Over half term, 21 geographers from Years 9 – 11 accompanied Mr Byrne and me on a trip to one of the most spectacular countries in the world: Iceland.
Despite the high spirits and enthusiasm, day one started on a rather damp note, as we trudged around Reykjavik in the rain on a city tour. The boys were pleased to get to the shelter of the hotel at the end of the day!
Day two we set out for the spectacular Þingvellir World Heritage site. The views were breath-taking: the geysers, mid-Atlantic Ridge and Gullfoss Waterfall showed the power of nature and provided a natural outdoors geography lesson. After a day in the cold we bedded down in the Hotel Flijotshlid at Smaratun Farm – an amazing place to stay with incredible food and a pool table. Needless to say the boys insisted on a pool tournament, which I was only too happy to win!
On the following day we visited two more beautiful waterfalls, and a black sand beach. There we spent an inordinate amount of time seal-spotting – it was a great way to spend the afternoon! That evening we stayed at a little guesthouse which was just below the Eyjafjallajökull Volcano, which had erupted in 2010.
The final full day was voted as the best by all the travellers: a walk on Vatnajokull Glacier. The boys strapped on their crampons and set off traversing the glacier and exploring the crevices. It was a once in a lifetime experience!
The final morning brought Mr Bryne’s favourite excursion – a visit to Hellisheidi Geothermal Power Plant. As a physicist, Mr Bryne couldn’t wait to see the plant in action and did his best to enthuse the boys about the science before their eyes! After the power plant, we set off for the Blue Lagoon Natural Spa, where the boys were all too happy to don mud packs and wallow in the soothing waters. Their very expensive slush puppies gave them a lesson in economics and budgeting, before we set off for the UK and the rather more ‘normal’ geographical features of home!
Thank you to Mr Byrne for accompanying the trip, and to all of the boys who attended – we had a brilliant week and it was a pleasure spending the week exploring this incredible country with them.
Miss Brennan, Head of Geography