ARCTIC CHALLENGES

Trail running, skiing, biking, climbing – there are lots of ways to challenge yourself and release those endorphins in Swedish Lapland. The Arctic part of Sweden offers excellent conditions for any outdoor workout, whether you look for extreme challenges or just a nice jogging trail outside your hotel.

Winter challenges
  • A ski expedition in Sarek

    Rosemary Rayfuse gave herself a ski expedition in Sarek National Park as a birthday gift for herself – and she would not regret it. This is her story from the Sarek Ski Expedition.

    Rosemary Rayfuse
  • Winter swimming

    February means time for the Scandinavian Winter Swimming Championship in Skellefteå. The championship is also part of the Winter Swimming World Cup as well as an appreciated festival for the entire city – all founded on a declaration of love for the cold and dark.

    Ted Logart
  • The Nordenskiöld Race

    The world’s longest cross-country ski race, 220 km, take place in Jokkmokk and has a history that traces back as far back as 1884. How did it all begin? And why?

    Håkan Stenlund
  • Winter swim with Christof Wandratsch

    When extreme swimmer Christof Wandratsch became the first person to cross lake Boden and broke the world record across the English channel, he found himself looking for new challenges. He found winter swimming and the rest, as they say, is history.

    Håkan Stenlund

ICE ULTRA

Extreme athletes pushes their limits by walking 230 kilometres through the Arctic mountains in one of the absolute toughest ultra-marathon challenges on the planet. Read story

RUNNING WILD

Running is in human nature. Long before urbanisation, jogging and rubber-soled shoes made tarmac commonplace, we kept to the trails.

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Entering the dark and cold

Jorge is an adventurer. He has been almost all over the world, but Swedish Lapland his new to him. When he steps through the sliding doors on Skellefteå Airport he doesn’t have a clue what he’s doing here. Only that he will need his warmest down jacket and a pair of swim trunks.

This is the short documentary “The Pangea Ice Challenge – entering the dark and cold”, telling the story of the subarctic lifestyle, the dark and cold and an unforgettable Winter Swim way up north.

ARCTIC CIRCLE TRAILS

With two races in three days, the Arctic Circle Trails cover a total distance of 50 km and more than 1,000 altitude meters in the mountains of Swedish Lapland – on trails beginning basically at the end of the world.

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Summer challenges
  • Swim, bike, run

    Competitors from all around the world gather under the midnight sun to participate in the world's most northernmost triathlon with ironman distances; Laponia Triathlon 67N°.

    Emma Forsberg
  • Trail running the King’s trail

    The most common way to experience King’s Trail (Kungsleden) is walking or skiing in a comfortable pace. But there are other ways – come along on an up-tempo journey through the scenic mountains of Swedish Lapland when Krissy, Luke and Fredrik takes on the challenge of spending a week running along this famous trail.

    Therese Sidevärn
  • A run through magical mountains

    The helicopter takes us to the starting point, 18 kilometres out in the roadless land. The mountain terrain is magical. I cannot find a better word to describe it. Then there are sweat, pain, and doubts. Followed by laughter, pleasure, and euphoria. When it’s all over, all I can think about is: Why don’t all races take place in the mountains of Swedish Lapland?

    Petter Norén
  • Trail running in Ammarnäs

    Trail running is becoming more and more popular, and it turns out that the mountains around Ammarnäs are ideally suited for the purpose.

    Maria Broberg

CHALLENGE YOURSELF

Here are five extreme challenges you will only find in Swedish Lapland

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  • Fat bike fishing

    The barren and vast mountain landscape in the far north, called Sandåslandet – the land of the sand ridges – is as popular amongst devoted fly fishers as suitable for adventurers on fat bikes. I pack my fat bike with enough equipment to last for a week. And I’m off.

    David Björkén
  • First time dog sledding

    If it’s the first time, you have ever met a pack of enthusiastic huskies, no wonder you would be a bit reserved. However, there’s absolutely nothing to be afraid of. Join the British couple, Sabina and Pete, for their first encounter with some of Skellefteå’s furry residents.

    Ted Logart
  • The woods

    A breath of fresh air never hurts. That has always been our roundabout way of trying to explain what it is that makes nature good for us human beings. But the results of more and more research in recent years have shown just how beneficial spending time in the great outdoors is for human health and wellbeing. Science confirms a piece of time-honoured folk wisdom. It’s time for a walk in the woods.

    Håkan Stenlund