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...
With the winter solstice and Christmas festivities coming up fast, why not start thinking about the new year as a good time to get active and out in the woods, honing your winter bushcraft skills.
There are many challenges out there at this time of year: shorter days, colder, windier, wetter conditions, plant food is scarce and tree identification is more interesting because the leaves have fallen. There may also be snow and ice.
Extreme examples of these conditions are found in polar and mountainous regions. These can quickly become life threatening situations without the correct equipment and skills. However, temperate conditions with wind and rain often take people unawares and with the associated chill factors can also be deadly.
In recent years our Winter Bushcraft weekend on the West Coast of Scotland has been very well subscribed, and we have another date scheduled for Sussex in January. So, what can you learn on one of our Winter courses?