Arctic Expedition Course
Why take this trip?
- Learn winter outdoor skills and experience the challenges faced by polar explorers in a controlled and supervised environment.
- Hone your skills which will allow you to safely plan and execute your own winter outdoor activities or expeditions
- Stay at the charming mountain village of Meraker which is considered the world's capital of cross country skiing.
Pumpkin soup at camp, crossing the equator, sleeping lion & above all making my way to the summit at night are all memories that are hard to wipe out! My life has been forever changed by this magical travel experience!!
Hala Mohie Eldin
The trip was beyond awesome!!
This trip really exceeded my expectations! Wild Guanabana offered me a life altering experience that I'll never forget for as long as I live. They had us well prepared & everything was well organized upon our arrival :)
- Sightseeing and/or relaxation
- Light adventure, no previous experience or training required
- A challenge, no previous experience necessary. A moderate level of fitness and preparation are required
- Previous experience and intensive training is required
- Basic: lodging in guest houses, small hotels and/or camping. Mix of private and public transportation
- Standard: Clean and comfortable accommodation and/or well-maintained campsites. Mostly private transportation with occasional public transport when unavoidable.
- Luxury: Hand-picked luxury lodging or pampered campsites. Private and upgraded transportation facilities.
tCO2 = Tonnes of Carbon Dioxide Equivalent
How we do it
As an ethical and responsible travel company, we reduce our carbon footprint by designing trips that are low carbon impact and carefully calculating the impact with the help of an environmental consultancy. We then buy carbon credit equivalents to offset all emissions that cannot be reduced including those resulting from our day-to-day business operations. Our offsetting is done through an energy efficient stoves project in Kenya. On request, every traveller receives their own PDF offset certificate post-travel. Wild Guanabana is the first carbon-neutral travel company in the Middle East & North Africa. Note: We do not sell or issue flight tickets ourselves so consequently we don't offset those emissions.
What does offsetting mean anyway?
It's a way of reducing your ecological impact by 'neutralizing' the impact of your carbon footprint. Actions associated with travel amount to around a third of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. Carbon offsetting offers a solution to reduce the impact of your travel by purchasing carbon credits that are invested in activities that reduce CO2. While this doesn't erase all of the environmental impact, it does serve to help reinvest into the planet and contribute to activities which help its conversation. For more information on Carbon offsetting read more from our partners ERCC Carbon and our Sustainable Travel International.
Which month to travel:
Itinerary Details / Price Inclusions & Exclusions
Day 1 Welcome to Norway! (D)
Once you arrive at Trondheim Airport (TRD), our guides will pick you up (must arrive before 16:00) and drive 45 min to the village of Meraker which is considered the world's capital of cross country skiing where you’ll check in and take a breather. Our team will brief you on the upcoming few days of your journey, after which you get to indulge in a little taste of Norway by having dinner at the hotel.
Day 2 Off into the wilderness (B/L/D)
Today we will have breakfast at 8:00am, start packing our stuff and head off with our skiis into the wilderness having lunch mid way. We usually ski only 3-5km the first day to reach the camp not too tired. This day, we will go through every detail on how to put up your expedition tent and prepare for a comfortable night outdoors. By the end of this day you will have learnt: • How to put up and secure your tent in the worst weather conditions • How to organize your tent for safety and comfort • How to light and repair a stove, melt snow for water, food/nutrition and sleeping systems • You will be encouraged to be responsible and self-going with the camping routines for the rest of the trip Usually on day 2 we will have some time in the evening for a night skiing trip with headlamps or even making a bone fire in the woods to share stories and experiences.
Day 3 Arctic Expedition Training (B/L/D)
We wake up early today and have breakfast in out tents then start packing the campsite back on our sleds. This day we will do a longer skiing tour (around 10-20km) with our sleds to our next camp site. This afternoon you will hone your skills in putting up the tent, organizing your stuff and preparing for yet a comfortable night outdoors. Today you will realize how much you`ve already learned and that things are starting to be more natural and easy. You feel safe and more comfortable and your routines are done with a lot more self confidence and efficiency.
Day 4 Arctic Expedition Training (B/L/D)
Wake up at 7:30 today and have breakfast in tents after which we pack all our equipment in our sleds. This day we will do a longer skiing loop with our sleds back to where we started. Today we will improve our skiing technique and feel at home with the routines of 50min of skiing/10 min breaks just as we do on expeditions. You will enjoy skiing through the stunning landscape but also looking forward to the short breaks of hot chocolate, water and snacks. In the afternoon we`ll come back to the lodge, unpack out sleds and put our equipment set out to dry. After a warm and well deserved shower we`ll chill out and debrief over a cold soda/beer and celebrate the course over a very nice meal.
Day 5 Homebound (B)
We wake up for a hearty breakfast at our cozy lodge as we debrief our past couple of days and go over the lovely memories and all what we have learnt. We will then pack our stuff, check out of the lodge and take a 45 min ride back to Troneheim airport. Your flight out from Trondheim Airport (TRD) should be after 13:00.
- Consultation on every aspect of the preparation including physical and mental
- Pick up and drop off from Trondheim airport
- All meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
- 2 nights accommodation in the beautiful Kirkebyfjellet lodge in the village of Meraker
- 2 nights accommodation in expedition tents
- Experienced English speaking guides.
- All activities as mentioned in the itinerary.
- All group camping equipment (ex: tents, harnesses, cooking gear, sledge...etc)
- All skii technical equipment (boots, skiis, poles and sleds)
Price excludes- Flight to and from Trondheim airport- Any additional food or beverage- Your travel and health insurance- Norway Visa fee- Tips and gratuities