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Join us in 2017 for an unforgettable wilderness expedition to Sweden and Iceland.
This adventure includes four nights of wild camping, kayaking and bushcraft in these two beautiful Nordic countries, where the water is so clear that you can drink it straight from the source.
We’ll be spending our days exploring for signs of incredible wildlife, kayaking in the icy waters of Iceland and evenings relaxing under the night sky that dominates the stunning scenery. This is a fantastic opportunity to explore nature in a unique way, as you will be learning wilderness living skills from expert survival instructor, Daniel Aylmer, as well as photography skills from adventure film photographer, Awi Rabelista Nijhof.
Wild Camping, Bushcraft and Hiking
During this trip we will be camping under the stars with very basic accommodation, we will equip you with the skills and knowledge to use the equipment you will have. We believe this is the best way to truly appreciate and experience the surrounding environment as well as gaining important wilderness survival skills.
This time of year temperatures are quickly declining, days are short and the risks are significantly increased in both countries, we are not too far from the article circle which means that we may encounter quickly changing adverse weather conditions, this embraces a great opportunity, not only does it take the landscape to a new level of beauty but an opportunity to enter the realm of artic winter survival.
Kayaking in Iceland
Iceland is known for its stunning landscape and one of the best ways to experience the true beauty of this country is by getting in touch with its nature from the close view from a Kayak or Canoe on the icy waters.
We will be joined by Adventure Filmmaker and Nature Photographer, Awi Rabelista who will be offering a unique nature photography lecture and the opportunity to capture star photography (clear skies permitting).
Tyresta National Park and Nature Reserve
Only 20 kilometres from the centre of Stockholm lies one of the most unspoilt areas of natural beauty in central Sweden – Tyresta National Park and Nature Reserve. The area is characterised by a rift valley landscape which is typical for central Sweden but unique in an international perspective.
The park extends over almost 5,000 hectares. It has been protected to preserve its exceptional natural values and to safeguard its importance for recreation. You can find primeval forest here with pine trees that are 400 years old, clear forest lakes and a large number of unusual plants and animals. You can also see broad-leaved deciduous woodland, open arable land and historical buildings of cultural interest.
A typical feature of primeval woodland is the great number of plant and animal species. Up to 8.000 species of animals can be found here which is four times as many as in exploited forests! Many species are also completely dependent on primeval woodland for their habitats, indeed for their very survival!
Iceland Gold Circle
The 300km Gold Circle is a popular tourist route in southern Iceland which covers many beautiful landmarks and also contains most of the travel-related activities in Iceland.
Thingvellir national park, east of Reykjavík, is the largest attraction of the Golden Circle which sits in a rift valley caused by the separation of 2 tectonic plates.
The team here at Bushcraft UK aim to inspire and reconnect people with nature and equip them with the ability to explore deeper into more remote wilderness environments and show them an insight into long term self sustainable living.
Since a young boy, Daniel Aylmer had a passion for adventure, bushcraft and survival and over the years has had the privilege to have worked with some amazing people in some extraordinary environments putting his knowledge and experience to the test on a continuous journey of learning and adventure.
Born on an island in the Philippines; Awi always felt the need to discover and capture the great outdoors.
His career as a director, cinematographer (DoP) and filmmaker started as a hobby, filming nature, adventures and extreme sports. His films are characterised by his mystical and poetic way of storytelling.
Here’s a preview of Awi’s work, Most of my friends have tails.
To view more of Awi’s work visit rabelista.com
From a young age, Chris has always had an interest with outdoor activities sea fishing, canoeing and even teaching scuba diving. This led to his passion for bushcraft/survival and native skills with an emphasis on both frictional firelighting and crafting equipment from natural materials to include wood, bone, antler and stone.
Chris Has been lucky enough to work with a variety of people in the industry and been able to also cover a range of topics such as bow making, willow weaving, and coastal survival.
During the week Chris works as a aerospace engineer, is proud to have served with the 37th Royal Signals and is out practising or teaching most weekends around Dartmoor, the Dorset Coast, West Wales and even Cumbria and often demonstrating his skills at a variety of shows around the country.
Detailed information on travel options for this experience will be provided in response to your enquiry.
We are happy to advise on suitable connections and assist you with any aspect of planning your journey.
Please ensure that you make a booking with us first and wait for confirmation that your spaces are reserved before making any travel arrangements.
We will help with all the travel arrangements and quite possibly will be travelling with you from the UK, flying from London to Sweden.
Destination: Sweden Airport and National Park
Duration of stay: Thursday, Friday, Saturday (2 nights)
Method: By Air, Bus and Train
Arrival flight to Stockholm Arlanda Airport, onward travel by bus and train to National Park
The strict meeting time on Thursday will be on or before 12 noon in Stockholm. You must ensure that you’re arrival flights give you enough time to make the meeting times taking into account of any reasonable delays and cancellations.
Return to Stockholm Arlanda Airport from National Park by bus and train
Destination: Iceland and National Park
Method: By Air, Bus and Train
Duration of Stay: Saturday, Sunday, Monday (2 nights)
Travel from Iceland Airport to National Park via bus and train
Travel from National park to Iceland Airport via bus and train.
Duration of stay: Monday (1/2 day)
Method: By Air
Iceland Airport Departure flight home or onwards.
What’s not included
Alcohol, coffee, meat, and fish purchased at surrounding shops/cafes
Arrival flight to Sweden (Arrive before Thursday 12 noon) and Departure Flights Home from Sweden (Monday)
Required Health Requirements
You should be in general good health, enjoy the outdoors and be able to walk in a forest environment over uneven terrain.
No previous bushcraft experience is required.
This experience is suitable for ages 18+ exceptions can be made for under 18 if accompanied by a responsible adult.
Kit list provided
- 4 season sleeping bag
- 20 litre dry bag
- 1x knife
- 1x fire kit
- First aid and survival kits
- 1x Cooking Billy can
- Knife and fork
- Dry duffle/rucksack carry holdall
- Water sterilisation equipment
- Head torch
- 1x hammock with mosquito net
- 1x tarp/shelter
- Hiking poles
- 4x breakfast ration
- 4x lunch ration
- 4x dinner ration
All food and water will be provided, please see the kit list below.
Over the course of the trip you will consistently learning and putting into practice both basic and advanced survival skills from establishing camp, navigation, emergency survival and much more.
There is no such thing as failure within wilderness living skills, it takes years of practice and it is not expected of you to create fire with sticks and hunt your dinner but we would like to encourage you to try and explore different aspects of Wilderness Living Skills.
A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price 8 weeks before the trip dates.
The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled 6 weeks before the trip dates.
The rest of the payment should be paid at least 6 weeks before arrival
At no point will you be required to survive the trip solo. We always work as a team to achieve the most from this experience.