Over the Easter weekend 50 Year 10 GCSE Geography students participated in The Romsey School’s annual trip to Iceland.
The group arrived at Keflavik airport near Reykjavik at 9:30am and were keen to make the most of the day starting with a tour of the capital.
Afterwards, the incredible Blue Lagoon beckoned, where everyone basked in sunshine at the geothermally heated pool and tried the rejuvenating face masks. Sadly the attempt in the evening to see the Northern Lights was thwarted by a full moon which makes the lights less visible.
The next day the group embarked on the Golden Circle Tour which includes the powerful Gulfoss waterfall and the geyser Strokkur which erupts every 5-10 minutes with incredible force. The last stop of the day was at Pingvellier, one of two places on earth where you can see the Mid-Atlantic Ridge from above ground. At this point you can see the North American Plate and in the distance the Eurasian Plate. The plates are moving apart at the same rate as finger nails grow.
On the final full day the pupils had an opportunity to walk behind the waterfall Seljalandsfoss and travel to see black sandy beaches and the basaltic columns at Reynisfjara Beach. There was a 4 hour hike with crampons and ice axes on the glacier Solheimajökull; accompanied by glacier guides who explained all about the shrinking glacier. The final stop was next to the beautiful Skögafoss waterfall which has featured in Justin Bieber’s music videos.
The weather was glorious until the last day when Iceland was engulfed with blizzards and snowy conditions.
Trip Leader, Emily Slade commented on how much the pupils gained from the trip. ‘They excelled in the enriching environment that Iceland offers Geographers and have come back with memories that will last a lifetime.’
Thoughts are already turning to the trip in 2019.