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The Arctic Challenge 2018

23 - 28 February 2018 |
Location: Subarctic

Distance: Marathon (26.2 miles)

Grading: 5 ?

Registration opening: Sold Out! Join our waiting list

Registration fee: £400

Minimum sponsorship: £650

A subarctic challenge like no other!

Discover the enchanting beauty and unspoilt wilderness of this snow covered landscape located in the subarctic circle of Swedish Lapland, the centre of the Aurora zone and home to stunning wildlife. You can experience the romance and excitement of going in search of the Northern Lights, combined with cosy mountain huts and husky sledging, all within a stunning backdrop.

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An amazing experience. I would recommend it to anyone. I loved every minute.- Pamela

A unique adventure!

This the Challenge of a lifetime, that has been created by Walk the Walk for our Walkers! The goal will be to backcountry ski a full marathon over 2 days on trails in Abisko National Park following the Kings Trail. This is a route created by the Abisko rangers specifically for this Arctic Challenge and, by any standards, this distance, in this time, is quite a challenge... not to mention the variable weather! 

Experience a remote snow covered wilderness that most can only imagine. The sun, snow, clouds, ice and crisp blue skies creating a kaleidoscope of colour displays, ice patterns and spectacular snow scenes. 

From 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 glamorous creation that is the ICEHOTEL after your Marathon; the most unique hotel in the world and you get to enjoy the absolute fun of it all. 

 

 

 

Is this challenge for me?

You do not have to be able to ski, although if you are currently unable to you must attain a level 4 certificate by learning to ski on a dry slope. This is certainly achievable and you will need the commitment to learn the basics, such as snow ploughs and the technique for walking up slopes... and skiing down them. 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 Arctic Challenge: "I am a non-skier and I completed the Arctic Challenge. Sign up, you will have a fantastic time!!"

I can at last begin to understand the huge adventure that we all took part in. Going to wear my medal with pride!- Nicky

Read what happened last year

Gill and Jim went on the Arctic Challenge; this is an extract from their blog:

"The Arctic was an incredible experience, one that is hard to put into words… life changing! 21 people headed out to backcountry 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 so we went back again in 2017! The Arctic Challenge changed something inside of us forever, something good, something positive."

Read Gill and Jim's blog here

Training for the Arctic Challenge

Find out more about training and getting ready for the Arctic Challenge...