Journey to the Land of Ice and Fire
Over the Easter break, 48 Middle School geographers headed to Iceland to explore the varied physical and human geography aspects of this amazing island. Arriving in Reykjavik to sunshine and blue skies, the party stayed in a location to the east of Reykjavik which provided a great base for exploring.
Over the next three days a wide variety of sites were visited, ranging from spectacular waterfalls such as Skogafoss and Gulfoss to the stark black sand beach at Reynishverfi. The highlight for many was the opportunity to undertake a glacier walk on the Sólheimajökull Glacier. With sunshine and blue skies once again, pupils donned harnesses, climbing helmets and crampons then headed out onto the glacier to understand how they are formed as well as how they are threatened by climate change. No visit to Iceland would be complete without a swim at a thermal pool, so they visited the Secret Lagoon on the middle day before going to Geysir to see the bubbling mud pools and hot springs and the geyser Strokkur which explodes high into the air every few minutes. They also managed to fit a visit to some spectacular lava tunnels and one of the main geothermal power plants into the packed programme.
For the final day the group moved back to Reykjavik where they had a guided tour and some free time for one last explore before heading home.