We’re taking our Polar Medicine course back to the Arctic Circle to the stunning Finnmarksvidda, with a fresh new look we’re bringing more adventure and taking you further into the wilderness than ever.
Using specialist local guides, chosen for their extensive expedition experience, passion for nature and low environmental impact, alongside our own team of medical experts we will take you to the Arctic wilderness for a week of extreme medical CPD.
Meeting in the remote Norwegian town of Alta we will depart to the village of Assebakte near the Finland border. From Assebakte we will take snowcats or snowmobiles to the remote Ravnastua Mountain Hut which will become our base for the week. Ravnatsua has been run by the same Sami family since 1947 and they will provide you fascinating insights and stories into the history of their culture.
To take advantage of the short daylight houses, we will spend most of this time in the field exploring practical skills. Focusing on performance in the face of significant environmental challenges rather than endurance on skis.
Lunch will take place ‘expedition style’ allowing you to experience managing food, water, kit administration and self-care.
When the sun goes down you will then build upon this practical learning with a range of interactive group sessions and lectures.
Over the final days of the course, you will then head out and experience a full Polar Expedition. Building your own camps and taking part in a rescue scenario, this will bring together and test your newly acquired skills.
As you head home, you will take with you a solid foundation of clinical, practical, and non-technical skills that could enable you to launch your own polar and cold climate expedition career.
Plus, accreditation will be offered through the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. We estimate 30 hours of CPD will be awarded for the complete course.
*Please note: due to the remote nature of this course vegan diets will be difficult to cater for. This will require additional planning and we ask that you discuss this with us at the earliest possible opportunity.
All tutoring, accommodation and meals during the course
Skis, snowshoes and hauling equipment.
What’s not included?
Travel and health insurance
Sleeping bag and mat hire (if needed)
Do you need travel and health insurance?
We recommend all participants travelling outside of their home country, or where aero-medical evacuation may be required, have specific travel insurance in place for the expedition.
For your safety and security, we reserve the right to refuse access to an expedition until we have details of adequate insurance cover provided to us.
Please note: Should a course be cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions, you will receive a full refund and our usual terms and conditions apply. Full details of our COVID-19 policy here