Iceland Field Trip Report

GCSE Geography pupils saw spectacular scenery during their visit to Iceland. We visited The Bridge Between Continents and Thingvellir National Park to observe the rift valley as the Eurasian plate and North American plate move away from each other.

The Raufarhólshellir Lava tunnels were stunning with icicles from recent snow melt as well as the tunnels (which formed from lava flows 5200 years ago during a volcanic eruption). We also visited the Secret Lagoon, Stokkur geysir, the Lava Centre, the beautiful Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls and for most of us the highlight was a hike on the Sólheimajökull glacier where many of us completed 'Viking press-ups' (a press up using an ice axe to drink from a melt water stream) and looked into a crevasse.

We were also treated to the magical aurora borealis. Pupils' behaviour was impeccable, and pupils have enhanced their geographical knowledge ahead of their GCSE examinations as well as seeing beautiful volcanic landscapes.

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