In early February I went on a school trip to Iceland, one of the most spectacular places on the planet. I thought I would share with you all what I did on the 5 days that I stayed in Iceland, and let me tell you, these were some of the best days of my life so far!
As I looked out of the window of the plane when we reached Iceland, I could tell immediately that this would be the most beautiful scenery that I had ever seen. Everything was covered in snow and, as you may or may not know, we don’t get much snow in England so this was very exciting for a lot of us!
Here is a picture of my little group at the airport. This would be the group I was in when we did most of our guided activities. You may notice I am the only girl which was the case and was just by chance but i didn’t mind, we had lots of fun and having Mr Weaver (my teacher) was the best.
We were thrown straight into the action. As soon as we landed we got straight onto the coach and straight off into the blue lagoon. It’s basically sharing a huge hot bath with a bunch of strangers! However it is amazing there was steam everywhere and it was just so relaxing, when you got out your skin felt amazing because of all the natural salt and minerals. Oh there was also a floating bar which sold smoothies; an added bonus and there was also a guy that dolloped this natural face mask into your hands to put on your face, we all looked ridiculous but our faces were so soft afterwards!
One more thing if you go to the blue lagoon, changing rooms are shared so… yup… lots of naked women you will never meet again. As you can imagine this came as quite a shock to a group of teenage girls from England.
Day 2 was Spectacular. Not only did we wake up to a beautiful sunrise,
we also just spent the whole day road tripping around Iceland, we stopped off at geysers, volcanoes, plate boundaries and a ton of waterfalls, it was a beautiful day.
Here are some of the few places where we stopped off:
Our first stop of the day was at Reynisfjara beach, it’s a beach completely covered in ash and yet again there was a beautiful sunrise.
However, next on the agenda was my most favourite thing that we did during the whole trip – glacier walking.
Once we got given our crampons and ice picks we all separated into our groups and we met our guide. He was called Athor, an awesome name and an awesome guy! We followed him along the snowy path until we reached the foot of the glacier. It was beautiful, I felt like I was in Narnia. We then proceeded in single file up the glacier and when we reached the top it took our breath away, the views were incredible and when we all fell silent there was not a single noise – it felt like we were on top of the world. I will remember this day for ever, it was a truly magical experience and my group was the best – we reached the highest and we also just had so much fun.
We had had such good weather, until this day when we experienced one of Iceland’s many storms. We didn’t let this get to us though. Instead of doing the activities we had planned, we decided to spend the day exploring Reykjavik instead. It’s such a quaint little city, you can find lots of cute shops, cafes and many other hidden gems, so we had lots to do. We also visited another geothermal pool with water slides and natural hot tubs, so that was cool too!
We stayed in many hotels along the trip, but the best was definitely the Viking village in Hafnarfjörður. Groups of six of us all shared these cute little cabins with bunk beds and mezzanine floors – we had lots of fun.
Day 5 was the end of the trip. Before we got to the airport, we had time for one more activity, lava tubing. It was really cool, we slid and climbed down into these old de-active lava tubes and were lead through the maze of tunnels by our guide who told us many stories and facts about the tunnels; it was really interesting.
And then it was time to leave ‘the land of fire and ice.’ I didn’t want to leave, I had so much fun with my friends and the teachers too. Iceland has been one of the most beautiful places I have ever been to. This is an experience I will remember for the rest of my life.
If you ever get the chance to visit Iceland… Go! You won’t regret it, I definitely want to return in the near future.