Each year, we run week long survival courses in summer, autumn and winter but this small taster course is simply designed to give a small insight into a range of key outdoor survival skills.
One of the most important winter survival skills is the ability to make a fire, both to keep warm and to boil water from snow. Hence, we will spend time teaching the basics of how to prepare firesticks and kindling and laying fires the Finnish way.
Navigation through a fairly featureless, white landscape, often in 'white-out' conditions, is also critical so we will challenge you to complete a small orienteeriing course, on snowshoes, around the farm after giving some basic instruction (if needed).
Two checkpoints will take you to pre-made forest shelters / snow-shelters (depending on when you are taking part in this course). Hence, we will also have a chance to talk through the tools which Finns take with them into the wilderness in case they are caught out and need to make an emergency shelter quickly.