Listen to Norse tunes while you review information about this course.
NOW YOU WANT TO BE A WILD VÍKINGR...
Being a Hersir means being a wild Víkingr with proficiency in several fundamental primitive skills, with an emphasis on extreme survival, resilience, endurance, adaptability, and cohesion.
Hersir camp is conducted over the course of 3 weeks in one of several locations (currently Norway, Sweden, Finland, Russia, Canada and the United States, mostly all Víkingr places).
Hersir camps immerse participants in primitive survival, traditional Norse skills, traditional norse life, team work and cohesion.
In order to pass the course, you must meet specific performance standards (including not quitting), and your graduation must not be opposed by other members of your group or by any Úlfheðinn.
Furthermore, participants are passed or failed as a pair. In other words, if the bro you are assigned to fails this level, you will be failed as well. Takes team work with your bro to a whole new level.
Overall graduation rate is currently at 65%. Becoming a Hersir is for men, and it is tough. Substantial discomfort, pain, and misery is to be expected. To say the least. Not all men can become Víkingar, let alone Berserkir.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Hersir camp is a combination of the amazing race, survivor, and boot camp. You will work as a pair (with another selected bro), and as part of a tribe. Your success and survival will be entirely dependent on that of your bro, and in some cases, the rest of the tribe.
You will be pushed to your limits, on your own, with your bro, and the rest of the tribe. Sometimes with a Berserkr or Úlfheðinn breathing in your neck, sometimes independently. Invariably with some predators around. Often in substantial isolation and far from civilization. You will be required to demonstrate your strength, fitness, endurance, and adaptability in difficult and sometimes extreme conditions, under stress, including caloric and sleep deprivation.
Depending on season and location, you will also be expected to survive in the wilderness for 3 weeks, with very limited clothing and footwear. In summer, at (relatively) lower altitudes, this means often only a pair of shorts, as well as your choice of only one tool/weapon. In the fall, and at higher latitudes, more clothing and equipment may be allowed, but will remain nonetheless minimalistic.
VERY SELECTIVE PROCESS
To attend Hersir camp, you must be 18-year or older, you must have reached the level of Hirðmaðr (aka Víkingr Trainee), and you must apply with a recommendation from a Úlfheðinn. Then, assuming you are fit enough, motivated enough, committed enough, and overall good enough, you'll be given the opportunity to attend camp, at no cost to you (outside of your own expenses to get to the camps site). That's right. It's free.
Free doesn't mean any moron can attend the camp and be turned into a Hersir (or Wild Víkingr). All things considered, and for one reason or another, only about 10% of all Hirðmenn make it to Hersir camp.
At the end of the day, invitation to a Hersir camp is at our discretion. When and where we run Hersir camps is also our decision, with no guarantee of location and/or frequency.
RETURN TO BASICS
Hersir camp is basic and tough. It's about going back to a primal state, returning to the roots of what being a man is all about, becoming wild again, and ultimately, a Wild Víkingr. You'll be practicing ancestral Norse skills, including primitive survival, archery, hunting, shelter building, as well as glíma (hand to hand combat). You'll immerse yourself in Forn Siðr, or Old Customs, embrace what ancestral Norse culture and traditions are all about, and develop cohesion with other bros.
You will be putting to practice the theoretical knowledge you have previously learned during Hirðmaðr training. You will actually be taking it a step further by going primal, with equipment and clothing that can be very limited depending on the season, to survive in the wilderness for a full 3 weeks.
You will practice ancestral Norse skills, which may include building and using a primitive traditional long bow, as well as expertly using axes, blades and other traditional tools to build what you need as well as feed yourself. All under the supervision of Ullr, Norse god of archery.
You will have to catch your own food, skin and field dress an animal with your knife or a more traditional hunter's axe. You will use all parts of a kill, from meat and bones, to pelt and fur.
PRIMITIVE SHELTER BUILDING
You will build emergency, short-term, and long-term shelters suitable for your environment, circumstances, and the seasons.
TRADITIONAL norse skills
You will also practice other ancestral and traditional Norse skills, including the art of glíma (grappling/wrestling/hand to hand combat), so you can settle disputes the Viking way, with hólmgongur!
TRADITIONAL NORSE LIFE
You will go back to the essentials of traditional Norse life, where you live a simple life in harmony with your surroundings, embracing your fundamental male characteristics.
You will go through Hel with other Norse bros, and will develop, as a result, cohesion and relationships that will survive the test of time and modern life.
Oh man, fuck the wall certificate for this one (although we can still give you one if you insist). You'll get instead the HERSAR patch... Officially bestowing the Hersir designation upon you.
Last but not least, you will automatically receive a Certified Specialized Guide (CSG) certification, with Survival Specialization, through PAWGI (Professional Association of Wilderness Guides and Instructors).
And if you did well, you may be selected to be trained as a Berserkr... AKA Crazy Víkingr, Master of all things Víkingr, and independent instructor.
Before you apply for Hersir camp, make sure you have reached the Hirðmaðr (aka Víkingr Trainee) level. Earning the Hirðmaðr designation does not guarantee you'll get Hersir camp, but it is required to even look at the possibility of receiving actual field training.
Once you do earn the Hirðmaðr level, and once you are very fit, motivated, as well as committed, you can apply, and we can start talking... Deeds, no words...