Start your journey to the Saimaa Lakes

A rare chance to experience true adventure both at home and overseas.

Landmark is an expedition programme that takes British Exploring Society’s unique approach, based around Adventure, Knowledge and Personal Development, to the beautiful, vast landscapes of two countries. Following the first UK phase, it is expected that 12 Young Explorers will have the opportunity to go on the overseas expedition in the Saimaa Lakes, Finland.

This is an exclusive opportunity for young people to experience the diversity of the UK and explore the large natural forests and the wide waters of the Saimaa Lakes in Finland.

Whilst the UK Expedition will offer opportunities for personal development, it will also be used as an opportunity to prepare you for the overseas expedition. It is expected that the UK Expedition will start with approximately 24 Explorers, with 12 being invited to join the overseas expedition.

You will need to have a passport which is in date for the duration of the overseas expedition.

In partnership with Power2, The Outcome Group and other organisations. Apply via your associated organisation.


  • Closed for 2020, opening for 2021 applications soon
  • Age 16-21
  • Explorers to fundraise towards the charity
  • May 2021, 5 days (UK) | August 2021, 3 weeks (Finland)
  • UK | Saimaa Lakes, Finland
  • Open to young people engaged with associated partner organisations (this is essential)
  • Visa not required for British passport holders
  • Some vaccinations are needed (further details given nearer the time)

Epic for personal development, both physical and mental

Young Explorer

What's Included?

  • British Exploring Society Expedition Certificate
  • John Muir Explorer Award Certificate
  • Support with your Duke of Edinburgh Award (residential only)
  • Participation in Next Steps
  • Lifetime membership of British Exploring Society
  • Support to continue your development journey after expedition

What's Involved?

  • Challenge yourself physically and mentally to try something new
  • Work towards a Fundraising Challenge to develop your confidence and gain invaluable skills to help you in adult life and employment
  • Explore the natural world, being mentored and supported by expert leaders, expedition medics, scientists and adventure professionals
  • Learn how to live in the outdoors, camping in the wild using Trangia stoves
  • Build your character, resilience, determination and teamworking ability while exploring amazing wilderness

Join us. You are about to change your life


It doesn't matter where your starting point is; you'll return with more confidence in your own abilities; greater resilience, determination and courage - and a sense of self-belief that will stay with you for life.

What's 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 UK Expedition and Overseas Expedition
  • Flights and coach travel within Finland

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 expedition. 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 Finland, however you should be aware that on the few occasions they may have access to local shops, any purchases made will be at your own expense
  • Personal kit except what has been previously outlined on this page.


Power2 unleash the power of children and young people to improve their lives and the lives of others through mutually beneficial relationships.

Their programmes develop crucial life skills, improve confidence and boost self-esteem. Power2 target young people at key transition points so they can maximise their learning experiences. They look beyond the problems young people face, and towards their potential. Power2 nurture the assets, talents, resources and abilities all young people possess.