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Polar Shakedown (Norway)

5 days with PolarExplorers   Rating: Budget

Click for Dates and Prices Day 1: Longyearbyen, Norway
Arrive in Longyearbyen, shuttle to our first night's lodge. Over a hearty dinner you'll have an opportunity to meet the other members of the Shakedown training and discuss the upcoming days. After dinner your PolarExplorers guide will closely review each participants clothing and equipment.

Day 2-4: Longyearbyen, Norway
After breakfast we'll hit the trail! For two days and nights you'll experience what its like to survive (and thrive!) in extremely cold temperatures. On our final night we'll make our way back to our lodge for hot showers.

Day 5: Longyearbyen, Norway
Before individuals depart for their respective homes, they will have an individual review with their PolarExplorers guide. Our guides will help you create a solid plan so that you arrive for your expedition as prepared as possible.
All This Included

Whether you are training for an upcoming polar expedition or simply looking to learn some new skills our Polar Shakedown Training is the best way to build your confidence and level of experience. We cover everything from polar clothing and equipment systems, to navigation, safety systems, food and menu planning, cooking, camping routines, efficiency, and travel by ski or dogsled. Days are spent skiing and/or dogsledding in conditions similar to those you will find at the Poles. Classes are scheduled throughout the day to maximize your learning, and to give you opportunities to ask questions. Evenings are spent making camp and learning how to survive comfortably in the extreme cold. Nighttime readings from the journals of Polar explorers add to the magic of the experience.

Once you arrive at the start of an expedition, there is no time to learn the essentials of surviving in the cold. People who have attended the Shakedown trip are able to handle the stresses in a systematized manner and enjoy their expedition to the fullest. Those who don't have the necessary skills often feel cold, uncomfortable, and overwhelmed for the duration of their expedition. In extreme cases, we have seen people on other expeditions drop out before they even left base camp!

If you are going to make the financial, mental and physical commitment to join a polar expedition, why not ensure that you have the best possible experience?

  • All group equipment
  • Ski system, sleeping system
  • sled, guides, permits
  • Communication & safety gear
Longyearbyen: to be determined
  • This itinerary is highly dependent on a number of factors and is subject to change.
  • The prices shown above are subject to change and may fluctuate based on the current currency exchange rate.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines.