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Charlie’s unforgettable Icelandic adventure

Last year, the University offered alumni the chance to win a trip of a lifetime to see the Northern Lights in Iceland by simply updating their details. Bachelor of Computer Science graduate, Charlie Rocklyn was our lucky winner and recently returned from her unique overseas adventure. She shares the highlights, surprises and memories of her unforgettable getaway below.

My trip to Iceland was amazing. There were so many beautiful natural wonders, including waterfalls, volcanic regions, hot springs, and even a glacier. The people were so friendly and really welcoming.

The highlight of my trip was exploring nature. It was so amazing driving through snow covered mountains with no signs of human life other than the road we were on. It felt crazy to hike up a hill on a three-degree day and strip down to our bathers to get in a 40-degree natural spring pool. We saw giant chunks of ice washed up on the black sand of the beach – it was like being on another planet!

Honestly, I didn’t expect to love Iceland. I was excited to try and see the lights, which we only saw very faintly, but the trip on a whole was awesome. I didn’t know much about Iceland before but now it’s high on my list of places I want to return to. I was also super surprised to find so much great vegan food!

In addition to exploring a beautiful country, I also gained a new best friend. I invited my cousin Isabella to come on this trip with me. She lives interstate and we’ve probably only spent about four weeks together in our entire lives. During the holiday we really got to know each other better and bond. We laughed, cried, lost multiple passports, tried all the beers, and realised both of our mums taught us how to play backgammon! Overall it was an experience I’ll never forget, and I’m super grateful to the University of Adelaide for making it happen.

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