Summer is soon over, but we all remember our week at Iceland at May! We all enjoyed our week very much and have cherishable memories of Iceland. Here is some thoughts of Armfelt’s students about the week.
My host family was nice and it was easy to talk them. Even if I couldn’t explain something well, they still understood it. They were really caring, but still they let me be on the downtown with my friends, which was really nice.
This week was really fun, but I was tired almost all the time. Most memorable thing was the bus tour out of the city, to Reykjadalur. On that trip I understood, how few trees are in Iceland. It’s funny, how in Iceland it’s not as much trees than in Finland. But the nature is really beautiful in Iceland and the waterfalls are wondrous. In Iceland is many swimming places and I liked most of the Blue Lagoon and the Reykjadalur.
In school is not so strict and the food we get in Finland is way more better than in Icelandic school. And in Háteigsskóli you can go to store at breaks, but in Armfelt you have to stay in the school area. But in the end, I would more likely to stay in Armfelt. The top feeling after the trip is happiness, because I was able to get along in this wonderful experience! But it’s still great to be home. -Helmi
The trip was AMAZING! The host family was very kind to me, and we were able to talk about everything. We chatted a lot and get to known each other. Iceland is very beautiful country and it’s not as cold as I thought. I really enjoyed every sight we went to. And the views were unbelievable. One evening Vaka, Ingvar, Kristina and Anna-Sofia came to our place to traditional Icelandic food such as sheep head, shark and whale. Sheep head was excellent, but shark and whale not so much. After all I’m going to miss this amazing trip. -Tatu
So when we have been Iceland about a week I have noticed that Iceland is way more different than i expected. My host family was the best. They let me go where I wanted to go almost when I wanted. This was my first time to taste sheep and it was so good. Iceland is so different than Finland, because here is not so good school lunch. There isn’t any forests. We went shopping and to the downtown. Here is so many different waterfalls. And just so beautiful nature. One day we went to the Blue Lagoon and the water was so blue and so warm. The school is much smaller than our school. And the week was fun and interesting because I had to speak English not Finnish. It was pretty hard, but I did it. -Mona
I lived a week in Iceland in Una´s and her parents home with Pihla. Una doesn’t has siblings. It was fun that Una´s parents could speak finnish, so if we couldn´t remember some word in English, we could just say it in Finnish. Una´s mother has lived in Finland like 25 years ago. The parents were really nice and kind. They always asked how was our day and did we sleep well. They also asked many times during the day if are we hungry. And they made so good food (but we didn´t eat any “icelandic food”). Every day we went to great places and see amazing things. That trip was awesome and I will never forget it. -Ester
My host was Àgust, and there was three finns in his house. Our family were Àgust, Àgust’s mom and dad, me, Teemu, Siiri and a dog. Icelandic people were very kind and open to us. We talked a lot with they and we had fun. We had lamb for dinner nearly everyday. I hadn’t eat lamb before very much, maybe once. So it was really nice experience, and delicious.
The best thing in Iceland was Silfra. We went snorkling. Water was cold, but we did get used to it. I have never been snorkling like we went there. We had a lot of fun and that was awesome.
The weirdest thing in Iceland was that the hot water smells like a rotten egg. We haven’t used to it so it was really weird.
I made some findings, for example that I hadn’t seen any wood or brick houses, maybe one or two in the whole downtown. The second finding was that Icelandic school lunch were totally different than finnish school lunch. For example on monday we had pork and potatoes for lunch. Pork were tough and potatoes were cold and hard. There was a box which were full of yellow peas, it was the salad. It looked very bad, so I didn’t took them. On wednesday we didn’t go to the school lunch at all, we went a local market and bought there some food. But mostly Iceland were nice and I would visit it again, if I get a chance. -Masi
The week that we spend in Iceland was really great. We did a lot of things and my host and her family were really nice to me. Altough none of us spoke perfect or near perfect english we still managed to communicate fairly well. Everything that we did and experienced was really nice except the school food. I enjoyed learning how people in Iceland act and live. I found that the people (at least the teens) are really energetic and outgoing and sometimes they had too much of it. I don´t know if it´s true but from the things I saw I don´t think Iceland has a lot of lactose free products. Unfortunately this limited some things I could try. I really wanted to try Icelandic icecream. It´s true when people say that Iceland doesn´t have a lot of trees. -Olivia
This Icelandic trip was an amazing experience to me. It was very nice to see the icelanders again and get to know their family. Their family were very kind and they were happy all the time. It was very nice to talk with their parents and learn things about Iceland. The food there was very good even though it was a bit different. Iceland was very beautiful country and it was very nice to see cliffs all the way from Reykjavik’s downtown. There was many different little shops that were interesting. Prices there were more expensive than in Finland. All places where we visited were really great and beautiful to see. My favorite place was The Blue Lagoon. The water was bluish and it was very warm. One downside was that it smelled like an egg. This trip has been a really wonderful experience for me. And it was very nice to be involved in this project. -Kristina
It was a very nice week in Iceland. We did many things like we saw the nature and Reykjavik and also just spent time with our old and new friends. My host family was very nice and I lived there with Ester. The nature was quite different than in Finland. In Iceland you can see very far but in Finland all you can see is trees and forest. Also in Iceland you can see a lot of mountains. It was really weird that there isn’t forest and you can see everything. But Icelandic nature is very beautiful and all the places we went was really exciting. The school is also quite different because it’s not so strict and the school lunch is pretty bad. It was really fun to be in the host families because you can speak english and learn that even more. I didn’t eat traditional Icelandic food because my host family was vegeterian but otherwise the food was really good and I enjoyed the trip very much. -Pihla
The week was fun. We swam a lot. Best thing about swimming in Iceland was the warm water. I stayed at Karin’s house. Karin lives with her mom and two older brothers. They also have two beautiful birds. A few times we went to school to see how are the classes like in Iceland. I think that finnish education system is more systematic. Food in the school was weird. It costs about 15000 ISK/month, wich is about 110€/month. The lunch of the day was free for us. There was two really small potatoes and one dry steak. In Finland we have much better school food and it’s also free for us, which is great! – Senni