Candles and music for Harry at Norway camp

Prince Harry got a Valentine's Day surprise from two soldiers training at a winter camp in Norway.
Prince Harry got a Valentine's Day surprise from two soldiers training at a winter camp in Norway.

The Duke of Sussex may have been many miles from the UK but two British servicemen on winter weather training in the Arctic Circle ensured the duchess was never far from Harry's mind on Valentine's Day.

A tiny makeshift igloo dug into the fresh Norwegian snow was just large enough to fit framed images from Harry and Meghan's wedding, while candles and soft music also welcomed the duke as he edged his way inside the Quincey Shelter to meet Lance Corporal Lee Lovack and air engineering technician Kevin Burns.

The royal, spending his first Valentine's Day as a married man with hundreds of British military personnel at the Bardufoss training base, laughed as he spotted the mementos.

"You weirdos," he joked on Thursday.

"It's very kind of you to invite me into your private shrine or whatever you want to call it.

"And the music, is that part of it? Romantic, isn't it."

Harry spent three hours in the icy wilds of northern Norway meeting hundreds of servicemen undergoing the gruelling Exercise Clockwork.

The duke arrived by private plane with temperatures just below freezing - much milder than the minus 35C many can expect to experience at the Bardufoss air station, about 322km within the Arctic Circle.

Harry's visit marked the 50th anniversary of Commando Helicopter Force and Joint Helicopter Command deploying to Bardufoss, where military personnel are taught how to survive, operate and fight in the sub-zero conditions and gain experience of operating aircraft in severe cold weather and mountainous environments.

The duke, in his role as Captain General Royal Marines, also viewed an Apache AH1 helicopter similar to the one he used to pilot, an experience he said he missed.

Major Huw Raikes, of the Army Air Corp, 34, from London, said: "He misses flying the aircraft. He was reminiscing about his experiences, asking what life was like back in Suffolk (where the duke was once based) and reminiscing about a few people we know.

"I was suggesting he would be able to start it (the helicopter) up, it all comes back very quickly.

"He misses the aircraft, he misses the exercises he had while flying it.

"It was a fun period for him - he had a focus, a job and a role. He misses that brotherhood."

Harry cut a birthday cake marking the 50th anniversary with a sword, and thanked those present for their work.

The royal is expected to arrive back at Kensington Palace in time to spend Valentine's Day evening with his wife.

Australian Associated Press