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The Arctic Challenge 2017

24 Feb - 1 March 2017 |
Location: Subarctic

Distance: Marathon (26 miles)

Grading: 5 ?

Registration opening: Sold Out!

Registration fee: £400

Minimum sponsorship: £600

A subarctic challenge like no other!

Embrace this truly unique adventure and embark on the challenge of a lifetime! Discover the enchanting beauty and unspoilt wilderness of this snow covered adventure located in the subarctic circle of Swedish Lapland, the centre of the Aurora zone and home to a stunning wilderness. Experience the romance and excitement of going in search of the Northern Lights and travelling by husky sledges! This a challenge of a lifetime that has been created by Walk the Walk for our Walkers! 

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I did it this year- an amazing experience. I would recommend it to anyone. I loved every minute.- Pamela

The chance to see the Northern Lights!

The charm of enjoying warm hospitality at the Aurora Sky Station, to the mountain huts with no electricity and candlelit dinners, saunas and cosy fires, to the uniqueness of sleeping in the stunning ICEHOTEL and you get to enjoy the absolute fun of it all. The goal will be to backcountry ski a full marathon over 2 days on trails! A route created by the Abisko rangers specifically for this challenge and, by any standards, this distance, in this time, is quite a challenge... not to mention the variable weather!

Is this challenge for me?

You do not have to be able to ski, although if you currently are unable to ski you must attain a level 4 on learning to ski on a dry slope, if you can't yet ski you will need the commitment to learn the basics, such as snow ploughs and the technique for walking up slopes... and coming down them, so lessons at a dry slope will be a must, plus lots of walking and upper body strengthening! Should I enter? Am I fit enough to complete the challenge? Do I need to learn to ski? Vicki took part in the 2016 Arctic Marathon: "I am a non skier and I completed the Arctic Marathon this year. Sign up, you will have a fantastic time!!"

The whole experience was fantastic it's clear that an enormous amount of work goes into planning this- Janet

Read what happened last year

Gill and Jim went on the 2016 Arctic Marathon; this is an extract from their blog: The Arctic Marathon was an incredible experience, one that is hard to put into words… life changing! 21 people headed out to ski a marathon and unite against breast cancer, and that’s exactly what we did. Would we do this challenge again? Yes… in a heartbeat! The Arctic Marathon changed something inside of us forever, something good, something positive. Read Gill and Jim's blog here Arctic Marathon 2016 here.


Find out what happened in 2016

Take a look at our previous challenge