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Iceland Trip October Midterm

At the beginning of the October mid- term 4th 5th and 6th year took a geography and physics trip to Iceland.

On the day we arrived we were immediately whisked off on a quick tour around rejkjavik and then on to the Thingvellir national park to see the aurora borealis. We got an amazing view of the northern lights and the opportunity to see the wonders of physics in action as well as an excellent photo opportunity, I think I speak for everyone when I say this was a bucket list item ticked off 

The next day we were up bright and early for a hearty breakfast in hotel cabin before heading out on a long day of experiencing the geographical wonders of Iceland namely Skógafoss waterfall almost 200 feet high with stunning views after, Reynishverfi a black sand beach with incredible rock formations, Dyrolaey , Sólheimajökull the mouth of a glacier and last but not least Seljalandsfoss waterfall which was possible to walk behind and see from 360. Each place was more incredible than the last and we ended the day slightly damp but jovial nonetheless 

On the third and final day in Iceland we took a visit to the Hellisheidi Power Station which was riveting to both

 the physics and non- physics students, getting to see the new and innovative manners of creating sustainable energy sources and learning even more about the natural wonders of Iceland. We then got to experience geothermal power in real life in the secret lagoon a natural geothermally heated pool with temperatures of up to 40 in places. The secret lagoon was another absolute highlight as something none of us had never encountered before. We ended the day standing between the mid-Atlantic ridge where the Eurasian and American plates meet in the middle of amazing Icelandic scenery 

Thanks to our incredible teachers and guide Anna, a native Icelander. The trip to was filled with new experiences, learning and naturally fun. Everything we saw was incredible and it was an amazing opportunity to witness so much natural beauty that is so unique to the Icelandic continent. 

-Maria Mallin