March 1, 2019

Earlier this year I was very lucky to be invited to take part in a training course on glacier exploration in Iceland, thanks to the University of the Highlands and Islands' School of Adventure Studies.  The course was part of a larger transnational initiative known as ADVENT (Adventure Tourism Vocational Education and Training).  This project involves partners from Scotland, Iceland and Finland sharing their outdoor learning approaches and knowledge, and developing new ways of training people to work in the outdoor industry.

Iceland is an extraordinary country, just outside the Arctic circle. It is known as the Land of Ice and Fire due to its unusual combination of glaciers and volcanoes.

In recent years, Iceland's tourism industry has undergone unprecedented growth. Not only have tourist numbers increased but also the number new tourism experiences being offered. Only about 30 years ago, glaciers were viewed as dangerous places that were more or less off limits to tourists.  Today w...

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