After a very early morning flight, we arrived in Iceland and went straight to the Reykjanes Peninsula.
Here we began by visiting Gunnuhver, Iceland’s largest bubbling mud pool. The area was full of geothermal steam which stankof rotten eggs!
Later in the day, we visited the magnificent Blue Lagoon. Here we bobbed around in 40°C geothermal waters, with our face masks on and smoothies in hand.
Later in the evening we arrived at the scenic Arhus Cottages, where we had little log cabins overlooking a river.
We started the day by visiting the Lava Centre, where we explored the science of Iceland’s tectonic history and future. We were able to stand on earthquake simulators and see an enormous model of the magma plume underneath Iceland.
Later in the day we visited lots of geographic features including black beaches, waterfalls and a huge glacier! We were shocked to see how much the Sólheimajökull Glacier has receded since 2010 and agreed that we must not deny the effects of global warming.
On our final full day, we went to the very hot and explosive Geysers. Here the Strokkur geyser erupted every 5-8 minutes.
We then had some delicious ice cream from a family run dairy farm.
We finished the day at Þingvellir National Park, where we stood in a rift valley between the North American and the Eurasian tectonic plates. We were very lucky as it was the 100 year anniversary of the National Park, so we caught a glimpse of the Icelandic President and all his dignitaries!
Miss O’Connor and Mr Nunn would like to congratulate all pupils on their impeccable behaviour, enthusiasm in learning all about Iceland and acting as responsible tourists around the island. Our tour guide Karen shared excellent knowledge with us and also commented on how well our pupils represented Barr Beacon