ICELAND LAUGAVEGUR EXPEDITION
Take a trip to another world, a land of ice and fire! With your Crew and guides, you’ll adventure for seven days along the Laugaveger & Fimmvorduhals Trails - ranked in the top ten most beautiful in the whole world - over volcanoes & through lava fields, past glaciers and geysers.
WHAT TO PACK
We travel light at Backyard Basecamp.
Internal Frame Backpack
65-85 liters or 4,000-5,100 cubic inches. Before purchasing a backpack, find your backpack size by measuring your torso length and your hips (instructions are available here). We recommend getting fitted at a store and trying on multiple packs.
Backyard Basecamp T-Shirt (1)
We will send every student an Basecamp T-shirt prior to the trip. Please wear this T-shirt to trip start.
Synthetic T-Shirt (3)
Synthetic Shorts (1)
Fleece Pants (1)
Please do not bring cotton sweatpants (they are heavy and bulky and will not keep you warm if wet).
Synthetic Hiking Pants (1)
Lightweight and quick dry material. Non-cotton warmup style pants are acceptable.
Synthetic Long Underwear Top & Bottom (1)
Synthetic or Wool Top (1)
Medium to heavyweight. For layering with long underwear and jackets.
Wool and/or Synthetic Socks (4)
Winter Gloves or Mittens (1)
Insulated, warm and waterproof. Avoid knit and porous materials.
Winter Hat (1)
Hat with Visor (1)
Neck Gaiter or Buff (1)
Fleece Jacket or Pullover (1)
Midweight Synthetic or Down Jacket (1)
Insulated Fleece or Down Vest (1)
Waterproof material (e.g., Gore-Tex, or similar) is required. Your jacket should be large enough to allow layers underneath. Ponchos are not acceptable.
Waterproof Rain Pants (1)
Waterproof Pack Cover
If your backpack does not come with a cover, we recommend buying a cover one size larger than your pack.
Basic two-shoulder backpack large enough to hold your lunch, two water bottles, snacks, extra layers and rain jacket. Use your day pack as a carry-on for your flight and for daily activities or hikes. A standard school backpack is usually fine (no satchels or shoulder bags).
Synthetic Sleeping Bag
A lightweight, compact synthetic sleeping bag rated to 15 degrees Fahrenheit or less. A synthetic sleeping bag is required for this trip; down is not appropriate as it does not insulate if wet. Your sleeping bag should compress into a stuff sack no larger than 20" in length.
¾-length or full-length closed cell foam (thin and firm) or self-inflating.
Bowl, Mug & Utensils
6" to 8" plastic dish or bowl with top, insulated plastic mug, spoon, fork and knife. These don't need to be special camping utensils (a Tupperware dish and regular utensils are fine).
Please bring an extra battery/batteries.
One 1-liter bottle. A Camelbak or similar water carrier is acceptable.
Adjustable Trekking Poles
To add stability, reduce strain on the knees and improve balance while crossing unstable surfaces.
Calf-height, waterproof gaiters to protect your legs and feet when hiking through brush, across snow fields or streams.
Waterproof Hiking Boots
Choose comfortable boots designed for hiking with a pack (i.e., mid to high cut for ankle support). Boots should be waterproof. Break them in before the start of your trip.
Closed-toe shoes to wear around camp. Lightweight sneakers are acceptable.
Closed-toed sport sandals, water shoes or old sneakers to wear on the water. Sandals must have a heel strap for activities such as kayaking, rafting or canoeing (flip flops and Crocs are not acceptable).
Synthetic Camping Towel
A medium-size synthetic camping towel (synthetic camping towels dry much faster than regular towels).
Travel Size Toiletries
Sunscreen (SPF 15+) & Chapstick (with SPF protection)
Gallon Sized Ziploc Bags (10)
To organize and waterproof your gear and small items.
Large Trash Bags (4)
To waterproof your gear.
Package of Moleskin or Molefoam
To protect your feet from blisters.
Camera, Charger & Extra Batteries (optional)
A digital or disposable camera.
Personal Journal or Book (optional)
Health Insurance Card
Please bring an original or copy of your health insurance card.
Please bring a passport that is valid until at least six months after your trip end date.
Make at least four photocopies of your passport and visa (if applicable). Leave one copy with your family and put photocopies in both your checked luggage and carry-on luggage for the flight, separate from your original documents.
Original Copy of Permission to Travel to and from Iceland. More info upon application.
Spending Money & Miscellaneous Expenses
Each student should bring a debit card, an ATM card or a prepaid Visa card to cover spending money and miscellaneous expenses. Spending Money: While all meals and activities are included in the trip fee, we recommend $25/week for spending money (for example: for souvenirs or an occasional drink or snack beyond what is provided to the group as a whole). Miscellaneous Expenses: Most Basecamp students will incur some expenses while traveling (for example: an equipment repair or baggage fees at trip end). Please add $100 to the debit/ATM/Visa card (in addition to spending money), to cover these expenses.
Things to know
We travel light at Basecamp; please only bring the items on this list.
Your group will have access to laundry periodically.
Please do not bring your smart phone (or any other electronics).
Please visit the FAQ tab for more information on our cell phone and electronics policy.
Do not bring any type of knife or multi-tool (such as a Swiss Army knife or Leatherman tool).
If you are flying to your trip, wear your hiking boots and carry your sleeping bag and sleeping pad on the plane in case your checked luggage fails to arrive on time.
Pack everything in your backpack or day pack. Do not bring additional luggage.
There are no reimbursements for lost, damaged or stolen items.
Please schedule expensive items—phones, cameras, bicycles, etc.—on your homeowners insurance policy.
ICELAND LAUGAVEGUR EXPEDITION
Start/ End Location
Contact for Dates
Completing grade 8-11 in 2019
Groups limited to 12 Basecampers
7 (1-10, 1 is easiest)
Included In Trip Fee
Not Included In Trip Fee
Personal Gear & Clothing (see what to pack)
Airfare/ Transportation to and from trip start & end
Trip Insurance (recommended)