Arctic Circle. Norway, Finland, Sweden

When to Go

10 - 17 JAN 2023

Fitness Level

Level 4: Highly Active



This is one seriously cool Best Life Adventure – in more ways than one. The magnetic magic of the Northern Lights has long been a drawcard to explore the frozen tundra of the Arctic Circle; hence, our Tri-Nation Arctic Challenge was born.

This Extreme Dreams expedition sees us power our way to the nexus of three snow-covered countries in the depths of winter, with the iconic Aurora Borealis to light our way.

Together, we tackle an endurance journey across the frozen wilderness towing our gear-laden Pukla (sled) between Norway, Sweden and Finland before resting up with the indigenous Sami people to hear stories about survival in the Arctic Circle.

To end our week, we climb aboard dog-sleds for a safari race across mountain ranges, carve through deep powder and race through snow-laden pine forests.

But, that’s only half of it. We’ll also enjoy a number of other mad experiences, which are best suited to the Arctic (think ice lake immersions and fishing in the snow followed by sauna sessions and ski shots to warm the cockles).

This will be a true challenge of the mind and body for us all. To step away from comfort and take on something new is the epitome of adventure, right? Who knows what we’ll find when we get out there.

Physically, this is one of the toughest expeditions you’ll ever take on. So, grab your down jacket, find your winter gloves, chuck on your snowshoes (we provide all of these don’t worry) and embark on the adventure of a lifetime.

See you in Norway! Book now for 2023.

DAY 1 Meet in Tromsø, Norway. Group welcome dinner.
DAY 2 Snowshoe to wilderness hut #1
DAY 3 Explore the frozen tundra
DAY 4 Snowshoe to wilderness hut #2
DAY 5 Snowshoe to Sámi Reindeer Ranch
DAY 6 Remote Sámi Adventure Experience
DAY 7 Dogsled Training
DAY 8 Dog Sled Marathon. Farewell dinner in Tromsø

Approx $6,700AUD per person. Twin-share in Tromsø, group accommodation in the wilderness cabins. (Single Supplement Price AU$750 paid in addition to above price for nights in Tromsø)

  • All meals, snacks and drinks from the evening of the 10th January 2023 until the morning of the 17th January 2023 (inclusive). Due to the nature of the expedition, we eat rehydrated meals during the snowshoeing activity.
  • All activities including snowshoeing, dog sleds, whale safari/kayak tour.
  • Hire of winter clothing; jackets, boots, trousers, hat and mittens, sled, poles, snowshoes and a thermos flask.
  • Transport between activities
  • Expedition photos and video
  • Expedition t-shirt, buff and duffle bag
  • Flights into and out of Norway
  • Travel Insurance & Visa (if required)
  • Personal expenses/souvenirs/shopping
  • Additional meals in restaurants, cafes etc, private entrance to museums and sights
  • Additional rental gear
  • Any cost to repair damages done to your rental equipment apart from basic wear and tear
  • Alcohol
  • Flights: Best Life Adventures does NOT include flights into and out of Norway. You will need to book these, details will be provided after you register. We recommend looking at Skyscanner for an idea of times and prices.
  • Hire of winter clothing including jackets, boots, trousers, hat and mittens, sled, poles, snowshoes and a thermos flask is included. Additional rental gear as required is at your expense.

Dietary Requirements: We can cater for some food allergies or vegetarians if you specify your dietary requirements under the Edit Profile link in the upper right.
Insurance: You MUST have travel insurance. Instructions will be provided after you register.

Expedition Reports

In January 2020, 12 venturers covered more than 100 kilometres on through Norway, Finland, and Sweden by snowshoe, dogsled, and kayak with little more than the Northern Lights to guide their way. Here is some of the footage captured by Tim Laycock, one of the brave souls who undertook this challenge.

Extreme Dreams: Arctic Tri-Nation Challenge – Photo Blog

Snowshoeing deep in the Arctic Circle makes you feel like a polar explorer. The vast swathes of frozen snow and ice, the chromatic colours of a sun that never rises and hauling everything you need on a sled, connects you to the ice-bound landscape like nothing else. Read more about what went down on the frozen tundra between Norway, Finland, and Sweden in January 2020 on this blog.

The beautifully cold landscapes within the Arctic Circle and the thundering silence you can hear as far as you can see were the highlights of this Best Life Adventure for me.
Anna Harrison

Digital entrepreneur and serial Venturer