Geography: Bede's Pupils Undertake Iceland Expedition

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Earlier this term, 32 intrepid Geographers set out on an expedition to explore the far North of our globe.

Our destination was Iceland. Everyone was in high spirits and raring to go. Our airline was WOW air and it really lived up to its name as we landed in Keflvik airport early, meaning we would get extra time at the Blue Lagoon.

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The Lagoon is naturally heated by geothermal activity at the temperature of 30 degrees celsius. It was a great place to relax after our flight, although some of us got covered in clay quite quickly! Our tour guide Jo then took us to the B&B where we would spend our evenings chilling out.

The morning of Day Two, we woke up to a blanket of snow covering the Icelandic landscape, which sadly didn't last for very long. We had our first breakfast and then rode in our coach at 9am to go and explore the Thingvetler Rift Valley, which is where the North American and Eurasian plates meet. We then dismounted the coach and trekked through the fissure, which led us to our first of many waterfalls.

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Returning to the coach we began our way to the geysers, which were magnificent. After the thrill of the spectacular hot water fountains, at the gift shop we all got an opportunity to buy tinned Icelandic Air sold for 1000kr, which surprisingly nobody opted for.

We also went to one of the largest waterfalls in Iceland, which everyone thoroughly enjoyed. After all the walking everyone was ready for relaxing swim in the local hot pools and a good night's sleep.

Unfortunately we did not get a long lie in as we got up early to set off to one of the biggest volcanoes in Iceland, which is called Hekla. We weren't allowed to go within a certain distance, as this particular volcano was still active and due for an eruption, so we went to the museum. It was really interesting and we learnt a lot about the Geography and culture of the region.

We then took the bus to the middle of nowhere and were told to get out! We were all petrified as we took an eight kilometer hike past a dormant volcano with Hekla in the background to an outstanding waterfall called Haifoss, which was incredibly beautiful.

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Our final destination on our volcanic tour was a dormant volcano, which we all climbed; at the top we had a 360 degrees view of the coast and Icelandic landscape, which was stunning. Once we climbed (or rolled) back down, we once again got a chance to relax in the hot pools in Selfoss and had our third dinner in the B&B.

On day four we once again woke up early to head of to see some of the other magnificent waterfalls. The first was Selandfoss, this was one of the waterfalls we could walk behind as the water had eroded the rock to form an undercutting. After that, we set off to Skogafoss, which is one of the tallest waterfalls in Iceland. Here we climbed to the top (thanks Mr Elwell) and looked down to the plunge pool, which was stunning and definitely worth the trek.

On this packed day we also drove to the Solheimajokull glacier, which looked extremely different to what everyone had expected and it was very exciting as many of us had studied it in previous years.

We then went to Vik, which has a black sandy beach. Unfortunately the weather turned at this point with gale force winds blowing us back and swirling sand into our eyes. Finally, we took our last trip to the Selfoss hot pools, which was great fun.

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On our final day we went to the capital of Iceland, Reykjavik, for some souvenir shopping, to see the sights and to have a chance to go to a very 'intriguing' museum. We learnt a lot about the unique attractions that Iceland has to offer!

After a couple of hours there, we took our final coach journey to the airport and said our farewells to Iceland. We all had a really wonderful time and look forward to attending our next Geography adventure.

Hector Hadow and Rosalind Manning

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