A-Level Geographers Explore Iceland

Over the Easter holidays the A Level Geography students visited Iceland for an unforgettable 5-day trip.

Here’s what one pupil had to say about their experience:

We visited geothermal spas, waterfalls, crater lakes, a lava tunnel, and much more. 

A highlight was the Þingvellir National Park which lies in a rift valley that marks the crest of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge and the boundary between the North American and Eurasian plates. With Iceland lying on along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge and above a hotspot, there are frequent volcanic eruptions. On the final day of our trip, we were lucky enough to see the volcano currently erupting on the Rejkanes Peninsula near the town of Grindavik. 

One evening during our trip we had the amazing experience of witnessing the northern lights, which we learnt is a key part of Icelandic folklore; the lights are believed to be the spirits of the deceased dancing in the sky. Throughout our trip our tour guide Petur taught us about the role the physical landscape in Iceland has played in contributing to its history, culture and people. Thank you to the geography department for organising this incredible trip!


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