What comes to mind when you think of summer?
Do images of warm beaches and high tides take you back to your favorite memory? Taking a leap, eight students decided to defy this basic idea of summer and travelled to Iceland, the land of fire and ice. CORE leaders, Jackie Matthews and Amber Larkin, led participants and all braved hiking up to 12 miles a day carrying a minimum of 35 pounds on their backs. Our CORE leaders captured beautiful images throughout the journey.
Take a peek at how 10 strangers came together to create a thrilling adventure!
With temperatures reaching below 40 degrees Farenheit, attempting to cook a nutritious meal was not easy! Jackie and Amber prepared larger meals for participants, but students also enjoyed fueling up with bread, apples, bananas, granola cups and plenty of protein bars.
Who would’ve thought you’d see Icelandic ponies on a TRiP offered by UF RecSports? Participants were able to come face to face with sheep and horses.
Did you have a “baaaaaaaaad” trip? Neigh!
A six-day venture through Iceland not only allowed participants to gaze at the miraculous views, but also come close to exotic rocks called obsidians. Any explorer would want to take home this treasure, but throughout their venture CORE kept to a code: Jackie says, “Leave no trace behind. We want to visit these places because they’re beautiful. We should do what we can to keep it this way.”
Drake has nothing on these views. The sights were breathtaking.
Amber told me, “CORE will take you on a trip where comforts are gone and community happens.” And it's true -- CORE’s Summer Trip to Iceland was so much more than a vacation; participants created bonds that can never be broken. Take a visit into our CORE facility and find your right TRiP today.
- Jordan Drayton, UF RecSports Marketing Assistant