The Expeditionary Year

Travel to the land of Fire and Ice as a part of British Exploring and Whole Education's second Expeditionary Year programme.

Exploring the Svaratakot region in North East Iceland, you will set off on a 3-week adventure with your team. You will tackle the undulating rocky lava fields and venture across the lunar landscape, ascend the mighty Askja Volcano and explore an otherworldly environment used by astronauts to train before space missions.

The journey will immerse you in Iceland's rich history of Vikings and encourage you to get creative with the magical culture of Icelandic folklore. Together, with your team, you will plan your own routes and rest days. This expedition provides a journey that is always moving forwards.

How do I get involved?
To apply for this expedition you must be a year 10 student at one of our basecamp schools.





Expedition breakdown

Fundraise: £7000 per school
Volunteering: Each Explorer will take part in 30 hours of social action to earn your place in Iceland
Location: North East Iceland
Training Week: 9/14th April 2018
Expedition: 2nd (+/- 2) – 23rd (+/- 2) July 2018
Debriefing: October/November 2018
Visa: None required for British passport holders
Vaccinations: None required

What is provided?

• Flights
• Insurance
• Accommodation (tents) and food for the duration of the programme
• Supervision from a qualified leadership team including Adventure Leaders, School Leaders and a Doctor
• Waterproof trousers, waterproof jacket, fleece, walk boots and socks and large rucksack for the Iceland expedition
• Flights and coach travel within Iceland
• Provision for the training and orientation phase including expedition safety, first aid and navigation.
• Use of equipment necessary for the completion of the expedition including tents, cooking equipment, compasses and navigation equipment and safety equipment as necessary


The Peter Cundill Foundation

This programme has been substantially funded by The Peter Cundill Foundation – which will allow us to run our pilot season in its entirety, and give us time to seek match funding for subsequent years.

Established in 2012, The Peter Cundill Foundation honours the legacy of renowned Canadian investment fund manager and philanthropist F. Peter Cundill FCA, CFA 1938 – 2011. Peter was a passionate believer that challenging oneself to undertake the seemingly impossible, and succeeding, is a life changer. It was a belief he put into practice; running 22 marathons and embarking annually on a ‘dangerous adventure’ from hang-gliding to canyoning and white-water rafting. The Foundation has an emphasis on promoting the health, education and wellbeing of young people. Click here to learn more about The Peter Cundill Foundation

Whole Education

Whole Education is a partnership of over 200 schools and organisations committed to redefining today’s educational offering. They facilitate collaboration between innovative schools - enabling their member schools to move beyond delivering the national curriculum to building a stronger foundation for learning – a ‘whole education’.
British Exploring became an official partner of Whole Education in 2016. Visit Whole Education's website to find out more about the organisation.

Fed by

With thanks to our expedition supporters Primula Cheese.

The programme

The aim of the programme, in keeping with our strategy, is to provide greater opportunities for young people from a variety of backgrounds in diverse schools across the country to access opportunities for expeditionary learning – particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds. We are very fortunate, in addition to having the considerable support of The Peter Cundill Foundation, to be able to draw on the expertise and network of Whole Education. Click here to read more about the programme.