In April every year, we take a group of clients to the Arctic to help develop their leadership and personal skills whilst dog sledding across Norway and Sweden.
We embark on a 5 day, 250km dog-sled experience across the wild and stunning tundra of northern Scandinavia, deep inside the Arctic Circle. We travel from the Arctic Coast in the West, across the high plateau of northernmost Norway to Kiruna in the heart of Sweden. Everybody drives their own team of dogs and sled. This is a very unique and special trip and the memories will linger long after you return from the Arctic Circle.
You will have the chance to experience the astounding beauty of the Arctic whilst driving a sled and team of dogs across the snowy and frozen hills. Feedback from the expedition has consistently described it “as the best thing I have ever done in my life!”
It is also a learning experience and we will be using the trip to teach you new behavioural, leadership and group skills. We give constructive feedback and use diagnostic tools to enhance personal development.
Learning to adapt is an important life skill and is particularly relevant in the Arctic while dealing with the extreme climate, people and dogs. The expedition is all about taking people out of their comfort zones into challenging situations where decisions have real and immediate consequences.
Just a fantastic experience…a trip of a lifetime…learning how different people are from each other but also how similar they can be…made some great friends…identified my own strengths and weaknesses…breathtaking scenery…I loved it all.
Over the years, we have taken a broad mix of people: from different countries as far afield as New Zealand and Brazil; from seasoned entrepreneurs to individuals who wanted to try something new; from teenage siblings to their parents and grandparents, aged from 16 to 65.
We travel across the high mountain plateaus of Norway and Sweden over 5 days. All participants are given their own dogsled and 5 dogs to handle, as well as all the relevant equipment and clothing. We travel between 25km and 70km per day, overnighting in comfortable mountain huts with saunas.
We have found that people learn most effectively when they have the chance to experiment. The Arctic trip is an incredible experience that gives you the chance to practice and develop new skills as well as learn to recognise your positive and negative behaviours. We will give you constructive feedback and use diagnostic tools to enhance your personal development. Learning to adapt is important and this is particularly relevant in the Arctic, while dealing with the extreme climate, people and dogs.
This trip helps you to think and perform in a totally different environment. You will be able to bring that experience and use it in a positive way in your everyday life. It is about taking you out of your comfort zone into challenging situations where decisions have real and immediate consequences. It is an amazing and awe-inspiring experience.
You will return with improved self-esteem, heightened mental strength, with a sense of achievement and a new found confidence.
This type of trip builds personal strength…a better understanding of myself…passing through one of the parts of the forest, where there was a view for hundreds of miles, that was a ‘wow’ moment.
Description of the Trip
We leave the UK and fly to Tromsø, the capital of Arctic Norway. Due to the many polar expeditions that have begun here, the city is often referred to as the “Gateway to the Ice Sea”. The city’s urban mountain panorama is truly spectacular and with its rich café and cultural life, Tromsø has also been nicknamed the Paris of the North. On the first night, you will be briefed on the expedition itinerary, enjoy a welcome dinner, rounding the evening off in the Sky Bar.
The next day we transfer out to the starting point for our 5 day journey. Here you are introduced to your team of dogs. Before departure you will receive instructions on how to handle the dogs and how to pack and drive your sled.
During this unique adventure you will experience the most spectacular scenery that Arctic Lapland has to offer including the Northern Lights. The journey begins on the border between Norway and Sweden. From here, the trail climbs up to a mountain plateau where we stay in a warm comfortable hut that was originally used by the Norwegian Resistance in World War 2. From there, we traverse across the largest area of permafrost in Europe. From the magnificent mountains, we continue to the remote lake district of Råstojaure in the heart of indigenous Sami tribe country.
The rest of the trip is full of adventure and challenges. You will see some of the most amazing scenery in the world and learn from it.
We return to London in the late afternoon having started the day on dogsleds.
It’s really important to go outside your comfort zone, otherwise you will never experience anything in life…the whole trip was enjoyable – the elements, the dogs and sled, everywhere we went, everything we saw, being leader for the day, the places we stayed…do it! You will love it…just make sure you have a balaclava!
If you would like more information, please contact Sandy Loder on +44 (0)20 7042 9290 or firstname.lastname@example.org