Sweden-Arctic-Adventure
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Arctic-Style Survival Challenge

5 out of 5 based on 8 customer ratings
(8 customer reviews)

£373.75£1,495.00

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DATES

Please state when booking which course you wish to attend at the checkout process.
 

2018.

 

7th-14th January 2018 5 spaces available.

11th-18th March 2018 8 spaces available.

 

TRIP SUMMARY

This is our popular Arctic Survival Challenge. Pre survival training lecture in preparation for the expedition in Sweden.
 Activities include awareness of cold weather injuries, food preparation, first aid and equipment needed for Sweden.

Sweden 8 days/7 nights
Depart Saturday/Sunday
London Heathrow to Stockholm

Internal Flight: Stockholm to Ostersund

Return: Saturday/ Sunday Ostersund- Stockholm-Heathrow

INTRODUCTION


This unique experience is set in the pristine wilderness of Northern Sweden, 150 km south of the Arctic Circle. A once in a lifetime challenge this expedition combines the exciting activities of snowmobiling, cross country skiing and husky sledding along with your ability to adapt to the Arctic environment.
The week is based in and around our remote, traditional log cabin.

Three nights are spent in the cabin while you acclimatize to the cold before venturing onto the survival phase of the expedition where you will build and live in a shelter and snow hole…a magical experience never to be forgotten.

If you’re lucky you may get to see the Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis. You can read more about this phenomenon here https://sweden.se/nature/top-places-in-sweden-to-watch-the-northern-lights/

What Our Customers Say:

“Having joined the Arctic Survival Challenge a few years ago I can only say what a fantastic adventure it was and organised by a highly professional team. Even being a more senior member of the group age wise I found the experience very fulfilling although challenging. The group I shared this experience with were second to none with great team work and support from all. I would certainly recommend this or any part of the programme to anyone with a taste for adventure in a controlled environment. Do what I did and …. Just do it …” Dave G

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Additional Information

Dates

7th-14th January 2018 11th-18th March 2018

Payment-Type

Deposit, Full price

8 reviews for Arctic-Style Survival Challenge

  1. 5 out of 5

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    I joined the Intrepid Expeditions Arctic Challenge a few years back as professional filmmaker. Whilst I was in work mode, I have to say that the scenery, snow and light was utterly incredible. Yes, it is cold but not in the same way it is in the UK. It’s dry and as long as you are wearing the right things, it absolutely fine, invigorating actually. I felt priviledged to film a group of people undertaking this challenge, they were all having so much fun and it was clear to me from day one that this is a very different experience and one that truly does stay with you. S-J

  2. 5 out of 5

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    I did this back in January, without going in to a long winded message all I will say is that it exceeded all my expectations & the guys were awesome…..highly recommended, you will not be disappointed!

  3. 5 out of 5

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    To say this course was amazing would be an understatement, it changed my whole outlook on life, you need to have done it to understand what I mean, if I get the chance I will be coming back to do it all over again. From the scenery to the survival every moment was truly awesome!!!

  4. 5 out of 5

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    Having joined the Arctic Challenge a few years ago I can only say what a fantastic adventure it was and organised by a highly professional team. Even being a more senior member of the group age wise I found the experience very fulfilling although challenging. The group I shared this experience with we’re second to none with great team work and support from all. I would certainly recommend this or any part of the programme to anyone with a taste for adventure in a controlled environment. Do what I did and …. Just do it … Dave G

  5. 5 out of 5

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    We took up this challenge to raise money for our local hospice EllenorLions in Kent, never realising what a fantastic experience it would turn out to be. Yes it was cold as expected but wow what beautiful scenery and getting to meet such a lovely group of people both at the training weekend in Devon and on the trip itself was a real privilege. The activities are fun and I have to say with Nigel and Jonny our instructors on hand we always felt perfectly safe and could focus on enjoying the experience – certainly one I would like to repeat..

  6. 5 out of 5

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    I took part in the Arctic Survival Challenge in January 2013 and can honestly say it is something that will stay with me forever. From the first moment I met everyone on the pre trip training in Devon, I knew I was in safe hands. A great company who helps everyone get the most out of themselves and the experience with expert advice and guidance. Whether you’re doing this for charity or just for a break from the usual beach holiday, you will never regret your decision to go. It will not be the last time I travel with Intrepid Expeditions and look forward to trying my hand at another adventure. RG

  7. 5 out of 5

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    I took part in this challenge a couple of years ago and the memories are still so crystal clear. I remember so much still… trying those traditional-style cross-country skiis, the beautiful clear night skies, the wonderful and continuous smell of wood burning at the campfire, the huskies, the constant crunch of snow, the great team spirit, and all that wonderful scenery. Yes, some of it was hard work but the rewards are so worth it. I would love to spend some time in that cabin again. I’d recommend to anyone. A memory for life!

  8. 5 out of 5

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    I entered the intrepid survival week in Sweden taking part in a charity Arctic Challenge. I was worried at first that I wouldn’t be up to it but Nigel and the team were wonderful. They put my fears to rest by teaching us what we needed to know and really looking out for us, while letting us get on with it, in the survival phase.
    It was the best experience I’ve ever had. It also gave me so much more confidence in myself that I was lacking. Brilliant team. Brilliant confidence builder. Well worth the trip. Thank you Nigel for the trip of a lifetime. X

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DAY 1

Travel from the UK to Sweden’s capital Stockholm where you then catch an internal flight taking you one hour north to Ostersund in the region of Jamtland. Upon arrival at Ostersund we are met by our Swedish colleagues, and travel for one hour by minibus to our cosy log cabin near Raftlaven. The cabin is wonderfully rustic with no electricity; just a wood burner, a basic kitchen, dining table and beds.

Spend the evening settling in ready for tomorrows activities.

DAY 2

After a warm breakfast and allocated with a ‘buddy’ for the week we venture out to explore the surroundings on cross country skis, following tracks through the forest and along by the frozen river. Also there’s a chance to try out snow shoes too.

Later that evening it’s back to the cabin for dinner before going out again to start construction of the snow hole which will be home for one night later in the week.

DAY 3

Husky sledding day. After breakfast we meet up with the husky dog teams. After a short briefing each person takes control of their own dog team for a magical ride through the frozen forrest 
And afterwards a delicious hot lunch and coffee is served up Swedish style over an open fire in our private forrest. Then its back on the skis bound for the cabin working up an appetite for dinner before heading out to add more snow to the snow hole.

DAY 4

Snowmobile safari day…get ready for an exhilarating ride! After an early breakfast we travel in the minibus for one hour to where we start our snowmobile safari. After an important safety brief, in pairs we set off to a nearby frozen lake to practice handling these powerful machines. Once everyone is happy we head off through the forests and up into the mountains. On a clear day from the vantage point (2500ft ASL) on the mountain top there is a magnificent view across the landscape to Norway.

On the way back down we stop for lunch either out in the wilds or at a mountain hotel (depending on the weather). From here its time to swap with your partner for the ride back. The safari lasts approximately six hours.

(An individual snowmobile is available at an additional cost at time of rental).

On return to the Intrepid Expeditions cabin its time to prepare for the survival phase. With bags packed for all that’s required for the following three days and nights we head out on skis in the darkness to the location where we erect a traditional Scandinavian tent complete with log burner.

Later in the evening we cook up our first night’s rations

before settling down to sleep. During the night we take it in turns with our ‘buddy’ to stoke up the log burner to keep us comfortable.

DAY 5

Shelter building. This is a very labour intensive day but also fun and rewarding. Once we have found a suitable place to build the shelter we start by clearing the area of snow. The ‘A’ framed shelter is then constructed with the surrounding trees. Once the framework is in place pine branches are used to thatch the roof. Inside, a shallow trench is dug in the centre for a fire.
Building the shelter takes most of the day. Once it is finished it’s time to light the fire and move in.
For those who wish there will be a chance to try ice fishing. With any luck you may catch your dinner!

It will then be time for dinner round the open fire in the shelter before it’s time for sleep. During the night we take it in turns with our ‘buddy’ to keep watch over the fire as we did the previous night.

DAY 6

Snow hole night. Today we continue to construct and finish the snow hole, tunneling into it with spades and ice axes carefully carving a domed ceiling. Two to three entrances will be made along with a ski pole in the roof for ventilation.
Inside is a cosy, relatively warm 0 degrees Celsius. Again we take it in turns over night with our buddy, this time for ‘candle watch’. Placing candles in the snow hole not only gives light but very importantly indicates sufficient oxygen is present inside.

DAY 7

Hot tub & sauna day. After breakfast in the snow hole we ski back to the cabin. With the survival phase completed it’s now time for some relaxation. 
Our hot tub is lit and several hours later the water is ready to jump into. It takes a few hours to heat up so while that’s happening the time is your own. You can ski, snow shoe or ice fish if you wish.

Then in the afternoon its time to hop into the hot tub and chill out after your challenging week. There is also a traditional sauna heated with a log burner to relax in as well to have a well deserved rest.

In the evening we have a celebratory dinner in the cabin cooked for us by our Swedish colleagues. This a time to reminisce on a fantastic and truly unforgettable week.

DAY 8

Time to go home. Having packed we tidy the cabin to leave it as we found it before taking the minibus back to Ostersund airport to catch the flight to Stockholm and finally our connecting flight back to the UK.

INCLUDED

All flights

Transport within Sweden

Accommodation and food
Sleeping bag, bivi bag, roll mat can be hired for the survival phase for £30.00.
Skis, snow shoes and huskies

Ice fishing equipment

Snowmobiles-one between two unless arranged otherwise.

Full driving licence or motorbike licence required.

NOT INCLUDED


Personal travel insurance 

Personal expenditure

3 days worth of rations for the survival phase.
All other items not mentioned in the programme.

PASSPORT, VISA & VACCINATIONS

All that is required is a current 10 year passport and current European health insurance card. Vaccinations: Tetanus is recommended.

LICENCE
A full driving licence or motorbike licence is required for the snowmobiles.

WEATHER

January-April: Temperatures vary from 
0 degrees C to minus 30 C. Although the temperature is extremely cold the dry atmosphere means the air is crisp and exhilarating, and not like cold days in the UK.

KIT LIST

1 X PAIR OF WARM BOOTS
1 X FOOTWEAR (FOR INSIDE CABIN) CROCS / TRAINERS
ENOUGH PAIRS THERMAL SOCKS TO LAST THE DURATION
2 X COMPLETE SET OF THERMALS
ENOUGH SPARE UNDERWEAR FOR THE DURATION
1 X PAIR TROUSERS
1 X JUMPER FLEECE
1 X WATERPROOF JACKET OR SKI JACKET
1 X WATERPROOF TROUSERS
1 X PAIR GLOVES OR MITTENS
1 X PAIR LEATHER GLOVES FOR CUTTING / HANDLING POTS ETC
1 X HAT
1 X TOILETRIES BAG
1 X TOWEL
1 X SUN AND LIP BLOCK
1 x HEAD TORCH
3 X SETS OF SPARE BATTERIES
1 X WHISTLE
1 X MESS TIN/ COOKING POT
1 X KNIFE FORK SPOON
1 X MUG (PLASTIC)
1 X PERSONAL FIRST AID KIT
1 x THIN SLEEPING BAG FOR INSIDE THE CABIN.
1 X RUCKSACK OR HOLDALL
1 X SMALL DAY SACK
1 X THERMOS FLASK 1ltr
1 X PILLOW CASE FOR INSIDE THE CABIN
1 X CAMERA
1 X SET OF SWIMWEAR FOR THE HOT TUB
1 X DRIVING LICENSE FOR SNOWMOBILES
3 DAYS WORTH OF RATIONS FOR THE SURVIVAL PHASE
1 X SENSE OF HUMOUR