Singer Craig Morgan is real-life survivalist

Country singer Craig Morgan is in Europe roughing it for five days for his TV show. Courtesy of Craig Morgan

Country music singer Craig Morgan, who hosts his own show on the Outdoor Channel, has begun a five-day, 200-mile dog sled trek above the Arctic Circle.

That might seem pretty extreme for the 48-year-old Nashville, Tenn., singer, famous for songs "That's What I Love About Sunday" and "Bonfire," but he has an easy answer for why he's doing it:

"I'm just living. That's all there is to it," said Morgan, who is married and has four children. "I know there are others out there with this same particular gene. We're willing to try anything."

And Morgan has definitely done that.

He spent 10 years of active duty in the U.S. Army and nine years in the Army Reserves. He returned to Nashville and became a demo singer for various artists until he got his break. He signed his first record contract in 2000 and has released seven albums.

That wasn't enough to satisfy his thirst of "just living," so, in 2010, he joined the Outdoor Channel as host of "Craig Morgan: All Access Outdoors." He doesn't just hunt and fish. He has kayaked, scuba dived and ridden professional dirt bikes.

"I'm a survivalist. I always loved the idea of being self-sufficient with my hands," Morgan said, "and this trip to Europe will allow me to experience extreme cold. That's something I haven't done."

Morgan and about 20 other people from 10 countries are participating in the sixth annual event called Fjällräven Polar. With the help of Fjällräven experts, Morgan will drive and care for his dogs and survive in the snow in sub-zero temperatures. He has a film team for his Outdoor Channel show and a potential stand-alone show for a network.

"Maybe it's all because I have a Type A personality?" Morgan said. "All I want people to know is that I love life and I'm living it to the fullest."