An excited and rather tired group of New Beacon boys and 4 staff members met at Gatwick at 4.30am on 1 April to begin what proved to be an adventure of a lifetime. We were based at the Hjardarbol Guesthouse and the boys were well hosted by the owner Helga and her family. The resident dogs loved having the boys around and waited patiently for our return to base each evening so that the games in the snow could begin.
Some of the highlights of the trip must be the visit to Viking World, the tour of Reykjavík which included visiting the impressive Hallgrimskirkja Church, standing on the Leif the Lucky Bridge, the Gullfoss, Seljalandsfoss, Skogafoss and Gljufrabui waterfalls, walking to the Solheimajokull ‘sun house glacier’, swimming in an outdoor swimming pool at Selfoss, the Lava Centre in Hvollsvollur, shopping in the tiny seaside village of Vik, walking on the black sand beach at Reynishverfi and viewing the remarkable Reynisdranger sea stacks, a drive through the ‘greenhouse’ town of Hveragerdi and walking amongst the hot springs dotted around and in the town, the amazing Geysir spouting hot spring (gave its name to all geysers around the world) and its neighbour Stokkur, eating an ice-cream at the Estidalur dairy farm, walking through the Thingvellir National Park and of course not forgetting the memorable two hour soak/swim in the Secret Lagoon.
Our tour guide Hlif Ingabjornsdottir (also our guide in 2018) was superb and the boys appreciated her patience and certainly her knowledge and stories about all the places that we visited. Hlif thought that our boys were well-mannered and most cooperative; these sentiments also echoed by Helga and her family.
I am positive that the boys had a good time in Iceland and that they have many wonderful memories to share with friends and family. I express my sincerest thanks and appreciation to Messrs Presnell and Ryde as well as Mrs Hunter for their contribution to this successful trip.