YOU wouldn’t think you’d have to leave Scotland to find polar conditions but that’s exactly what a party from St Aidan’s High School did earlier this month.
On a Polar Academy expedition to Iceland and Greenland were five St Aidan’s pupils, joined by five students from Coltness High, taking part in an educational trek into the icy wastelands.
The Polar Academy, which organises regular school ‘outings’ into the Arctic Circle, is the brainchild of Craig Mathieson, thought by many to be Scotland’s greatest living explorer, who said the aim of the treks was “ building the confidence and experience of young Scots and turning them into role models.”
The trip certainly was an experience for the youngsters (pictured), taking off from Glasgow Airport to Iceland for an overnight stay before travelling on to Greenland where a helicopter took them deep into the freezing hinterland.
During a week trekking and camping on the ice field, they did experiments for the European Space Agency and other tasks before returning to civilisation and an, er, `warm’ welcome home from cheering fellow St Aidan’s students as they arrived back at Glasgow Airport, hailing the trip a great success.