Once again the Geography team organised the biannual Geography visit to Iceland during October half term break. It is always very popular and this year saw 49 students taking up the offer to see this amazing country.

Despite arriving in the middle of an icy downpour, the weather soon changed and they had four good days in which to explore the dramatic landscape created by the combination of ice and fire. A visit to Pingvellir, a site of historical, cultural and geological importance showed them the best exposure of a plate margin anywhere on earth, Gulfoss, a spectacular 32m high, 20m wide waterfall (pictured) and Geysir, after which all others are named, highlighted the drama of the scenery. Following that, walking on Solheimajokul glacier and visiting Eyjafjallajokull, the volcano that dramatically erupted in the spring, emphasised the dramatic changes in the landscape.

Visiting this country is always an enormous privilege. Everyone had a fantastic time and as tradition dictates, and despite minus temperatures, they concluded the visit by taking a dip in the famous Blue Lagoon which thankfully was very warm!