This intensive one-day field course gives you the skills and knowledge you need to safely hike the Arctic wilderness without a guide. The course opens up the Arctic to the hiker seeking the independence to explore it on their own.
This course gives you a solid foundation of basics for any other outdoor activity in the Arctic, be it mountain climbing, glacier travel, kayaking, scientific field research, or nature photography. You will, however, not become an expert Arctic hiker in just one day, but you will lay the foundation for safely gaining more experience on your own.
The beautiful mountains, glaciers and valleys south of Longyearbyen provide an ideal and realistic learning environment. The course is given in English, and classes are never larger than six students, and often smaller. There is no group work. All exercises are individual. Success is simple: You have done it, on your own, in the field, and when you depended on the results. Then you do it again, just to be sure.
We will cover: 1) Hiking Arctic landscape types, 2) polar bear routines, 3) staying warm and dry, 4) hydration and water treatment while on the move, 5) basic first aid and safety routines, and 6) maps of the Arctic and how to use them. In addition, 7) the course will give you a basic introduction to rifles and signal pistols on Svalbard. Note though, that you will need a hunting license or permission from the Governor of Svalbard to rent your own rifle.
On this course you have the opportunity to develop the skills you need to do your own treks through the Arctic summer: Route planning and navigation, calculating provisions, basic safety routines and wise gear selection.
|Event Date||07-07-2020 9:00 am|
|Event End Date||07-07-2020 3:00 pm|
|Start Location||We meet at the Cable Cart Central on Road 305 in western Longyearbyen at Meeting Point B. See the map here.|
|End Location||We end up in southern Longyearbyen at point E. See the map here.|
This trek is for people in good physicial shape and do not require any prior experince.
|Group Size||Minimum 2|
|Distance||Distance: 10 km and 500 meters vertical ascend.|
|Duration||Five to six hours.|
|Average Temperature||Average temperature in this period: 5°C / 23°F|
|Remember To Bring||
Personal travel insurance, a pair of good boots, outdoor clothing, a warm jacket, raingear, lunch, and at least 1 litre of water
|Price Per Adult||1150 NOK|