Over the Easter break 32 students from Swinton Community School went on a 5 day expedition to Iceland.
During the visit the group had the opportunity to experience and see a variety of unique and spectacular
sights, landscapes and attractions.
On arrival in Iceland the group made the short journey from Keflavic airport to the Blue Lagoon which is one of Iceland’s most visited attractions. This is a geothermally heated spa where students could bathe in the warm ‘blue’ water and sample the rejuvenating properties of the rich silica mud.
Students also visited the Hellisheidi Power Station and were able to see how the Earth’s natural heat can be turned into geothermal energy which supplies much of Iceland’s power. The party then went on to
the Þingvellir National Park where they could see first-hand the mid-Atlantic ridge, the meeting point of two of the earth’s largest tectonic plates, the North American and Eurasion plates.
The next attraction was Gullfoss waterfall, one of the most impressive waterfalls in Europe which is approached along the rim of a 2.5 km canyon where students observed a classic example of waterfall formation caused by a resistant basalt cap rock and changes in sea level.
Students then saw the breathtaking sight of Strokkur one of the most active geysers in the area, which spouts up to 20 metres approximately every 10 minutes.
Other natural wonders the Swinton explorers were also able to observe included the Seljalandsfoss waterfall which they could walk behind, the black sand beach at Reynishverfi and Sólheimajökull – a glacier tongue that lies south of the Mýrdalsjökull glacier
Everyone was eager to see the mysterious northern lights and on the third night were rewarded with an unexpected glimpse of this spectacular natural phenomenon.
All staff and students had a thoroughly fantastic time – the memories will remain for a lifetime!
Mr Hill – Faculty Leader – Humanities