During the first week of the Easter holidays the school undertook its fourth trip to Iceland. All pupils studying Geography and/or Geology at A Level are given the opportunity to go on this ‘trip of a lifetime’.
The group spent the first night in Reykjavik and visited the island of Heimaey where they walked into the crater of the active volcano Eldfell. The next few nights were spent on the south coast in Dyrhólaey with visits to the spectacular glacial lagoon at Jökulsárlón and waterfalls at Skógafoss and Sjelandfoss. The last two nights were spent back in Reykjavik where the group visited: the erupting hot water spouts of Geysir, the plate boundary at Þingvellir and the amazing waterfall at Gullfoss. On the penultimate night the students and staff were treated to an unforgettable 3 hour display of the Northern Lights. Finally, before flying home, everyone took the opportunity to relax at the Blue Lagoon geothermal pools. As well as the amazing sights the students were able to sample Icelandic cuisine, culture and get involved in plenty of banter.
The trip, which is a joint venture with Cowbridge Comprehensive, was once again a great success and the students were a credit to themselves and the school. It is hoped that these spectacular sights and this experience of a very different geography will only help our students as they continue their studies.
Keep an eye out for details of the next visit in 2015.