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Geographers are inspired by Iceland

A mixed group of 12 Lower and Upper Sixth geographers visited the land of ‘Fire and Ice’ for 3 days at the end of January. After an evening of getting to know the city of Reykjavik, the geographers enjoyed an early morning dip in the famous Blue Lagoon, one of the 25 wonders of the world, before heading off on the Golden Circle tour.

 

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The Golden Circle consists of three equally stunning locations in southwest Iceland: Pingvellir National Park, the Geysir Geothermal Area, and Gullfoss waterfall. These sites are renowned across the world and are all as spectacular as they are unique. None of them is further than a two hour's drive from Reykjavik, and thus all three can be visited within a day.

 

It was here where the recent study of the A level hazard topic came alive. Particular highlights were visits to the Gullfoss waterfall, the mid-Atlantic ridge and the geothermal springs.

 

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The following day, the group headed to the south coast of Iceland visiting the coastal town of Vik, before studying two key waterfalls that flow off the main volcano Hekla. The final stop gave the geographers an opportunity to revise igneous rock types by exploring the columnar joints on the volcanic beach. The last night saw some brave souls taste the real local cuisine - including puffin burgers and horse meat.

 

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