Arctic Survival Challenge – 13 – 20 March 2022

Discover how to survive in the extreme temperatures of the Arctic on one of our toughest challenges yet

Set 150km south of the Arctic Circle, the first part of the challenge is about adjusting to life in the cold, learning crucial survival skills and discovering how to build shelters. The second half sees you leaving the comfort of the log cabin, venturing out into the wilderness as you work as a team to build a different shelter for three nights: a Scandinavian tent, a natural shelter and a snow hole called a quinzee.

Your hard work will be rewarded with the unforgettable experience of cross-country skiing, husky sledding and snowmobiling.

Why take part?

As well being an amazing personal achievement, the money you raise through taking on this once-in-a-lifetime challenge will make a huge difference to the local patients and their families who we care for every day. Each battling their own daily challenges, we help them to come to terms with living with a life limiting illness through practical, medical and emotional support.

Watch a recorded version of our Arctic Survival Challenge here…

Survival Skills Weekend

Before departure you may have the opportunity to take part in a survival skills training weekend or seminar in Exeter. This is usually in November and we encourage you to take part in this training opportunity to learn vital skills and meet some of your fellow Arctic Survivalists. You can let us know if you’d like to do this when you book.

Download this booklet for the full itinerary and more details.

Cost breakdown

Registration fee
(to pay at time of booking)
Fundraising minimum
£395 £3680


£2,944 (80%) of this total must be raised by Friday 17 December 2021 and the final £736 (20%) must be raised by 1 March 2022.

Arctic Survival Challenge

  • What's included
    • Return international flights to Östersund (inc. taxes)
    • All transfers and transport in Sweden
    • Accommodation in basic log cabin, Scandinavian tent, shelter and snow hole
    • Sleeping equipment during survival challenge (sleeping bag, bivi bag and roll mat)
    • All meals and drinking water
    • All activities
    • Equipment for cross country skiing, snow shoeing, husky sledding, snowmobiling
    • Survival instructors and UK Different Travel tour manager
  • What's not included
    • Personal expenses
    • Transport to UK airport
    • Travel insurance
    • European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)
    • Tips (approx. 250-300 Krona per participant)
    • Personal equipment
  • COVID-19 Statement from Different Travel

    Your health and safety is our top priority so rest assured that we are taking steps to ensure you not only have a memorable experience, but a safe one too.

    We constantly monitor and follow the advice of the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) who provide recommendations and advice to British travellers about travel to a certain destination.

    Health and safety is our top priority so we will NEVER operate a trip in an area where there is clear and present risk to our team members, whether that is due to a health outbreak, political instability, natural disasters or anything else.

    We are optimistic that this trip will operate as scheduled, however if travel restrictions either in the UK or Sweden prevent safe travel we will look to either postpone or cancel your trip.

    Please note that at the time of travel there may be enhanced safety and security measures in airports, bag drop may take longer, and you may need to provide a certificate of health. We are closely monitoring the situation and will inform you about any information pertinent to your travel arrangements.

    If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us on

    This trip is operated by The Different Travel Company (ATOL 6706) in aid of Willen Hospice (Registered Charity No. 270194). All the flights in this brochure are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. When you pay you will be supplied with an ATOL Certificate. Please ask for it and check to ensure that everything you booked (flights, hotels and other services) is listed on it. Please see our booking conditions for further information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to:


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We can only provide the care we do thanks to the incredible generosity of our community, through their continued volunteering, fundraising and donations throughout the year. Your donation will enable us to continue providing care and support to those facing a life-limiting diagnosis, and to support their loved ones.