Hello, today was a busy day!
We started at Hellisheidi geothermal power station, where we learned that Iceland produces 30% of it’s electricity using geothermal energy. They have also developed carbon capture and storage technologies to minimise their environmental footprint.
We then went to the Warm River Valley where we felt the river water warm up as we got closer to the hot springs. The sulphurous smell was … interesting!
Next stop was Hveragerdi Town where we stopped at a tourist centre with bakery, supermarket and earthquake simulator! There were a few squeals as the students experienced a 6.3 magnitude earthquake.
On to Skogafoss waterfall where we climbed to the viewing platform to see the waterfall from above before getting a drenching as we got up close and personal with one of Iceland’s most famous sites.
At the folk museum at Skogar we found out about Icelandic culture and viewed the turf houses where Icelanders lived for centuries.
A shopping visit to Vik, and then onto the hotel for our evening meal.
Finally, we visited the Lava Show in Vik which was spectacular, as we found out about the risk to the village from Katla volcano, and felt the heat and heard the noise of real lava!
The evening was topped off by a faint view of the Aurora Borealis.