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Iceland Trip Review

Falmouth School students were treated to the stunning and picturesque scenery of Iceland, following a half term geography trip. Over 40 students travelled to the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik for the beginning of their adventure.


The group braved the earliest of starts as the coach set off towards Gatwick Airport, with everyone on the trip meeting at the school at a sleepy 2.30am. The early start was all worth it though when they touched down to find a fresh covering of snow amidst the afternoon sunshine. The students checked in and had their evening meal, heading to bed early after a tiring day of travelling, in preparation for thr start of the adventures the next day.


First up the group climbed numerous steps to Skógafoss waterfall after passing below Eyjafjallajökull (a volcano made famous by the 2010 eruption). Students struggled to adapt to the icy conditions at first and there were a few spectacular falls on the frozen spray below the waterfall! Those on the trip visited the world famous black sand beach at Reynishverfi, before a short trek to Sólheimajökull, a glacier tongue that lies south of the Mýrdalsjökull Glacier.


The next morning the group had to brave bitterly cold temperatures of -14 °C to visit the Hellisheidi Power Station, which harnesses the geothermal energy that is prevalent on the Island. The rest of the day was spent visiting Þingvellir National Park where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet and Gullfoss waterfall, Europe’s biggest waterfall. Students and staff enjoyed the evening visit to Reykjavik’s geothermal outdoor swimming pool facility which included five hot pools (at different temperatures) a 50m pool, and even heated sea water baths.


On the final full day, there was still time to visit the Gunnuhver hot spring area and other geological features on the south coast before having the afternoon to explore Reykjavik and a little retail therapy. Before heading home, the group enjoyed a late breakfast followed by a swim in the Blue Lagoons geothermal pools.


Geography teacher at Falmouth School and trip organiser Matt Leach praised the students who went on the trip. “I’d like to thank the students form making the trip such a success, they did Falmouth school and the Geography department in particular proud. Thank you to all the parents who supported this exciting opportunity that I know has created fantastic lasting memories.”

Posted on: 25/02/16

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