The Arctic Challenge 2021

The Arctic Challenge

Location: Subarctic

Distance: Marathon (26.2 miles)

Grading: 5

Registration opening: Register your Interest for 2021

Registration fee: £420 deposit  > Find out more

Minimum sponsorship: £750

Discover the subarctic in 2021!

A backcountry skiing adventure like no other! Discover the breathtaking and unspoilt snow covered landscape in the subarctic circle of Swedish Lapland, the centre of the Aurora zone and home to stunning wildlife. In 2020 you could experience the excitement of seeing the Northern Lights, combined with sleeping in cosy mountain huts and the thrill of husky sledging!


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The scenery is everything I had hoped for and more, and the group spirit was fantastic- Barbara

A unique adventure!

This is the Challenge of a lifetime, created by Walk the Walk for our Walkers! Backcountry ski a full marathon over 2 days on trails in Abisko National Park following the Kings Trail. The route, distance and in this time, is quite a challenge... not to mention the variable weather! 

You will be sleeping in mountain huts, helping to chop firewood, collecting water from ice covered rivers... with the opportunity to relax in traditional saunas... and with no electricity, you will enjoy cosy candlelit mountain hut dinners.
The fun continues, as after the Marathon we head to the glamorous ICEHOTEL, the most unique hotel in the world, where you will spend two nights, one sleeping on ICE beds. This amazing building is rebuilt every year from the ice of the Abisko region...

Make 2021 your year to join The Arctic Challenge! 




Is this challenge for me?

Firstly, you do not need to be able to ski to take on this Challenge! Prior to departure, you will need to attain a level 4 certificate by learning to ski on a dry slope: this includes snow ploughing, stopping, walking up slopes and skiing down them - it is very achievable.

A 16-week Training Plan is provided to you, there is a high commitment to Training needed, but we will be you every step of the way and help you reach your goal with lots of tips on how to get the most from your body! Training involves lots of walking and upper body strengthening, for more information take a look here


Breath-taking scenery, wonderful people and so many moments which I’ll look back and smile on for many years to come.- Julie

Part of the 2019 Team?

Congratulations... you did it! You and the Arctic 2020 Team have raised an amazing £25,543 so far! Thank you for uniting with us against breast cancer and helping to make a difference!

If you have any questions about The Arctic Challenge, please get in contact with the Unique Challenges Team.