740 troops from numerous European nations including Sweden, Poland, and the UK are currently training inside the Arctic Circle. This year the U.S. and France only sent observers and is not actively participating in the training. Exercise Northern Griffin 2020 is run by the Finnish Defense Forces’ Utti Jaeger Regiment with the intent to create stronger partnerships under extreme weather conditions. The training takes place at the same time as NATO exercise Cold Response and will run until March 22nd. Finland also withdrew their troops from Cold Response due to concerns over the coronavirus.