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Karu Artic Survival

Duration: Sunday - Saturday

Course size: 4-16

Prize: 1200 €/ person

Dates: Coming soon!


On the Karu Arctic Survival course, you can improve your skills in challenging and cold survival situations. You will learn about the psychology of survival and the ground rules and risks, and you will practise making a survival shelter, survival signals and first aid.

Who is the course for?

For advanced outdoor enthusiasts who want to improve their skills in challenging winter survival conditions. A winter survival situation means an unexpected crisis in cold conditions in nature, where you need to be able to survive using just the equipment and tools available.


DAY 1. Sunday / Arrival: Transportation to the cabin. Security and safety lecture, gear check up, training area presentation and hygiene, winter first-aid lecture, late night supper. Accommodation in cabin.

DAY 2. Monday / Basics of Survival: Psychology of survival, survival mentality, skiing exercise 1, fire in winter conditions. Accommodation in heated tent.

DAY 3. Tuesday / Skis, snowshoes and first aid: Skiing exercise 2, snowshoes and how to make one from the nature. First Aid: frostbites and hypothermia. How to sleep in winter conditions. Accommodation in tent.

DAY 4. Wednesday / Fire 2, water and shelter: Skiing exercise 3, fire in winter 2: over night fire, water from the snow, survival shelter 1. Accommodation in survival shelter.

DAY 5. Thursday / Food, energy and shelter 2: Open fire cooking, ice fishing, survival shelter 2: quinzie, Accommodation in quinzie.

DAY 6. Friday / Signaling, First Aid 2: Signaling help, evacuation, temporary stretchers, EndEx, Accommodation in cabin

DAY 7. Saturday: Leave no trace. Transportation to Joensuu

(Karu Survival will keep right to change the program if needed)

nutrition and hydration in hiking trips

You will learn following skills:

  • Psychology of survival

  • Ground rules of survival

  • Risks and how to prepare for them

  • Special characteristics of a winter environment and how to prepare for them

  • Hypothermia and frostbite

  • Survival shelters and how to make them

  • How to use temporary equipment

  • Different ways of making fire and giving signals

  • Nutrition and hydration

  • Emergency first aid

  • Small group dynamics in the case of a crisis

  • Pulling a rescue sled using skis and snowshoes, while wearing a backpack

  • Moving around at night

hiking with skis

The course includes:

  • All food enjoyed during the course

  • All equipment and material required during training

  • Personal guidance

  • First and last nights in indoor accommodation

  • Transportation from the city of Joensuu

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Please note:

Participants must have valid insurance as well as a sleeping bag, sleeping pad and appropriate clothing for the season.  Participants will stay the night in a temporary shelter built during the course, weather permitting. It is also possible to stay the night in heated tents. Participants must be in a normal state of health.

More detailed instructions will be sent before the course begins.