Volcanoes, geysers, glaciers and the Northern Lights have left students with very cool memories of an amazing trip to Iceland. They have just returned from Reykjavík where they saw huge physical forces at work on this small country on the mid-Atlantic plate.

The geography and biology students stayed in the vibrant capital and enjoyed all the best activities Iceland has to offer. On a trip to Þingvellir, the students not only took in the site of the world’s first parliament but were amazed by its dramatic rift valley and rock fissures formed as the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates rip apart.

They visited Eyjafjallajokull: the volcano responsible for so much disruption in 2010. In addition, they experienced dramatic waterfalls, trekked on a glacier and were lucky to have clear night skies for an amazing light show from the Aurora Borealis – the Northern Lights.

Leader of the expedition and Head of Geography Mr Grundy said the students had enjoyed a fantastic range of activities during the visit. He said: “It’s a wonderful place for geographers with its glaciers and volcanic eruptions and I know the students have learnt so much from the trip.”

As well as the 4 day trips offered by the geography department as part of the A level curriculum, the department also offers an optional international trip every year.