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The Arctic Challenge 2025


What is the Arctic Challenge?

Join us on an adventure to the heart of Arctic Lapland, a land of vast wilderness and home to the extraordinary Aurora Borealis, herds of reindeer and endless forest.

The Arctic Challenge is an inspiring wilderness endurance challenge held over a long weekend, incorporating a dog sled race, Nordic ski, ice fishing, orienteering and woodland fire lighting.

The Arctic Challenge is open for up to three teams of four persons, each event being scored to encourage healthy competition! The Challenge concludes with a visit to the Ice Hotel at Jukkasjårvi, a well-earned finish to your efforts spent in this unique and unspoiled landscape, followed by a dinner and prize giving to the winning team.

Download more information to help you find out what to expect.

Arctic Challenge event details

Date: 17 - 20 January 2025

Location: North of Kiruna, Sweden

Registration fee: £300 (not including flights)

Fundraising target: £2,000 per person

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What will I receive if I sign up?

You will receive dedicated fundraising support from our friendly Events team in the lead up to the challenge, ensuring that you have the resources you need to reach your fundraising target. We'll also arrange meet ups for everyone who's going on the challenge, either in person or online, to bolster your team spirit and ensure that all of your questions are answered before you travel to the Arctic.

During the Challenge you will receive expert support and guidance from trained guides, so participants don't need to have had any previous experience of any similar activity before taking part.

Why does my fundraising matter?

The money you'll raise if you choose to take on this challenge will help to transform the life stories of children living in disadvantaged communities in the UK.

On average, children from the poorest backgrounds start school with literacy skills which are 19 months behind their more privileged peers.

Children without these skills are held back at every stage of their lives. They are:

  • Five times more likely to fail to meet the expected standards in English at age 11
  • Four times more likely to struggle to read as adults
  • Twice as likely to be unemployed aged 34
  • Three times more likely to have mental health problems as adults

Please contact us if you have any questions about this exciting fundraising challenge.

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But what is the Arctic Challenge really like?

Don't leave it to us to tell you how amazing the Arctic Challenge is... read first-hand experiences from intrepid explorers Leah and Tessa who both took part in their very own Arctic Challenges over the last few years.

My personal highlights were experiencing the incredibly freezing cold temperatures (while bundled up well), being in the pitch dark from around 2pm – and most of all getting to dog sled and cuddle with the most amazing huskies (and new-born puppies)!

Read Leah's Arctic Experience

Everyone thinks they’ve got a good sense of direction and then suddenly you are in the middle of nowhere and every snow-covered tree looks the same and you’ve got to keep calm and try to work out where to go.

Find out how Tessa found the challenge Take a look at one typical day on the Arctic Challenge as a teaser!

Photos from previous Arctic Challenges

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