Hampton’s Fourth and Fifth Year Geographers enjoyed a fascinating trip to Iceland to explore the incredible geological features and natural phenomena that the country has to offer.
The group enjoyed the spectacular coastal scenery of the Reykjanes Peninsula where they were able to see the mudpots and fumaroles of the Seltún geothermal area and the Stampar volcanic fissure.
The Hamptonians also visited the famous Seljalandsfoss waterfall fed by the glacier-capped Eyjafjallajokull volcano, which was an impressive scene of icicles and crashing water. A highlight of the trip was the glacial hike around Sólheimajökull, a glacier tongue that lies south of the Mýrdalsjökull Glacier. Kitted out with helmets, crampons and an ice axe, the boys explored the features of the majestic glacier while appreciating the breathtaking natural landscape around them.
The final stop of the trip was the Golden Circle route, where the boys were able to swim in the geothermal waters of the Secret Lagoon, as well as take advantage of the spouting hot springs of the Geysir Geothermal Area and the iconic Gullfoss Waterfall.
Geography teacher and organiser of the trip, Mr Tom Hill, was delighted with how the Hamptonians embraced the extraordinary environment of this remarkable country:
Iceland is a Geographers’ playground, its unbeatable combination of volcanoes, glaciers, earthquake activity and geothermal energy makes for a fascinating field trip. The 45 Fourth and Fifth year boys especially enjoyed the glacier walk, and exploration of an underground lava tunnel. Relaxing in geothermal pools while the snow falls at the end of the day is also always a highlight! I hope that many of the boys came back with photos and memories to last a lifetime.