Students see Northern Lights three times on school trip to Iceland


Students see Northern Lights three times on school trip to Iceland

by Danielle Thompson (December 2019)

geography students at Range High School travelled to Iceland and brought home memories to last them a lifetime.

The GCSE students flew to Keflavik for a four-day trip hopeful of seeing the famed Northern Lights, as well as planned visits to Iceland’s stunning geographical sites.

Laura Taylor one of the organisers of the trip said: “As we approached and began our descent to the airport , we were blessed with an unbelievable sight of the Northern Lights from the plane window!

“It was an unbelievable start to the trip. Then, on landing, our guide suggested we drive away from our city base as the Northern Lights were particularly strong that night, which meant we got to see them for a second time before the trip had even properly begun.

“Day two took us on the ‘Golden Circle’ tour of the island and onto Þingvellir National Park, which is the site of Iceland’[s ancient parliament and one of only a couple of places in the world where you can see the divide between two tectonic plates.

“Then, in the evening we had the opportunity to see the Northern Lights for a third time!

“We also travelled to the southern part of Iceland to see the waterfalls and take part in a glacier walk under the supervision of some expert guides. Then we headed to Reynisfjara, which is a world-famous black-sand beach found on the South Coast of Iceland. With its enormous basalt stacks and stunning panoramas, Reynisfjara is widely considered to be the most beautiful example of Iceland’s black sand beaches.

“Next stop was Skógafoss waterfall, with its 60m drop. Finally, after a long, busy day exploring Iceland’s south shore, we paid a visit to Blue Lagoon for a relaxing evening swim in one of the world’s most famous natural hot springs.

“Day four gave us the chance to explore Reykjavik.

“The students enjoyed an extremely successful trip which will hopefully be an experience they will remember for the rest of their lives.”

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