As school trips go, the latest trek by students at St Aidan’s CE High is in a league of its own.
A group of geography students and their teachers decided to take lesson practice to a new level... in Iceland.
While there, the group of 44 Year 10 and 11 students from the Preesall school visited many sites around the south and west coast and studied several topics on the GCSE course.
These ranged from glaciers/glaciation, coasts, plate tectonics to earthquakes and geothermal energy.
Trip organiser and geographer teacher Adam Corbridge said: “The trip gives students an excellent opportunity to consolidate learning from in school by visiting places we learn about and helps put the learning into context by allowing students to make links between different places and topics we’ve learnt about.
“It is also just a fascinating place with other worldly landscapes and amazing people living there (where over half of the population believe the Icelandic folklore about trolls and elves)”
Mr Corbridge added: “This trip definitely has the wow factor.
“I don’t think everyone was quite prepared for the blizzard conditions, or the sheer scale of some of the places we went to.
“Some jaws dropped when students were on the beach and were told the next piece of land due south was Antarctica, around 5,500km away – which caused some pretty spectacular large waves.
“The real highlight has to be when we did a glacier hike on the Sólheimajökull glacier.
“Students really started to get the size and scale of a glacier whilst on top of one, and this will help them out with case studies for their GCSE Geography exam.”