Intro into Polar Expedition Training Course Course in Svalbard, Norway
Ice Axe Expeditions Polar Training Course is the perfect next step for those who wish to explore the Arctic and Antarctic. Graduates of this course will be well prepared for longer, more complex expeditions, such as the North Pole and South Pole. International Polar Explorer, Doug Stoup, has led more expeditions to the poles than any other person on the planet, and has refined countless aspects of polar travel. His 20 plus years of experience and innovation is the foundation of this course. This is the first time that Doug has decided to pass on the specific tools of the trade to individuals interested in taking a deeper dive into polar travel and experiencing polar life.
Our one week course will consist of a training expedition, supplemented by classroom time. We will make a push of about 40-50 km (25-30 mi) from Longyearbyen to Templefjorden across moderate polar terrain and return.
Svalbard is the ideal training ground for polar expeditions. It is located halfway between continental Norway and the North Pole, and is the base for most North Pole Expeditions. Svalbard itself is an extreme environment, home to many of the same harsh conditions that people are exposed to on expeditions to the poles. It is ideally located and home to the Svalbard Airport, Longyear (LYR), a 4 hour one-stop flight from Oslo, Norway.
What’s Included: Polar Expedition Training Course
Included in the Polar Expedition Training Course:
- Hotel Accommodation in Longyearbyen 2 nights before and 1 night on our return.
- Polar Travel Kit to keep (A full list will be provided with what is needed)
- Baffin Boots
- Polar Jacket with fur ruff
- Polar Pants
- Socks – 2 pairs
- Mitts and liners
- Polar Travel supplies will be provided for Ice Axe
- Pulks and traces
- Cooking Utensils and supplies (stove, fuel, pots)
- Skis and poles
- Sleeping Bags and pads
- Tents and stakes
- Professional guiding the entire trip
- Flights to and from Longyearbyen
- Stay over fees or delays
- Medical evacuation insurance