Geographers explore Iceland

Geographers explore Iceland Year 11 Geography students had the experience of a lifetime last weekend, spending four days on a field trip to Iceland, visiting a host of sites which had been created by weird and wonderful geological processes.

On arrival at the airport in Iceland, the group were met by Anthony, the Tour Guide, who gave them a fascinating talk on the geological background that has shaped Iceland’s landscape. Anthony gave the students lots of interesting facts about the country and introduced them to some rather strange Icelandic words!

Day 1 was spent at the Blue Lagoon, where everyone took the opportunity to relax in the geothermally-heated pool and bathe with some of the `natural masks`.

After a good night’s sleep, the group then travelled to Iceland’s `Golden Circle” which contains Gulfoss, Iceland’s second largest waterfall, and the spectacular Geyser. Eruptions came thick and fast, but we were all glad to get away from the smell!

More waterfalls followed on day 3, as students visited the Country’s south coast, where they also spent time on the volcanic beach and the glacier which sits on top of
Eyjafjallajokull, the volcano that erupted in 2010. Everyone was shocked to see how far it had retreated as a result of climate change.

The last day of the trip was spent in Reykjavic, Iceland’s capital - which has the same size population as Southampton. Students browsed the shops, and enjoyed wandering around the city’s immaculately clean streets.

This trip was an amazing preparation for the Geography GCSE - we’re expecting great results. I should like to thank the students for being such great ambassadors for our School. Staff were approached by numerous Icelanders during the trip who all commented on their excellent behaviour and manners. Report by Miss Milward.

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