Winter Bushcraft in the Northern Forest with Ray Mears
Arctic Skills in Finland
Join Ray Mears and Woodlore on a magical journey into the very heart of the Finnish winter. Based within the Arctic Circle, in to the heart of Sami culture, this winter wonderland provides us with every opportunity to learn the essential skills for travel in the northern forest. From the warmth and succour of our comfortable accommodation we will travel out into the frozen landscape to spend nights under the dark, star filled skies and, with luck, sleep beneath the electrifying and profoundly beautiful glow of the Northern lights; an experience that will stay in your heart for a lifetime.
Around the northern hemisphere is a vast forest – the Taiga. An almost continual belt from North America to Eurasia, the Taiga covers most of Sweden, Finland, inland Norway, northern Kazakhstan and Russia, most of inland Alaska and Canada as well as other northern states of the USA. From that list you will see that it almost completely blankets the world’s two largest countries; an area so large that it could already be considered incomprehensible without the addition of the others. The Taiga is the single largest community of trees and associated animals – or 'biome' - on the planet. Characterised by coniferous trees such as pine and spruce populated amongst others by lynx, wolf, bear, wolverine and reindeer.
During your stay, you will have the opportunity to learn the fundamental skills of Arctic Bushcraft from Ray, allowing you to experience this environment in the deepest way. Erecting and sleeping in a variety of shelters designed to be used in a range of situations, from emergencies to expeditions, you will learn to live in a place that initially seems foreboding. Temperatures can drop as low as -40°C and sometimes lower, yet for those who hold the skills and knowledge, this is an environment to embrace. Learning these skills from one of the true masters of the north and with good food, great company and the comfort of knowing that there is safety and hospitality at the heart of the camp, you can push your boundaries and experience this marvellous environment in all its awe inspiring beauty.
We will travel through forest and over plane, crossing rivers and lakes on snow shoes and snow mobiles, learning how to move through deep snow and what to do when we encounter difficulties. We will fish through the ice, make bread on our stoves and in turn learn to call this vast forest ‘home’; just as its native inhabitants have done for generations.
Of course, as in true Woodlore style there will be surprises, ensuring that you leave with wonderful memories to treasure forever, and with the confidence to return to this beautiful environment in your own time.
All meals will be provided on this trip along with specialist equipment such as snow shoes and snow mobiles. An extensive kit list and full joining instruction paperwork will be sent to you in time for you to make your travel arrangements and preparations for the trip.
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Course Name: Winter Bushcraft in the Northern Forest with Ray Mears - Arctic Skills in Finland
Location: Woodlore Camp, Finland
Course leader: Ray Mears
Course Size: 16
Cost per person: £4750.00
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