The exciting trip to Iceland began at 2:30 am, when parents and students gathered outside school – we hit the road by 3 am to catch our morning flight from Manchester airport to Keflavik in Iceland.
Upon landing, we headed straight to the Blue Lagoon. A geothermally heated open air spa with water at a warm 30°C -38°C with a mud mask and drink included. Located in the middle of a black lava field, the water is mineral-rich with high levels of silica, giving the Lagoon it’s rich blue colour.
After this relaxing experience, students were then taken on a guided tour of Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland. Students visited Rejkavik City Hall, the famous Hallgrimskirkja church, as well as the historic harbour area. Then it was back to the hotel for dinner and an early night!
On the second day, students were then treated to a full day guided tour of the Golden Circle. Starting the day at the Hellisheiði power station, all students learnt how geothermal power stations work, producing electricity from a renewable energy source. As part of this day, students also visited Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss waterfall and the erupting Geysir (as well as a walk around the Kerid Volcanic crater)
The weather was cold and windy, and students did extremely well to battle the elements in these difficult conditions.
On the evening, we then had our Northern Lights tour (the Aurora Borealis). We were extremely lucky to have the sky lit up whilst we were there. It was also one of our students 16th birthday, what a special birthday it was!
On our third and final full day, we had a tour of the South Shore. Highlights of this included Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfall, as well as visiting a black volcanic beach with special rock formations which can’t be found anywhere else in the world. Students also got to walk up to Mýrdalsjökull glacier. Conditions were extremely difficult with wind speeds of around 40mph.
After an early breakfast, we then caught our flight back to Manchester airport, arriving at school at around 5pm after a very busy but exciting four days of travel.
All students were exceptionally well behaved and represented our school phenomenally well.
I am sure they found this one in a lifetime trip as memorable and enjoyable as we did – thanks to all involved!
D Allden & M Walker