8 – 13 February 2024
Yesterday, there was a buzz of excitement as Walton Academy students touched down in Iceland, embarking on a five-day educational adventure. Iceland, renowned for its captivating landscapes and unique geological features, provides the perfect setting for a journey that seamlessly intertwines classroom learning with real-life experiences.
During their initial flight into Iceland, students were treated to a thrilling sight from the plane window as they witnessed the eruption in action. The erupting volcano offered an awe-inspiring glimpse into Iceland’s dynamic geological activity, setting the tone for the educational exploration to come.
Day one commenced with a drive past lava fields to the Bridge between Continents—a symbolic 15 metre footbridge spanning a fissure between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates. The group enjoyed a unique experience of flying over Iceland in a 4D immersive simulation, providing a bird’s-eye view of the island’s dramatic landscapes. The day was topped off with a casual meal of pizza, adding a fun twist to the day’s events.
Night one promised a restful stay at the centrally located 201 Hotel in Reykjavík. As the journey unfolds, students will embark on a diverse array of activities, including invigorating hot spring walks, breathtaking encounters with magnificent waterfalls, coastal adventures, and encounters with awe-inspiring glaciers. Each day’s experiences contribute to the students’ understanding and appreciation of Iceland’s remarkable diversity.
This educational visit isn’t just a trip; it’s an immersive classroom where the curriculum seamlessly blends with the stunning surroundings, creating memories that will last a lifetime. Special thanks to the dedicated teachers accompanying the students – Mrs Wicks, Miss Lee, Mrs Bingham and Mr Hoad – guiding them through this enriching experience.