Upon arrival in Iceland, we were treated to 2 hours in the Blue Lagoon. Sipping our complimentary smoothies and milkshakes whilst relaxing in the soothing hot water in minus degree conditions was a truly memorable experience. Later that day, we went for a walk around the capital Reykjavik with our guide for the week, ‘God’. He took us to the ‘best hot dog stand in Iceland’, which we all agreed was ‘alright’. Whilst on our travels, we saw columnar jointing, several beautiful waterfalls, and black sand beaches and were incredibly fortunate to see the northern lights. Alongside the Blue lagoon, walking on a glacier was a surreal highlight of the trip, using crampons and ice picks to help us walk on the ice. Once we had finished, our guide showed us a sign of where the glacier had been in 2010 and sadly it was several hundred metres away from where it is now, bringing home the effects of climate change and showing what we have learned in our lessons.
Throughout the trip we were constantly witnessing geological and geographical structures which we have already been taught about, providing us with real life context and case studies. Alongside this, we experienced unique Icelandic culture, tasting fish-jerky, sheep brains and singing Icelandic songs. From this trip we not only gained worldly experiences but also improved our understanding of the natural structures and landforms helping us with our respective A-levels. We would completely recommend this trip to anyone who receives the opportunity to go as we gained so much from it and are so lucky to have been. It’s just a shame we can’t go more often.
Katie, Claudia and Peter