2nd Feb 2025 - 9th Feb 2025
8 days/Norway /Challenging
Learn all the skills you need to survive the Arctic Circle!
Escape the trappings of modern-day life and be at one with nature as you learn the basics, before spending 24 hours in the wilds of Norway in winter. NO experience necessary as you carry everything you need, learn how to back-country ski, now-shoe and camp out in the spectacular Arctic landscape.
The challenge is set 150km north of the Arctic Circle where we are immersed in the wilderness. The first part of our challenge is about adjusting to life in this extreme environment with expert instruction and supervision about how to travel around, how to light and maintain fires, how to chop wood and how to construct the shelters (including the snow holes) we will eventually stay in during the challenge. We will also have the opportunity to try cross country skiing and snow-shoeing.
The ultimate goal of the week is to spend 24 hours in the wilds of the Arctic!
Do you have what it takes?
You don’t have to fundraise to join an open challenge but you can support a charity of your choice if you wish. See the costs tab for more details.
You will be accompanied throughout the challenge by a survival instructor, who (with his team) will provide full instruction for all the activities undertaken. You will also be accompanied by a Different Travel UK tour manager.
Between the months of January and April, temperatures vary from 0°C during the day to –30°C overnight. You can expect the temperatures during the survival experience to be colder than the Tromso so please do not rely on weather forecast websites for an accurate view of the conditions but an approximate guideline. Based on historical averages you can expect a maximum daytime temperature of -1°C and a minimum night temperature of –26°C.
In early February there are only around 5-6 hours of daylight in the day with the sun rising around 9am and setting between 2-3pm.
Despite the extremely cold temperatures, due to the dry atmosphere, the air is crisp and energising, quite unlike cold days in UK where you can feel very cold in relatively warm temperatures. The weather is variable so you should be prepared for a mixture of overcast days, bright sunshine and some snowfall.
Meals are provided as stated in the itinerary. Please ensure that you notify us of any dietary requirements at the time of booking. As part of the challenge there are chores to complete each day – collecting firewood, cleaning and assisting with food prep.
Dietary requests cannot be catered for without advance arrangement. The majority of special diets, such as vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, etc., can be catered for but please note that we cannot guarantee that food preparation will have taken place in a contamination free environment.
You will stay at a very basic remote log cabin but will spend one night in an outdoor shelter – utilising the skills you have learned through the week.
You must be aged at least 18 to participate unaccompanied. It may be possible for you to participate if you are aged 16 or 17 years old if you are accompanied by a parent or guardian – please contact us for advice. There is no upper age limit. An ideal candidate for the trip would be someone who enjoys being out of their comfort zone and trying something new.
he trip is rated ‘challenging’ for a person who leads an active lifestyle (e.g. someone who enjoys getting outdoors, taking part in sports, hill walking, running etc.). For someone who does not lead an active lifestyle this trip may feel even more of a challenge.
You’ll be exposed to sub-zero temperatures, you will stay in very basic accommodation sleeping in shared mixed-gender dormitories, and participating in physical activities such as digging your snow hole, collecting, carrying, chopping and sawing firewood, carrying large containers of water, cross-country skiing, cooking for your team and keeping the log cabin clean and tidy. There will always be tasks to do and you will be active for the majority of each day with only evenings as downtime.
You must take personal responsibility to ensure you arrive in Norway fit enough to participate fully in all of these activities and be willing to be a proactive, positive, hands-on and supportive team member. In addition to a good level of fitness, you must also be physiologically and psychologically well enough to cope with the extremely cold and basic conditions (temperatures can drop as low as -30°C). Please speak to your doctor for advice specific to your medical circumstances.
It is also very important that you are someone with excellent personal management skills such as knowing when to add and remove clothing layers to cope with the climate, knowing when to eat and drink if you are hungry or thirsty, ensuring your kit is organised so you know where everything you need is, being comfortable about informing your guide staff if you’re having difficulties with an activity or not feeling well, and so on.
This trip is not suitable for people unwilling to be part of a team or seeking a solo experience.
Your suggested kit list can be found here.
UK – Tromso
We will fly to Tromso and then embark on our journey north into the Arctic Circle
The first three days are spent in a remote cabin, learning all the necessary skills you will need for surviving in the Arctic! This includes: Back-country skiing,
Show-shoeing, Survival Skills, Camp Craft and more. No experience is necessary as full instruction is provided!
Everyone will also be expected to assist with basic tasks such as collecting firewood, cleaning and preparing meals.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
24 hours in the Arctic Wilderness!
The ultimate goal of the week is to spend 24 hours out in the wilds of the Arctic in Winter! Carrying everything with you, and using the skills you have learnt over the previous days, it’s a chance to escape all the trappings of modern life and fully immerse yourself in nature. We allow a 3-day window for this to ensure the best chance of success with the weather – the remainder of the time will be spent honing our survival skills at base!
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Tromso – UK
After celebrating our achievements of the week we return to Tromso for our flight home.
N.B. This itinerary may change due to unusual weather, the ability of the group, wildlife movements and so on. We will do our best to keep to the itinerary but we cannot be held responsible for changes that occur outside of our control. In all circumstances your guide and tour leader will have the final say in the interest of the group’s health and safety.
Registration fee: £495
and then either…
Flexi: £2750 trip costs and £2750 sponsorship for a charity of your choice
This option is for those who choose to pay the trip costs (flights, accommodation, food, guides etc.) themselves. There is no sponsorship required although if you wish to raise sponsorship for a charity you are welcome to do so.
This option is for those who wish to raise sponsorship to cover both the costs of the trip (flights, accommodation, food, guides etc.) and a donation to their chosen charity. There is a minimum sponsorship amount for each trip that you are required to raise in order to participate.
This option is for those who choose to pay the trip costs (flights, accommodation, food, guides etc.) themselves while still raising some funds for the charity.
*If your chosen charity is not on this list, please seek permission to fundraise for them by taking part in this challenge before making your booking.
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