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1 17 Travel to Iceland Depart Canada. Your adventure starts here. It's finally here, departure day! Today you will take an overnight flight bound for Iceland. Hillfield Strathallan College 18 Find Your Feet Arrive in Iceland. Welcome to the land of fire and ice. After all your planning and hard work, departure day is here! As your plane comes in to land at Keflavík Airport you'll get your first glimpse of Iceland, though the landscape here is very different to where you're going. From the airport you'll need to take the Flybus Plus into the city centre and spend the rest of the day making final preparations for your adventure. You will need to think about what you can cook with your Trangia stoves and buy your food for the upcoming phases. Think lightweight, nutritious and filling when buying your supplies, don't forget seasoning and flavoring! Choose to take one of the many tours which are available or simply explore Reykjavik yourselves. Consult the R&R forms in your expedition pack for ideas such as the National Museum, Árbær Open Air Museum, Hellisheiði Power Station or the Blue Lagoon. You'll be staying in Reykjavík both nights. 19 Community Project Steven Haig, Challenger Conservation and Sustainability. Today you will continue with your conservation efforts alongside Landvernd and the team. There is so much more to a project phase than you may initially think. Just like any journey your project is not always about the immediate or visible results real development takes time and the work will go on long after you have returned home. While your manpower and financial contribution are so valuable, your hosts may also be proud to share something of their culture with you. Cultural exchange works both ways so come prepared with ideas. Photos of your school, community and families are often great ways to make friends. Everyone loves to play sports. The more you engage with the project hosts the more you will feel part of something bigger - a community. Don t forget to learn some of the local language, either before you arrive or while you are on expedition - it will be invaluable! We believe that as in life you will get out of it what you put in, both as individuals and collectively as a team. While we have provided all the ingredients you should be prepared to get creative and use your initiative to make this phase a great success. Ask questions, be inquisitive and be the instigators of the change you want to see. We hope this will inspire the next generation of leaders to take action for a better world. Once your time has come to an end why not seek to keep in contact with your project and find ways to support the work once you return home. This may involve raising funds or awareness or even volunteering on an issue you feel passionate about? Your contribution need not stop when you leave the project site Thórsmörk Day Treks. You will be based at your campsite in Pórsmörk and head out each day to explore the area. Located between three glaciers, and nestled in birch woodland, Pórsmörk is one of the most spectacular places Day Treks in Iceland. There are several different treks in the area which can take you up peaks with stunning views, or to the foot of the Eyjafjallajokull Glacier! Speak with the hut warden about what routes would be best for the team, and to check the daily weather report. After your treks you can rest your weary feet in the geothermal pools close to the campsite. Be sure to check your trek form for hut options!

2 22 Explore The Terrain Main Trek The Golden Circle. This is a day that you'll not forget in a hurry. Visit many of Iceland's natural wonders! Get your cameras ready and catch Geysir blasting hot water into the heavens, but be careful not to stand down-wind as the water is around 120 C! You will also visit Gulfoss, home to Iceland's most famous waterfall. The waterfall is hugely powerful and there is usually a breathtaking rainbow over the falls. Thingvellir National Park. Welcome to, what Icelanders consider the country's heart and soul, Þingvellir National Park. Just 30 miles from Reykjavik, you will be transported to the volcanic wilderness a world away from where you come from. Here you can walk between the tectonic plates of North America and Europe which have been drifting apart for millinia. Wander the grass covered lava flows, wonder at the landscapes before you or find your way to Lögberg (Law Rock) where history tells us this was the setting for Iceland's open air Parliament who met 2 weeks every year for over 800 years. 25 Cultural day in Reykjavik. Today you'll be travelling back to Reykjavík so check your expedition pack or pre-departure plans for what your team wants to see and do. Tonight you'll be staying in Reykjavik. Upon arrival, remember to book your pick up time for your return journey on the Flybus to take you back to the airport. If you wish, combine your transit with a visit to the Blue Lagoon if your flight times allow! Getting to Reykjavík around lunchtime, you'll have time for some well-earned rest and relaxation exploring Europe's most northern capital city, which can include a trip to the Blue Lagoon, whale watching or sightseeing in the city just to name a few. The R&R options have been included in your expedition. Ensure you have booked the pick up time for the Flybus+ for your return flight home to take you back to the airport which can be booked at your accommodation. 26 R&R in Reykjavik. Choose to take one of the many tours which are available or simply explore Reykjavik yourselves. Consult the R&R forms in your expedition pack for ideas such as the National Museum, Árbær Open Air Museum, Hellisheiði Power Station or the Blue Lagoon. You'll be staying in Reykjavík tonight as well. R&R Activities Cultural Day R&R Activities 27 Return Home Departure day. Time to go. Cram everything back into your rucksack and set off for the airport. Check-in, sit back and reflect. You ve just experienced something incredible. You ll be bursting with stories and cherished moments to share with your favourite people back home we'd love to hear them

3 Personal Gear list: Iceland This is all the gear and equipment you will need for your expedition to Iceland. Purchasing gear can be quite daunting, especially if people are trying to give you advice that have not themselves been to Iceland. If you are confused about any of the recommended gear please contact World Challenge. Gear Clothing 1 x large backpack 1 x daypack (30 liters) 1 x backpack liner to water proof your gear 1 x sleeping bag 3/4 season bag 1 x sleeping bag liner 1 x sleeping mat (foam or inflatable) 1 x walking boots with good ankle support 1 x pair sandals with ankle strap 1 x headlamp with spare bulb and batteries 1 x whistle 3 x 1 liter water bottles/hydration system 1 x fork, spoon, mug & plate/bowl 1 x towel (lightweight travel towel) 5 pairs underwear 2 pairs thin liner socks 3 pairs walking socks 1 x bathing suit/ swim shorts 2 or 3 t-shirts 2 x comfortable, strong, quick drying trousers 1 x pair shorts (not short shorts) 1 x long sleeved shirt or equivalent 1 x fleece jacket / microfleece 1 x wide brimmed sun hat 1 x pair sunglasses (UVA & B reflective) 1 x good quality waterproof jacket 1 x good quality waterproof trousers 1 x pair gardening gloves for project You will also need: 1 x set of thermals 1 x pair warm gloves 1 x wool or fleece hat Health & Hygiene 1 x shower kit / shaving kit 1 x toilet roll 1 x pack wet wipes + 1 x antibacterial gel 1 x sufficient sanitary products (females) 1 x insect repellent 1 x sunblock / high factor sunscreen 1 x lip balm/ lip sun block 2 x small bottle biodegradable soap 1 x athlete s foot talcum powder Sufficient personal medication Personal first aid kit Antiseptic cream/wipes, assorted bandages, blister kit, 10x rehydration packs, painkillers i.e. paracetamol, antihistamine for allergies Accessories 1 x note book/ journal 1 x small penknife 1 x money belt 1 x cheap waterproof watch 1 x set of re-sealable plastic bags for keeping items dry 1 x inexpensive purse/wallet 1 x padlock Group items (per 4 people) 1 x travel sewing kit 1 x spare boot laces 1 x 15m strong synthetic cord (paracord) 1 x roll waterproof tape/duct tape 1 x guide book DOCUMENTS: Your passport must be valid for 6 months after your return date. Personal Gear List: Recommendations for Destination PASSPORT + 2 photocopies of it VISA (if applicable) + 2 photocopies of it 2 x PASSPORT PHOTOS 2 x photocopies of VACCINATION CARD/RECORD

4 Do not feel that you have to buy the most expensive equipment. Try to borrow any items that you can from your friends and family or school. Do not spend money on gear unless you really need to. Iceland s climate There is a saying in Iceland that goes If you don t like the weather in Iceland, wait two minutes and it will change. It is extremely important that you come to Iceland prepared for all conditions including warm clothes and good-quality waterproofs as the weather is unpredictable and can range from warm sunshine to rain and cold even in the middle of the summer months! Backpacks You will need two backpacks for your expedition to Iceland, one large main backpack where you will pack all of your gear and a smaller daypack which you will use day to day and during supported treks. Tip: When packing remember to leave 10 liters of space in your backpack for group gear! Backpacks can vary enormously in price and specifications. When choosing your large backpack or daypack remember that, when loaded, an uncomfortable backpack can give you a very hard time, and it can be very bad for your back. Try on several models in the shop. We recommend that you put weight into the pack in store and take plenty of time to make sure that the pack is adjusted correctly to fit your back and is comfortable to carry. Backpacks in Iceland Þingvellir, The Golden Circle and Þorsmork itineraries Your main trek in will be a series of day treks, therefore a 65litre backpack is not a necessity for your expedition to Iceland. Instead of a big backpack you can pack all of your kit into a good quality duffel bag (or equivalent) and it is essential that this is waterproofed in order to keep your kit dry. As you will be trekking each day with a daypack it is important that this is good quality, has a waist strap and is 30-35litres in size to enable you to carry all the essential kit with you each day. Your normal school bag will be too small! Main backpack: You will need a large backpack for your expedition. This should be well fitted, have comfortable shoulder straps and a waist band. Daypack: You will need a daypack with a minimum capacity of 30 litres, this should have comfortable shoulder straps and preferably a waist strap for added support. Remember most backpacks are not waterproof so it is essential you always line your pack with a waterproof liner. Avoid kitchen trash bags as these are too flimsy and won t last the duration of your expedition. A variety of more resistant bags, ranging from sturdy construction bags to sophisticated waterproof bags, are available from most outdoor shops.

5 Sleeping bags Sleeping well is an extremely important part of your expedition. There are two types of filling used in sleeping bags: down (i.e. feathers) and synthetic. Down bags are usually warmer and easier to handle for their weight and pack size but offer little insulation if wet. Synthetic bags remain warm when wet but will be heavier and bulkier than down bags. All sleeping bags are rated by season and as a general rule: 2 season bag - suitable down to a temperature of +41 F (+ 5 C) 3 season bag - suitable down to a temperature of +23 F (- 5 C) 4 season bag - suitable down to a temperature of +14 F (-10 C) All ratings are only a guideline, if you know that you feel the cold when sleeping it may be advisable to use a warmer bag than recommended. Sleeping bag liners Designed to help keep your sleeping bag clean and add a couple of extra degree s warmth, silk or cotton liners pack down small and can be washed easily. A single duvet cover, although slightly bulkier, can make a good less expensive alternative. Fleece liners are bulkier but upgrade a sleeping bag by one season. Sleeping bag liners are very useful if you expect to experience different weather and climatic conditions on expedition as they provide some versatility. They are also useful when staying at budget hotels/hostels where you may prefer to use your own linens. Sleeping bags and liners in Iceland As temperatures can drop significantly at night, a warm 3/4 season sleeping bag (comfort rating down to - 5 C/ -10 C) is recommended. Synthetic sleeping bags are preferable for this expedition as it can be quite wet! As temperatures can drop at night, a sleeping bag liner is also an essential piece of kit to bring on expedition with you especially if you feel the cold whilst sleeping. Sleeping pads When you sleep directly on the ground in your sleeping bag, you lose body heat. Sleeping pads are designed to insulate you from the ground and can make a large difference in the warmth of your sleeping bag. There are basically two types of sleeping pads: foam and inflatable pads. Foam pads are cheap and reliable, however it is important to have a good quality foam pad - the cheapest pads may not last the duration of the expedition and will provide very little protection. Inflatable pads are more comfortable and offer more insulation, but are more expensive and could puncture, though repair kits are available. It is not necessary to purchase this for your expedition as long as you have a good quality foam pad; unless you feel you require the additional warmth. Sleeping pads in Iceland As you will be spending the majority of your expedition in tents, and many of these nights are likely to be cold, a good quality foam or inflatable sleeping pad is advisable. Practically speaking the inflatable ones tend to pack down smaller and so can be more easily packed inside your backpack.

6 Walking boots There are two types of boots: Leather Boots - As a general rule of thumb these give slightly better support to your ankle and will last longer, but do take longer to break in. Fabric boots - Are extremely popular and perform well in warm-weather destinations. They offer greater comfort and breathability and are perfectly suitable for your expedition. Whichever type of boot you chose they must have: A rigid sole Good tread Good ankle-support It is advisable to purchase your boots well before your expedition and wear them for a few small treks to make sure they are comfortable and are fully broken in. Walking boots in Iceland Either type of boot is suitable and it is personal choice. Just ensure they have good ankle support, good tread and if you are going for fabric boots that they are waterproofed with Gortex or equivalent. Take a couple of shopping bags so that if your boots do get wet during the day you can dry and powder your feet, put dry socks on and then put your feet into the bags before putting your boots on for the evening. You cannot trek like this! Waterproof layer When you are out all day, good protection from the elements is essential for comfort and safety. Breathable fabrics are advisable, but do not spend a lot of money on fabrics such as Gore-Tex unless you plan to use them on a regular basis after your expedition. Essential features of a jacket include an integral hood with stiffened peak and full storm flaps covering zips and pockets, which are accessible when wearing a backpack. Waterproof trousers and jackets should also have taped seams. The requirement for a good quality outer that will give reliable protection from the wind and rain, as opposed to simpler light-weight waterproof jacket, will depend on the climate and altitude of the treks on your itinerary. Waterproof jackets & trousers in Iceland Good quality, sturdy waterproofs are an essential piece of kit for your expedition. As well as a good waterproof jacket it is also vital that you bring a good quality pair of waterproof trousers. Gaiters are an optional extra. Fleece jackets Fleece jackets vary enormously in price. The aim of a fleece jacket is to keep you warm as part of a layering system. The layering system works by trapping warm air between the layers, so baggy fitting layers are not effective. Fleeces wick (expel) moisture away from the body and retain little water, but beware of cheap imitations as they will not wick efficiently and weigh more. The majority of fleeces are not windproof so they usually need an outer layer to cover them if it is cold and windy (i.e. your waterproof jacket and trousers). Micro fleeces are a lighter weight version of normal fleece layers and can add an additional layer of warmth. Fleece jackets in Iceland As temperatures will drop at night and can be cold and windy during the day it is essential that you bring a warm fleece with you.

7 Base Layers / t-shirts / shirts Warmth and comfort is attained by the layering system. Thermals are the first layer or base layer and should be close fitting to work effectively. Their aim is to wick moisture away from the skin and dry quickly. They are usually available in different weights and can be quite inexpensive, but avoid those made from cotton as these do not have any wicking properties. Technical synthetic fabrics such as polyester or polypropylene are ideal. Cotton may be appropriate for hot climates, but once wet cotton becomes cold and clammy and takes a long time to dry. Base layers A good set of base layers / thermals will be useful in Iceland. Leggings can be used instead of buying thermal trousers. T-shirts Synthetic fabrics are ideal (cotton fabrics will get wet and stay wet in humid environments) Shirts / long sleeve tops Long sleeved tops that can act as protection against insects and the sun are useful (long enough to tuck into trousers and collars to protect around the neck). Water Bottles Keeping fully hydrated is essential, and you will drink far more water than normal while trekking. While on expedition you must carry at least two 1L (or 32 oz.) water bottles, one to purify your water in, and one to drink from. Additional water storage may be required for some destinations. Water bottles in Iceland You need to carry between 2-3 litres of water with you on your main trek. You will need two 1 litre hard water bottles and the third litre can be a hard bottle of hydration system. Walking Poles These are particularly useful for longer treks (5 days plus) or high mountain treks. Research shows that the use of two walking poles can reduce the strain on the back, leg-joints, ankles and knees by up to 60%, especially on downhill stretches when carrying backpacks. If purchasing walking poles please note that cost does not necessarily represent extra quality, and two is better than one, but one is better than none at all! Walking poles in Iceland Walking poles are very useful in Iceland. Money Belt These are designed to be worn on the waist under your clothing for maximum security. Ideally the money belt pouch should be large enough to take a passport and keep your cash unfolded. A money belt is highly recommended for your expedition to Destination.

8 Cost versus quality Do not feel that you have to buy the most expensive equipment, and remember you may be able to rent or borrow equipment. If you intend to get a lot of use from your equipment prior to or after the expedition, then you may feel that you would prefer to buy leading brand items. These will probably last longer, particularly if you plan to continue your interest in the outdoors after the expedition. Manufacturers sometimes even offer lifetime guarantees on equipment such as backpacks and waterproof items. If you have any questions about your equipment please contact our Customer Advisors on or

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