At the start of the October half term, an intrepid group of 59 Sixth Form students and five teachers set off for a week-long trip to Iceland, often described as ‘a Geographer’s paradise’. After a slow start involving a broken down coach and Denham petrol station, we arrived at Gatwick in an excited, but nervous, rush anxious not to miss the flight.

On arrival in Iceland we visited the Blue Lagoon - created using the recycled water from a local geothermal power station - and bathed in its hot, mineral-rich waters, before heading to Reykjavík for a night-time view of the city. Afterwards, we drove to the Hotel Eldhestar in the small town of Hveragerði, south-east of Reykjavík, where we would stay for the duration of the trip.

Over the next days, we were split into two groups accompanied by guides Indgi and Andy. These days confirmed without a doubt the natural splendour and power of Iceland as we visited waterfalls that plummet off the sides of old cliffs, black-sand beaches with enormous waves, large glaciers and spouting geysers.

On the third day, the two groups joined together for a visit to the Westman Islands - somewhere that no-one, not even the teachers, had been before. After a spectacular ferry journey we made the arduous, but amazing, climb up Mount Eldfell, an active volcano that erupted forty years ago, giving spectacular views over the island and deeper understanding of the eruption.

The final part of the visit would rival even Top Gear’s ambitious journeys as our coaches bumped over miles of rocky land and forded icy rivers to reach Eyjafjallajökull, the sub-glacial glacier that made headlines across the world in 2010 as planes were left stranded and journalists tongue-tied by its eruption.

Although much of our time was spend outside in the wild Icelandic countryside, much activity took place at the hotel in the evenings. On the first day, both groups consolidated their knowledge of Iceland’s geography in lessons, but on the second day a highly unusual quiz awaited us, devised by School Captain Tom Player and his Deputy Ben Reiff, whose questions ranged from the cost of thirty cocktail sausages at Iceland (83p), to some more unexpected Challoner’s quotes. On the third day, the room was rocked by the sound of one of history’s most heated and competitive Geography-themed rounds of Just a Minute. On the final day, Andy gave a brilliantly informative and entertaining presentation on the Eyjafjallajökull eruption and the on-going eruption at Bardarbunga.

Five days seemed too short to spend in such an amazing country. We returned to Britain tired but elated from one of the most spectacular visits Challoner’s has to offer.