Adventures in Iceland 2024

The Geography department at Ysgol Eirias has been visiting Iceland since 2010. The Land of Fire and Ice never fails to impress, but this year’s trip took an early and unexpected twist.

As Year 10 and 11 clutched their passports and boarding cards at Gate 22, news filtered through that, once again, a volcanic eruption had started on the Reykjanes peninsula.

Approaching Keflavik Airport the burnt orange sunrise pierced a lazy trail of volcanic ash; the view below revealed the 3km fissure split, spewing red hot fountains of lava over the snow covered land.

The pupils were lucky enough to witness a volcanic eruption first hand, but from a very safe distance!

Fortunately, the eruption caused no major disruption for the group, unlike the famous 2010 Eyjafjallajökull eruption that closed European airspace for a week! The pupils were able to continue their tour, experiencing Geothermal Hot Springs, a walk on a Glacier, the sights of the city of Reykjavik, frozen waterfalls galore, Geysir eruptions, visiting a geothermal powerplant to learn about renewable energy, and a little glimpse of the Aurora Borealis.

On the last day leaners took a Virtual Reality ‘Flight over Iceland’ to remind them all of the amazing places they had seen and maybe could visit at another time. A perfect visit to Iceland, seeing so much of what this stunning country has to offer and giving learners a fantastic learning opportunity that they will remember for a long time to come.