Tusk's Arctic Challenge

Tusk is recruiting intrepid explorers to take on the Arctic Challenge, an inspiring wilderness endurance event held over a long weekend. The challenge incorporates a 40km dog sled time trial, a 20 km Nordic Ski, a Quinze shelter build, woodland fire lighting and a lighthearted Swedish quiz, all set against the backdrop of the arctic winter and hopefully, the dazzling ‘Northern Lights’.

Arctic Challenge

Set in the heart of Arctic Lapland, this is a land of vast wilderness, frozen lakes and rivers, the extraordinary Aurora Borealis, herds of reindeer, the occasional moose, snow dusted tundra and endless Boreal forest. Ice and snow are the norm for many months of the year and the dog and ski are still essential for everyday use during the long winters. Here, just north of Kiruna (67°51’N 20°13’E) and 150Km inside the Arctic Circle is where the Tusk Arctic Challenge is held.

Following the success of an event at the end of 2019, in which two Tusk teams competed, Charlie Perring of Drift Adventure will again lead the Arctic Challenge, with local guides and a camp team supporting him throughout.

With partcipants competing in teams of four,  the challenge is ideal for corporate team building, or indeed for an incredible experience to share with friends. Competitors need have no previous experience of any activity, as instruction in all disciplines is provided in situ by experienced staff. A reasonable level of fitness, determination and a modicum of balance are all that is required. This is a tough weekend with a steep learning curve. However, it is eminently achievable whilst no doubt a true challenge, providing a huge sense of personal achievement alongside the essential fundraising.


  • Day 1, Thursday 20th January 2022 – Fly to Kiruna, briefing and dog sledding
  • Day 2, Friday 21st January – Quinze shelter build, dog sled time trial, fire lighting challenge and Swedish quiz, with potential for witnessing the northern lights
  • Day 3, Saturday 22nd January – Nordic ski race
  • Day 4, Sunday 23rd January – Return to London, UK


Each participant covers their own cost of participation in the Arctic Challenge. Flights and in-country costs are approximately £1,000. On top of which you are asked to fundraise at least £1,500 for Tusk. A non-refundable deposit of £150 is required to secure your place and to cover internal reservations and other expenses at the time of booking. Full payment (the balance) is required a minimum of 8 weeks prior to departure.

Please note, this event was originally scheduled for January 2021, and has been postponed on account of the ongoing Covid restrictions. 

For more information please contact Hannah for an information pack.

“The best challenge you could ever imagine – mind over muscle!”
Tom Mayhew, Tusk Competitor 2019

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