Breathtaking Geography Trip to Iceland
From Tuesday 9 to Friday 12 April 2019, thirty Sixth Form Geography students flew to Keflavik, Iceland and spent 4 days visiting the magnificent tectonic wonders of this rugged and beautiful country.
On Day 1, following a very early departure, we spent the morning on a guided walking tour of Reykjavik, taking in Hallgrimskirkja, the largest church in Iceland, City Hall and the Alþingi Houses of Parliament. Some of our students also tasted local cuisine such as the Fisherman’s Favourite and dried fish snacks. We then spent the rest of the day relaxing at Laugardalslaug Geothermal Swimming Pool and Egilshöll Bowling Alley.
Day 2 started with a visit to Hellisheidi Power Station which powers the city of Reykjavik. Here the group saw a film about the importance of geothermal power to Iceland and the development of the power plant. We then took a dip in the steamy 40oC waters of the Secret Lagoon Geothermal Pool and Hot Spring, before visiting a range of tectonic wonders along the Golden Circle: Kerið crater, an almost perfect miniature volcano and spatter cone, Gullfoss waterfall, one of the most impressive waterfalls in Europe, Strokkur, the most famous and active geyser in Iceland and Þingvellir National Park, a beautiful canyon which forms the meeting point of two of the earth’s tectonic plates. It was a great opportunity for our A-level students to see so much of the tectonic activity that they have been studying in class.
Day 3 involved 400km of travel along the South Shore to Vik. Prior to visiting the impressive interactive exhibition at the Lava Centre, we briefly stopped at Eyjafjallajokull which erupted in 2010. Here our students heard about the impacts of the eruption from our driver, whose family still own the farm directly in the shadow of the volcano. We then climbed the 200ft Skógafoss waterfall, dodged waves at Reynishverfi black sand beach and saw the impacts of climate change on the Sólheimajökull glacier tongue. We completed the trip by ticking off another item from our bucket list, by braving the elements to walk behind the Seljalandsfoss waterfall.