Arctic Expedition Course

Have you ever dreamed of skiing to the North or South Pole? Do you want to know what it takes to plan, prepare and train for a polar expedition? Our arctic expedition training courses tap into the deep knowledge of Arctic Training & Expeditions experienced polar guides. Through 4 days of intensive training you will learn how to trust yourself and your equipment, survive outdoors in low temperatures and be well prepared for the challenge of your first real winter tour or polar expedition. We guarantee you a steep learning curve, spectacular winter landscapes and bags of fun!

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    Tour Length

    5 days / 4 nights

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    Participants

    2-12

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Tour Operators

  • Petter Thorsen

  • Geir Vie

Itinerary

We will spend our first night in either a rustic mountain lodge or simple hotel close to the border straddling Norway and Sweden. The following morning we’ll check and pack our gear before heading out into the mountains for 2 nights of camping. From now on everything is “expedition style”. We sleep in expedition tents, eat expedition food and follow expedition routines. The experience mirrors the experience of a real expedition. On the last night of the course we return to the lodge or hotel to enjoy a nice hot shower and relaxing beer before swapping memories and photos of the intensive training weekend over a group meal.

Day 1

(Wednesday)

Fly in to Trondheim Værnes Airport (TRD) and be there before 18:00 (6PM).

We will meet you at Radisson Blue Hotel, 200meters from the terminal.
After 1 hour by car we reach the lodge where we`ll have a nice evening meal followed by a course briefing.

Indoor workshop

“The Norwegian heritage and art of polar thinking and survival”
What does it take to be a polar explorer? Skills, leadership, teamwork, motivation & attitude. Stories, film and slideshow

Day 2 morning

Breakfast at 0900

Indoor workshop – Polar clothing

Material and design.
How does it work?
What to bring and what not!
We start packing our kit.

Lunch

After lunch we pack our stuff and head for the wilderness.

Day 2-4

(Thursday mid-day to Saturday afternoon) – Outside workshops at the camp

Organizing the camp
Tents that works (and tents that don`t…)
How to effectively set your tent – even in extreme conditions.
Routines for safety, comfort and efficiency.

Sleeping

Sleepingbags, -mats and sleeping comfort.

Polar eating

Stoves and fuel
Food and nutrition

Safety

Navigation
Injuries, hypothermia, frostbite

Traveling on snow

Skis, poles, boots, bindings
Efficient, skiing technique

Polar Kit

Pulks, sleds, backpacks, repair-kit, personal accessories, camera, cam-corders.

Day 4

(Saturday)

In the afternoon we`ll come back to the lodge.
The tour is not over until sleds are unpacked and equipment is set to dry.
After a warm shower we`ll chill out and debrief over a cold beer and we`ll celebrate the course over a nice meal.

Day 5

(Sunday)

Breakfast  and early check out.
Transfer to the airport.