Arctic Challenge

Overview

Time of year:February / March
Duration: 7 Days
On snow: 5 days
Maximum group size: 17 participants
Full costs: €1,890/£1,700 approx
Additional costs: Flights + travel insurance
Free charity places?: One (charity pays for flights)

Highlights

  • 150km north of the Arctic Circle
  • Based in off-grid remote cabin
  • Learn skills to survive in the Arctic
  • Camp in the Arctic in winter
  • Northern Lights

What’s included

  • 2 days training in Wicklow in advance of the trip
  • All in-country transport, accommodation, catering.
  • Specialist equipment hire: skis, down jackets, sleeping bags etc.
  • Expert tuition
  • The cleanest air in the world!

Arctic challenge

Looking for a charity challenge event that will stand out? Our Arctic Challenge is a week-long challenge based in 150km north of the Arctic Circle.

The ultimate goal of this challenge is to spend 24 hours out in the wilds in the Arctic in winter!

arctic challenge

To achieve this we spend the first 3 days of the expedition learning all the necessary skills we will need to spend the 24 hours in the wilderness.

  • Cross-country skiing
  • Snowshoeing
  • Survival Skills
  • Cold Weather
  • Camp Craft

Our base in the Arctic is an old woodcutters cabin, there is no running water, no electricity and it’s very much back to basics in a bunkhouse setting. There are chores to complete each day- fetching water from the ice hole, firewood, cleaning and assisting with food prep. This is an integral part of the challenge and bonds the group.

arctic challenge

Experience is not necessary for this challenge as we build up the skills day-on-day to ensure everyone is ready for the 24 hours out in the wilderness. Fitness is important and we cover the importance of this in our training sessions.

We provide all specialist equipment required: -26 degree sleeping bags, sleeping mats, jackets, mitts, skis, ski boots, poles and more. Participants will be raising a lot of money for this challenge, we don’t want them having to purchase the equipment you may not use again or will get very little use from in the future.

We include training modules in advance of this in Britain or Ireland, participants will have the opportunity to meet the guides and have all their questions answered.

arctic challenge faq

How many days is the expedition?

7 Days for the Expedition. The first day will be spent travelling to Northern Finland, 150km north of the Arctic Circle. We then have 5 days on the snow in Finland. The last day is spent travelling back to home.

Do participant need experience?

No! Fitness is important as this is a physically demanding challenge. We cover what is required of participants in our training session. Full tuition is provided in all skills.

What kit do participants need?

Included in your expedition fees is the hire of specialist cold weather clothing and sleeping bags. Participants need to bring thermal clothing, warm fleeces, hat and gloves, boots etc. More details will be provided on our training sessions, however, we are endeavouring to cover as much costs as possible in the expedition fees so participants won’t have to invest in specialist equipment. We provide a 15% for all participants in our store.

How many participants will there be?

We have space for 17 participants.

Who many charity places are included?

One charity place is included in addition to the 17 participants. Your charity covers the flight costs

What are the costs?

The Arctic Challenge expedition fees are €1,890/£1,700. This includes:
> All in-country transport
> Accommodation
> Catering
> All equipment hire
> PL insurance
> Expert tuition and highly skilled guides

What is not included in the price?

> Flights: these cost in the region of €250/£225 ex UK or €450/£400 ex Ireland. You can use your own travel company or we can provide you with ours who will look after all bookings for you.
> Personal travel insurance- each participant will require winter travel insurance to include guided cross country skiing
> Flights for charity rep
> Any additional in-country expenses, emergency accommodation, fees associated with cancellations etc.

What type of training is provided in advance

We like to meet with participants at least once in advance of departure to fully brief them on the challenge. This includes a gear talk and a trek. We will also provide additional training days and Zoom briefings for participants for their Arctic Challenge.

Who are the guides?

Lead Guide is Ronan Mullen who has worked in the outdoors professionally for over 20 years. Ronan is an extreme weather expert and has explored many areas in Scandinavia, Morocco, the Alps and beyond. Renowned Outdoor Chef and Guide Kieran Creevy will also be joining us. Both Ronan and Kieran and International Mountain Leaders, highly qualified to lead groups all over the world.

What is the accommodation like?

The expedition will be based in an old woodcutters lodge. It’s off-grid, no electricity, no running water. The accommodation can be best described as hostel-style, there is one large communal bunk room, heating is by log fire and lighting by solar power (when available!). Toilets are in another building outside. There are no showers but there is a traditional style sauna which also provides hot water for washing.

How full on is this trip?

This expedition is no walk in the park, participants will need to be fit but you have time to build your fitness and we will provide you with a personalised fitness program to get you ready.

This expedition is provided by our expedition company: Sustainable Adventure Experiences WHR UG.

‘Brilliant trip, great fun and got me to the point where i can now push on to longer trips and ski independently with confidence. Couldn’t have asked for more!’