Join this once in a lifetime adventure through the pristine landscape of Swedish Lapland in the Arctic Circle. Get set for an action-packed charity challenge in what is often described as ‘Europe’s Last Wilderness’. It is a mix of survival techniques and learning how to live like the Saami people dog sledding. Traverse an exciting mixture of trails from tundra lowlands to high mountain areas. Discover an area of incredible natural beauty with dense forests and frozen lakes. Spend each night in wilderness base camps and keep your eyes peeled for the famous Northern Lights (subject to weather conditions). This Arctic Wildness charity challenge will be a real test of your endurance, where you are in charge of food, digs and feeding your dogs. The challenge is basic with self-sufficient lodgings, unpredictable weather conditions as well as looking after your team of dogs! Do something totally different while raising funds for your favourite charity. Please Note: Past experience of dog sledding is not required.
- Once in a lifetime challenge in a remote environment
- Outstanding scenery above the Arctic Circle
- Look after a team of dogs
- Back to basics in wilderness base camps
- See the Northern Lights (weather permitting)
- Optional tour to the Ice Hotel
- Build and sleep in an Igloo
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Flights to/ from Sweden, accommodation (camps, huts & lodges), transfers, full medical support, experienced guides and dog sledding team, specialist kit (leather mitts, Arctic all-in-one and Arctic boots), water and all meals except lunch and dinner on day 5.
What's Not Included
Airport tax - £175 approx.(November 2016), travel insurance, lunch and dinner on day 5, optional tours, gratuities & spending money.
How To Take Part
To sign up for this challenge you will need to pay a registration fee and pick from one of the following two payment options:
- Option 1 (Minimum Sponsorship) - You pay a £299 registration fee and agree to raise the £2500 sponsorship.
- Option 2 (Own Place) - You pay a £299 registration fee, plus pay the £1300 tour cost yourself. You will be invoiced for the remaining £1300 tour cost plus airport tax of £175 approx. 10 weeks prior to departure.
* For more information on these options take a look at our booking conditions.
All costs correct at the time of writing, subject to change
Day 1: 25th January 2019
London - Kiruna
Fly from London to Kiruna, the northernmost town in Sweden in the province of Lapland. On arrival we meet our guides and transfer to the homely Musher’s Lodge in nearby Kauppinen. After lunch hear more about the challenge ahead and get kitted out in winter clothing (overall, hat, mittens, winter boots etc). This afternoon there is time to rest and acclimatise as well as visit the world-famous Ice Hotel. There will be much excitement tonight ahead of our first day of dog sledding!
Day 2: 26th January 2019
Kauppinen to Camp Väkkäräjärvi
After breakfast we receive more detailed instructions on how to drive or ‘mush’ a dog sled. We help harness the dogs with each person designated their own team of 4 dogs. Then we’re off….! The route leads from the Musher’s Lodge to the wilderness camp at Lake Väkkäräjärvi. Thick blankets of pristine snow and ice stretch out in every direction. We quickly get a feel for how the sled moves and how our weight on the sled affects its direction. Lunch is served halfway along the trail in a kåta (tipi tent). The food will be simple and cooked over an open fire. The route continues along beautiful narrow forest trails all the way to the wilderness camp. We arrive late afternoon and everyone helps look after the dogs, light fires in the cabins and fetch water. The camp has no electricity or running water but has a picturesque lakeside location and a wood-heated sauna. Once everyone is settled, we build the igloos that you’ll have the opportunity to sleep in tomorrow night. Dinner and overnight at the camp in simple bunk accommodation. The camp is a very good place to see the Northern Lights (subject to weather conditions). Distance: 30 - 35 km / 3 - 5 hours approx.
Day 3: 27th January 2019
Circular Route back to Camp Väkkäräjärvi
This morning everybody helps to get the camp work done (feed dogs, fetch water, prepare breakfast etc). Afterwards the dogs get harnessed and we head back into the Arctic wilderness. There is more spectacular scenery with sweeping views across the icy landscape. The bright whiteness is dazzling, broken up only by dark tree trunks poking out here and there. Later we sled past huge glacial lakes and open swamp areas. Lunch today is once again prepared in a kåta on an island beside Lake Sautosjärvi. After another cold but exciting day with the dogs we return to Camp Väkkäräjärvi to finish the igloos which we sleep in tonight. Distance: 40 - 45 km / 5 - 7 hours approx.
Day 4: 28th January 2019
Camp Väkkäräjärvi - Kauppinen
After breakfast we do the same camp work as previous days before heading back to the Musher’s Lodge in Kauppinen. By now each team should be working efficiently and everyone confident in their sledding abilities. Therefore today’s route is technically and physically the most challenging of the trip. We encounter narrow forest trails with a lots of inclines and downhill stretches which will challenge the skills of each driver. There are beautiful views of snow-covered mountain ranges. Along the way there’s a good chance of seeing reindeer. We pass Sevujärvi - a ghost village with no road access – from where the last people moved away in the 1950s. This afternoon we arrive back at the Musher´s Lodge for a hot shower and relaxing sauna. Tonight we enjoy a celebratory meal and reflect on a fantastic few days in the wilderness. Distance: 45 km / 5 - 7 hrs approx.
Day 5: 29th January 2019
Lappish Village & Flight Home
After a relaxing morning we head to a nearby traditional Lappish village for a guided tour and the option of riding on a reindeer sled. We then say farewell to the dogs and local team before boarding our return flight to London.
Please Note: This is a complex itinerary & may be subject to change