Polar Medicine | Norway | March 2022


Join our team of cold weather specialist and polar explorers on the edge of the Hardangervidda Plateau for a week of unbeatable polar medicine and expedition training.

Our acclaimed Polar Medicine course has been completely revamped and now packs in heaps more medical & expedition skills, more time on skis and an extended expedition element, all delivered by record-breaking polar guides including the extraordinary Antarctica expedition leaders Hannah McKeand & Denise Martin and an expert medical faculty with extensive cold environment experience.

Start: Sunday 20 March 2022
End: Saturday 26 March 2022 

  • Spaces Left: High
  • Prerequisites:
    • Medical or Allied Health Professional
    • Students in the final year of study
    • Attendance of Expedition & Wilderness Medicine course (or similar) highly recommended
    • Basic navigation skills
    • Basic knowledge of expedition planning
    • Good fitness level

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Our new Polar Medicine course has moved to the famous Norwegian village of Finse, a mountain village area on the shore of the lake Finsevatnet and accessible only on foot or by the stunning Bergen Railway. WEM’s team of acclaimed expert polar medics are joining forces with world-renowned polar guides, Hannah McKean and Denise Martin, to deliver a completely updated and upgraded action-packed Polar Medicine and Expedition Skills course.


Famed as one of the Polar training grounds of Nansen, Scott and Shackleton, Finse is situated a little over 3 miles north of the Hardangerjøkulen between the Hallingskarvet and Hardangervidda national parks. For the Star Wars fans out there, Finse and the Hardangerjøkulen became the chosen location for the Hoth System in 1979 classic ‘The Empire Strikes Back’.

During this action-packed week, you’ll learn the essentials of polar travel, survival and cold weather medicine while immersed in a polar environment. Our team consists of doctors who have spent significant time providing cover and exploring polar and high-altitude environments, supported by a team of local experts who bringing local expertise and knowledge of life in the Arctic.

This highly-practical course gives you the opportunity to experience a polar environment first hand. You’ll travel by ski, snowshoes and dogsled, sessions on avalanche awareness and rescue will teach you safe route choice, you’ll learn to build snow shelters with the opportunity to sleep overnight in your constructions, throughout the course you’ll learn essential polar expedition skills which will be out to the test on a 3-day expedition. The extensive practical content will be supported by a comprehensive curriculum of cold weather, taught via lectures, discussions and workshops.

Before heading home you’ll take part in a rescue scenario testing your newly acquired skills under the expert guidance of the WEM team.

Accreditation will be offered through the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. We estimate 35 hours of CPD will be awarded for the complete course.

What’s included?
All tutoring, accommodation and meals during the course
Skis, snowshoes and hauling equipment.

What’s not included?
Travel costs
Travel and health insurance
Personal equipment
Drinks and food purchased from the bar

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

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