Day 7: Homeward Bound

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At 6 o’clock, we are comfortably soaring high above the clouds and the ocean. I think it is safe to say that while we have had a wonderful and truly unique time in Iceland, it is great to be heading back home! Nearly everyone is watching and enjoying a film, (for me it is the Fault in our Stars⭐️!), and I think it is understandable that others are having a sleep after a long week! We can’t wait to come back to our families to enjoy the rest of our half-term holiday in our home country. See you soon!
Harriet Jones ?xx

Hot Tub Trivia Episode Four

It is a truth universally acknowledged that one should not travel without something sensational to read as Oscar and Jane once quipped. But taking into account that Iceland publishes the greatest number of books per capita in the world and the literacy rate is 100%, anyone forgetting to pack one in their suitcases is in luck. Iceland is a land rich with stories and sagas, and has provided the inspiration for many popular novels and poems.

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Snæfellsjökull is a mountain that we were lucky enough to glimpse on the very first day of our journey, and it is one of Iceland’s most well known sites. The French writer Jules Verne chose this location as the point at which the main characters in his sci-if novel Journey To The Centre Of The Earth enter the earth itself, and with it being a prominent volcano in the Land of Ice and Fire it is easy to see why.

– Miss Handley

Day 5: School Saga

We arrived at the Icelandic school in Hveragerdi to lots of welcoming teachers and students and were given little tours around the school. I found the children really kind and relatable on so many levels and later we joined them on a short, refreshing walk.

On the way back we made a stop in their little greenhouses, where it was interesting to see the exotic range of plants that they were able to grow, quoting it as ‘winter outside and summer inside’. It was sad to say goodbye so quickly, as we had arranged to have lunch before horse riding.

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After a relaxing lunch in a hotel next the the stables, we walked down to the horses to get ready in our waterproof orange overalls? then everyone got on their horses, some for first time, (including me!!) and we rode for an hour, the surroundings were stunning too. After this we went to the swimming pool and it was nice to warm up in the hot tub!

By Gabriella B and Josie H

Hot Tub Trivia Episode Two

As a delayed Valentine’s Day present/early Birthday present for Ella M, last night at about 12:30am we were lucky enough to witness the Aurora Borealis, otherwise known as ‘The Northern Lights’.

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(Above taken by Jemma J)

As I watched in awe, the Science teacher in me wondered what an earth I was really looking at. So here it goes:

“The Aurora is an incredible light show caused by collisions between electrically charged particles released from the sun that enter the earth’s atmosphere and collide with gases such as oxygen and nitrogen. The lights are seen around the magnetic poles of the northern and southern hemispheres.

Aurora displays are created when protons and electrons stream out from the solar surface and slam into the Earth’s magnetic field. Since the particles are charged they move in spirals along the magnetic field lines, the protons in one direction and the electrons in the other. Those particles in turn hit the atmosphere. Since they follow the magnetic field lines, most of them enter the atmospheric gases in a ring around the magnetic poles, where the magnetic field lines come together.”

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(Above Taken by Zara B)

Tim Peake has recently taken pictures of the Aurora from space. The northern lights look like fire, but they wouldn’t feel like one. Even though the temperature of the upper atmosphere can reach thousands of degrees Celsius, the heat is based on the average speed of the molecules. After all, that’s what temperature is. But feeling heat is another matter – the density of the air is so low at 60 miles (96 kilometers) up that a thermometer would register temperatures far below zero where aurora displays occur.

Mr Gibbons has been on Northern Lights duty…it continues to give us hope with a ‘High’ chance over the next few days. To check out the Aurora forecast check out this website:

http://en.vedur.is/weather/forecasts/aurora/

Miss Nisbet

Hot Tub Trivia Episode One

19% of all tomatoes consumed in Iceland (including my debut tomato this afternoon) are grown at the family run Fridheimar farm on the South coast. They can go from vine to plate in as little as five hours.

 

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Day 2: Glorious Gushing Gullfoss

We visited Gullfoss, an saw an amazing waterfall that was truly mind blowing. The view was incredible and the atmosphere was fantastic.

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Our favourite thing about Gullfoss was how amazingly unique and surreal the landscape was, it was like a new world.

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We were all in awe and this took our minds off the bitter cold luckily!

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By Lauren and Faye

Trivia hot tub 6

Forests and woodland account for less than 1% of Iceland’s area.

In the days of settlement – in the tenth century – forests accounted for more than 50% of the land.

Icecaps cover 11% of the island.

Vatnajokull is the largest ice cap in Europe.

Iceland has the only deserts in Europe.

 

Iceland does not have the only desserts in Europe’s supermarkets.

 

Raves in the Caves

 

 

Caving? Raving
Atleast that’s what it feels like
Crawling? Bawling
Cause sometimes it hurts
Ice? Not so nice
Sliding all around
Stalactites? Stalagmites?
They seem the same
But are quite different
Like the name
We’re sorry you missed it Laura
But we will not forget
The memories of Iceland
That we won’t regret

 

 

Spoken Word by auriel, holly, flora

 

Rollin          patrollin           through them caves – Laura

 

 

 

sore knees and numb bums

18th Feb (day 6)

We were looking forward to caving all week, and today we finally did it!

We were all quite nervous but pretty excited as none of us had ever been in a lava tube before. The tube was over 2000 years old and was formed as lava pushed its way through the rock when the volcano erupted.

First up we had to dig our way into the cave as it was filled with snow from the night before! (So we had a snowman competition while we waited) Then we slid down the short snow slide into the first part of the cave.
The inside of the cave was filled with beautiful icicles And we couldn’t help but touch.

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We squeezed through tiny gaps and stood in massive openings- resulting in sore knees and numb bums which wasn’t so much fun.

Our guide missed a turn so we had to go back in some places, but all together we loved it.

It was such an amazing experience and we would happily go back anyday!
By Tessa and Caitlin

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Journeys End

Wednesday

Today we went on a cave tour which was a lava tube that was formed after a volcano eruption 2000 years ago.

We were all very nervous because we were worried about the small tight spaces but when we saw the snow slide which we had to dig out we were all ready to explore the cave.

The snow slide lead us into an opening in the cave which caused sore and wet bums. Once everyone was in the cave we were surrounded by an army of icicles (luckly we weren’t impailed like Olaf in frozen).

We had to crouch low and crawl on our bellies and backs, and our knees were very sore. However our surroundings were truly inspiring.

Unfortunately our guide forgot to turn left which resulted in a dropped phone and a lost battery.

By this time we had a biology lesson underground (Miss Woollen insisted on this under threat with an icicle).

After all this trauma we got our own back and threatened to tell her about Season 11 of Grey’s Anatomy.

Once we got out of the cave, we stretched out and had snowball competitions.

WOOLLEN IS ON THE LOOSE BEWARE.

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By Daisy, Harriet and Caitlin