27 May Iceland Trip 2016
Our trip to Iceland was amazing, we finally got to experience all of the physical geographical features we’d looked at in class in real life.
On the Monday we arrived in Iceland at around 4pm and at our hotel around an hour later. After unpacking we went to the pool down the road which was geothermally heated and outdoors and one of the most popular pools in Reykjavik. Tuesday was the first day of our landforms/explorer type things. We walked behind a waterfall and visited a black sand beach. After lunch we travelled another hour or so to a glacier where we put on crampons and climbed. At the top, there was a natural and clean stream which, obviously, we drank from.
On the Wednesday, we went to a geothermal power station and learnt more about how Iceland uses their energy. We then drove for a while to the Golden Waterfall. It was great to see – even though it was very wet and cold! Before going back to the hotel, we stopped to see the geysers. The geysers have eruptions of water vapour about every five minutes so we got very wet here as well but it was really interesting to see. The water exploded very high into the air. On our way back to the hotel, we stopped to look at tectonic plate boundaries. We had to walk quite a long way from the coach but the view was so pretty and worth it.
On the Thursday, we visited many different land forms and there was a lot of walking involved. We went to see a lake and climbed a crater. We also went to a beach and up a cliff, where some people climbed down the large rocks to get closer the shore. Lastly we went to see hot springs, which smelt of egg very badly.
The Friday was our final day in Iceland and we ended the trip by going to the Blue Lagoon – it was great there! There were also face masks, which were supposed to be good for the skin as they contained sulphur.
Orla and Akua (Year 10)
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