April 2015: Iceland geography trip wows students

Iceland photo

GEYSERS and gigantic waterfalls were just two of the incredible geographical phenomena observed by students on a school trip to Iceland. The five-day trip for geography students from Years 10 and 11 at Haslingden High School saw them take a dip in the Blue Lagoon, a geothermic-heated outdoor pool, and walk along the boundary between the North Atlantic and Eurasian tectonic plates.

Kay Chattwood, 15, said: “We went to a beach but it wasn’t sandy, but black with all the volcanic ash.

“The sky was so clear in Iceland because there is no pollution.” They also went to the volcano that caused so much disruption to flights in 2010 – Eyjafjallajökull.

Leonah Ellis, 15, said: “We went to see the crater and it was a lot larger than I had thought it would be. We should have been able to see a green lake inside but it had been snowing so we couldn’t see it.

“When we arrived at our hotel instead of being given fire drill instructions we were informed about what to do in the event of an earthquake.”

The trip definitely brought geography out of the text book and into the real world.