THE EXPEDITION CENTERS AND PROGRAM
The first half of the World Scout Moot the participants will be based at different Expedition Centers, most of whom are in the South of Iceland but also some in the West and the North. There will be from 200 to 800 participants stationed in each Expedition Center. These Centers are carefully chosen to provide excellent camping facilities in spectacular surroundings, that offer a great variety of program options.
The program at the Expedition Centers will meet the educational objectives that WOSM has determined for World Scout Moots. The focus of the program is both to provide an exceptional mixture of life-changing experiences and fun with new friends from around the world.
Each Expedition Center will offer a program in three key areas (A, N, C), with each Center being graded 1-3 depending on the program emphasis of each Center. During registration participants indicate what combination (A, N, C) and level (1-3) of Expedition program they are most interested in.
The World Scout Moot Planning Team will then use the program interests of the participants to determine placement at the Expedition Centers. The Planning Team will also group the participants that have a similar program interest into international patrols of ten people, with a maximum of two people from each country in the patrol, and then form tribes of four patrols.
The Expedition Centers are as follows:
Kristínartindar is a mountain in the southern part of Vatnajökull National Park, the largest national park in Europe, which includes Vatnajökull, the largest glacier in Europe. Its mountain ridge serves as a nice backdrop to the ice free part of the National Park and the white world of ice behind it. The ridge is horseshoe shaped, extending half way around an old crater, which opens up towards the west. The mountain’s highest peak is an excellent spot for panoramic views in the heart of the national park and has few rivals. The higher summit has a flanking rock of pillar that serves as a landmark on the route. Various types of eruptive rock can be found at Kristínartindar, while the mountain itself is part of an eroded volcanic complex, long since vanished. Participants will spend a day hiking across the Skaftafellsheiði heath, which includes a number of popular destinations for shorter hikes and has great views of glaciers, peaks, snow domes, and the vast expanses of the Skeiðarársandur outwash plains of black sand, formed by meandering glacial rivers and glacial floods.
Offers program options like: mountain walking/climbing (Sveinstindar, Eldgjá, Strútsgstígur, Áltavötn), hillwalking, mountain biking, nature studies (botany), land compensation and getting to know the history of the place.
Offers program options like: mountain walking/climbing (Þórsmörk, Emstur, Drangshlíðarfjall), hillwalking, waterfall counting, learning about volcanic eruptions in Eyjafjallajökull and Katla, nature studies (botany), land compensation and getting to know the history of the place.
Offers program options like: mountain walking/climbing (Heimaklettur, Eldfell), hillwalking, “cliffswinging”, swimming in a swimming pool heated by the surrounding lava, learning about volcanic eruptions in Vestmannaeyjar, fishery and community, fishing, “escaping the pirates”, community involvement and land compensation.
Offers program options like: mountain walking (Ingólfsfjall), hillwalking, swimming in a swimming pool heated by a naturally hot spring, life and work on an Icelandic farm, land compensation, sport and games and getting to know the history of the place.
Offers program options like: mountain walking/climbing (Botnsúlur, Leggjabrjótur, Ármannsfell), hillwalking, rod fishing, learning about the oldest parliament in the world and the first settlers of Iceland, biking, land compensation and getting to know the geology and history of the place.
Offers program options like: mountain walking (Hengill, Langidalur, Skarðsmýrarfjall), hiking around and bathing in the hot springs in Reykjadalur, horseback riding, greenhouses , land compensation, active community involvement and getting to know the geology and history of the place.
Offers program options like: Hiking, biking, caving, kayaking from Arnarnesvogur to the residence of the President of Icelandic, street art, following the trails of elves and Vikings, checking out the fishing harbor and active community involvement.
Offers program options like: Icelandic food, art and culture – museums, buildings of worship and city life, swimming in the sea, walking and biking around town, hiking to the top of mount Esja, visiting the former residence of the only Icelandic Nobel prize winner, learning about the voluntary Icelandic Search and Rescue teams, land compensation, active art and community involvement, experiencing the geology and history of Iceland and Reykjavík City, renewable energy sources.
Akranes (A2, C2, N2)
Offers program options like: Sailing, walking and hiking, life and work on an Icelandic farm, rod fishing, following the steps of the first Icelandic settlers, land compensation and getting to know the geology and history of the place. Also museums, bird watching and walking on the beach.
Offers program options like: mountain walking/climbing (Súlur, Ten peaks), hillwalking, Akureyri the cultural town, Akureyri the sports town, sailing in the fjord, active art and community involvement, nature museum, land compensation and getting to know the history of the place.
Community involvement (C1, C2, C3)
Focus on community learning history and entertainment
C1. A half to full day program combination
C2 One to two days program combination
C3 Two to three days program combination
Nature and the environment (N1, N2, N3)
Focus on environmental protection, land compensation, learning and experience.
N1 Half to full day program combination
N2 One to two days program combination
N3 Two to three days program combination
Physical activities and adventure (A1, A2, A3)
A1 Half to two days of outdoor activities following walking paths through hills and flatland.
A2 One to three days in a program combination of outdoor activities that are both challenging and strenuous. But if the weather is rainy and windy the program can get quite demanding and difficult.
A3 Two to three days in program combination of strenuous physical activities that challenge strength, endurance, mountaineering skills and equipment in the harsh Icelandic nature.