Wednesday, 11 March 2020

British Council School Exchange Programme - The Polygon (UK) and Húsaskóli (Iceland) 2020


Day 2:  We had such a busy day today!

With the weather in Iceland being unpredictable, high winds in the south prevented our planned day of exploring the Golden Circle.  However, with our very flexible schedule we just swapped the days around and went out exploring sights away from the tourist track in Reykjavik.  

First stop was Þúfa (th-oo-fha), meaning the Tussock.  This was created by artist Ólöf Nordal in 2013. The 8m-tall grassy mound was constructed out of 4500 tons of gravel and is one of the biggest artworks ever made in Iceland.

With a pit stop taking a group picture at the Viking ship we went to Hallgrímskirkja (Icelandic pronunciation: ​[ˈhatl̥krimsˌcʰɪr̥ca], church of Hallgrímur) is a Lutheran (Church of Iceland) parish church in Reykjavík, Iceland. At 74.5 metres (244 ft) high, it is the largest church in Iceland and among the tallest structures in the country.  It has an amazing tower to see the stunning 360 views of Reykjavik. 

After thawing out in the mini-bus we headed to Perlan to explore; the planetarium show about the northern lights, ice cave experience, volcano interactive displays and a another 360 view being able to see Snæfellsjökull glacier!

The experience continued with building a snow man, a small snow ball game, relaxing with a game of football and a zip-wire before heading back for another delicious meal prepared by the Patchell family.

A day filled with so many experiences, we were all ready for bed.

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