October 20th - 24th 2016
Hello everyone, we will endeavour to update this spark at the end of each day so you can see and hear about all of the fantastic activities that we will experience on the trip.
5.30 am at the school! - Early start!
6.00pm Arrived safe and well after a slightly bumpy landing. All tired at hotel and are just about to explore the town!
Hunting for the Northern Lights
Rainy start to our Golden Circle tour today but it was brightened up by the incredible tour of Southern Iceland. Our first stop was the Pingvellir National Park for a walk across a tectonic plate rift. Back on the tour bus for a stop at the geothermal area in Haukadalur where we walked around the geysers Geysir and Strokkur. The amazing Gullfoss waterfall kept us in awe with it’s colossal power – certainly a highlight for many of us today. Last stop was the geothermal greenhouses where tomato plants are grown for export around the world.
On the bus for 9am for the tour of the Reykjanes peninsular where the water temperature gets up to over 200 celsius.
Afternoon spent relaxing in the Blue Lagoon Spa.
Evening in Reykjavic.
Mass at Christ the King Cathedral Reykjavic. Jac Fernandez-John was asked to deliver the second reading of the mass to the full congregation at the church. A very proud moment for all of the teachers and pupils of Cardinal Newman School.
Early start for the south shore tour.
A narrow but very powerful and picturesque waterfall dropping some 60 meters straight off the fell side. Waterproofs essential for this one - you can walk behind it and through to the other side.
Next stop was the impressive Skógafoss waterfall is one of the biggest waterfalls in Iceland with a width of 25 meters. Due to the amount of spray the waterfall consistently produces, a rainbow is very often visible on a sunny day not today though as is is constantly raining.
Lunch was spent in Vik. Vik is the southernmost village in Iceland if you look directly out to sea, there is nothing between the beach and Antarctica. Right next to the famous Reynisfjara black beach.
Our last stop today was to Reynisfjara beach which is a beautiful black sand beach on the south coast featuring natural column-pyramid rock formations, puffins and huge waves pounding the beach.
After long day everyone is well fed and watered - ready to hunt for the Northern lights again.
Really early start - 4.30am! all up at 3.15 for a quick breakfast before boarding the bus to the airport. there was even a faint glimpse of the Northern Lights in the sky as we were placing the luggage on the bus - at last! Many guests at the hotel remarked how well behaved and polite the children had been throughout the stay - well done to all - a credit to the school.
A perfect flight back to Heathrow then down the M4 to arrive back at Newman at 5.00pm.