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Iceland Information

This year the Geography Department is going to Iceland! 

This trip is open to all students from grades 9-12.

The trip to Iceland will provide the students with the ability to see a variety of significant natural phenomena that no classroom can offer. Thanks to its unique location, straddling the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, Iceland is like a geography textbook sprung to life. 

Due to Iceland’s unique landscape on the Mid Atlantic Ridge – the boundary between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates this is one of the few places in the world where you can see an active spreading ridge above sea level with the two plates widening. As a result, Iceland has extensive volcanic and geothermal activity.

Students will have a chance to experience this firsthand while visiting various sites such as Thingvellir National Park to see the dried lava fields and the basalt columns that have formed. They will also have the chance to visit various geothermal areas where they will learn about geysers and geothermal activity that lies just below the Earth’s crust.

While visiting various geothermal areas students will have the opportunity to see the Blue Lagoon where they will sit in the world’s largest natural hot spring powered by geothermal heat. 

Students will also visit a Geothermal Power Station and the Hydro-electric Power Station. This is an excellent opportunity to view first-hand renewable and sustainable energy in motion.  They will also visit a greenhouse powered by geothermal and hydroelectric energy. 

Finally, students will have the opportunity to visit one of Iceland’s major glaciers, where they will learn about the role that they play in the Earth's water cycle and climate change. While visiting the glacier students will learn about the formation of black sand beaches that formed millions of years ago from basalt, volcanic ash, and lava flow which juxtaposition the glacier.

This trip is a once in a lifetime opportunity!  Join us!


Iceland Trip Information Meeting

Tuesday, September 19th at 6:30 in the Assumption Lecture Hall.

Parents and Students are all welcome!