Cold weather training

With its freezing temperatures, unpredictable snowstorms and 24-hour darkness, the Arctic Circle is one of the most challenging environments on Earth. What better place for us to hone our cold weather warfare skills?


What are we doing?

Every year, members of the Royal Marines and Royal Navy leave the relative comfort of the UK for Arctic Norway to train in the art of cold weather warfare.

Working in partnership with personnel from other militaries, they rehearse cold weather fighting techniques in a range of training scenarios, from high-intensity warfare to terror threats and mass demonstrations.

Enduring temperatures as low as -30°C, the participants are instructed in cold weather survival techniques, avalanche safety procedures, and even ‘ski warfare’.