The Trip of a Lifetime

December 1st, 2015 | Outdoor Education School News Sixth Form

Writhlington Students travelled to Iceland this half term for an experience of a life-time.

The trip was offered to all students from Year 10 to Year 13 with a thirst for adventure and a passion for Geography.

The students undertook six days of pure exploration, visiting amazing waterfalls, deep river valleys, sky blue glaciers, textbook lava formations, explosive geysers and other stunning geological features.

Assistant Headteacher, Mark Bridges said:

‘The trip was fantastic, we took 56 impeccably behavioured students who lapped up the Icelandic culture and sights and were a real pleasure to be with. Every day was jam-packed with activities starting at 7am and not finishing until 11pm, it was exhausting but exhilarating at the same time.’

Students had the opportunity to explore some of Iceland’s most iconic features including the natural geothermal pools located in the hill sides, the glacial lake accessible only by an amphibious vehicle and the incredible divide between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates.

Year 10 student, Isabelle Davilla said:

“We saw so many incredible sights, my favourite was the beach where hundreds of Icebergs were washed up. They varied in size and were just magnificent to look at (and climb on!). We also went to a big glacier where we stumbled on an Ice Cave, it was a magical sight. I think I have decided to move here when I retire and build myself an ice castle to live in, although judging by the unpredictable weather and constant changes of the landscape, i’m not sure it would last very long.’

Other highlights of the trip included included; The Blue Lagoon, Sólheimajökull ‘sun house glacier’, Gullfoss (one of Iceland’s most photographed waterfalls), Kerið (A dramatic volcanic crater lake), Perlan (Iceland’s Power Station supplying the country with its natural Geothermal water) and miles of lava fields.

Head of Geography Rebecca Youde said:

‘This was an incredible opportunity for our students. Every student returned beaming and truly inspired, one parent said they couldn’t get the child to bed until 2am for all the excitement and stories they had to share.’

Writhlington School continues to offer exceptional opportunities to students throughout the year with plans for trips to Belgium, New York, the annual Ski Trip to name a few.