Expedition training

Since Finse’s beginning in1909, the likes of Nansen and Shackleton used Finse due to its extreme qualities. Finse has been described as a "Antarctica in miniature" and when Sir Ernest Shackleton was on Finse he stated that "this is the ideal South Pole Landscape". The place has consolidated its position as a training place, also in recent times.

During the winter, people still use Finse as a training place before expeditions. Surrounded by the Arctic climate and a landscape reminiscent of Antarctica, Finse has dusted off its proud polar history and simultaneously welcome today’s expedition climate.

National parks Hardangervidda and Hallingskarvet attracts adventurers who want to test their form and equipment before trips to for example Greenland, the South Pole or other areas where skiing experience is an important factor. Equipment for expeditions is transported by train to Finse, just as Nansen and Shackleton did when they came to Finse to train over 100 years ago.

For more information about the expedition training at Finse, in connection with business trips or if you want to use Finse as a training ground, please contact the hotel by email: booking@finse1222.no. We can for example arrange serving of food on arrival and rental of meeting facilities.

The south side of the Finse water is suitable or camping.

Yourway, Fram Expeditions and Hvitserk are among the companies that use Finse as training grounds before their expeditions. Read more about the three companies and what they offer in terms of winter training and expedition training here:

At Finse, the company Yourway arranges expedition training based on Ernest Shackleton’s training visit at Finse. In 1914, he tested men and equipment for his large Antarctic expedition at Finse. With his stories as well with Yourway’s own experiences with trips in the polar regions, these courses provide knowledge that can realize your own expedition dreams!
Our partner Yourway specializes in providing active adventures, both small and large groups and corporate events. Specially made programs where expedition and winter skills are part of the experience are put into leadership training and teambuilding. The concept “Amundsen Experience,” when attending the “Amundsen’s South Pole journey,” have become a popular experience in winter.
Read more about this exciting experience here.

Fram Expeditions
This company specializes in skiing across Greenland and hiking to Kilimanjaro. Fram offers expedition training courses for those with little or no experience of winter outdoor activities in March at Finse.

In recent years Hvitserk organized several winter training courses at Finse. During the four days you learn tricks to enjoy the outdoors in Winter. For example navigation, assessment of avalanche terrain, packing the sled, and firing of primus. Read more here.

Expedition Festival Expedition Finse 9.-11. February 2018

Expedition Finse is Norway’s first expedition festival and aims to create a gathering place for arctic explorers. The festival will be for anyone who has been on tour for those who plan and go on a trip and for anyone interested in polar and expedition history.

Expedition Finse was opened by Jens Stoltenberg for the first time in 2011. Through the first five festivals we have been visited by clever and engaging adventurers. Børge Ousland, Ragnar Kvam, Stein P Aasheim, Randi Skaug, Petter Nyquist, Aleksander Gamme, Rune Gjeldnes , Sky hunters, Ronny Finsås and Leo Houlding to name a few. The Shackleton Award is handed out and we also have polar historical speeches.

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