Date: Saturday 3 to Friday 30 August 2019
Deposit: £200 at offer
Total Cost: £900 (payment deadline 31 May 2019)
Location: UK to Iceland
Age: 16 to 21 years
Closing Date: 31 March 2019
British Exploring Society (BES) and Jubilee Sailing Trust (JST) have joined forces again to provide a once in lifetime opportunity to sail the North Atlantic Sea and explore the remote extra-ordinary Icelandic terrain. The expedition will be split into two equal groups. One group will sail out from the UK to Iceland, sailing across the sea aboard the spectacular tall ship, SV Tenacious. She is a special, fully equipped ship designed for a mixed ability crew, both disabled and non-disabled. For the two weeks on board everyone will work together as a member of the ship’s crew. You will learn to keep watch (including overnight, even on the first night), helm the ship, set the sails, go aloft up the rigging, work in the galley and clean the ship.
In the meantime, the second group will fly over from the UK to complete a remote trekking experience through Iceland’s almighty wilderness. You and your team will work together to explore the North-East of the country in some of the most fascinating and geographically unique parts of Iceland. Over the two weeks you will be walking between 12-15 km a day, approximately 8 hours a day, and you will need to carry all your kit in your rucksack.
Two weeks in and the groups will swap over, with those who were sailing initially beginning their trek in Iceland and the other group beginning their sail back to the UK.
These four weeks will be very demanding but also extremely rewarding!
Please read through the downloadable PDF at the bottom of this section, containing further details of the land expedition and the sea voyage.
There will be NO VICTA staff or volunteers on this trip. The Leadership team for the Infinity trip will include both male and female staff. Both BES and JST benefit from some of the most highly skilled staff in the sector, consisting of expedition leaders, sailors, instructors, career expeditioners, medics and youth workers.
- A once in a lifetime opportunity to take part in an activity which you may not normally have access to
- Opportunity to develop new skills and improve prospects in an extra-ordinary way
- Meet and work collaboratively with other visually impaired young people your age
- Grow in confidence and self-belief through challenging outdoor pursuits
- Witness some spectacular scenery, conditions and environments
- Develop your teamwork skills
- Increase your mobility and independence skills
Who can apply?
You must be:
- Registered or registrable blind or partially sighted
- Aged 16 to 21 years old when activity takes place
- Willing and physically able to take part in set outdoor activities designed as a group
- Able to maintain your own personal hygiene
- Able to receive, understand and remember instruction including in relation to safety in wild and remote locations
- Willing to write about your experience on the trip to feature on the VICTA website