You can tell a trip is going to be memorable when it starts at 7.30am on a Saturday morning. Just when England seems to have entered it’s own mini ice age, and when England gets cold, what better place is there to go than somewhere colder? Iceland, land of fire and ice, and now temporary home for 45 tired geographers.
Over the following five days we would ascend numerous, pulse-raising peaks; see geysers, ash beaches and breath-taking waterfalls; walk over plate margins and across glaciers; circumnavigate craters and swim in the world renowned Blue Lagoon and that’s just what can fit in a sentence.
The Skalinn Centre, our home throughout the trip, couldn’t have been more at one with the geography of the area, virtually nestled in the flanks of Eyjafjallajökull and Hekla; and encircled by jaw-dropping scenery. The staff were incredibly hospitable and the food, delicious; not to forget the infinite sandwiches, of course.
Whilst it is exceedingly hard to select an outstanding activity, personally walking across Solheimajokull Glacier, is something that will stay with me for a long time, particularly as opportunities to do this are rapidly becoming scarcer. We returned to England on Halloween, and although we wouldn’t have admitted it when getting on the coach at 4am in the morning; we were all more informed, inspired and certainly more appreciative of British weather than before!