away by our bus driver George and our tour guide Val to our first location. The Fagradalsfjall volcano erupted last summer and so we were able to get right up to the edge of the now cooled lava flow which was still steaming in places! Many pockets were weighted down with trip souvenirs of basaltic lava filled with sparking green crystals of the mineral olivine…a great start to our trip!

Our second day began by trekking over the Sólheimajökull Glacier complete with crampons and pickaxes. The weather brought clear blue skies and sunshine so the views from the glacier were absolutely stunning! That afternoon we visited the black sands of the eroded basaltic lavas and the monumental basalt columnar joints of the Reynisfjara Beach before testing out our waterproofs under the waterfalls of Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss. Both locations brought a lot of smiles and laughter to students and staff alike!

A dip into the geothermally heated waters of the Secret Lagoon got our third day off to a very relaxing start before the exciting sights (and not so relaxing smells!) of the famous Icelandic Geysers smacked us in the face (well, noses). The bright colours of the mineral deposits within these geothermal areas made us feel as if we were on an alien planet. This day ended with a walk along fissures within the Thingvellir National Park which are part of the diverging plate boundary of the Eastward moving Eurasian Plate and Westward moving North American Plate.

The strong winds of Iceland blew so hard on our final day that we sadly had to abandon our Super Jeep Tour and Plan B was thrust into action. We visited the Hellisheidi Geothermal Power Station, enjoyed the 'FlyOver Iceland' experience, explored Reykjavik and visited geothermal mud pools and hydrothermal steam vents before making our way back to Keflavik Airport for our journey home...not a bad Plan B at all!

Safe to say, all involved had an amazing trip and this will certainly be an experience remembered by all for a very long time to come."

  • Senior School
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