Five weeks under canvas in North-West and Central Iceland?
The Loretto Borealis Society is dedicated to furthering the academic education of Sixth Form pupils in matters relating to the arctic and sub-arctic areas of our planet and, at its epicentre exists the opportunity for members of the Society, to experience major mountaineering and trekking expeditions to these boreal areas. This summer the society is embarking on a 5-week expedition to North-West and Central Iceland during which the entire time will be spent under canvas.
The objectives include a 2-week self-supported wilderness exploration phase in which the group will trek many miles and ascend a number of peaks, followed by a second phase attempting to climb 5 of the top 10 highest mountains in Iceland (many of which are under ice) including the highest peak Hvannadalshnjúkur rising 2110m above the Vatnajökull ice cap.
Academic objectives include a study of the adaptations of the arctic flora to stressed environmental conditions, a bird study, studying the “age of settlement” of Iceland and the making of a movie film of the expedition.