Venture North // Iceland

Schools Trekking and Community Project, Iceland

The Land of Ice and Fire!

Sitting on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge Iceland is a land of contrasts and is often, and aptly, referred to as the land of ice and fire in deference to its glaciers and its volcanoes. Our student teams get to immerse themselves in this dramatic landscape by taking on both a trek and a conservation project. They will also experience what it is like living with 24 hours of daylight!

The different aspects in this expedition really gives students the opportunity to develop.  Students will lead on navigation and managing supplies during the trek and will plan their own itinerary for the additional cultural visits.  Teams will be supported by our experienced leaders and our in-country team, who will help them get the most out of this amazing developmental expedition.

Our conservation projects allow students to get hands-on experience working on a wildlife project.  We work with selected charity partners who are speciailists in their conservation field. Their expert guidance enables our teams to take part in impactful conservation projects.

We have a variety of conservation options that teams can get involved in during the expedition. This can include nature park maintenance, habitat renovation work, and specific species projects.

Our expeditions also include local interest visits, providing educational opportunities, as well as an insight into Iceland’s heritage, history and people.  These visits can include trips to:

  • Westerman Islands – boat journey to the islands, with an ascent of a dormant volcano
  • Gulfoss and Geysir – a vist to the beautiful falls and to see famous geyser
  • Jökulsárlón – the opportunity to travel among the icebergs
  • Þingvellir – a chance to stand astride a fault line that runs the length of the Atlantic
  • Hot Springs visit – there are many hot springs to visit and a trip to Iceland is not complete with out this relaxing experience
  • Reykjavik – experience the vibrant, hardy culture of Iceland’s capital city

There are two options for the trekking phase. Both routes will see teams camping  and self-sufficient for the duration of their time in the field.

The first is an exploration of the NW Peninsula and involves an amazing internal flight from Reykjavik to Isafjordur, and then a boat trip to the uninhabited peninsula.  Whilst on the peninsula the team will climb mountains, some still with snow and venture on to a glacier. If time and weather permits, they will journey to one of the isolated fiords and bathe in a natural hot pool beneath the backdrop of a towering ice capped mountain.

The second is to trek the Laugavegur Trail, a distance of 77km through the stunning and varied landscape of rhyolite mountains, gorges, wide valleys and glaciers.  It is considered one of the most spectacular treks in the world.

Expedition Project

Our conservation projects allow students to get hands-on experience working on a wildlife project.  We work with selected charity partners who are speciailists in their conservation field. Their expert guidance enables our teams to take part in impactful conservation projects.

We have a variety of conservation options that teams can get involved in during the expedition. This can include nature park maintenance, habitat renovation work, and specific species projects.

Cultural Visits

Our expeditions also include local interest visits, providing educational opportunities, as well as an insight into Iceland’s heritage, history and people.  These visits can include trips to:

  • Westerman Islands – boat journey to the islands, with an ascent of a dormant volcano
  • Gulfoss and Geysir – a vist to the beautiful falls and to see famous geyser
  • Jökulsárlón – the opportunity to travel among the icebergs
  • Þingvellir – a chance to stand astride a fault line that runs the length of the Atlantic
  • Hot Springs visit – there are many hot springs to visit and a trip to Iceland is not complete with out this relaxing experience
  • Reykjavik – experience the vibrant, hardy culture of Iceland’s capital city

Trekking

There are two options for the trekking phase. Both routes will see teams camping  and self-sufficient for the duration of their time in the field.

The first is an exploration of the NW Peninsula and involves an amazing internal flight from Reykjavik to Isafjordur, and then a boat trip to the uninhabited peninsula.  Whilst on the peninsula the team will climb mountains, some still with snow and venture on to a glacier. If time and weather permits, they will journey to one of the isolated fiords and bathe in a natural hot pool beneath the backdrop of a towering ice capped mountain.

The second is to trek the Laugavegur Trail, a distance of 77km through the stunning and varied landscape of rhyolite mountains, gorges, wide valleys and glaciers.  It is considered one of the most spectacular treks in the world.

Embrace the challenge and remember the unique experience!

Our aim is to take our student teams out of their comfort zone.  Don’t expect air conditioned rooms and coaches with waitress service.  We don’t provide luxury tours, knowing from experience that real life can’t be found there. Iceland is a land of extremes and teams will need to be well equipped against the weather. 

Accommodation will be a mix of camping and hostels. We encourage all team members to get involved in every aspect of expedition life as this is an integral part of developmental expeditions. By embracing the expedition experience, students will take away memories that will last a lifetime.

KEY INFORMATION

All our expeditions are bespoke and tailored to your team's needs

Conservation Project

Trekking

Camping

Cultural Visits

Duration

14 Days (UK to UK)

  • International Flights
  • Two Venture Force expedition leaders
  • 24/7 Operations Room support
  • Comprehensive travel insurance (see our COVID info page)
  • International communications package
  • All in-country travel
  • In-country agent support
  • All in-country activities, food and accommodation
  • Team t-shirts
  • Heavy duty travel bag
  • Group kit and equipment
  • Online expedition portal
  • Carbon off-setting
  • Project donation (expedition dependent)
  • Training weekend (only for 14 day & above)
  • Personal vaccinations
  • Personal equipment (a kit list will be provided)
  • Visa costs and passport renewal (if applicable)
  • Spending money for gifts and additional drinks/food

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