Trips Week - Iceland
As tired as we were from the early flight, as soon as we landed we headed straight to the Blue Lagoon (many students highlight of the trip!) where the hot spring water and silica face masks enabled us to fully relax. Later that evening we went to see the northern lights, unfortunately we were not lucky enough to see them. However, despite that we enjoyed stargazing.
On day 2 we had a thrilling experience, it began by travelling to the Keriõ crater, an almost perfect miniature volcano formed by an eruption 3000 years ago. Following this we went to the Great Geysir and waited anxiously for the Strokkur geysir to spout. The water was thrown around 25 meters into the air, bathing us in the wonderful Icelandic aroma of rotten egg. After a quick lunch we saw the Gullfoss waterfall which was a beautiful sight, everyone marvelled at its beauty whist trying to avoid being blown away by the vicious winds. Lastly we visited the Dingvellir National Park, a unique opportunity to witness the mid-Atlantic ridge (Geographers would be pretty jealous).
Day 3 was filled with adventure, exhilaration and more wind. We travelled for two hours to the Skógafoss water-fall, which stands at more than 200 ft; some of us were brave to climb up the steps leading up to the top of the waterfall. The strength of the blustery winds made it impossible to stay at the top for very long. We then travelled to Reynishverfi, a black sand beach with aggressive waves. The beach was surrounded by jagged cliff edges, which had hollows and dyrolaey in the rock faces; we of course took this as an opportunity to take photo-graphs together!
We then travelled to Sólheimajökull, a glacier tongue; the views were remarkable, and many of us were left marvelling at the wonder of nature. Despite the scenic views of all of the previous destinations, the highlight of the day had to be when we visited the Seljalandsfoss waterfall, and were able to walk behind the falls. We were drenched with water, while we happily gawped at the powerful streams of water shooting from above.
All in all, our trip to Reykjavik was unforgettable. We made memories on this trip that we will forever cherish, whilst strengthening our friendships with one another.
By Aisling, Ryan, Alex, Nikkita, Goretta and Karishma (students)