Geography – Iceland Trip

Twelve Yr 12 students left Newquay on the 1st March for what turned out to be a trip of a lifetime. The group who are studying A’level Geography at the Tretherras Sixth Form enjoyed a four-day trip to Iceland, seeing for themselves some unique geographical features and phenomenons of the nordic world.

Arriving in Reykjavik, the group travelled through snow and lava rocks to arrive at The Blue Lagoon a natural geothermal spa renowned for its healing properties.

On the first night, the tour party experience the northern lights dancing across the night sky mimicked by the students in their excitement and delight.

Glorious weather conditions showed of Icelandic geographical features, waterfalls over 6o meter tall crowned withrainbows, landscapes around Eyafjallajokull covered in volcanic ash fallout and the glacier flow from one of the largest ice sheets in Iceland.

A short drive to the Golden Circle the group visited Gulfoss canyon waterfall. Home to the hot springs, Geysir and Strokkur students witnessed eruptions of hot water shooting out from the ‘geysers’.

The tour party’s final excursion of whale watching was met with much anticipation. Not expecting to see anything, the group spotted in the distance plumes of water being exhaled. The Tretherras group met with two giant humpback whales and about 80 dolphins.

Mrs Challis and Mrs Hammersley, who accompanied the student on the memorable Tretherras geography trip, comment, ‘To be able to see such a creature with Tretherras students was a real privilege and a very special moment for us. The whole trip was magical. We feel very privileged to have trips like this at Newquay Tretherras and to be accompanied by a super bunch of young people. We have all been inspired and feel very enriched by the whole experience.’