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An exciting and challenging expedition based in the Arctic Circle. Many of our students and those from other Arctic experiences tell us they want to take their Arctic skills and experience to the next level. This is how we came up with the concept of our Arctic Adventurer Expedition! We are delighted to offer you this course at an exceptional price. Due to the simpler, more rugged nature of this course, certain previous costs have been eliminated and we pass that saving directly to you! This expedition is primarily about you, your skills and the elements.
This expedition is based in the Laponia region of northern Sweden. However, rather than being based in and around a well-stocked cabin it takes a nomadic journey into Muddus National Park with nearly all nights spent outdoors in snow shelters.
This expedition builds your survival skills in one of the world's most extreme environments. In winter this region is transformed by thick ice and snow, the polar night is long and temperatures can vary from 0 to -35°C. The region may be challenging but it is also extremely beautiful with incredible landscapes frequently illuminated by the 'northern lights'.
So what is the course like? It is suitable for people who have
some cold weather experience but is open to adventurous beginners. As
mentioned, the course is nomadic and predominantly outdoors so this
challenges your abilities to keep clothes and sleeping systems dry and
deal with the cold. The course is set in mid-Winter, so that you have
a classic Arctic experience and often working in darkness adds to the
level of challenge. We will finish the course with an optional "ice
breaking drill" (immersion in icy water through a hole in the ice).
This bracing drill helps you to prepare mentally and physically should
it happen for real. However, there will be the option of a sauna and
roll in the snow as an alternative if the weather condition are deemed
too risky for ice water immersion or if you prefer this. But fear not,
we will be at hand at all times to monitor your safety and to provide
advice and guidance when necessary. Because this is a testing course
only those who both complete the course and meet the standards required
will receive a Completion certificate.
Cost and inclusions
£1080 (You may reserve a place by paying a deposit of £200, with the balance due two calendar months before the course). Group discounts are available - ask us for details.
The price includes transport from Lulea Airport to and from the site, all accommodation, all food, training, equipment used on the course and Certificate of Completion (if achieved). It does not include personal kit such as outdoor clothing and sleeping bags, though there will be some hire options available for sleeping systems (bivvy bag, mat and Arctic-rated sleeping bag). Flights are not included.
You will learn some key survival skills for the winter Arctic environment with the focus being on hands on experience:
+ optional extra to go dog sledding on last day (additional £120)
These represent a unique range of essential skills that make this course both comprehensive and great value!
N.B. All activities will run at the instructor's discretion, based on local weather conditions at the time and safety constraints.
The Survival training will be led by Toby Cowern, our guest instructor who is permanently based in the Arctic. Wildwood's Chief instructor, ecologist, Leon Durbin will also be instructing in bushcraft techniques on the course.
For bookings just fill in a form from this page or for further information
contact us or phone 01687 470415