Glaciers, geysers and wild gorges

It may have been the start of the Easter holidays but for our Fifth Form Geography students rest and recuperation was not on the agenda at the end of term.

The girls set off on a residential field trip to Iceland that packed in many of the geographical wonders that Iceland has to offer; spectacular glaciers, volcanic mountains, wild gorges, stunning waterfalls, geysers and a raft of other geothermal features.

Mrs Sarah Barnard, Tedworth Housemistress and Teacher of History reports,

“With the traditional Icelandic welcome of wind, hail, snow and rain all within the first hour, we hit the ground running visiting Gunnuhver Hot Springs and the Bridge between Two Continents within moments of landing, before heading to Hvolsvollur for our first two nights. After sustenance and sleep, we were ready to take in the features of the southern coast of Iceland with a blustery visit to the dramatic cliff top at Dyrholaey and the black sand beach at Vik.

However, the highlight of the day, and the trip so far, was definitely the glacier walk on Solheimajokull. Kitted out with crampons, helmets and ice axes, we ventured out in the glorious sunshine before being treated to our now obligatory hail facial, further sunshine and more hail. Everyone thinks English weather is changeable but Icelandic weather makes it look positively predictable!

Today is ‘tourist day’ and we are visiting the ‘Secret Lagoon’, the stunning Gullfoss and Great Geysir. At the moment, the sun is shining - fingers crossed!”

The field trip aims to reinforce classroom learning for the pupils on their GCSE Geography syllabus content including tourism, tectonics, and ice on the land in extreme environments.

Posted: 2nd Apr 2019

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