During Half Term 24 Cheltenham College students embarked on an expedition to Iceland, a country that never ceases to amaze! During the five day trip we clambered up the side of volcanoes, bathed in hot springs, witnessed the eruption of geysers, hiked on top of glaciers, gazed at mesmerizing waterfalls, used volcanic vents to create toasted cheese sandwiches, explored a lava tube and stood in awe at the impressive rift valley created by the separation of the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. Although the weather was a little on the wet side the students remained enthusiastic throughout, always keen to get out of the bus to explore the next feature on our tour. They certainly made the most of our guides and instructors whilst we were there, asking inquisitive questions about the features we explored and the, sometimes, bizarre traditions of the Icelandic people! Both Miss Emily Hartley and Mr Andrew Gasson accompanied me on this trip and we were all incredibly proud of the level of enthusiasm every student brought to each day of our trip. We could not have asked for a better group of individuals. I think the American author, Stephen Markley, captured best what everyone felt and experienced on our trip, “The problem with driving around Iceland is that you’re basically confronted by a new soul-enriching, breath-taking, life-affirming natural sight every five minutes. It’s totally exhausting."
Mr Fraser Dobney
Master i/c Iceland 2015