Polar Medicine Course


Course Dates

  • 19 February 2024 08:00 - 25 February 2024 17:00
  • 26 February 2024 08:00 - 03 March 2024 17:00

GBP £3,099.00

Are you seeking the ultimate adventure to test your expertise? Get ready for the most intense 7 days of hands-on polar medicine training as you’re immersed in Norway’s remote, frozen Arctic wilderness, with temperatures as low as -30°C.

Surrounded by the Northern Lights under vast Arctic Circle skies, our specialist explorers will share hard-won insights that can only come from surviving the planet’s most punishing landscapes:

➕ Essential protocols for managing hypothermia, frostbite, and more
➕ Improvising emergency treatment in brutally cold conditions
➕ Leading rescues across snow, ice and remote terrain

This course will refine your patient assessment, leadership, and teamwork skills by testing your limits. Bring these learnings back to elevate your practice, whether in frigid Arctic expeditions or everyday hospital settings.

Master Extreme Medicine In The Arctic Circle. Sign-up now for just £500 deposit to reserve your spot!

What to Expect

Our basecamp location instantly transports you into a special polar world. We’re located deep in Norway’s stunning Finnmark Mountains at the remote Ravnastua Mountain Hut, run by the same local Sami family since 1947.

10 miles from the nearest road, you’ll arrive by snow machines as the reality of the remoteness ahead sets in. You’ll learn hardcore survival and medicine protocols that will fundamentally elevate your practice. This polar crucible will imprint skills no textbook can – assessing patients and leading teams in -30°C extremes is training at the edge of boundaries.

Our world-class expedition faculty aren’t just experts…they have lived this lifestyle themselves:

➕ Doctors with extensive ice and tundra medical experience

➕ Expert local guides – masters of Norway’s extreme winters

➕ Renowned polar explorers who’ve survived Antarctica’s brutality

This dream team will imprint their hard-won knowledge into you over an intense week of hands-on extremes training:

Day 1-2: Master skis and snowshoes, route planning, shelters

Day 3-4: Avalanche rescue, wilderness medical protocols

Day 5-7: 3-day expedition and emergency scenario simulations

Return home forever changed, overflowing with confidence, resilience and skills that will refine your practice for years to come.

Hear From Past Polar Explorers

We limit this course to 18 participants, ensuring highly personalised attention from our all-star team of polar experts which creates experiences like this: 

“Liv and Elsa, our Norwegian guides, completely exceeded all my expectations. The best bit was our team though, we became a big family over the week, learned from each other and didn’t only survive the cold but managed to have the best time together.”

“That ultimately we all have medical knowledge/skills that are adequate to be expedition medics & the main thing that we need to work on is being comfortable in the environment themselves.”

“Learning about the people that were part of the course, with some of the faculty in particular. Some of their stories were immensely inspiring.”

Be part of the next group to conquer the frozen arctic wilderness.

Key Facts

You must be a:

You need:

  • Basic navigation skills 
  • A good level of fitness
  • Basic knowledge of expedition planning


  • Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh

CPD Value: 

  • We estimate 35 hours will be awarded for the completed course

What’s included:

  • Tutoring, accommodation and meals 
  • WEM care package full of essential kit
  • Skis, snowshoes and hauling equipment

What’s not:

  • Travel costs
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal equipment

Your Safety Is Our Top Priority

This intensive course combines dynamic lectures with extensive hands-on polar training. The comprehensive curriculum and field scenarios are carefully designed to push your limits while mitigating risks.

We take every precaution to keep participants safe by:

  • Rigorous gear checks before all expedition days
  • Mandatory evacuation insurance policies
  • Close coordination with local emergency responders

Temperatures can reach -30°C so having the right gear is critical. Please review our kit list and risk assessment guidelines before arriving. We’re happy to advise anyone on specific equipment needs to safely enjoy the life-changing experience ahead.

Please contact us if you have any questions.

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