Northern Lights and shooting stars

Barnsley Sixth Form College students have been inspired by a range of magnificent sights on a trip to Iceland.

The A Level Geography students swam in the Blue Lagoon geothermal pool and embarked on the classic Golden Circle tour, which included seeing a geyser, the Gulfoss waterfall, the Kerid volcanic crater and Pingvellir - the continental divide between Europe and North America.

A visit to the south coast allowed the students to see basalt columns, a black ash beach and a waterfall. They also viewed Vatnajökull, the second-largest glacier in Europe, and saw first-hand how geothermal energy operates in the Icelandic hot springs.

The group were also fortunate enough to see the northern lights on two occasions, accompanied by a number of shooting stars.

Student Charlotte Poyton, 19, of Crossways, Bolton upon Dearne, said: “Iceland for me was well and truly life-changing. Seeing some of the world’s wonders has inspired me to go searching for more. It is definitely worth seeing.”