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Iceland Day 4 – Looking for the Northern Lights

After the challenges of the previous days, this was a far more leisurely experience. Following a late breakfast we made our way to the National Museum of Iceland to learn about the cultural history of Iceland, which traces the history of the country from about 800 AD.  The more daring  then took to the ice and we were fortunate that the tumbles did not result in anything more than a few bruises. The afternoon was spent shopping in the same brand name shops they could have visited in Chester!  Our evening meal at the Red Chilli was followed by an unexpected presentation to the three staff . We then made our way back to the hotel to prepare for a late night –  travelling to Whale Bay fjord where we had a superb view of the night sky, shooting stars and an appearance of the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) an amazing natural phenomenon. Taking photographs was somewhat problematic requiring manual settings and a shutter speed of 15 to 30 seconds. We returned to the hotel at 0030 for sleep ahead of our  journey home tomorrow.  From a Geography perspective this has been an excellent experience where students have had an opportunity to see, in one country, most of the major features and with the added bonus of the eruption. The  youngsters have been a credit to themselves and the School and the staff have thoroughly enjoyed their good company, and their willingness to take an interest in what they have seen.

John Rowlands



Posted on: March 26, 2010

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