Arctic-Style Survival Challenge
7th-14th January 2018 spaces available.
11th-18th March 2018 spaces available.
3rd-10th March 2017 Private booking.
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
London Heathrow to Stockholm
Internal Flight: Stockholm to Ostersund
Return: Saturday/ Sunday Ostersund- Stockholm-Heathrow
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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7th-14th January 2018
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Personal travel insurance
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.
A full driving licence or motorbike licence is required for the snowmobiles.
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.
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