Iceland Trip October 2017

On Thursday 19th October 2017, 10 girls from Senior 3-5 left school at 2 am to go to Iceland.

When we arrived in the airport we were met by our tour guide, Antoine, who showed us around the island for the next few days. Our first stop was a lava field where it was really windy, cold and wet but fascinating to get our first glimpse of the volcanic geology. After this we went to a geothermal power station and a hydroelectric power station at Reykjanes to discover how Iceland generates most of their power, Iceland produce all their energy using green sources. We then did the Golden Circle tour which included visiting many waterfalls such as the world famous Gullfoss waterfall, the Thingvellir National Park and walking between two plate boundaries at the mid-Atlantic ridge. We had the exciting experience of seeing Geysirs work before heading back to our hotel for the night. This was a fun, full packed day so we were glad to relax in the hot tubs after dinner.

The next day we walked behind Seljalandsfoss waterfall and got very cold and wet but felt first-hand the power of glacial water. We followed this by taking a trip to the black sand beach at Reynishverfi, where we learnt about the geological features such as hexagonal columns. A highlight of the day was visiting Sólheimajökull ‘sun house glacier’ which has been retreating since the end of the 19th century at a rate of around 100m per year. Mrs Botterill visited this glacier about 10 years ago and was shocked to see that the now car park was once the snout of the glacier. We finished the day by seeing another spectacular waterfall, Skógafoss. Our evening accommodation was in a fantastic 4 star hotel where we enjoyed a huge buffet dinner. In the evening we experienced geography in action as an earthquake occurred just before we went to bed. Fortunately it was very small, so small in fact that the Hotel staff did not even react to it!

We finished the trip with an exciting final day exploring the glacial environment around us. We went on a monster truck to the second largest glacier in Iceland, Langjökull. Here we went inside tunnels within the glacier. This was an extraordinary experience and one we will never forget. Our trip ended with a visit to the Blue Lagoon, where we enjoyed the natural facemasks. The trip was brought to a fantastic close where we were lucky enough to see the Northern Lights right outside our hotel.

We would like to thank Miss Wyatt and Mrs Botterill for organising a truly inspiring trip. 

Jess, Issy F, Eloise

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