Adventures in the land of Fire and Ice

Group photo on the crater rim of Eldfell volcano

Group photo on the crater rim of Eldfell volcano

During the first week of the Easter holidays 23 students from Barry Comprehensive and 20 students from Cowbridge Comprehensive joined together to visit Iceland.

The students, all studying A levels in Geology or Geography, spent six days studying the spectacular landscapes of this unique country.

On the first full day the group visited a number of well-known sites on the south coast including Seljalandsfoss waterfall and the coastal features at Dyrhólaey.

Day two saw visits to the incredible glaciated landscapes of Jökulsarlon (a glacial lagoon with floating icebergs populated by seals) and Skaftafell National Park.

On day three the group took in the world famous Golden Circle of Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir and Þingvellir. All of which are must see sites for any budding geologist or geographer.

The real highlight of the trip came on the final full day, where the students travelled by ferry to the volcanic island of Heimaey. Here we were able to hike to the crater rim of Eldfell volcano and view first-hand both the power and effects of recent eruptions.

Before returning home the whole party were able to relax in the Blue Lagoon bringing to an end a really successful, enjoyable and educational visit.

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