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The Arctic Adventure 2022

Challenge level: 5 out of 5

When can I go?

5 March - 12 March 2022 On Sale
Duration 8 days

What does it cost?

Registration fee (payable today) Info £299
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The Arctic Adventure 2022

Join us in in the real-life Narnia of Northern Finland on a challenge like no other. Together, we navigate and snowshoe as a team through the wilderness, camp in the snow, build our own meal plans and even make an igloo.

We start with a day and a half of sub-zero survival preparation, acclimatisation and challenge training with our Arctic experts in Kuusamo. Then we transfer into the wild.

Left in the pristine middle of nowhere with our Arctic Experts and two doctors, it’s our task to navigate as a team to our finish point. We head our compasses North and trek together through the gorgeous Riisitunturi National Park. Carrying all the gear we need in sledges, we’ll snowshoe by day and make our own meals and set our own camp at night and we may even see the Northern Lights!

We’ll also learn literal life lessons, like making meals sufficient to survive in the cold, a fire without matches and navigating with a map and compass in the snow.

At the end of our expedition, we’re transferred back to Kuusamo for a well-deserved sauna and a chance to build and sleep in our own igloos.

If that’s not enough to get excited about, you can also jump on an optional ice fishing tour on the biggest spring in Europe, Lake Kitka and/or a visit to the stunning Ruka ski centre.

 

COVID-19 - keeping you safe
As we hope you know, the health and safety of our participants is always - and has always been - our highest priority.

Our team of experts here at DC has created a brilliant 14-step initiative, to minimise the risk of coronavirus and maximise your safety. Please click here to see our ground-breaking plan and rest assured that you're safe booking with us.

Sustainable travel 

Both Dream Challenges and our Arctic experts believe nature is the most important thing on this planet.

Our amazing local challenge leaders for the Arctic Adventure do everything they can to ensure the lakes, forests and natural beauty can be enjoyed and preserved now and for generations to come.

Your itinerary

Day 1
London - Kuusamo, Finland

Our Arctic Adventure begins when we meet at the airport in London and catch our flight to the Winter Wonderland of Kuusamo. A coach transfer later, our awesome local ground handlers welcome us to our base camp in Kuusamo’s Narnia-like countryside.

As we admire our magical, snowy surroundings, we tuck into a delicious lunch of local food, followed by a challenge briefing.

Now it’s time to prepare for our challenge. Together with our Arctic Expert Challenge Leader, we’ll work out our route through the wilderness and get familiar with our gear. We’ll take time to ensure we have everything we need to stay safe, warm and dry in the -1 to -38 degrees conditions.

Next, we try out orienteering and skiing for the first time, preparing for much more to come and acclimatising all the while to our new environment. We end our day with a traditional Finnish sauna and a refreshing roll in the snow.

Day 2
Kuusamo – Into the wild | approx. 5-8km

Our prep and orientation continue today, as we work out what we’re going to eat during our challenge. After fuelling up with a hearty homemade breakfast, we’re split into teams to prepare our meal plans. Then we learn how to cook the meals we’ve promised ourselves. This wilderness cooking lesson isn’t like anything you’ve experienced before. Together, we learn how to make an open fire without matches and cook our lunch over the blaze, using expedition cookers.

We have a final gear check after lunch and then it’s time to transfer to our challenge starting point. A bus ride later, we alight in the pristine wilderness of Lapland transfer to our challenge starting point, in the wilderness of Lapland.

Now our challenge begins. We head our compasses North and then, carrying the gear in expedition sledges, we snowshoe as a team to our first night’s camp. We may feel alone, but please don’t worry. Our professional wilderness guides will lead us through this adventure. Keep your eyes peeled, as we may see some reindeer.

After a short trek to our camp we prepare for our first night in the wild. Everyone pitches their tents in the snow and we’ll cook the evening meal together over the campfire.

We finish the day with a fantastic chance to take a short skiing tour in the dark.

Day 3
Expedition in Riisitunturi National Park | approx. 8km

We rise to the stunning view of bright snow and start our day by preparing our own hot breakfast. Then, always leaving the No Trace policy, we pack up camp and continue our journey through the natural winter wonderland.

We may come across other adventurers on the trail, the perfect chance to exchange stories with the locals.

After lunch, we continue towards the remote parts of the National Park and reach our next camp late in the afternoon.

Day 4
Riisitunturi National Park | approx. 8km

Day 4 sees us continuing our exploration of the gorgeous Riisitunturi National Park. After a warming breakfast and packing up camp with no trace left, we venture into the heart of the National Park, known as a paradise for winter hikers.

Hearing nothing but each other and the crunch of snowshoes in snow, we trek through unending amazing panoramas. Along the way, we can look out for the park’s variety of birds, including Siberian jays, yellow wagtails and capercaillies.

As we reach the more remote parts of the National Park, we pitch our tents and explore our surroundings in the utter darkness. Looking and listening out for hawk owls, we return to camp and cook our dinner. If we’re lucky, the Northern lights may dance for us tonight!

Day 5
Riisitunturi National Park – Adventure Camp | approx 3-6km

Rising to a hot breakfast, we clear up with no trace, as has become routine, we snowshoe the last stretch to our challenge finish line! From here, we bid Riisitunturi National Park goodbye and transfer back to the adventure base lodge.

A slow, chilled afternoon awaits and we complete gear maintenance, before enjoying a traditional Finnish dinner, a fantastic way to celebrate our success! Finally, we soothe our tired muscles in the heat of the sauna, setting us up for a great night’s sleep.

Day 6
Igloo building

After a big homemade breakfast, we take on the awesome challenge of building our own igloo! We work as a team to start the base – a huge pile of snow, which we’ll let freeze and harden until the afternoon.

In the afternoon, we tap into our strength to shovel some snow from the igloos and finish their construction.

Tonight, we feel the fruits of our labour, with the opportunity to sleep in our new snowy home! After tucking into a hot dinner, we nestle down in our igloos (or back in the lodge) and sleep like Santa after Christmas.

Day 7
Kuusamo or Optional Ruka Adventure (135€)

We have earned a joyous day of rest to end our challenge. You can either kick back at the lodge and take the opportunity to use its sauna to your heart's and muscles' content.

Alternatively, you can take part in an exciting optional adventure in Ruka. You’ll learn about reindeer husbandry, you will also have a chance to meet and feed the reindeer and talk with the reindeer herders. You’ll also spend some time at the Ruka Ski Centre to enjoy as you wish. You may book activities, such as downhill skiing/snowboarding or an ice swim and sauna.

Tonight, we toast our extraordinary achievement, having conquered an incredible challenge in the extreme cold!

* Extra cost: 135 euros including a visit to a reindeer farm, short guided tour & gondola ride at Ruka Ski Center and transportation. Meals, optional activities and souvenirs at Ruka are not included.

Day 8
Adventure Lodge - Kuusamo – UK

This morning, we have the chance to join our Challenge Guide for a short walk and an optional ice-fishing tour in the biggest spring in Europe, Lake Kitka.

Returning back to the lodge, we bid goodbye to our awesome Arctic Guides and transfer to Kuusamo airport and catch our flight back to London. This is where we part ways for home and a very good rest in the relative warmth of the UK!

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Funding options

Self Funded

Pay your registration fee and your challenge costs yourself.

£1,750

Pay the balance

  • Pay the non-refundable registration fee, which is used to administer the challenge and secure your seats with the airline.
  • Pay the challenge cost of £1,750 yourself 12 weeks before the challenge starts.
  • Choose to fundraise as much as you can for the charity, hospice or animal sanctuary of your choice with no minimum target, or make a personal donation.
  • The challenge costs cover flights (not including airport taxes and the fuel surcharge, approx. £200), your food, accommodation, transfers, guides, equipment and medical support, including two doctors.
  • Please also remember to budget for airport taxes and fuel surcharge (approx. £200) and winter gear rental (approx. 80€)
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Sponsorship

Pay your registration fee and raise the minimum target for your chosen charity.

£3,500

Minimum sponsorship target

  • Pay the non-refundable registration fee, which is used to administer the challenge and secure your seats with the airline.
  • Fundraise the minimum sponsorship target for a charity, hospice or animal sanctuary of your choice at least 12 weeks before your challenge starts.
  • Providing you have raised the funds, the charity you are supporting will pay the challenge costs on your behalf.
  • The challenge costs cover flights (not including airport taxes and the fuel surcharge, approx. £200), your food, accommodation, transfers, guides, equipment and medical support, including two doctors.
  • Please also remember to budget for airport taxes and fuel surcharge (approx. £200) and winter gear rental (approx. 80€)
  • Please note that not all charities are happy to commit to the minimum sponsorship option. If you choose this option, we contact the charity you want to support on your behalf. If they are not happy with the minimum sponsorship option, we’ll let you know as soon as possible.
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FAQs
The Arctic Adventure 2022

As we hope you know, the health and safety of our participants is always - and has always been - our highest priority.

Our team of experts here at Dream Challenges has created a brilliant 14-step initiative, to minimise the risk of coronavirus and maximise your safety. Please click here to see our ground-breaking plan and rest assured that you're safe booking with us.

With even the government unsure how exactly the coronavirus situation will eventuate, we can't make any guarantees; but we can promise you that we will always put your health and security first and will always be just and flexible in any decisions we have to make, regarding postponements and transfers.

 

Absolutely! As part of our amazing 14-step initiative to minimise the risk of coronavirus and maximise your safety on all our challenges we're delighted to have found a fantastic travel insurance policy, which covers you for COVID-19.

You can see the insurance policy here or click here to check out the full 14 actions we're taking to keep you safe.

No, absolutely not!

We don't expect you to have previous snowshoeing or skiing experience . There is likely to be both skiing and snowshoeing during the tour.

It isn't down-hill skiing, but off-road skiing. We'll have some snowshoeing training during our orientation sessions on our first day in Finland. This will give us the chance to get used to the snowshoes before we set off on the adventure.

There's no down-hill skiing in our Arctic Adventure, but you have the opportunity to visit the Ruka Ski Centre on an optional excursion on Day 7.

At the Ski Centre, you can choose to use their skiing equipment hire and facilities, as an optional extra.

Our Arctic expert team will have specialist winter gear ready for us all to hire upon arrival in Kuusamo.

Skis, snowshoes, tents, sleeping bags, sleeping mattresses, sledges, backpacks, cooking gear and utensils, ice fishing gear are all provided and included in your challenge costs.

The gear hire is at an additional cost of 80€, so please make sure to budget for this. The hired gear includes:

  • Thermal underlayer (trousers and shirt)
  • Woolen socks
  • Fleece or heavy sweater
  • Winter jacket
  • Winter trousers
  • Winter boots
  • Small hat + big hat for extra cold weather
  • Gloves + mittens
  • Buff
  • Balaclava to be used in the igloo

We'll supply you with a comprehensive list of everything you will need to take on the challenge well before your departure date.

We'll also send all participants a free Travel Safety Kit ahead of the challenge and it's essential you bring this with you to minimise both your own and your fellow participants' risk of COVID-19.

Your Travel Safety Kit will include hand sanitiser, anti-bac wipes and face masks for each day of the challenge. Please note, you do not have to wear face masks while snowshoeing.

This trip is suitable for anyone with a reasonable level of fitness.

We do not recommend this challenge if you suffer from back pain, epilepsy or heart problems.

By the time the challenge comes around, you'll need to be physically strong in order to set up camp.

Once you have signed up for our adventure, we'll send you a training programme, to help you get fit as the challenge gets closer.

No skiing or snowshoeing experience or training is required as we expect everyone to be at a beginner's level, but we strongly recommend that you do some strength training.

This will make it easier for you to set up camp and will also help improve your balance while moving in snow.

Why not get started now with these awesome indoor training ideas you can even do while social isolating?

Please don't be! The majority of people will sign up for this challenge on their own.

Once you've registered, we'll send you a link to a private Facebook group for everyone taking on the Arctic Adventure 2022.

Please feel free to use this space to swap questions, advice and updates with your fellow challengers on your training and fundraising.

You may also want to reach out to the fellow participants in this group to see if there's anyone in your local area you can meet up to train and fundraise with.

Absolutely not! One of the amazing things about the Arctic Adventure 2022 is that people of all ages will come together to do something very special. 

Everyone over the age of 18 is more than welcome to join us for this extraordinary challenge.

We'll spend the nights of Day 1, 5 and 6 at the adventure lodge in the countryside of Kuusamo.

Once a public primary school, the guesthouse has been newly renovated to provide clean and cosy, standard-level accommodation.

The dorm-style rooms have bunk beds with a maximum occupancy of six people per room with private bathrooms. Bed linen, towels and access to the traditional wood-heated sauna are included.

During our challenge, on nights 2-4, we'll be divided into small teams, who will share tents and sleeping with proper sleeping bags and sleeping mattresses in the tents.

You may also have the option to spend one night in the igloo we build!

All camping equipment is included and designed especially for Arctic conditions, to keep us warm and dry.

Yes of course! If you wish to extend your stay in Finland, simply get in touch and we can find flight options for you.

Please let us know if you decide to do this at least 14 weeks before our departure date by emailing us at events@dream-challenges.com.

Your registration fee of £299 per person is used to administer the challenge and secure your seats with the airline.

Your challenge costs of £1,750 (ie. 50% of the fundraising target if you choose the Sponsorship option) cover:

  • Your flights (not including airport taxes and the fuel surcharge, approx. £200)
  • Meals throughout the challenge
  • Accommodation and all camping equipment*
  • Snowshoes, skis, sledges, backpacks, cooking gear and utensils and ice fishing gear
  • All transfers in Finland
  • A team of awesome, first-aid trained and COVID-19 trained Finnish/English speaking expedition staff and our fab Dream Challenges staff
  • Full support from the Dream Challenges office in the lead up to and during your challenge
  • Medical support, including two doctors, who will accompany us throughout the challenge and call all participants for a COVID-19-symptom check prior to departure
  • Your Arctic Adventure medal and t-shirt
  • Extra protocols taken to protect you from COVID-19 - please see our ground-breaking 14-step action plan here.

Please note, the challenge costs do not include airport taxes and fuel surcharge (approx. £200) and winter gear rental (approx. 80€)

*Accommodation is included on a twin-sharing basis while camping and dorm-style rooms at the lodge. If you would rather pay for a single supplement and have a tent to yourself on our nights spent camping, we can arrange this for you for an additional cost of approx. £100.

In addition to paying your registration fee, you will need to budget for:

  • Your airport taxes and the fuel surcharge (currently £200 but subject to change – up or down)
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Additional specialist winter gear required for the challenge hire (80€ per person, to be booked and paid for in advance - we will let you know when bookings for this are available). The hired gear includes:
    ∙ Thermal underlayer (trousers and shirt)
    ∙ Woollen socks
    ∙ Fleece or heavy sweater
    ∙ Winter jacket
    ∙ Winter trousers
    ∙ Winter boots
    ∙ Small hat + big hat for extra cold weather
    ∙ Gloves + mittens
    ∙ Buff
    ∙ Balaclava to be used in the igloo
  • Gratuities & personal expenses
  • Optional Ruka Adventure tour (Extra cost: 135 euros including a visit to a reindeer farm, short guided tour & gondola ride at Ruka Ski Center and transportation. Meals, optional activities and souvenirs at Ruka are not included.)
  • You may also choose to pay £100 for a single supplement and have a tent to yourself on the nights we spend camping.

You will need to take out your own personal travel insurance covering health, accident, loss and repatriation.

Dream Challenges has a policy, which also covers you for COVID-19 and we will send you details of this once you sign up.

You can, however, take out your own insurance, providing it covers you for a trekking, snowshoeing and skiing challenge in Finland. Currently, UK nationals don't need a visa to visit Scandinavia. We'll let you know if this changes.

The optional Ruka Adventure on Day 7 is not included in your challenge costs and amounts to an additional 135€ per person (not including lunch or optional add-ons, like skiing/snowboarding and the ice pool). If you'd like to take part in the reindeer and ski centre visit, you'll also need to budget for this and book in advance.

When the Ruka Adventure is open for bookings, we'll put a link to the booking page here.

As we're not medically trained, we're afraid we can't offer you advice on this. We recommend you contact your GP or your local travel clinic, who will have the latest travel health advice.

We also recommend you visit the NHS Fit for Travel website here, to keep up to date with current travel health news and advice on staying healthy abroad.

NHS Fit for Travel website: https://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/home

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