Over the spring break, 25 students and 3 teachers visited the land of fire and ice. This small island in the middle of the North Atlantic is a place filled with natural wonders and a nation of peace-loving and resilient people. With their custom designed hoodies, students set out on the long journey via Stockholm. Upon arrival in Iceland, the fresh, clean air immediately struck them but it took a while and some convincing that it is perfectly fine to drink the water in Iceland. As always, the weather in Iceland can determine a tour schedule and this week was no different. Luckily, Mr May had been to Iceland many times and was able to re-plan on a daily basis to ensure everything we wanted to visit was covered. From the power of Gunnhuver with its violent steam and sulphur vents to the majesty of Iceland’s many waterfalls, some of which we got very close to! The island of Iceland is famous for its geothermal power, resulting in Geysirs, naturally hot streams and lakes and of course volcanic eruptions. The weather was crazy some days and kind on others, allowing the students to experience all that the wind can throw at them but also a chance to see some of the most incredible views of the mountains and volcanos of Iceland.
Iceland is a nation of contrasts, from the dramatic black coastlines in the south to the alien landscapes formed by lava flows and moss growth over thousands of years. This makes it somewhat of a photographer’s paradise. Over the seven days, students were able to visit and experience many of Iceland’s most famous locations. It was interesting how all the students had different highlights of the trip. Some were impressed with the weather and the snow, others with the Blue Lagoon and the local people but all stated that to see such varied and impressive landscapes was a once in a lifetime experience that they will never forget.
We would like to thank the parents of those who went to Iceland, as the trip simply would not have been possible without their support. We would like to thank Miss Huby, Miss Saavedra for giving up their well-earned holiday to accompany the students and finally Mr May for organising and leading the trip.