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Trueways 10 Day Arctic Survival Experience - March 2019

Trueways 10 Day Arctic Survival Experience - March 2019

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Trueways Arctic Survival Course - March 2019

10 Day Arctic Survival in Northern Sweden - Open to All aged 18 and over - No Previous experience required
This course is limited to 6 people in order for you to get the most enjoyment and experience from this course.


Join Trueways on a journey into the very heart of Sweden. Based within the Arctic Circle, in to the heart of Sami culture, this winter wonderland provides us with every opportunity to learn the essential skills for travel in the northern forest.
From the warmth of our comfortable accommodation we will travel out into the frozen landscape to spend nights under the dark, star filled skies and, with luck, sleep beneath the electrifying and profoundly beautiful glow of the Northern lights; an experience that will stay in your heart for a lifetime.

During your stay, you will have the opportunity to learn the fundamental survival skills of the Arctic, allowing you to experience this environment in the deepest way. Erecting and sleeping in a variety of shelters designed to be used in a range of situations, from emergencies to expeditions, you will learn to live in a place that initially seems foreboding. Temperatures can drop as low as -40°C , this is an environment to embrace. Learning these skills with good food, great company and the comfort of knowing that there is safety and hospitality at the heart of the camp, you can push your boundaries and experience this marvellous environment in all its awe inspiring beauty.

We will travel through forest, crossing rivers and lakes on snow shoes and snow mobiles, learning how to move through deep snow. We will fish through the ice and in turn learn to call this vast area ‘home’.

The Trueways Survival Arctic course, in keeping with our philosophy of real skills for real situations, seeks to deliver sensible and appropriate survival training for the extreme cold weather and environment settings.  Situated well inside the Arctic circle, our course location is ideally situated to deliver upon our aim.  There will be a home base of cabins for use during the theoretical lessons and then its into the frozen lands to put it into practice in scenario based training situations. 


Course Syllabus

This course assumes no previous knowledge and is suitable for all levels
Minimum Age for this course is 18.

Course Format - 10 Days and 9 Nights

Day 1
Collect from Lulea Airport transport to the training area.
Safety Brief
Arctic Circle Crossing
XC Skis Fitting and Kit Check
Issue Students with all required equipment
Evening Meal
Lecture and Slide Show on Northern Lights (and viewing if available)
Sleep in Cabin

Day 2 
Dressing for the cold
Introduction to XC Skiing
Priorities of Survival
Cold weather injuries
Identifying Resources
Authentic Sauna
Evening Meal
Sleep in Cabin

Day 3
Introduction to Ice (Hazards & Safety)
Snowmobile Tour
Cold Weather fire lighting
Open fire cooking
Water Gathering
Packing Pulks
Prepare Ice Fishing Lines
Sleep Outside but near cabins
Equipment confidence test

Day 4
Construct Ptarmigan snares
Pack Kit & Ski out to training area
Set Up Camp
Introduction to Tracking
Heated tent Routines
Set Fishing Lines
Evening Meal
Sleep in Heated Tent (Sami Kata)

Day 5
Check fishing lines
Snow Pack
Interpretation and Assessment
Survival Equipment Selection
Shelter Principles and Priorities
Construct Shelters
Fire Lighting
Check Fishing Lines
Celestial Navigation
Evening Meal

Day 6
Issue Cold Weather Ration Packs
Check Ptarmigan Snares and Fishing Lines
Advanced XC Ski Technique (Including Sami Skiing technique)
Signaling Techniques
Casualty Simulation Scenario
Emergency Snow Shoe Construction
Shelter Construction
Evening Meal
Check Snares and Fishing Lines
Sleep in Individual Shelters

Day 7 + 8
Having slept out individually in your own shelters, by this stage of the course students should have a firm grasp of the necessities of Survival in this extreme environment. From here on in, the course becomes even more challenging as we run a realistic, intensive, 2 day survival scenario. Students will have to continue to survive and surmount the increasing number of challenges that await them as they escape the wilderness and try to negotiate their way 'back to safety'... Naturally the 'element of surprise' forms a big part of this scenario so no further details will be provided in advance...

Day 9
Survival Scenario ends
Dog Sled Tour inc Lunch (You will drive your own dog sled)
Snow Shoeing Tour
Return to Cabin
Issue Certificates
End of Course Party

Day 10
Pack Equipment
Leave Training Area and Travel to Lulea Airport

The following is included in the price
Transport from Lulea Airport to Training Site
All Food and (Non-alcoholic) Drinks
All Skis, poles, pulks Hire for the duration of the course.
Snowmobile Hire
Dog Sled tour (Each student driving their own dog team)
Transport Back to Lulea Airport at the end of the course.
Online access to an exclusive collection of course photographs


Equipment You Will Be Required To Bring
Wool socks
Winter Mountaineering Boots with Gaiters (preferably Yeti Gaiters)
Base layers (preferably Merino wool, all good quality base layers will be acceptable, No Cotton)
Thermal layers fleeces and fibrefill jackets and jumpers (Down jackets may be taken in addition but not as a substitute)
Shell layers (Goretex jacket and trousers for mountaineering are best, Salopetes are ideal, Skiwear is acceptable)
Gloves inner thermal
Gloves outer warm
Gloves shell waterproof mittens
Wooly hat
Spare Gloves
Cooking Pot with lid
Thermos flask 1.5L minimum (unbreakable metal)
Knife, Fork & Spoon
Survival Knife (Fixed Blade) - Contact us for advice if needed.
Daypack minumim 45L capacity
Paracord (550 cord) 50m minimum
Foil Blanket
Cottonwool (tampons, super heavy)
Flint and Steel
Lighter (Disposable)
Windproof waterproof matches
Wire saw or Laplander saw





Skills for Life

Survival in an Arctic environment is a challenge. To be in some of the harshest weather in the world and operate in relative comfort takes inner strength, knowledge, skills and the right equipment - in that order. If you can provide the strength and some of the kit, we'll help you develop the knowledge and skills which you will keep for life.

Our courses are based on a tried and tested methodology which has been refined over many years of real life, hands-on practical experience. Developing and applying skills where necessary through in-situ supervised practice and understanding the basic principles will ensure you are equipped for life, whatever you have in your pack. Places are limited to be sure to secure your place to ensure you have all the Arctic Survival Training and skills to survive in an extreme environment.

What to Expect When You Book.

Once we receive your booking and payment, you will then receive a full information pack containing a comprehensive equipment list, specific details of the course location, links to and contact details for travel organisations which we believe can provide the most competitive pricing for flights, and last but not least, a specific, expert Arctic Instructor Contact within Trueways to answer any questions relating to the course which you may have, by phone or by email.

Safety First

In accordance with UK Health and Safety Executive guidelines for Survival Courses in Sweden, a full risk assessment has been carried out for this course detailing emergency evacuation procedures and procedures for dealing with any nature of emergency, including liaison with local medical facilities. All activities are within easy reach of a heated and well equipped cabin and transport will remain near the group at all times. Instructors will carry communications equipment and are all current first aid trained with years of experience in cold climates.

Arctic Course Prerequisites 

Due to the nature of our Arctic courses, certain prerequisites must be met. These are:

All necessary kit and equipment as detailed on the equipment list issued when booking
Any necessary visas or documentation for authorised entry to Sweden during the dates of your course (EU residents do not require visas)
Relevant medical insurance valid for the dates of your course or an EHIC card entitling medical treatment in Sweden
Winter sports travel insurance valid for the dates of your course
A valid passport with at least 6 months remaining
A reasonable level of fitness

Environment & Location

For our 2019 Arctic course we have chosen a secluded area in Northern Sweden. The location offers a mixture of Arctic forest, open snow pack and frozen lakes and rivers. The course will begin from a fully equipped training area before moving on to forest shelters and then to a variety of snow and ice shelters.

What's included and what's not

Course costs cover training during your time in Sweden for your course dates. All food and accommodation in Sweden during your course is also included.
Course costs do not include travel to and from any pre-course briefings nor travel to and from Sweden. The closest airport is Luleå connections are recommended from Stockholm

Within Sweden, transfers to and from the airport from the course location on the start and end date of your course is included. Transport to and from the airport in your country of origin is not included.




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