8 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.
This course assumes no previous knowledge and is suitable for all levels
Minimum Age for this course is 18.
Collect from Lulea Airport transport to the training area.
Arctic Circle Crossing
XC Skis Fitting and Kit Check
Issue Students with all required equipment
Lecture and Slide Show on Northern Lights (and viewing if available)
Sleep in Cabin
Dressing for the cold
Introduction to XC Skiing
Priorities of Survival
Cold weather injuries
Sleep in Cabin
Introduction to Ice (Hazards & Safety)
Cold Weather fire lighting
Open fire cooking
Prepare Ice Fishing Lines
Sleep Outside but near cabins
Equipment confidence test
Construct Ptarmigan snares
Pack Kit & Ski out to training area
Set Up Camp
Introduction to Tracking
Heated tent Routines
Set Fishing Lines
Sleep in Heated Tent (Sami Kata)
Check fishing lines
Interpretation and Assessment
Survival Equipment Selection
Shelter Principles and Priorities
Check Fishing Lines
Issue Cold Weather Ration Packs
Check Ptarmigan Snares and Fishing Lines
Advanced XC Ski Technique (Including Sami Ski)
Casualty Simulation Scenario
Emergency Snow Shoe Construction
Check Snares and Fishing Lines
Sleep in Individual Shelters
Ski out of training area
Dog Sled Tour inc Lunch (You will drive your own dog sled)
Snow Shoeing Tour
Return to Cabin
End of Course Party
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 Drinks
All Ski and Poles Hire for the duration of the course.
Sami Kata Tent required on Day 4
Dog Sled (One per person)
Transport Back to Lulea Airport at the end of the course.
Equipment You Will Be Required To Bring
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
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
Cottonwool (tampons, super heavy)
Flint and Steel
Windproof waterproof matches
Wire saw or Laplander saw
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.
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.
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.
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
For our 2018 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.
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.