MESSAGE FROM CROSSING LATITUDES
Greetings! Did you know that Crossing Latitudes has hosted 341 NOLS Wilderness Medicine courses and we have taught 5426 participants. That’s pretty cool!
And our European Instructor team is growing as well. We now have 7 NOLS Wilderness Medicine instructors living and teaching in Europe. Elias Sjöberg, Roope Roine, Malin Thomasson, Fred Södergran, Xuan Ming Ng, Eva Söderström and our newest addition – Stephan Grabner from Austria – all trained by NOLS Wilderness Medicine in USA. I – Lena Conlan – live with one foot in the US and one foot in Europe. After the Instructor Training Course in February we hope to add yet another Scandinavian instructor.
You might have heard that the NOLS Scandinavia branch is closing. This is very sad but does not effect the NOLS Wilderness Medicine courses in Scandinavia and Europe. 2022 will be another full year with First Aid and First Responder courses in USA, Slovenia, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Switzerland, Hungary, The Netherlands and hopefully also in Portugal, Italy and Austria!
Minimizing risk of infection has always been part of a NOLS Wilderness Medicine course. In these COVID-19 times we focus even more on hygiene but the risk can not be eliminated 100%. We ask all our participants to help us out. NOLS ask all participants and staff to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. There are a few exemptions. Read more in the updated NOLS document prior to signing up on a course.
In English: NOLS COVID-19 Disclosure, Practices and Expectations for Students.
In Swedish: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1SSuoTmG0RvHjXPlR7gCFgYqbDZpbejncQnXl22MNiuE/edit
Stay healthy, Wash your hands often, Keep your distance, Sneeze and cough in your elbow!
OLD NEWS … but oh so fun!
NOLS Wilderness Medicine courses in Europe are more then learning first aid … We have participants from all over the world making it a unique experience. The connections we make are for life. In 2021 we had participants from Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, USA, Canada, Poland, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, China, Hungary, Czeck Republic, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, UK, Russia, Nepal, Slovenia … and I am sure I miss some …
For all NOLS Wilderness Medicine courses – USA, Europe and all over the world please visit NOLS Wilderness Medicine course schedule.
OUTDOOR ADVENTURES: If you are keen on an adventure in the future … We have lots of friends in the great Outdoor Industry and would love to pass you along. Northern Lights in Tromsø, Norway – Sea Kayaking in Croatia – Skiing in Sarek National Park, Sweden – Dog sledding in the far north of Sweden – Treks in undisturbed forest and simple living in Dalarna, Sweden – Climbing Kilimanjaro – Penguin research in Antarctica … contact us – we have friends all over the wild world!
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Events 2022 …
Because of COVID-19 many Expos are still being cancelled. Crossing Latitudes hope to have a booth at some Outdoor Festivals in 2022 … but we are staying darn busy as it is … email us if you are interested in Wilderness Medicine course dates or if you want to host a course. email@example.com
OUTDOOR ADVENTURES 2022: If you are keen on an adventure in the future … contact Roope Roine – our NOLS Wilderness Medicine staff member who offers trips and expeditions all over the world thru his company MOLN
Crossing Latitudes does not offer scheduled Trips and Expeditions in Sweden any more but please contact us and we will help you connect with other Outdoor companies we trust in Scandinavia.
The Royal Kingdom of Sweden
Sweden is known for Volvo, Saab, Absolute Vodka, Ingmar Bergman and the Ice Hotel in Jukkasjärvi. We are proud of all this, but more so we treasure our incredible forests, our vast archipelagos and our pristine glaciated mountains. Clean air, beautiful historic cities, friendly people and strong traditions are a few things people link with Sweden.
Crossing Latitudes used to offer sea kayaking Inn Trips along the west coast of Sweden in the Bohuslän (Bo-hoos-lan) Archipelago. This coastline contains thousands of islands and skerries with a myriad of pelagic birds, seals and picturesque fishing villages – making it a sea kayaking paradise! Let us help you connect with friends who can take you on a camping expedition where a new island becomes your home each night or an Inn Trip where you stay at a Guesthouse and just do day trips.
In the far north, above the Arctic Circle you can enjoy Mountain Treks with reindeer. In the region known as Lappland, live the traditional reindeer herding people known as the Saami. Together with the Saami and their reindeer (used as pack animals) you can hike and experience the Saami lifestyle in this unspoiled wilderness.
In the winter you can join the Saami during the Reindeer migration. If reindeer isn’t your thing … but you are a skier then join a hut-to-hut trip in the High Country of Sweden. We have lots of friends offering Reindeer treks, Dog sledding adventures or winter Ski expeditions. Please contact us for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org
Crossing Latitudes does not offer any trips and expeditions in Norway any more but …
Norway – Land of Vikings and Trolls
Norway is home to Trolls and Vikings, cross country skiers, great composers and artists. Norway is also the home of such successful explorers as Nansen, Amundsen and Heyerdahl. Their exploratory feats offer inspiration as we paddle the fjords and coastal islands of the Norwegian Sea.
Some of our favorite areas were the Lofoten Islands, the Salten Coast and the Vesterålen Islands. They are all characterized by steep and rugged mountains, deep fjords, great fishing and white sandy beaches. These sparsely populated areas are also home to some of Norway’s largest pelagic bird colonies.
Our Lofoten Multi Adventure Trip was always a favorite. This area is for people of all ages who want to enjoy a variety of cultural and outdoor activities such as bird watching, day hiking, sea kayaking day trips, fishing and visiting local museums and historic sites. We stayed in comfortable guesthouses or rorbus (traditional fishermen cabins) and enjoy the cuisine at local restaurants.
In central Norway lies the Jotunheimen National Park. Jotunheimen, which means the “Home of the Giants”, contains some of the highest peaks in northern Europe. Hoist your pack and go hiking through the most spectacular mountain range in Scandinavia!
Crossing Latitudes doesn’t offer scheduled Trips and Expeditions any more but please contact us and we will be glad to help you connect with other Outdoor companies we trust. If you are interested in a trip in Norway you can also contact MOLN in Finland. Moln is owned and operated by Roope Roine – one of our NOLS Wilderness Medicine staff members.
Sweden, Norway, Greece, Greenland, Kilimanjaro and Beyond …
Crossing Latitudes has offered Sea Kayaking Trips in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Mexico, Honduras, Alaska, Greenland, Greece and Croatia. Our days of leading trips are over but we can connect you with friends in the Outdoor industry who we trust can create a fun and safe trip.
If you are interested in an outdoor adventure please contact MOLN in Finland. Moln is owned and operated by Roope Roine – our NOLS Wilderness Medicine staff member. Roope offers great trips all over the world!
Don’t hesitate to email us and ask about places to go!