Iceland 2018Posted on: March 29th 2018
Gathering at 5.30am on a chilly March morning with flecks of snow in the air seemed the perfect way for the Year 10 Geographers to set off for Iceland. This trip had been highly anticipated with a record 58 students and five staff attending. Touching down in Keflavik airport, Reykjavik, the group’s first taste of the country was a visit to the North American and Eurasian plate boundary and the remarkable coastline to the east of the Capital. It was a great way to stretch the legs and clear the heads after the journey.
The evening’s entertainment included a hotly contested general knowledge quiz. Days two and three included visits to a great number of impressive waterfalls (including the experience of walking behind one), hot springs and the visitor centre at the Eyjafjallajökull volcano.
The south of Iceland is known for its impressive waves and walking along the black sand beaches it was not long before it was clear why a 20 metre buffer zone was required between the waves and the students, as several large rogue waves rolled up the beach soaking a few unsuspecting tourists! It was the perfect spot to show the students the ideas and concepts about coasts that they had learnt in the classroom. The weather also played its part with rain, wind, sun and rainbows.
The final day before departure was back towards the west of Iceland near Reykjavik peninsula with the famous ‘golden circle tour’ of Geysir, the waterfalls at Gullfoss and the ancient parliament location in the UNSECO protected Thingvellir National Park.
For many students it was a trip of a life time and although very tired on their return most were excited to tell their family what they had experienced. One student stated “It’s boring being back in England, I want to see snow capped mountains every day”. Roll on Sicily 2019 - the big adventure for next year’s GCSE Geographers.