Expedition

Our products are tested under
extreme conditions in the expeditions
of our team members.

We love it!

   
Rune Gjeldnes

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Expedition

Bergans

We were equipping polar explorers like Roald Amundsen, Robert F. Scott, Ernest Shackleton, and Wilhelm Filchner with Bergans backpacks as early as in 1911.

In modern times, Team Bergans members like Cecilie Skog and Rune Gjeldnes have given us additional help in our product development by putting our clothes, tents, and backpacks to use on their expeditions and then sharing their experiences with us. Our products are developed for extreme conditions that place tough demands on outdoor equipment and the people using it.

Penguins in Antarctica

An amusing clip of penguins from Roald Amundsen’s trip to the South Pole (1910-1912). Published on DVD by the Norwegian Film Institute in cooperation with the National Library of Norway.

Flight to the North Pole, 1925

Clip from the beginning of the film of Roald Amundsen and Lincoln Ellsworth’s flight expedition. Unique historical documentary from the dramatic expedition to the North Pole in 1925.


Nansen-Amundsen year

If you aren’t familiar with Norway’s dramatic polar history, from Amundsen’s countless expeditions until modern times, you can get acquainted with it on the official page of Nansen-Amundsen Year, celebrated in 2011.


Expedition clothing is functional, durable, and created for survival

Whether you choose windproof and water-repellent microfiber or waterproof, waterproof, and breathable Dermizax™, the garments provide plenty of room for an insulating layer underneath.
The jackets reach all the way down to the thighs, which is extremely pleasant on cold ski treks.

Ventilation zips provide good opportunities for airing of jackets and pants. Several large, useful pockets. The jackets have two large breast pockets with zippers, carefully positioned above the sleigh belt or hip strap on the pack. All zippers have extremely long zip pulls that ensure easy operation – even if you are wearing large mittens.

The hoods can be adjusted in order to provide you with good lateral visibility or give you protection against side winds.

If you are setting off on an expedition to extremely cold areas, you need extra warm down products. These have extra down fill, are made in durable materials, and are extremely warm.


Arctic Expedition Jacket

Arctic Expedition Jacket

Ski across Greenland, head to the poles, or travel in the harshest conditions imaginable. The Arctic Expedition Jacket helps get you through earth’s most extreme environments, so you can go back for more. ...

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Arctic Expedition Salopette

Arctic Expedition Salopette

Step or stride through the most demanding cold-weather environments on earth. The Arctic Expedition Salopette helps keep your legs moving when Mother Nature does everything to stop you. Developed and tested ...

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Expedition Down Parka

Expedition Down Parka

From advanced base camps to icefield crossings, the Expedition Down Parka keeps you warm in the coldest of temperatures with 30 percent more filling than our other down jackets. Designed and tested for use i...

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Antarctic Expedition Jacket

Antarctic Expedition Jacket

Choose any distant, frozen, uninhabited location and the Antarctic Expedition Jacket feels right at home. Designed and tested for modern day arctic expeditions, it shields you from the elements so you can ke...

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Antarctic Expedition Salopette

Antarctic Expedition Salopette

Add to your resume of wild, cold and remote expeditions. The Antarctic Expedition Salopette will take you further than you have ever travelled before. Designed and tested for modern day arctic expeditions, t...

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Expedition Down Pants

Expedition Down Pants

Through blizzards, winter bivouacs and the highest altitude peaks, the Expedition Down Pants provide crucial warmth when a down jacket alone is not enough. Designed and tested for the coldest expeditions and...

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CECILIE SKOG

Take inspiration from Cecilie Skog

What in the world makes a small woman weighing only 55 kg (121 lbs) and only 160 cm (5 foot 3 in) tall pull a sleigh three times her own weight? What makes her toil through the most extreme and dangerous challenges nature has to offer without resupplies and without being able to get immediate assistance if an accident occurs?

“I just love it,” Cecilie replies quickly. “It makes me feel 100 per cent present in my life. Because, after all, this is my life,” she says. Cecilie puts down the coffee cup she has been using to warm up her hands and speaks with enthusiasm. She stretches her legs and continues her story. “I like being on a tour and not knowing what’s going to happen. The tension – maybe I’ll have to turn back; maybe I’ll get injured or sick. I also like preparing the tours and dreaming of how it’s going to be. Snow drifting around my legs when I’m skiing, climbing, pulling a sleigh, paddling, sailing… it doesn’t matter what it is as long as nature demands 100 per cent of me. This is when I feel best,” Cecilie says. Cecilie’s spirit, indestructible willpower, and fantastically positive personality have gradually made her an important cooperation partner for Bergans, but even more importantly, a good friend.

Important color choices – red and black

Small details become very important on expeditions to exposed and inaccessible areas.

Nothing is left to chance in the development of our expedition clothing. Even color selection has a function. To ensure maximum visibility, we have selected red as a primary color and have added black panels.

Everyone who plans any activities in Antarctica and the Arctic must give notice thereof to the Norwegian Polar Institute as early as possible, and no later than one year prior to the activity.


New Land 2013 Expedition

New Land 2013 – Ellesmere Island Expedition. 65 Days through Arctic Canada’s Wild Kingdom. Coming to norwegian TV2 this holiday season.

In 1898 Otto Sverdrup set off on an epic journey to an uncharted region of the Arctic. Seventeen men and 100 dogs would spend four years mapping new land. This was the unheralded 2nd Fram Expedition. They built a cairn at their northernmost point, near Lands Lokk on Ellesmere Island. One hundred and eleven years later Tobias Thorleifsson (Norway) and John Huston (USA) led an expedition to find the lost cairn. The team included Hugh Dale-Harris (Canada) and Kyle O’Donoghue (South Africa) and four Canadian Inuit sled dogs.

It’s good to know that places like Ellesmere Island still exist on earth. Ellesmere Island is a massive island the size of Great Britain. It has an ecosystem that is largely unaffected by human presence. Animals are abundant and unaccustomed to seeing people. The region is one of the most remote and beautiful places in the Arctic. Very few people get a chance to travel there.

The team’s goals were to celebrate Otto Sverdrup accomplishments and to capture the grandeur of Ellesmere Island on film, and to have a good time on the ice.They skijored 1000 km through the late winter and early spring. Encounters with herds of musk ox, roaming Arctic wolves, and giant Arctic hares were an almost daily occurrence. The four sled dogs (Elle, Axel, Larry, and Napu) embraced the challenge fully and added countless moments of laughter.

Bergans of Norway was one of the main sponsors of the expedition. The team lived in a Wiglo 4LT, slept in Senje Ice sleeping bags, skied in Antarctic Expedition Outerwear, and wore Helium backpacks all day every day.

Tune into TV2 this holiday season to catch the two one-hour episodes of New Land, A Journey Through Otto Sverdup’s Kingdom.

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