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The trip to Iceland organised by the Geography Department over Easter was a new experience for the Fourth Form, who had just completed two terms at St John’s. Iceland has always been regarded as a Geographer’s paradise: it is a destination that has many geographical treasures, ranging from waterfalls, geysers and volcanos to glaciers.
The adventure began in Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital, with a roam through the city to look at its attractions. Later the same day, the group saw the Thingvellir National Park, the original site of the Icelandic Parliament. Continuing their afternoon they visited the Strokkur geyser, which spouts and sprays water up to 30 - 35 metres every three to eight minutes and also the Gulfoss waterfall.
Waterfalls then became a recurring theme of the trip over the following days: pupils saw the beautiful Seljalandfoss and the 60 metre-high Skógafoss, where they enjoyed the legend that somewhere behind the waterfall an early settler hid a chest of gold that has never since been found. They also visited the Sólheimajökull glacier, an outlet glacier from the Mydralsjokull ice cap that provided some excellent photo opportunities. One night, too, they ventured out into the snow when the clouds had cleared to spot the Aurora Borealis, more commonly known as the Northern Lights, which they were very lucky to catch a glimpse of during their stay. After a very busy few days a highlight of the trip for many pupils was the world-famous bright blue mineral-rich swimming pool, the Blue Lagoon, with geothermally heated water in the middle of a large lava field. This ended a most exciting, rewarding and enjoyable tour.
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