28th of September

Today we woke up with our host families. We met at school at 8:35. We did our presentations and the Finnish kids did theirs. Then we listened to a presentation about today’s project.

We got on a bus and drove to a stream where we did some measurements. Then we got back on the bus and drove to Rokua. We had lunch there and tried Finnish sausages. They were very good.

Then we were divided into small groups and each group did a measurement on a lake. We took samples and measurements. After that, all the groups met in the Rokua house and compared the results.

After that, we headed back to Vaala. All the kids met at Petra’s house and had fun. The day was very fun and we are excited for tomorrow.

Written by Anna Lára, Birkir Snær and Stígur

27th of September

We woke up early to go to the airport at 5 am. We had one hour to shop and eat breakfast.

Our flight was at 7:30 and was 3 hours and twenty minutes long. When we arrived in Helsinki we had to wait at the airport for three hours. We used the time to study, eat and explore a little bit.

Then we boarded a plane to go to Oulu. The flight was with Norwegian airline and was one hour long. After arriving in Oulu we had to sit in a bus for one and  half hour to get to Vaala, where we finally met our friends from Finland.

Written by Mateja and Selma


The journeys first steps

 We all met at our school, FAS just before 13:00. Everybody were really excited for the trip to come. It was raining in Höfn, it was cold and dark when we left. We followed the sun that disappeared behind the dark clouds and the bus driver drove for about two hours.

After a short ride, we stopped at Freysnes. There we bought some food and drinks and stood up for a bit. Shortly after everybody came back to the bus, the teachers (Eyjólfur and Hjördís) taught us about how water works, and the global goals, precisely the 6th. The quest came to a pause, as we stopped at  Selfoss as we ate the chicken of the cornel of the Kentucky (KFC). Then we feasted on the delightful hallucinogenic Ice-cream of Skalli. Then we marched to Keflavík, were we hopefully sleep like baby’s.

Written by Sævar Rafn and Tómas Nói

Written by Sævar Rafn and Tómas Nói

On the way to Vaala in Finland

This schoolyear is the second year in our project. Last year we were not able to travel because of COVID 19. According to the plan the first visit was to Iceland in September 2020 and to Norway in spring 2021. We worked instead together over the internet. It was a challenge for us all but it went well anyway.

Things are better for Iceland and Finland this year but there are still stright rules regarding travel in Norway.

Next country to visit according the application is Finland and when schools started this autumn we decided that Iceland would travel to Finland. In Finland the Finnish and Icelandic groups are going to do some fieldtrips.  The students in Norway are going on some field trips close to Brønnøysund. The three countries are also going to use some time to work together on Teams.

The Icelandic group is leaving from Höfn next Sunday and we plan to be in Vaala on Monday evening. We are all looking forward to the trip to Finland and we are going to tell about the trip on our page.

See you soon.

Publication in the EGN Newsletter

In the European Geopark Newsletter 19 Trollfjell UNESCO Global Geopark contributed with a short text about the second project week and a picture of the informative posters of global goal 12. You will find the text on page 8.

How can Nordic youths in Iceland, Finland and Norway contribute to Sustainable Development Goal 12?

Please share through your different social media and enjoy this interesting issue with a lot of good examples and inspirational ideas of geopark activities!

EGN Newsletter No 19 2021


Week 15 in Iceland

Our plan to visit Norway in week 15 was not possible because of COVID-19. Instead we decided to work online like last autumn.

The Icelandic group started the week with a visit to Djúpivogur, the next village east of Höfn which is about 100 km away. Since 2013 Djúpivogur is a part of the Cittaslow organisation. Cittaslow is an organisation founded in Italy 1999 and is inspired by the slow food movement. Cittaslow fits very well with Global Goal 12 which is about responsible consumption. In Djúpivogur we got a lecture about Cittaslow. We took a walk in the village and saw how they inhabitants introduce Cittaslow into their daily life. It was a good day and we gained a lot of information about the benefit of being a part of the Cittaslow organisation.

On Thuesday we “met” our partners online. We saw some films from Norway which we would have seen if we were able to be there. It was good to see a little bit from the Norway and how our partners in the project are living. Then we started the group work. Two students from each country worked together and the aim was to make a poster connected to Global Goal 12. This work went very good and on Thursday the groups introduced their work.

Allover  it was a good week and we can be happy about the success. Next autumn it is planned to meet in Vaala in Finland and hopefully that will  happen.



The best poster

Five outstanding posters were presented last week and it was challenging to pick the best poster of the week. The winner is based on this criteria:

  • A clear message
  • Good use of colours
  • A call to action
  • Good use of fonts and font colour
  • Good use of icons, symbols and figures to visualise the topic
  • High quality pictues
  • Good structure
  • Good amount of text (less is more)

The best poster belongs to group number 3!

Poster Group 3 PDF

Made by: 

  • Annika Olaussen, Amalie Einvik (Norway)
  • Karen Benediktsdóttir , Harpa Óskarsdóttir (Iceland)
  • Iida Kurtti and Luna Laine (Finland)


We would also like to show you the most outstanding poster at Brønnøysund upper secondary school made by group number 2: Adam, Torjus, Lea, Marie
and Ahmed.

Best poster Brønnøysund upper secondary school

Publication in the EGN Magazine 18

The publication of the EGN magazine, which is published once a year to all the European geoparks, detailing geotourism promotion provides another mode of publicity through its distribution to geotouristic enterprises as well as schools and universities. In the EGN Magazine number 18 Trollfjell UNESCO Global Geopark wrote about the first project week in Nordplus Junior-Project with the title: Towards a more resilient future – Nordic youths encounter past and future climate changes. Please hava a look at the article: EGN MAG 18 Trollfjell


Logo for the project

The first task this semester was to design a logo for the project. Due to COVID-19 there are different rules in the three countries and therefore it was decided that the students should work in groups in their home countries. Finland lead the groupwork for the competition. All schools got the same information in regards to the work: the logo should somehow represent the whole Nordplus Junior project; its theme and all the partners. The students got three weeks to design the logo.

The logo competition got two drafts from Iceland, four from Finland and four different variants of one logo from Norway. The arts teacher at Vaala Upper Secondary school chose one of the Norwegian students’ logo. It was considered best to fit the project description for the logo; it is simple, clear and stylish.

Here below you can see all the logos in the compitition and the winning logo will be places on our home page.