Geographers experience amazing Iceland

At the start of the Easter holidays Block 4 geographers faced an intensive five day field trip to Iceland, as part of our BAC course. With an extensive tour, visiting nearly 20 different locations, we saw some of the biggest waterfalls in Europe and some of the most active volcanoes in the world.

Staying at a schools youth hostel just a few miles from Eyajafjallajokull, the lasted volcano to erupt in 2010 meant that we were at the centre of the action, and able to travel out in different directions each day.

As soon as we landed in Keflavik, we went straight to the Blue Lagoon, a natural geothermal heated pool. The very fine silica mud is an excellent exfoliant, so within five minutes of arriving, naturally the whole group had face packs on! This was only one of the amazing sites that we visited; others included, Gulfoss waterfall, Solheimajokull Glacier, the Mid Atlantic Ridge Tectonic Plate boundary at Thingvellir National Park, Eyajafjallajokull volcano and Mount Hekla. In fact there was actually a small earthquake at Mount Hekla whilst we were in Iceland. This really worried locals, as the volcano was expected to erupt over three years ago.

Another fascinating visit was to the geysers, bubbling geothermal hot springs affected by pressure from lava flows beneath the earth. We were even lucky enough to witness one erupting numerous times whilst we were there, as it goes every six to eight minutes. However when erupting, they give off hydrogen sulphide, this leaves an unpleasant smell of rotten eggs!

The final highlight of the visit had to be seeing the Northern Lights appear, just hours before leaving the country. It was an early drive to the airport on the Friday morning, however this actually worked in our favour, as this magnificent formation appeared at 2am, followed by a shooting star, streaking straight across the sky with them!

Thank you to all of the teachers, and to Kirsty Layton, Head of Geography, for organising this unforgettable week, where we learnt and recorded masses of information, which we can now use for our geographical study of Iceland in our BAC course. It was an amazing experience to witness the real life actions of this incredible landscape.

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By Emma Duncan, Block 4

Bedales geographers visit Iceland


Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.