As with all great adventures, this year’s Sixth Form Geography adventure in Iceland began with a bet on who could spot any trees native to the land. As it turns out, there are none. Trees don’t naturally grow in tundra, which is a part of a topic that has been studied in great detail by this year’s Lower Sixth geographers.
As well as the weird overly salty fish the Icelandic eat for breakfast, the country has a lot to offer when it comes to spectacular views and equally awe-inspiring geography. We gazed in amazement at the grand and powerful waterfalls like Seljalandsfoss, cascading downwards over us as we got within metres of its power. We also witnessed the awesome intensity of geysers, erupting in watery explosions mixed in with the stench of rotten eggs.
When we weren’t bathing in the Blue Lagoon, we were scaling a glacier and learning first-hand about Iceland’s renewable power. The Icelandic people care deeply about their country’s landscape, and have the most eco-friendly country in the world. The value they put into renewable energy sets an example for the rest of the world, not to mention that all innovations in renewable energy they make are made public for the rest of the world to use.
Iceland is most definitely a land like no other. Its people certainly have a character and mindset that make them stand out from the rest, with their progressive eco-friendly goals and great respect for the forces that shape the world. From their geothermal power stations to their well-preserved national parks, the Icelandic and their amazing home might just be the key to an eco-friendlier, cleaner future.
Jacob Wyborn, Lower Sixth