GCSE geographers headed to the land of ice and fire to see first-hand some of the fascinating geographical features that Iceland has to offer.
A group of 45 Fourth and Fifth Year Hamptonians travelled to the Nordic Island for a four-day adventure over the half term break. The pupils enjoyed a trip to the Reykjanes Peninsula where they marvelled at the spectacular coastal scenery, and were able to see the mudpots and fumaroles of the Seltún geothermal area and the Stampar volcanic fissure. The geographers also visited the famous 60-metre high Seljalandsfoss waterfall fed by the glacier-capped Eyjafjallajokull Volcano, an impressive scene of icicles and cascading water, as well as enjoying a hike around Sólheimajökull, the glacier tongue that lies south of the Mýrdalsjökull Glacier.
The final stop of the trip was the capital city Reykjavík, where the Hamptonians experienced a whistle-stop tour of the country, as a 4D film whisked them away on an exhilarating journey across Iceland. Special effects, including wind, mist and the unmistakeable sulphuric aroma, combined with the ride’s motion made for an unforgettable experience. Before heading to the airport, the boys visited the Lava Show, which recreated a volcanic eruption by superheating real lava, a fascinating end to a memorable trip.
Mr Tom Hill, Geography teacher and organiser of the biennial trip, was delighted with how the Hamptonains absorbed the extraordinary environment of this remarkable country:
A highlight of the trip was the glacier walk around Sólheimajökull, where everyone marvelled at the spectacular views across the south shore. The hamptonians also enjoyed warming up in the geothermal baths. And what geographer isn’t going to get excited seeing real live lava for the very first time! Thank you to the pupils for being such a fantastic group throughout the trip, and all the staff who joined us.
Take a look at some of the highlights from the Geography Iceland 2023 trip:
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