ADVENTURE LAND OF FIR
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