National Literacy Trust’s Arctic team challenge


Arctic team challenge: 30 November - 3 December, Lapland

Our Arctic team challenge is a great opportunity for you and your colleagues to compete against other companies for the National Literacy Trust Arctic Cup.

Set in the Arctic Circle, this team wilderness challenge pits teams against each other in a series of mental and physical challenges. These include a 35km dog sled race, 25km Nordic ski, ice fishing, orienteering, fire lighting and a brain-boggling literature quiz. The winning team will receive the National Literacy Trust Arctic Cup!

With temperatures reaching as low as -30 degrees C and sunlight only lasting a few hours, teams will be pushed to their limits. But with incredible home-cooked food and a possibility of seeing the spectacular Northern Lights, this is a challenge of a lifetime.

 Participants do not need to have any previous experience of the activities and full instruction will be given.

 Registration fee

  • Team of four: £1,900.00
  • Individual: £475.00

Flights and insurance NOT included

Sponsorship target per person: £2,000 + gift aid

To sign up or ask any questions, either give our Fundraising and Events Manager Katharine a call on 020 7820 6254,  or send her an email.

The challenges


Travel to Base Camp Lodge in Kiruna, Lapland.  

Instruction in handling the dogs and sled.

Wilderness Camp and sauna.


Day full of challenges with only a few hours of sunlight.

Trial one

Orienteering: Teams will be given a map and compass and will need to check in to four locations.

Trial two

Dog sledding time trial: Time trials over a 35km circuit with a guide.

Trial three

Firelighting: Fire lighting event using only naturally occurring material - the first team to produce a sustainable fire will win.

Trial four

Literacy Quiz


Trial five

Ice Fishing: Teams use rod and auger to drill into the frozen lake.

Trial six

Nordic ski event: A 25km 5-hour course, setting off from the Wilderness Camp finishing at Base Camp Lodge.


Travel home.