St Margaret’s independent school in Bushey, has just welcomed back a group of 21 of its students from an awe-inspiring trip to the Nordic island of Iceland.
Crossing the bridge between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates, the students explored and embraced the true power of water in every way from the country’s black beaches and coastal landforms to its magnificent glaciers and were even lucky enough to swim in one of its secret lagoons.
Immersing themselves in the spirit of Icelandic culture, the pupils marvelled at the infamous Blue Lagoon, walked around magnificent volcanic craters while taking in the sulphurous scents from the surrounding muddy pools and as they explored the dramatic landscape.
Their travels also took them to the incredible Gullfoss Waterfall where they witnessed erupting geysers as well as visiting Thingvellie National Park – the site of the first democratic parliament.
Acting Headmistress, Julie Chatkiewicz, who also joined the students on the trip to Iceland, commented on the experience, “This was a wonderful action-packed opportunity for our pupils to visit a truly awesome part of the world.
On our last day we even got the opportunity to experience what a 6.3 magnitude earthquake would feel like before exploring the complete darkness and silence within a lava tube. Memories have certainly been made that will last a lifetime.”
The 21 students from Years’ nine to 12 completed their breath-taking visit with a special tour to explore the sights of Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital, which runs on geothermal power and is also home to the National and Saga Museums, before choosing some souvenirs and making their journey home to Bushey.