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Hambro Housemaster, Henry Stoot, writes about the recent Iceland trip

Sara Burton and I took 25 pupils to Iceland over the first few days of Half Term.  We left school early with a real sense of excitement but that was soon extinguished by the news of a nine hour flight delay. We eventually arrived in Reykjavik at 3 am and we all headed straight to bed. 

Over the course of the next few days we saw a number of amazing sites. We started off with a trip to see a geothermal power station followed by a couple of excursions to see some incredible waterfalls. The next day we spent some time at one of the largest glaciers in the world where we were met with sad evidence of how much it has retreated in recent years due to climate change. We then headed to the black beach where the sand is jet black from all the ash deposited from previous volcanic eruptions. 
On the third day we went to a secret lagoon where our pupils took a dip in 40 degree water heated by a geothermal hot spring. We then made our way to see a number of other hot springs and a ginormous geyser. Afterwards we spent the afternoon visiting one of the largest waterfalls in the world based on volume of water, a true spectacle. 
We finished our trip to the Reykjavik Peninsular which is one of the most active tectonic regions in the world. Everywhere you walked there were bubbling hot springs and giant plumes of steam. 
Thankfully when we arrived at the airport we were greeted by the news that our flight was on time. It was a wonderful trip and although we never saw the northern lights it was difficult to fault it.