En sambandssoldat fra Brigade Nord sikrer laget sitt, under øvelse Rein II. // Norwegian Army signalman with a MINIMI 5.56 mm light machine gun, during exercise Rein II.En sambandssoldat fra Brigade Nord sikrer laget sitt, under øvelse Rein II. // Norwegian Army signalman with a MINIMI 5.56 mm light machine gun, during exercise Rein II.http://forsvaret.no/media/PubImages/rein2_osh-6.jpghttp://forsvaret.no/media/PubImages/Forms/DispForm.aspx?ID=4936Norwegian Army signalman with a MINIMI 5.56 mm light machine gun, during exercise Rein II in 2015. Photo by Ole-Sverre Haugli.

Hot tips to beat the cold

Norway is a winter country, and the Norwegian Armed Forces know how to survive the cold. Get our tips here.

​​​​​​​​The scenery in ­Walt Disney's "Frozen" is based on Norway for a reason. Winter is cold and long in Norway, and some parts of the country can experience temperatures as low as –50 °C (–58 °F). Our experience with extreme arctic winter conditions has made the Norwegian Armed Forces world leading in coping with the cold.

In the Pasvik valley, close to the Norway–Russia border, the cold is no big issue for the personnel at the Armed Forces' border company ​​– even when the temperature hits –40 °C. 

Operation officer Lars Erik Gausen in the company loves the cold. After a long day of working outdoors, he actually heads back into the cold to go dogsledding.

"It is cold, but also nice to be outdoors when it is biting cold. You will be fine as long as you are wearing the proper equipment and follow some simple advice," Gausen explains.



Ten hot tips to beat the coldTen hot tips to beat the cold<ol><li><span style="font-size:1rem;line-height:1.625;">Wear multiple layers of clothing. The norm is three layers, but this can be varied depending on your activity level.</span></li><li><span style="font-size:1rem;line-height:1.625;">Wool i</span><span style="font-size:1rem;line-height:1.625;">s perfect as inner and middle layers. Avoid using cotton as inner and middle layer. Fleece can be used as a middle layer.</span></li><li><span style="font-size:1rem;line-height:1.625;">Wear windproof and waterproof outerwear.</span></li><li><span style="font-size:1rem;line-height:1.625;">Avoid tightly fitted clothes, extra room lets you move more freely, and this creates heat. Large clothes also give room for air, which insulates.</span></li><li><span style="font-size:1rem;line-height:1.625;">Wear clothes that allow for ventilation, and can be tightened. This is very important in bad weather. </span></li><li><span style="font-size:1rem;line-height:1.625;">C</span><span style="font-size:1rem;line-height:1.625;">over your head with a hat. Your body emits a lot of heat form the head and neck.</span></li><li><span style="font-size:1rem;line-height:1.625;">Shoes and boots should be large enough for your toes to move. They should also have enough room for woollen socks and extra soles. </span></li><li><span style="font-size:1rem;line-height:1.625;">Mittens insulate better than gloves.</span></li><li><span style="font-size:1rem;line-height:1.625;">When out in the cold avoid shaving and washing your face. This will remove your face's natural fat layer, which protects against the cold.</span></li><li><span style="font-size:1rem;line-height:1.625;">If you get cold, get moving.</span></li></ol>http://forsvaret.no/en/Lists/FactBoxList/DispForm.aspx?ID=2

You'll start freezing almost immediately if you don't cover your head. The same applies to your feet and hands. "And cover your face with a facemask and goggles", he adds.

Incipient frostbite, or frost nip, can be difficult to detect. This makes buddy checks very important when out hiking in a group. 

"Take some time to check and examine each other for possible frostbite. This is extremely important," says Gausen.

This tip also applies for animals. Gausen himself checks his dogs regularly when he is out. There is one tip, however, tha​t beats them all:

"There is no shame in turning arou​nd and going back if you are cold", he says. 

Published 11 January 2016 13:59. by Monique Watne and Anders Fjellestad, Norwegian Armed Forces Media Centre. Last updated 28 June 2016 10:57.