Dangoor Next Generation Iceland

In summer 2017, you could be spending 3 weeks exploring the Icelandic wilderness. With approximately 30 active volcanoes, steaming geysers, hot springs, and bubbling mud pools, Iceland is one of the most geologically active places on Earth. A true land of ‘fire and ice’, this awe inspiring landscape is also home to Europe’s most powerful waterfalls, largest desert and largest ice cap outside the poles.

By accepting the challenge of joining Dangoor Next Generation programme, you have the opportunity to discover a landscape so out of this world that you will be forgiven for thinking you are on the moon; in fact the volcanic deserts and lava fields were used as training ground for American astronauts before the first moon landing. You can follow in the footsteps of Neil Armstrong and trek to the crater rim of the mighty Askja volcano to look down into the huge Crater Lake.

Camping out in the wild, near glacial melt rivers for drinking water and washing, your team will set out from Base Camp to tackle mountain ascents and awe-inspiring canyons with amazing rock formations.

What's involved

• Challenge yourself physically and mentally to try something new

• Meet new people from all over the country and make friends for life
• Explore an amazing unique landscape like nothing in the UK
• Learn how to live in the outdoors, camping in the wild using Trangia stoves
• Increase your confidence, communication skills and develop leadership skills whilst working as part of  team
• Attend employability workshops, make your CV stand out 
• Receive support from Catch 22 to return to education
• Become a member of the British Exploring Society

Expedition breakdown

Dates: 23rd July – 11th Aug 2018 (+/-2 depending on flights)
Location: North East Iceland
Induction weekend: 4th – 6th May 2018
Training: 28th May – 2nd June 2018 Dartmoor 
Focus on the Future: Late Aug/early Sept
Age Range: 16 - 21
Eligibility: Open to young people engaged with a Catch-22 service with a referral from your Key Worker
Applications: Open Now
Expedition Cost: Fully funded

How do I get involved

Eligibility: If you are engaged with a Catch-22 service, and have a referral from a Key Worker you will be eligible to take part in the expedition. You will also need to have a passport which is in date throughout the duration of your expedition.

Selection: Whilst the UK training programme will offer opportunities for personal development, it will also be used as an opportunity to prepare you for the expedition phase and to select those who will be joining the expedition. It is expected that the UK training will start with approximately 50 Explorers, with 20 being invited to join the expedition.

Applications: Apply via the online application form. Your Key Worker will need to submit a referral form to support and complete your application.

What is provided?

• Insurance

• Accommodation (tents) and food for the duration of the programme
• Supervision from a qualified leadership team including Adventure Leaders, Youth Leaders and a Doctor
• 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, sleeping bags, compasses and navigation equipment and safety equipment as necessary
• Waterproof trousers, waterproof jacket, fleece, walk boots and socks and large rucksack for the Dartmoor training and Iceland expedition 
Flights and coach travel within Iceland
• Coach transport to pre expedition training events from London and additional local hubs dependent on number of participants

What is not provided?

• You will have to apply for/renew your passport where necessary; costs relating to this are not covered by the programme

• In most cases, you will be expected to make your own way to designated meeting points (coach stops) at the start of each training event. The costs associated with travel to meeting points will not be covered by the programme
• Transport to the airport on the day of departure from the UK
• Spending money –there will be little opportunity to spend money in Iceland, however you should be aware that on the few occasions they may have access to local shops, any purchases made will be at their own expense
• Personal kit except that outlined above

Since 2011 David Dangoor and members of the Dangoor Family have very generously supported the Dangoor Next Generation Programme. Dangoor Education provide charitable support across the field of the education sector, from formal education to outdoor organisations. This includes providing support to The Outward Bound Trust, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, Westminster Academy and many other educational organisations.

Dangoor Next Generation is delivered in partnership with Catch22. Catch22 are a forward looking social business who provide services across the UK to help young people in tough situations to turn their lives around. The programme offers opportunities to young people from across Catch22 services including employability schemes, leaving care teams and the national citizen service. 

Focus on the Future is the expedition debrief and celebration for our Dangoor Next Generation expedition, that sees explorers and Leaders reunite to share and reflect on the experience with guests.

On this page you will find a short video showcasing the day’s activities, as well as word clouds from both guest and explores that display a selection of words recorded on the day. Make sure you take a look at our interview with Senior Explorer Ryan Best to understand the impact of the expedition on participants. Find out more about Focus on the Future here.


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With thanks to our expedition supporters Primula Cheese and Top Herd.