The Perse School

Geography trip to Iceland

12 Sep 2012

On the 27th August 2012, 66 Perse students travelled with 6 staff to Iceland for a trip of extraordinary adventure. 

After stopping off at the Blue Lagoon the touring party went to their accommodation – in the valley where the dramatic events of Njáls Icelandic Saga took place over 1,000 years ago. They were also adjacent to Eyjafjallajökull, the ice cap that covers the volcano that erupted in 2010 with widespread consquences for global air travel.

The students visited Heimaey in the Westman Islands, climbed the active volcano and saw how the lava flows in the 1970s nearly closed the harbour of Iceland's most important fishing port. They walked behind and above some dramatic waterfalls, stood on a rapidly retreating glacier and sat on perfect hexagonal basalt columns overlooking the North Atlantic.

On the journey back to the capital, Reykjavik, they saw the geysir 'strokkur' pushing water tens of metres into the sky and experienced the awe of Þingvellir, the site of the former Icelandic parliament where the crust of Iceland is actively thinning and rifting apart.

It was an incredible trip for all involved and they are already looking forward to their next visit in 2013.

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