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On Friday the 8th of September a group of students and myself headed out to Iceland. After a 4 hour flight and bumpy three-hour bus ride, we finally arrived in þórsmörk where we stayed. After a quick look at the sunset, we all headed off to bed in our huts only to be awakened a few hours later by the scream of others from outside telling us to wake up to see the northern lights. All 24 of us stood outside, amazed at our first sight of Icelandic northern lights. 

Our first day started with a challenging but very rewarding sight. When we finally reached the peak, we were all amazed at the views in front of us. In the afternoon we met Chaz, our leader for the week. Our goal would be to help him maintain the environment around Iceland and on hiking trails. We all did various activities throughout the week. They included:

  • digging out Lupine
  • cutting willow
  • collecting birch seeds
  • building a willow nursery
  • building erosion fences
  • creating a turf wall
  • creating a sink to reuse gray water
  • digging out a path
  • create a garden
  • plant willow

All these projects continued for four days and students got to try everything. We all made huge progress and although we were all extremely tired everyone felt really proud and worked with enthusiasm. We were all also gifted by the weather as it did not rain a single time. After such a tiring week, the last day was spent looking at waterfalls, visiting Reykjavik and going to the Blue Lagoon.

I think Iceland is one of the most tiring PDWs but also one of the most rewarding. Everone left with a sense of accomplishment and pride. We all had a great time and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys being outdoors. 

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