The expedition will comprise some 36 teenagers and a dozen leaders, of which I am one. We are destined for the Loppa Peninsula, a few hours’ drive from the town of Alta at the very top of Europe. The Young Explorers (”YEs” as they’re known) will split their time between mountaineering on the icecap south of basecamp and kayaking out to sea. My legs, however, will stay largely on land and, in particular, the Oksfjordjokelen ice cap.
There is also a small but elite team of Young Leaders (“YLs”, see the theme?) joining us who will be in honing their skills in the field.
I visited the base camp area on a recce last September and have spent the past year working in the BSES office, helping to organise the logistics for the trip.
After the expedition’s completion, I plan to cycle south towards Oslo.
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