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
  • 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

THE NORDENSKIÖLD RACE

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

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

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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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.

TOP 6 TRAIL RUNS

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

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Summer challenges
  • Swim, bike and run

    Laponia Triathlon 67°N is a full-distance triathlon above the Arctic Circle. Participants from around the world gather in Gällivare to swim, bike and run under the midnight sun.

    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, 17 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
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    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