Stirling Observer - - FIRST WORLD WAR CENTENARY -

On Oc­to­ber 11 we went to Ice­land with the school.

The plane landed and we shuf­fled and shiv­ered out into the Ice­landic rain. It was the hor­i­zon­tal stuff, bat­ter­ing against us in the howl­ing wind, lash­ing through the dark.

Al­though at first bleak, it seemed that even this des­o­la­tion was alive. There was a kind of wild­ness in the air that buzzed in­side of us like we were breath­ing in light­ning.

That en­ergy was man­i­fested in us as we sped chaot­i­cally into the moun­tains, oohing and aahing at ev­ery snow-capped peak, shriek­ing with joy as the bus rocked omi­nously in the wind.

It turns out the water­falls in Ice­land are re­ally big. Like re­ally big. The first ex­pe­ri­ence we had of one was Gull­foss, a spec­tac­u­lar tiered cataract, seem­ingly miles wide, found in Ice­land’s fa­mous Golden Cir­cle.

Like most of the places we vis­ited, we could have stayed all day. We didn’t and in­stead vis­ited the Se­cret La­goon, an Ice­landic hot spring which was in­cred­i­bly calm­ing, even if a few of us were dash­ing round the sides un­til we turned slightly blue to fully ap­pre­ci­ate the warmth on re­turn.

Later we vis­ited Ice­land’s most fa­mous geezer - Gylfi Sig­urds­son. Oh, wait, We mean Strokkur, the 30m high McLaren High School pupils vis­ited Ice­land and ex­pe­ri­enced rain, wind, water­falls and a £16 cup of soup. S5 pupils Catlin Scott and Innes Man­ders wrote this re­port.

geyser that erupts ev­ery few min­utes.

Nei­ther see­ing Strokkur nor the Ever­ton mid­fielder would have fully com­pen­sated for the £16 it cost for a cup of soup though. It still hurts..

We went to Pin­grel­lir Na­tional Park, where we walked around the cav­ern formed be­hind Sel­ja­lands­foss wa­ter­fall be­fore walk­ing along the plate bound­ary be­tween North Amer­ica and Eura­sia.

Later we saw the spec­tac­u­lar Sko­gafoss wa­ter­fall and climbed up the steps to look down on it from above.

We also spent some time at Reyn­is­f­jara, one of Ice­land’s fa­mous black sand beaches, where a few of us were al­most caught off guard by the waves.

Later on we walked on the Sol­heima­jokull glacier be­fore vis­it­ing the Lava cen­tre to learn about Ice­land’s vol­canic ac­tiv­ity.

Ev­ery­one had an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and we have all made mem­o­ries we will never for­get.

We sped chaot­i­cally into the moun­tains

Spec­ta­cle One of Ice­land’s fa­mous water­falls Chilly The coun­try lived up to its name

Rest­ing Ben Camp­bell, Catlin Scott, Lisa Gray, Katy Mc­Gowan, Holly McNaught, Erin Gib­son and Eloise Mur­ray

New friends Holly McNaught

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