The trip to Iceland this half term was such an amazing experience and I would highly recommend going if you ever get the chance. We visited all the main sites of interest on the island such as the Golden Circle, the beautiful Gullfoss waterfall and the dramatic black beaches of Dyrholaey on the south coast. One of my favourite locations was the Lava Museum in Vik, where we got to see interactive displays and use immersive technology to understand how Iceland is formed and learn about the huge magma chamber beneath the island. Icelanders use this resource to heat and fuel the islands buildings and industry, which we discovered more about at Hellisheidi geothermal power station. Overall, the trip was really enjoyable and an eye-opening experience that ended with a perfect sunrise swim in the famous Blue Lagoon!
The best thing about Iceland was encountering such a huge variety of beautiful and unusual geographical landscapes. Particular highlights for me were exploring the 60-metre-high Skógafoss waterfall up close and visiting Thingvellir National Park, where the Eurasian and North American plates are moving apart at a rate of 2.5cm each year. It was a fantastic opportunity learn about the tectonic, glacial and coastal processes that have shaped the incredible landscape and I was so excited to see these in action first-hand!