Arctic Awakening: Adventure & Wellness Week

Overview

Duration: 8 days (incl. travel), 6 days on location
Grade: Restorative
Departure date: 3rd – 10th February 2025
Group size: 14-16 max
Fees: Special Introductory Price: €2,990 + flights (not included)
Fees may be paid in instalments
Additional costs: Flights, personal travel insurance, potential for bad weather costs

Highlights

  • Perfect blend of Arctic adventure and restorative wellness practices
  • Breathwork for vitality and mindfulness
  • Daily somatic movement / yoga
  • Daily purposeful adventures
  • Fire & Ice: Sauna and optional Ice hole dip
  • Surreal skies: sunrises, sunsets & northern lights potential
  • Cosy cabins

What`s included

  • Pre-departure training and support in advance of the trip
  • All specialist equipment hire
  • Internal transfers
  • Cosy cabin accommodation
  • Most meals on location (some lunches are not included)
  • Itinerary accommodation
  • Expert tuition & guiding
  • 20% discount on purchases in our online store

Arctic Awakening: Adventure & Wellness Week

Designed and delivered by Adventure.ie in collaboration with Cliffs of Moher Retreat.

Join us for an unforgettable week in the heart of the Arctic, where the rugged beauty of Finland’s winter landscape meets the transformative power of wellness practices. “Arctic Awakening: Adventure and Wellness Week” is a unique collaboration between Ronan and Cindy of Adventure.ie, experts and specialists in Arctic Experiences and Michelle Riordan, renowned wellness expert from the Cliffs of Moher Retreat.

Arctic Awakening Deposit
€300.00

From February 3rd to 10th, you will immerse yourself in the serene beauty of the Arctic as you embark on exhilarating outdoor adventures and rejuvenating wellness activities. You will experience the thrill of back-country skiing and the serenity of snowshoeing through pristine snow-covered trails. These bite-sized adventures are the highlights of our usual Arctic expeditions, distilled into guided day trips of the breath-taking natural surroundings, and the awe-inspiring sunrises and sunsets of the Arctic’s short days. 

Balance your adventurous spirit with restorative practices designed to invigorate your mind, body, and soul. This trip is the life ‘re-set’ button you have been dreaming of!

Our wellness sessions include:

* Breathwork: Learn powerful techniques to enhance your vitality and mindfulness.

* Movement/Yoga: Daily sessions to improve flexibility, strength, and inner peace.

* Fire & Ice Sessions: Enjoy our own private sauna and optional Ice Hole Bathing: Embrace the invigorating benefits of cold exposure with guided ice hole dips.

This experience is designed for those seeking both adventure and inner tranquillity, offering a harmonious blend of physical activity and holistic wellness. Whether you’re a seasoned adventurer or new to these experiences, “Arctic Awakening” promises to leave you refreshed, revitalized, and inspired.

Spaces are limited to ensure an intimate and personalised experience. Reserve your spot today and embark on a journey of self-discovery and adventure in the Arctic wonderland.

No experience is necessary for this gentle, guided self-discovery week. Being reasonably fit and healthy will ensure you can benefit from all offered activities.

Arctic Awakening Deposit
€300.00

All specialist equipment hire is included. Shared accommodation and meal bookings are included.

Outline Itinerary

Day 0: Transfer from Tromso airport to accommodation. Evening welcome.

Day 1: Breakfast. Safety Briefing followed by a presentation on how to stay warm in extreme environments. Morning yoga/movement. Introduction to back-country skiing, the basics. Dinner. Sauna in own cabin if desired.

Day 2: Breakfast Morning yoga/movement. Introduction to snowshoeing, gentle journey. Breathwork. Fire & Ice Session. Dinner.

Day 3: Breakfast. Morning yoga/movement. Adventure: to ski across a frozen lake. Breathwork. Fire & Ice and Dinner at the lakeshore sauna.

Day 4: Breakfast. Morning yoga/movement. Snowshoe/ski to a remote shelter for ‘camp’ dinner, journeying back as the sun sets. Back for sauna in own cabins.

Day 5: Breakfast. Morning yoga/movement. Snowshoeing to the island summit viewpoint. Breathwork. Fire & Ice Session. Dinner.

Day 6: Breakfast. Post breakfast sunrise journey (ski/snowshoe).Gentle somatic movement session. Plenty of downtime for journalling. Farewell dinner.

Day 7: Breakfast and transfer to Tromso airport.

This outline itinerary may be altered to suit the group and weather conditions for your safety and enjoyment.

Arctic Awakening Deposit
€300.00

Arctic Awakening: Adventure & Wellness Week: Who’s it for?

This Arctic Awakening: Adventure and Wellness Week is for you if you want to slow right down and restore your energy levels by hitting the re-set button on your life! Perhaps you’ve got a taste of Arctic serenity from one of our other trips, and want to relish that experience at a slower pace, or perhaps you love your yoga practice and mindful journalling and want a retreat which offers something different.

Expert tuition, advice & support

In addition to the expert tuition and guidance during your retreat, we also include a briefing/training day to alleviate any concerns you may have about the cold. It’s an opportunity to try on our toasty down jackets and mitts for size and evaluate your own clothing for suitability. An Arctic Awakening group will be established on WhatsApp. We provide support and encouragement via this group between the hours of 8am and 8pm daily.

There are no hidden extras – just get yourself to Tromso and we will look after everything else

Arctic Awakening Deposit
€300.00

Arctic Awakening: Adventure & Wellness Week: Accommodation

The accommodation is typical Scandinavian cabin accommodation with shared rooms (2 people per room). Two side-by-side cabins are reserved for this trip. Each sleeps 7/8 in 3 twin rooms and 1 double per cabin. Each cabin has its own kitchen facilities, bathroom and sauna. We are based in a frontier style village called Kilpisjarvi. Whilst the village is remote, the cabins are not and you are within walking distance of the village’s amenities which you might like to explore ‘off-itinerary’ during your down-time.

Equipment

We will provide you with all the specialist equipment as follows:

  • Down Jacket
  • Mitts (you will still need gloves)
  • Backcountry ski equipment
  • Snowshoes
Arctic Awakening Deposit
€300.00

Arctic Awakening: Adventure & Wellness Week: FAQs

What are the booking terms & conditions?

Please find our booking terms and conditions for our overseas trips at https://www.adventure.ie/overseas/
As this is a collaboration, there are some small differences to our usual booking conditions. These differences are outlined here:

Deposit:
A non-refundable deposit of €300 (unless otherwise advised) is payable to confirm your booking. . 

Cancellation by you:
> Up to 121 days before the start date of your experience: With the exception of your deposit, the balance of your fees are fully refundable. Your deposit may be transferred to an appropriate person or the same experience next year. Only one transfer is permitted.

Do I need to be super fit?

Unlike our other experiences, you don’t need to be super fit to enjoy this restorative experience. You may require sign off by your health practitioner if you are over 65, very overweight or particularly unfit. You are free to opt in and out of activities as you wish.

Is experience required?

No experience is necessary, you will be guided and facilitated throughout your Arctic Awakening Adventure and Wellness Week.

What sort of conditions can I expect?

The sun rises late and sets early at these latitudes, with a long, serene twilight during that time. Daytime temperatures are -15 to -5C on average, dropping as low as -25C at night. Sometimes we have blue sky days and you may feel quite warm, other days might be overcast or windy, sometimes with snow. Precipitation is generally quite low.

Will I see the Northern Lights?

Our base in Kilpisjarvi is ideally positioned for the Aurora. Naturally, we cannot guarantee you will see the Northern Lights. We could have cloud cover the week you are with us, they may not be out or we might sleep through them – though usually participants create an Aurora watch rota and wake everyone up if they are dancing! We are currently (2024/2025) experiencing a solar maximum which means there is a lot of solar activity making it a great time to optimise your chances of seeing them.

Will I have any time to myself?

Yes, you will. Downtime has been woven throughout the experience to enable you time to explore the locale, to journal, or to simply ‘be’. Of course you can also opt out of an activity to have more time to yourself. You won’t be able to snowshoe or ski without a guide present.

What’s the story with meals?

We dine together at breakfast and dinner, welcome snacks are provided and lunches are left free so you can opt to eat alone or in smaller groups if you wish. There are some cute lunch options in the village, or you might decide to use the kitchen facilities in your cabin.

What is not included in the price?

Flights are not included. You can arrange these yourself or we can have our travel partner assist you. In the case of extreme weather conditions which prevent travel in/out of Tromso, additional costs may be incurred by participants. It is highly recommended that appropriate travel insurance is sought and acquired as far in advance as possible to avoid unwelcome surprises. Other exclusions are the extra kit as per the kit list, any extra tours etc. Anything not explicitly stated as included.

Can I pay in installments?

Once you’ve secured your place by paying the €300 deposit, you can then pay the balance of your fees in installments as often as you like up to the deadline stated in your contract.

How many participants will there be?

We have space for 14-16 participants in shared cabin accommodation.

Can I book this privately for a group of friends?

If there are no current bookings, yes, otherwise we can offer private bookings in early 2026. All private group bookings are subject to minimum numbers.

Can I book this as a solo traveller?

Absolutely. In fact, many of our clients do book solo. Solo travellers will be roomed with others of the same gender.

Do I need additional insurance?

It is essential, and a condition of participation, that all participants take out additional insurance for the trip. This needs to cover repatriation to your home and rescue fees. Your insurance must all the activities provided during this adventure and wellness week. Let us know if you need details on insurance companies. We also advise that you apply for your EHIC (formally E11).


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