Icelandic Adventure to Discover Nature’s Wonders
Over the Half term break, RGS Geographers set off for Iceland. Despite a few initial setbacks as the trip contended with the end of Storm Barat, the Geography trip proved to be an unforgettable experience, offering pupils a firsthand look at some of the most awe-inspiring natural wonders on Earth. Head of Geography, Mrs Jenny Stace has written the following report about the experience:
“Our much-anticipated Geography Field Trip to Iceland began with a flight delay and nerve-wracking 70-mile-an-hour winds, resulting in an aborted landing at Keflavik airport. Nevertheless, once we set foot in the land of ice and fire, the breathtaking sights made this initial hurdle worthwhile.
Our second day started with a visit to the enchanting ‘Secret Lagoon’ in Flúðir, surrounded by steam and boasting temperatures of 38-40 Celsius. Gullfoss, a majestic two-stage waterfall, left us awe-struck as the Hvita River plunged into a mile-long gorge. The Geyser site showcased the power of Strokkur, erupting every 10-15 minutes, and Thingvellir National Park revealed the geological wonders of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge.
Day three began with a glacier hike on Solheimajokull’s glacier tongue, exploring ice sculptures and deep crevasses. Our guides equipped us with crampons and ice axes, ensuring a safe and thrilling adventure. The coastal town of Vik treated us to black sand beaches and remarkable sea stacks. Skogafoss, a thundering waterfall fed by two glaciers, and Seljalandsfoss, which we could walk behind, marked the day’s grand finale.
On day four, we explored Iceland’s geothermal energy, visiting the world’s sixth-largest geothermal power plant. Reykjavík, with its famous rainbow road and church, offered a picturesque backdrop for our city tour. Whale watching proved to be a highlight, with sightings of Minky Whales and playful dolphins. Dinner at the Hamburger Factory preceded a visit to a local geothermal public pool where, to our amazement, the northern lights danced in the night sky.
Our Icelandic adventure was an unforgettable exploration of natural wonders. From hot springs and waterfalls to glaciers and geothermal power, Iceland left an indelible mark on our understanding of Geography. The resilient spirit of the land mirrored our own journey, making this trip an education beyond the classroom.
Well done to the intrepid pupils and staff and I know this will have been an extremely memorable and inspiring trip for everyone.”
Mrs Jenny Stace, Head of Geography