31 Oct 2017

Geography Trip to Iceland

Geographers from L5 to U6 recently returned from a fantastic trip to Iceland. In conjunction with Discover the World Tours, Mr Gallagher and Miss Allum took 20 students to visit some of the numerous natural wonders this Nordic country has to offer.

Over 5 days we travelled the south-west of the country, taking in geysers, lava plateaux, sea-stacks, rift valleys, volcanoes, glaciers and waterfalls. One highlight for many of the students was the magnificent Seljalandsfoss waterfall where we were able to walk behind the 60m falls. Other notable experiences included seeing the workings within a geothermal power station and feeling the force of a 6.6 magnitude tremor in an earthquake simulator. It was also of particular interest to see how locals in southern Iceland have recovered from the effects of Eyjafjallajökull’s 2010 eruption.

With regard to the society and culture, we ingrained ourselves well, largely thanks to our enthusiastic and knowledgeable tour guide Hrefna who tried her best to teach us some of the basics of Icelandic pronunciation. Hrefna also introduced us to some Icelandic pop music on the coach stereo! In terms of accommodation the highlight must have been the third night where we stayed in guesthouse Bitra, a lovingly converted former women’s prison.

The trip really was over all too quickly and we look forward to the possibility of further visits in future.

31st October 2017