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On this Cold Weather course we are providing much more than just an "Arctic Experience" - the emphasis is on education, realistic survival skills and training from an instructor who is permanently based in the Sweden, with many years of Arctic knowledge. The course is also great fun! We believe our course is the most comprehensive Cold weather Arctic skills course on the market and exceptional value for money! Although our new training area is just outside the Arctic Circle we have many of the same conditions found further north. Furthermore improved logistics afford you a better value course (our previous offering was £1200 with similar content). If you are specifically looking for a course or expedition within the Arctic Circle then please see our Arctic Adventurer Expedition.
This cold weather course teaches you 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 plummet to -30°C. The region may be challenging but it is also extremely beautiful with incredible landscapes frequently illuminated by the 'northern lights'. It is the home of impressive large mammals such as reindeer, moose, wolverine, and wolves. As with many environments the secret to thriving here is working with the conditions rather than against them.
We will start our survival training from a well equipped accommodation
centre in Robertfors area, then move to the field where we will progressively
use heated tents and then snow shelters. We have an exciting, vibrant
forest site adjacent to a partially frozen river. This beautiful setting
leads to frequent sightings of otters, reindeer, moose in the area and
also, due to the premium nature of the site a huge amount of skills
can be covered in a short time as many of the travel distances associated
with arctic courses are reduced, meaning more time training, less time
Cost and inclusions
£795 (You may reserve a place by paying a deposit of £300, with the balance due two calendar months before the course). Group discounts are available - ask us for details.
The price includes transport between Umea Airport and the field site, all accommodation, all food, training, equipment used on the course and Certificate of attendance. 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:
These represent a unique range of essential skills that make this course both comprehensive and phenominal 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 lives in the Arctic. Wildwood's chief instructor, ecologist, Leon Durbin will also be instructing in some bushcraft techniques on the course.
The course does not require any survival or Arctic experience, and although this is an advantage the course is suitable for beginners.
Client quotes (though a new venue these are comments from our similar previous course):
"For an introductory course there were so many interesting and valuable lessons as to how to make the best use of the resources available enjoyment. It was good to be in a genuine wilderness. I enjoyed all of it (I wasn't convinced about the merits of 'feather sticks') but sleeping outside was a great experience. Very professional and well run." - R. Munro Ferguson
"I feel I have come away not only knowing more about bushcraft and survival in the Arctic, but also more about how the country works and how people live. I found all the info given was clear and concise and we always had opportunity to ask questions or go over something if didn't understand first time around. I never felt like it might have been an inconvenience and nothing was too much trouble. You were never forced to do something you weren't happy with either. A good all round spectrum of subjects was covered. I liked the fact that we had a say what subjects we particularly wanted to do and how far we could take them. Would of liked longer as by end of first week you are just beginning to get into your routines and getting a feel for the environment and then you have to tear yourself away :(( It was set in a very good and beautiful location. Accessible, and close enough to help if required but remote enough to feel that Arctic wilderness experience and I have to say being in the Taiga forest is quite cool :)) Skiing down the frozen river to the cabin is also a great touch. It provides yet another new experience. I thought the dog sledding was a fantastic start to the experience and a real welcome surprise. It breaks people in gently with a genuine Arctic experience. I also loved having the opportunity to sleep outside and how amazing that would be if the Northern lights were on form. The ice fishing was also indeed a great joy, dare I say it but, particularly when we caught fish. Being able to master the Pike scissors was also memorable for me. Although I didn't have the sauna, I did think that was a great idea for the end of the trip teamed with a traditional meal, which was delicious and viewing the Northern lights slide show and photographs. A perfect end to a perfect trip. An all round fantastic experience. I felt I learnt a lot about a lot. Very well organised and I'm sure this will continue to be a very successful course. A very huge thank you. " - L. Pick
"I booked this little excursion about six weeks before the leaving date. Being honest, I just found the website and paid my fare. Being honest, as it came to the final days, I mentioned it to my partner that I did not really know anything about the company etc. She put a bit of doubt in my head thinking that I would get off the flight and there I would stand, for a week, in minus thirty, waiting for a bus to pick me up with a Nigerian swindler drinking Pina Coladas and telling his friends about his new Internet scam. The fact that there were a few referenced to BBC programmes in which Leon was involved with gave me a bit of solace and the fact that there were newspaper articles about it (even though they were Scottish!) Anyway, I arrived, and they arrived, and we went to the Arctic and there we spent a week in a little cabin, with 10-15 people ( I mean 10-15 men) at temperatures down to the thirties. (They told as at the beginning that they never prefix the weather with the word minus as, in the arctic, it is always minus!! In the week that we were there, we mixed lectures, with practical and life skills and through it all, we had a great laugh. It was tough for some of the guys, this sort of thing is not easy. If you have not done it before, making the the leap to surviving in the arctic is a pretty big mental jump. But the support structure was there, as too was the experience and the risk management. We were lucky, we got the best and the worst of the weather and by the end of it, we were spending 24 hours a day, staying in our own little makeshift campsite, comfy with fire & tarp over us. Who would have thought it a week before. By the end of it, we had learned a bit of everything, a bit of camp-craft, a bit of survival, a bit of skiing and a bit about ourselves. And, my partner was happy when I came home with all my fingers and toes". - D. Keenan
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