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Iceland Trip 2016

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On the 3rd April at 2:30am (!!) 28 year 10 students, along with 4 teachers, gathered in the Key Stage 4 Cafe ready to head off to Iceland. We left school at 3 and arrived at the airport all dreary eyed at around 5. We checked in successfully and passed through security smoothly apart from Mollie losing one of her shoes! The teachers gave us an hour to browse around the shops before at 7:30 we were called to begin to board our plane. The plane took off at around 8:15 and was a very easy flight. It was some of the students first time flying but everyone was fine!

When we arrived at Keflavik Airport we met our guide, who was lovely, and we boarded our coach. Our first stop was the bridge between the two continents which is where the Eurasian and North American Tectonic Plates meet. Here you can walk across a bridge over them and then walk between the two plates. After this we had a quick stop for lunch and then to the Blue Lagoon. The Blue Lagoon geothermal spa is one of the most visited attractions in Iceland. The spa is located in a lava field in Grindavík on the Reykjanes Peninsula, Southwestern Iceland. It was incredible and was so warm! When we sadly have to leave this astounding place everyone climbed on to the coach and we drove to an Ice Rink in Reykjavik and spent an hour ice skating which was super fun! At about 7 we finally arrived at our hotel – The Arctic Comfort Hotel, which was so lovely! We then went to a restaurant called Ruby Tuesday where we had yummy Quesadilla. After that it was straight to rooms ready for bed which we all needed after probably the longest day ever!

Day 2 – 4th April

We all woke up early to a delicious breakfast with the best waffles ever! Once we were all full of fuel, once again we got on the coach. Firstly we visited a geothermal power station where we learnt about how geothermal energy is used to heat all the buildings in Reykjavik. After this interesting tour we continued our journey and reached Seljalandfoss Waterfall. This waterfall has a 60m drop and you can walk behind the water dropping! Let’s just say we were all soaked by the time we got back to the coach! After we had dried out on the bus we reached another waterfall – Skogarfoss. Here, we climbed so many steps to reach the top but once we got up there it was the perfect photo opportunity. It felt as though you were almost standing at the top of the waterfall itself! We then had a quick stop for lunch which was lovely and there was an amazing gift shop there. I’ve never seen so many troll figures! Once we had all eaten we went to a beach which a very impressive natural cave, another good photo opportunity posing on the rocks! After this we also visited the incredibly stunning black sand beach and all collected volcanic rock to bring home! After another long day we finally checked into our second hotel – Hotel Dyrholaey. Here we had a quiz about everything and then a tin foil modelling competition which produced some hilarious outcomes! It was then to bed with unfortunately no sign of the Northern Lights.

Day 3 – 5th April

Waking up to another great breakfast, we all filled up, packed our cases and headed off again. On the bus we were all singing Old Icelandic folk songs which were very entertaining even though none of us could actually sing them! Our first stop of the day was the Eyjafjallajökull (AY-uh-fyat-luh-YOE-kuutl-uh) Visitor Centre. Here we watched a film about how the 2011 eruption directly affected a family who live right near the glacier. This was very interesting to learn how the eruption actually affected people living here. Then we visited the Great Geysir. This is where hot water spurts up from the ground every 7-8 mins. Everyone got some incredible photos, videos, time lapses and slow motions! Lunch was next and then we headed to The Golden Waterfall which is Gullfoss in Icelandic. This was one of the most spectacular things I have ever seen! Everyone took plenty of photos here. The National Park was our next stop which was also incredible! This is another point where the tectonic plates meet. It is also a historical place as it is where the first ever parliament was held. We again checked into the Arctic Comfort Hotel. The teachers then told us we had to walk to dinner which was to the best part of the trip! It was very cold and windy but once we got there I think we all forgave them because we went to the greatest hamburger restaurant I have ever been to! Best. Burger. Ever.  Now we had to face the perishing walk home! As soon as we got home it was straight to bed for an early start in the morning to head home back to England.

Day 4 – 6th April

Today was the day we had to go home. We had all had such an amazing few days away but defiantly were ready to see our much missed families again! We headed for the airport, boarded and then returned home on another smooth flight. Once we landed we collected our bags and got on our coach to head back to Deeping. As we left the airport we hadn’t seen so much traffic in the whole of Iceland! Just goes to show how quiet their country is. At 7:45 we arrived back to school and greeted our families and said goodbye to old and new friends.

Everyone had such an amazing time with incredible new opportunities. I made new friends and became closer to old friends. Thank you so much to all the teachers who made it such an amazing 4 days away and for giving up your holidays to take us all away!  

Isabella Hartley 10PE

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