Youth Arctic OUTDOOR CAMP (June, july, AUGUST)
Every year we organize adventurous outdoor youth camps in northern Norway. This summer camp is intended for boys and girls with an age between 16 and 19 years old. Your son or daughter gets an adventurous time in the Norwegian outdoors in which they can learn a lot, have some challenges and can slow down and relax. They can learn outdoor and basic survival skills, cook on a fire and learn to fish and do some use bushcraft techniques to make useful tools or built shelters. We take your son or daughter on hikes in the mountains and on boat or kayak trips at sea. There is a lot to do, like making a basecamp with tents, collecting wood and do some outdoor cooking. These camps (8 days) are organized in June, July and August. We aim at a group of young people from different countries. Read further to get to know the details. Costs are 1125 EUR.
Facts, dates, costs and general information
Here are the facts of this expedition. Feel free to contact us if you have questions or if you want to discuss your plans. Check also our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for answers on general questions.
Dates and booking information
20 June 2020 - 27 June 2020 (8 days)
18 July 2020 - 25 July 2020 (8 days)
15 August 2020- 22 August 2020 (8 days)
Name: YOUTH ARCTIC OUTDOOR CAMP
BOOKING CODE: DUTCH06Y (JUNE)
BOOKING CODE: DUTCH07Y (JULY)
BOOKING CODE: DUTCH08Y (AUGUST)
The costs of joining this camp are 1125 Euro. Included are all transports during the trip, guiding, use of kayaks, activities, local transport with our boats, tents, use of fishing rods, outdoor tools and cooking equipment. Three meals are included. Not included are snacks and other things you like to eat on between.
Flights and transfers (ferry) to the point where the trip starts are not included.
LOCATION and how to get there
This trip starts and ends on our base in a small fishing village named Helnessund in the municipality of Steigen (Nordland) in the north of Norway. Our base is located 50 km north of Bodø and has a good ferry connection.
The nearest airport is Bodø. To fly to Bodø you usually change flights in Oslo. There are multiple flights daily between Oslo and Bodø.
TRAVELING BY TRAIN IN NORWAY (OPTION)
An option is to enjoy a 17 hours train ride from Oslo to Bodø. Check vy.no for more information about traveling by train. The so-called minipris ticket can be an economical way to travel (only online available and you have to buy it well in advance).
There is a good ferry connection from Bodø to our base. This fast ferry (hurtigbat in Norwegian) takes you in approximately 1 hour from Bodø to Helnessund. Daily departures are in the afternoon, on most of the days at 6 PM. It is a 20-minute walk from the airport to the harbor in the city center where the ferry departs. At the end of the trip, this ferry will also take you back to Bodo (daily departures, most of them in the early morning, around 8 AM).
TAKE YOUR TIME
We recommend that you arrive 1 day before the start of this trip in Bodø and take some time to acclimatize and get rid of travel and work stress. We can give you suggestions for hostels or hotels in Bodø.
LEVEL AND SKILLS
Everybody who is basic fit can join this camp. You do not need to have outdoor or tenting experience, we will teach you what you need.
We stay overnight in expedition tents, tipi-tents or in self-built shelters.
This camp has availability on this moment.
Number of participants: Max 10
We like to have an international team for this camp. Minimum age is more or less 16. Maximum age is 19.
This camp is organized in the north of Norway and the destination is off-the-beaten-track and nature is awesome over here.
gear and how to prepare
These camps are organized north of the Arctic Circle. So, you need warm clothing, good shoes and outdoor gear like sleeping bags and more. You receive a detailed packing list. This packing list tells you about the things you need to have and also gives you a lot of practical information. In case you do not have all the gear or if you do not want to invest, you can rent gear from us, like backpacks, sleeping mattresses, sleeping bags and more.
THE CAMP: HOW DOES IT WORK?
This youth outdoor camp is organized in a remote and very scenic area in northern Norway named Steigen. You will be surrounded by awesome fjords, wild forests, remote beaches, uninhabited islands and steep mountains. After your arrival in Norway (Bodo airport), you take the 1-hour ferry to our base in Steigen, where we welcome you. Close to our base, in wild surroundings, we build our first camp and you can assist us. In the days ahead we will do all kind of outdoor activities and you can learn a lot. Everyday we make a plan and choose out of the activities listed below. The actual weather is an important factor in what we can do on a day. And of course we will listen to your preferences. During your stay we will make camps on different places. You can learn a lot like how to make a fire, how to cook, how to fish, how to use a compass and much more. One day you will be in the mountains, the other day at sea or on an island. Our staff will teach you all kind of outdoor, survival, safety and bushcraft skills. At the end of the trip the ferry takes you back to Bodo.
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES THAT WE PLAN TO DO
Here is an overview of the things we plan to do. Remember we are depending on the weather and we have to make a choice, because we cannot do all (things take time).
OUR MISSION (WHY WE ORGANIZE THESE CAMPS)
We like it when we can help people grow and understand more about the world they are living in. Here some thoughts about what we like to achieve when your son or daughter joins one of our camps. Feel free to contact us if you as a parent like to know more.
Connecting to nature
For many young men and women nature is far away in daily life. But a lot of young people are highly interested, not only because of climate change and pollution, but also what nature has to offer. Our aim is to reconnect people to nature, slow down, do some digital detox and show what nature can offer.
Learn essential skills
The new generations will travel more and more, also in the wild outdoors. Knowledge and skills where taught by fathers, mothers and grandparents in the old days. Things have changed and we like to fill the gap. We like to teach a variety of subjects. How to keep yourself clean, how to cook, how to navigate...
Get to know yourself
Nature is a mirror and being in wild surroundings can be a tough thing. Everyone has his own comfort zone, ambitions and fears. We like to guide young people and help them to get to know themselves in secure surroundings. Being in nature is great fun, sometimes confronting and sometimes things a lot of sweat. We are there to help.