A group of 46 year 11 Geography pupils from Woldgate College set off for a six-day visit to Iceland.
This year their hoodies were emblazoned with the tagline ‘Lost in Iceland’ (in Icelandic of course!). This was our philosophy for the visit and was praised by the Iceland Air cabin crew even before they left Manchester.
Immediately after leaving Keflavik airport they were taken to the bridge that spans the mid-Atlantic ridge, and after a quick visit to some boiling mud pools they headed for the Blue Lagoon and a relaxing soak in the geothermal pool.
On the Thursday they set off to Vik visiting a geothermal power station and two magnificent waterfalls (one of which they were able to walk behind). They also went to one of Iceland’s beaches made of black volcanic sand. Looking out to sea the next landfall is Antarctica!
On the Friday they headed to Skaftafell National Park, where after a trek through the snow they reached the Black Waterfall, and Woldgate pupils were able to show off their creative talents by building snowmen. From there the group headed to a glacial lagoon where icebergs break off from a glacier and enter the sea.
Heading back to Reykjavik on the Saturday they stopped for a walk on a glacier. The guide was highly amused to hear the strange names that East Yorkshire villages have.
The Golden Circle was their destination on the Sunday. Leaving in snowy conditions that would probably shut Britain but that Icelanders take in their stride, the group headed for Gulfoss (The Golden Waterfall) and Geysir (where the name geyser originates). With a stop at Thingvellir (site of the world’s first parliament) they arrived back in Reykjavik for their final night in Iceland.
The pupils were a credit to themselves and great ambassadors for the school.