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Iceland Travel Blog

Wed, 2 November 2011

Iceland Travel Blog

Team trip to Iceland

Iceland never ceases to amaze – as some of our European Study Tours team experienced first hand, this October half term. 4 days in Iceland, and wow what a trip!

Tues 25th Oct

During the fascinating Golden Circle Tour, the team walked around in the world famous Geyser area – a geothermal field where hot springs are in abundance, geysers explode and pools of mud bubble. It was addictive to watch; the bubbling and swelling, and bursts of water and steam were a spectacle for both the eyes and the ears.

Seeing the magnificent cascading Gullfoss waterfall was impressive, despite the freezing temperature and accompanying icy wind.

The original site of the oldest existing parliament in the world was also visited – Pinvellir national park. Here, the great Atlantic rift is clearly visible, a rift that is slowly pulling Iceland apart, along tectonic plates.

Wed 26th Oct

Today’s South Shore Tour consisted of the Seljalandsfoss waterfall, Skogafoss waterfall, Myrdalsjokull glacier, Reynisdranger rock formations and the small and charming village that is Vik.

Seljalandsfoss waterfall is very unique because you can stand behind the falls, or even walk down to the pool of water that the waterfall crashes into.

Skogafoss waterfall stands at over 60 metres tall and it takes 400 steps to climb to the top! The views were stunning, and on the way up there are little cut off paths where you can walk pretty close to the waterfall, to the point where you get misted by the water on its way over the edge of the mountain! Due to the amount of spray the waterfall consistently produces, a single or double rainbow is normally visible, on a day that’s not wet and cloudy like this one!

The next stop was the Myrdalsjokull glacier. The ice-cap of this glacier covers an active volcano that erupts every 40-80 years.

Other highlights included black lava sand coastline, impressive rock formations and the small village of Vik, with only a few hundred people living in this village, its surrounded by beautiful high bird cliffs. 

Thurs 27th Oct

The Reykjavik Grand Excursion took the team on a detailed and comprehensive introduction to Reykjavik’s past and present with main attractions are highlighted on foot and by bus. The main landmarks including The Pearl (Perlan), the church Hallgrimskirkja, the harbour and the famous 101 Reykjavik neighborhood are all visited. Reykjavik’s unique proximity to nature, with the Salmon River Elidaa running through it, a thermal beach at Nautholsvik, green valleys and outdoor swimming pools, makes this city second to none in the world. 

Fri 28th Oct

The team couldn't’t leave Iceland without visiting the Blue Lagoon, en-route to Keflavik airport. On approach to the lagoon, steam could be seen rising from the ground. The geothermal seawater is a sky blue colour and rich in minerals. A must see experience when in Iceland.

The jammed packed trip was enjoyed by all, and even the overcast weather throughout the trip that unfortunately stopped the team on their search of the wonders of the night sky, the Northern Lights didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits! Had it been a clear night, this natural phenomenon is often seen dancing around in fantastic colours across the Icelandic Arctic Sky.

No trip to Iceland would be the same, with so many exciting places; there just aren’t enough hours in the day!

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