Challenge level: 4 out of 5
|10 April - 18 April 2019||On Sale|
Think the UK winter is cold? You know nothing, Jon SNOW! Escape to the frozen wonderland of the Northern Alps and sledge through forests, mountain trails and around lakes with a team of beautiful huskies.
Watch out for moose, reindeer, snow grouse and fox, while making life-long friendships with your tightly-knit group of no more than ten challengers. Led by Tore Albrigstein, a professional tour guide with over 35 years’ experience and the only Scandinavian musher to have completed the world's two longest sled races in the same year, you’ll be as comfortable as can be, camping in the cold and listening to the snowy silence.
Meeting at Tromsø airport in Norway after a short flight from London, we’re transferred to our hotel. We then have some free time to ourselves to explore the wonderful city of Tromsø, renowned for its centuries-old wooden houses and its beautiful 1965 Arctic Cathedral that pierces the skyline with its peaked roof and colourful stained-glass windows. This evening, we have dinner together and overnight at our local hotel.
After breakfast at the hotel, we transfer to our base camp at Kvaloya. Here, we we meet the adorable Alaskan huskies in the dog yard, before transferring to a local community cabin on the side of a fjord, a long, narrow inlet, created by a glacier. We then enjoy our challenge briefing, with safety instructions, dog sled theory and training for the trip. After a group dinner, we settle down on sleeping mats and reindeer skins and have a good night’s rest before the big adventure.
After a hearty breakfast, we load the huskies into the dog truck and drive out to the starting point near the Lyngen Alps (Norway). You’re shown your own team of huskies, who will be your companions throughout the challenge. Here, we unload and start our trip. This evening will be our first night in the tents.
Live the dream and discover the scenery of Northern Norway, Sweden and Finland by dog sled. Each day is unique as we travel through wooded valleys, mountain passes and frozen lakes and pass arctic wildlife. Watch out for foxes, owls, snow grouse, eagles, reindeer and moose! With endless, sparkling snow by day and a mind-boggling canvas of stars by night, our eyes are truly bedazzled!
Today marks our final day on the sledges as we arrive at our end goal, Kiruna, in the northernmost part of Lapland, Sweden. In the afternoon, we say farewell to our husky companions, before exploring the famous and ridiculously beautiful ice hotel. (We won’t blame you if you break out in a song of Let It Go!) Here, we enjoy a hot shower before we meet for a last dinner together at a local restaurant.
We depart Kiruna and return back to London, which may feel unusually warm after eight days in the snow!
Pay a non-refundable registration fee and then commit to fundraising a minimum sponsorship amount for your chosen charity.
Minimum sponsorship target
Pay the challenge costs yourself and choose to fundraise or donate as much as you can for your chosen charity.
Pay the balance
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. Once you have signed up for the challenge we give you a realistic training programme, which gradually builds up as the event gets closer.
Please don't be! The majority of people will sign up for the Husky Sled Challenge on their own. Once the event is fully booked we will send you a contact list of everyone registered for the challenge, as often there will be someone in your local area you can meet up to train or fundraise with.
Absolutely not! One of the amazing things about the Husky Sled Challenge is that people of all ages will come together to do something very special. The age range is likely to be from 18 to 75.
We will provide you with Arctic proof boots, winter clothing and camping gear. We will supply you with a comprehensive list of everything you will need to take on the event well before your departure date.
We will overnight in a combination of tourist class hotels, cabins and we will camp on the husky sledding nights.
Yes of course! If you wish to extend your stay you will need to come out of our group flights (and of course we would deduct the cost from your balance).
In addition to paying your registration fee you will need to budget for your airport taxes and the fuel surcharge (currently £150 but subject to change – up or down), personal travel insurance, gratuities, optional tours and personal expenses.
You will need to take out your own personal travel insurance covering health, accident, loss and repatriation. Dream Challenges has a recommended policy, which we will send you details of. You can, however, take out your own insurance, providing it covers you for a husky sled challenge in Norway, Finland and Sweden.