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.

The Nordenskiöld Race – a story

The world’s longest cross-country ski race, 220 km, take place in Jokkmokk. How did it all begin, and why? Read the full story.

Ice Ultra – a trial of strength for the hardy

During a few days in February extreme athletes challenge their limits by walking 230 kilometres through the Arctic mountain landscape, mainly through World Heritage Laponia. Ice Ultra is, without doubt, a trial of strength for the hardy, and one of the absolute toughest ultra-marathon challenges out there. Read the full story.

Winter challenges
  • 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
  • Entering the dark and cold

    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. In Skellefteå and Swedish Lapland.

    Ted Logart
  • Through Sarek national park

    Picture yourself on a pair of skis, with nothing but mountains and snow as far as the eye can see. But a direction, a goal somewhere behind all those mountains. Hear mountain guide Mirja, describe it with her own words.

    Mirja Andersson
  • Winter swimming – a declaration of love

    Some people do it once in a lifetime. Some every week – on Sundays at lunchtime. Some do it for health reasons; some because they want to show bravery and some just because they want to win. But the only real reason you need is your own, when you step through a hole in the ice, into 0,1°C cold water.

    Ted Logart

Trail runners, here are the top 6 most challenging trail running races taking place in Swedish Lapland this summer

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Speed upon the King's Trail

One of the world’s most successful trail runners, Tina Emelie Forsberg ran the entire King’s Trail in summer 2018. When others take three to four weeks to do a ‘through-hike’, Emelie ran it in less than five days. Read the full story.

Summer challenges
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  • World’s best place for northern lights

    Abisko National Park, in Swedish Lapland, offers some of the best conditions in the world for northern lights watching. The unique climate of the area keep the skies almost clear, and the light pollution is next to nothing. And here, you also find the Aurora Sky Station.

    Håkan Stenlund
  • Next level photography

    The sun literally doesn’t set, you simply get more hours of fun into your day. And if you’re into photography the light during hundred days without night will pose both new challenges and help you evolve.

    Therese Sidevärn
  • 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 shaggy residents...

    Ted Logart