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Expedition Finse 2015

The fifth Expedition Finse will take place from the 13th to 15th of February, 2015. Expedition Finse is Norway’s only expedition festival and our aim is to create a meeting place for people interested in expeditions. This is the festival for anyone who has been exploring the outdoors, for those planning to do so, and for all those interested in polar and expedition history. Next year’s program is packed with exciting presentations from present-day adventurers such as Leo Houlding, Robert Small, and Kristin Folsland Olsen. You will have the opportunity to learn the expert’s best tips, there will be outdoor winter training, competitions, Camp Framheim, polar history presentations, the presentation of the Shackleton Award, and much more. You can also help build the Explorers Library at Finse by donating books that will be read by experienced explorers and outdoor enthusiasts.

Robert Small - Meet Rob. Survivor.
In January 2010 Rob’s life changed forever. While working in Zanzibar the house he was living in caught fire, trapping him inside. With a 27% chance of survival, over 200 days in hospital, 29 operations (so far) and the pain of having to learn to walk again, medical staff fought to rebuild his life.The 'From Fire To Ice' expedition will be the first time a non-military burns survivor will attempt to reach the South Pole by completing Shackleton’s1909 unfinished journey

Kristin Folsland Olsen - To stretch even further
Join Kristin FolslandOlsen on an exciting journey to inaccessible places around the world, and magical outdoor experiences home in Norway. We will cross Svalbard and Greenland. We will swim with polar bears and dance with penguins on South Georgia. We will surf in Hawaii and we will explore the outdoor - high and low - in Lofoten.

In 2013 Kristin had a serious accident that almost turned her life upside down. Kristin tells us about the painful rehabilitation, and how taking the first steps again gave her the same feeling of accomplishment as climbing a mountain. Welcome into the tent and out into freedom!

Leo Houlding - From the Amazon to Antarctica
If Modern British adventure has a face, it looks a lot like Leo Houlding. Renowned for impressive ascents on even more impressive mountains Leo has climbed new routes on huge cliffs on every continent. In recent years, Leo has worked extensively with the talented filmmaker and photographer Alastair Lee. In his presentation, Leo will share adventures from Yosemite, the Arctic and the Amazon with a focus on his expedition to Ulvetanna, Queen Maud Land, Antarctica.

The jewel in the crown on the Fenriskjeften group the area was only discovered by a Norwegian expedition led by Ivar Erik Tollefsen in 1994. An other-worldly landscape of giant granite fangs pierce the endless white desert of the Antarctic ice cap creating a supreme climbing challenge unlike any other. Leo and his team made the first ascent of the remarkable, mile-high NE ridge in 2013

Torbjørn Ekelund - The year in the woods: a micro expedition
Twelve months, four seasons, an office worker and his backpack. At the age of 12 he wanted to be a famous explorer, a hard and quiet type, the first to set foot on a white spot on the map. Thirty years later he realized that his dream would never come true. He did not have the courage. There were no white spots left. But nature was still there.

He decided to realise his dream on a smaller scale. He packed his backpack and spent twelve lonely night in the woods, one in each of the year’s months.

The result was the micro expedition The year in the woods.

The year in the woods is the great antithesis of large expeditions. There is no starvation, no dangerous animals, no fights for life and death. It is about the Norwegian view on nature and outdoor life. It is about the changing seasons, nearby nature and how little it really takes to experience adventure. But first and foremost it is about a man’s attempt to rediscover the woods he spent so much time in as a child. The age of great expeditions is over. Now it is time for the small ones.

Anders Bache - Eivind Astrup, the first crossing of North Greenland, last skiing trip on Hjerkinn Eivind
Astrup had a short but intense life as a polar researcher. He participated in two expeditions to Greenland, the first as a 20-year-old when he crossed North Greenland, a trip of almost 2000 kilometers, with no tent or sleeping bag! From 1892 to 1895 Astrup was one of the most experienced polar explorers in the world. He had great plans of his own expeditions to the North and the South Pole and he was a role model for amongst others, Roald Amundsen. But Christmas 1895 he went on his last skiing trip in the mountains around Hjerkinn. Despite a thorough search it took three weeks until he was found in the snow.

In 2015 it is 120 years since Astrup died. This is an excellent opportunity to talk about how he became such a great hero, his significance, why he was forgotten and how he could have changed polar history had he not sat down by a stone at Hjerkinn in 1895 and pulled the trigger on his revolver.

Camp Framheim
Our partner Yourway is this year establishing Camp Framheim. The camp will be available for anyone who wants to stay in a tent, either your own or Yourway’s expedition tent. Showers are available in the hotel building and breakfast and dinner in the hotel, as well as all events, are included. A great deal for those of you who really want to experience the Finse winter.

The Hvitserk Winter School with guide Christian Iversen Styve
Do you know tent routines, how to pack a pulk, how to fire up a primus and how to camp in 20 degrees below zero?

A mini–course for those that want to know more about tenting in the winter, or are dreaming of crossing Greenland. The Hvitserk guide Christian Iversen Styve teaches you the best tips for successful camping during the winter.

The course takes place Saturday morning and the course fee is 200 kr pp. Christian has many years of expedition experience from several Greenland crossings, Baffin Island and tall mountains around the world.

Peisestuen session
Experts with experience from the outdoors and expedition are giving us their best tips. Randi Skaug, Ronny Finsås og Sven Christjar Skaiaa share their extensive experience from years of exploration, so come and learn from the best. They will be given 30 minutes each, and we are certain you will be given answers to questions you did not even know you had.

Reservation Notes
As more participants are confirmed the program will be updated on The Explorers Club members receive a 10 % discount. For further inquiries, contact the Norway Chapter at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Click here for reservations & more information.

Double room / Multiple bed room, including all meals and presentations/events, Friday to Sunday:
NOK 3300 (Single room + 300 NOK per night)

Camp Framheim, including access to camp, shower in hotel, meals and presentations/ events, Friday to Sunday :
NOK 1650

Festival Pass, access to events and presentations only:
NOK 600

Date: February 13th - 15th, 2015

Location: Finse 1222 Hotel, Ulvik Herad, Hordaland, Norway

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