Exercise Cold Response 2022 – NATO and partner forces face the freeze in Norway

Exercise Cold Response 2022 – NATO and partner forces face the freeze in Norway

What does it take to defend, fight and survive in an Arctic environment? What do you do if you fall through the ice while wearing 20 kilograms of military gear? Cold Response 2022 is a long-planned exercise bringing together thousands of troops from NATO Allies and partners, testing their ability to work together in cold weather conditions across Norway – on land, in the air and at sea.

The host country

Every year, NATO organises dozens of military exercises. NATO members also organise national exercises that include other Allies. Cold Response 2022 is organised by the Norwegian Armed Forces. Learn more about the exercise on their website.


Over the coming weeks, Allied and partner armed forces will trek across the vast wilderness, conduct live-fire drills, leap into freezing lakes, and much more. It’s all about training vital skills, making sure that our armed forces are prepared to respond to any threat or crisis – and keep our countries and people safe. Cold Response 2022 is bringing together Allies from Europe and North America, demonstrating the enduring transatlantic bond at the heart of NATO.

The basics

  • WHO: Around 30,000 troops from over 25 countries from Europe and North America
  • WHAT: Training together in cold weather exercises – on land, in the air and at sea
  • WHERE: NATO Ally Norway and surrounding seas
  • WHEN: March-April 2022
  • WHY: Helping Allies and partners practise working together so that they are prepared for any situation

Cold Response 2022 is a long-planned and regular exercise, which Norway hosts biannually. This year’s exercise was announced over eight months ago. It is not linked to Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified invasion of Ukraine, which NATO is responding to with preventive, proportionate and non-escalatory measures.

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