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COLYTON: Geography students on ‘inspiring’ trip to Iceland

Thursday, 05 December 2013

A GROUP of 40 A-level geography students from Colyton Grammar School travelled to Iceland last month, on what proved to be an extremely exciting adventure.
Year 12 student James Nicholson gave a brief overview of the trip. “Within half an hour of arriving in the ‘land of ice and fire’ we were wandering through the sulphurous steam clouds over a moonscape of hot springs, steam vents and boiling mud pools.
“On the second day we enjoyed lying in a hot tub watching the sunset on the Dyrholaey sea stacks, then jumping out and running around a field in the biting cold before plunging back into the 38 degrees celsius water, heated by magna deep beneath our feet.
“The third day involved visiting the Westman Islands, an exposed volcanic archipelago off the south coast, which took us away from the tourist trail. I never expected to find myself standing on the edge of Eldfell’s crater, with nothing higher for miles around, knowing that the ground beneath my feet was only 40 years old. I checked the soles of my shoes hadn’t melted!
“On the final evening of our trip, we sat on the edge of the Strandgata and watched the Northern Lights dance in the sky far above the sleeping Icelandic fishing town.”
Pupil Tom Wells added: “I learnt a lot about geothermal activity and the way Iceland uses it. My thoughts and feelings are that the trip was amazing; it is certainly the best school trip I’ve been on - I wish I could go again!”
Another very positive reflection came from Sean Rossitter in Year 13. He saod: “A thoroughly chilling, exhilarating and awe-inspiring journey to a country which I will remember for years to come. The highlights of the trip included seeing Bjork’s house whilst on a bracing walk up a volcanic peak in the Westman Islands, as well as exploring the ashy crags of Solheimjokull, a dramatic glacier tarnished by Eyjafjallajokull’s eruption in 2010.
“The Icelandic saying that ‘if you aren’t enjoying the weather, just wait five minutes’ certainly proved itself to be true. As we experienced blustering snowstorms at Kerid volcanic crater and the bleak (but much warmer) sunshine appeared just hours later at Geysir hot springs. Iceland is a beautiful country and I hope to travel back there in the near future.“
The excursion was insightful, both as an educational, curriculum-related experience but also as a fantastic opportunity for the students to form life-long memories with their friends whilst exploring another country.
With grateful thanks for financial support from the Pain Trust, a registered charity based in Exmouth, which provides financial assistance to boys and young men, aged 11 to 21 years, who live in the East Devon area. Also to the Bradbeer Bursary Fund which is financed by payments received under the government’s feed-in tariff scheme, from the renewable energy installation funded by the generous legacy of Sid Bradbeer, a former member of staff.
By student reporter
Anna Hearnden

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