Each year the geography department runs a 6-day fieldtrip to discover the stunning scenery of Iceland. This country is so unique in the opportunities to view completely different physical landscapes to those seen in the British Isles. The expedition allows students studying either GCSE or A Level Geography to bring their textbook alive by visiting glaciers, geysers, volcanoes, waterfalls, stunning coast lines as well as see the effects of earthquakes.
Iceland sits on a hot spot where two huge tectonic plates are moving slowly apart. Touching the North American plate and the Eurasian plate gives real understanding to the study of plate tectonics. They see the impact of earthquakes as well as getting a sense of the enormous power of the Earth, particularly when feeling or viewing the warmth of the ground due to the geothermal activity below. In Iceland, every mountain is a volcano, many are close to active, and students see the extent of the volcanic lava activity that makes Iceland what it is.
Iceland has great ‘green’ credentials using renewable energy throughout the country. Visits to geothermal plants allow students to experience how Iceland is one of the first nations to successfully achieve the capture of carbon dioxide and turn it into crystals of calcite and iron pyrite within Basalt rock. In doing so Iceland is further reducing its carbon footprint making a positive reduction in climate change gasses.
Click here for a link to a pictorial outline of fieldwork over the last five years.