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Posted on 03 Oct 2019

Like no place on earth - Icelandic voyage with the Dangoor Infinity Programme

What once was an overlooked opportunity, turned out to be the best experience of my life, and the most memorable and gratifying one of them all.

Extinct volcanoes, miles and miles of volcanic fields and waterfalls monstrous sizes, dozens of dolphins jumping from side to side in front of the boat, alongside exorbitant natural phenomena accompanied us through our four weeks of expedition with the British Exploring Society and Jubilee Sailing Trust from the land of ice and fire to and through the North Atlantic sea to get us back home.

When I was first offered this opportunity at school I thought this would be ‘just another one of those’, despite how heavily it was emphasized that this was a once in a lifetime opportunity. “Besides, I can do better things in the summer anyway,” I would lie to myself. But I wanted it. It only took a few wise words from a wise teacher and a surprisingly small amount of paperwork to get myself enrolled.

To separate this amazing (almost) pilgrimage-like adventure, it has to be divided into its two equally fantastic cores: the land and the sea.

Land phase: the most cinematic place on earth.

Sea phase: winds that would leave London static.

From ‘James Bond’ to ‘Star Wars’ and from ‘The Fast and the Furious’ to ‘Batman Begins’. This land has it all in terms of beauty. Iceland is magical; it is a magical land where all the big movies set scenes - and for good reason - a land with voluptuous volcanoes, wonderful waterfalls and extensive volcanic fields that just set you back to gaze in awe at how insanely unearth-like Iceland is.

And I could only ever be so grateful to WA and the Dangoor Family for this REAL once in a lifetime opportunity.

Ryan Flambert, Year 13

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