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The Arctic Night - A Survival Workshop

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Once-in-a-lifetime experience. Adventurous though safe day and night in the Arctic wilderness, under the stars and possible Northern Lights. Building a quinzee and sleeping in snow, rather comfortably.

Bliss guide will meet the clients at Hotel Pyhätunturi's reception. After meet and greet, the Bliss representative will take the clients to suitable premises for a theory work shop about arctic nature and arctic survival skills and, introducing both the traditional and contemporary techniques. Bliss' survival instructor will introduce the relevant gear, such as arctic sleeping bags and sleeping mats, clothing items, give insight information about various materials and their suitability for challenging environment. Also clothing items for the extreme cold and various stove systems will get discussed. A light but nutritious meal will be served.

Going out. Weather conditions allowing (temperature, wind, amount of snow, etc.) survival instructor will present how to build a quinzee (pronounced ”kwinzi”, in Finnish “lumikammi”). It is a traditional snow shelter, made by hollowing out a pile of settled snow, a well-proven method of surviving the arctic night. Clients are expected to participate to build their own quinzee. It will take a couple of hours for a group. Another snack or a meal will be served.

Group gets prepared for the night-stay in the quinzee, which they created by themselves with instructions from the Bliss representatives. Bliss guide will monitor the night. In case of emergency or if the clients requests so, he/she can be relocated into a warm back up building closeby. At the wake up some warm drinks and a nutritious morning snack will be served. Also every client will get interviewed individually to make sure that everyone is fine after the night.

The adventure will end as a Bliss guide will walk the clients back to civilization.

Bliss Adventure’s Arctic Survival Skills Workshops’ practical part take place – if not agreed differently due to client request – in Pyhä-Luosto National Park, Pyhä, Lapland. The thick snow blanket and peaceful Taiga forest make the perfect training ground for winter activities.

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