Grays students visit Eyjafjallajokull

Students visit source of air traffic chaos.

A year ago, 12 school staff were stranded around the world after the explosion of volcano Eyjafjallajokull. This year 30 students from The Grays School Media Arts College visited Iceland to find out why. Having seen so many natural disasters this year, Iceland is the closest place to see tectonic plates in action – at Thingvellir students literally stood in the no-man’s land between Europe and North America.


On this five-day adventure, students visited volcanic sites that included geysers, hot springs and waterfalls, as well as the flood plain created by the eruption that grounded millions of people and thousands of air flights.

Head of Geography and Trip Leader Elizabeth Sansam said “We’ve been studying these phenomena from books and television reports in the past – the students have got a much better understanding form seeing it for themselves. It was an amazing trip, and the students were fantastic. I couldn’t have been more proud of them.”

Emily Berville (Year 11) said “Iceland was a fantastic ‘once in a lifetime’ experience! The waterfalls, geysers and the coastal tours were amazing. The views in Iceland were absolutely beautiful and I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it”.

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