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Monday, 10 Oct 2011
A group of 17 Year 8 and 9 boys went to Iceland as part of their World Challenge expedition in July 2011. They were accompanied by Mr Travi and Mr Hollyer from the RGS staff and a World Challenge leader, Alistair Beeley. The group flew to Iceland and then over lands to Landmannalaugar for the start of 57 mile trek thorough some of the spectacular volcanic scenery on the planet.
Day 1 proved to be the most difficult of the all of the days trekking. We had to deal with challenging weather of driving gales, heavy rain and strong wind. The boys had to set up their camp in these conditions and did so with a remarkable resilience of spirit. The hut at Hrafntinnusker was a sure welcome site after the long and tiring journey. The second say was dominated with a trek across a snow field and the glaciers which dominate the scenery around that part of Iceland.
The third day was a trek down the swan lake a beautiful settlement half way on the trek
The lessons from the first hard day of trekking were well learnt and the boys have acclimatised to the environment and were able to make good progress throughout the day. Thursday and Friday were easier walking days as most of the terrain become considerably less hilly and steep. The whole landscape was dominated by vast mountain ranges and awe inspiring volcanoes and glaciers
On the third night some of the boys had the choice to see some of the Icelandic version of the Grand Canyon .Whilst some other parts proved we need a more interesting way of getting across.
The third day we walked through the Icelandic ash desert. On the fourth night we set up camp at the end of the Ash Desert.
On the last day we went through a main gouge had to navigate some difficult mountain crossing and passed through the only forest in the whole of Iceland.
At last we reached the end of the trek and a welcome site the Husadalur site. The trek was truly rememberable and the boys showed great tannasty and spirit to complete such as arduous trip. The final part of the trip we spent in Reykjavik and we made a visit to the world famous Blue Lagoon complex
A truly fantastic and unforgettable experience, memories will no doubt be life long
Source: Website Reporter