St Georges Visit the Land of Ice and Fire
Over the half term break, a group of our intrepid GCSE Geographers embarked on a remarkable journey to Iceland to experience diverse landscapes and many forms of natural phenomena.
Mr Newbury, gave us an amazing insight into their daily adventures:
“After landing in the morning, our first day involved students exploring the capital of Iceland – Reykjavik. This included visiting government buildings, an observation deck and discovering the souvenir shops. After a tiring day, students recovered at the hotel.
On our second day, the trip truly began. Getting on the coach for our Golden Circle Tour. First stop was the incredible Secret Lagoon. This lagoon is heated by thermal activity beneath the Earth’s surface and allowed us to relax from the busy day before. Next, we visited Kerið, a volcanic crater that is around 3,000 years old. This was a fantastic opportunity to get up close to volcanic rocks and appreciate the scale and profile of a volcano. Our next location was a geyser in the geothermal area of Haukadalur. This geyser erupts water 15-20 metres into the air every 6 – 10 minutes. A truly beautiful sight to behold. Then we journeyed on to Gulfoss, a waterfall that impressed our students with the sheer scale and volume of water which drops far into the deep canyon below. Finally, a bit of Game of Thrones action, with the Þingvellir National Park rift valley. This marks an area where the Eurasian and North American plates continually pull apart.
The third day was just as busy as our last. The coach journeyed through the southern regions of Iceland, allowing students to see vast glaciers and famous volcanoes such as Katla and Eyjafjallajökull (the volcano that stopped air traffic across Northern Europe in 2010). Our first stop was the Lava Centre. This museum is unlike any the students have ever seen, with interactive technology displaying volcanic and seismic displays. Once finished we saw the incredible Skogafoss waterfall that towered high but plunged down with a thunderous rapture. Back on the bus we then arrived at Vik, a coastal town close to the Black Sandy Beach. Here many of the students noticed the beautiful headland with an arch and stack in the distance. Finally, we stopped at Seljalandfoss waterfall, whereby students could adventure behind the plunging waterfall and be sheltered by its overhang. We ended the day heading back to Reyjavik with some students taking up the opportunity to visit the local shops again".
Mr Newbury went on to say, "It was an incredible trip full of amazing geographical sites. Geography is great in the classroom but inspiring in the field. Our brilliant tour guide, Regina, remarked that our students were unlike any other she has had (in a good way). The students were a credit to our Academy but most importantly to themselves. Well Done Geographers!”