Arctic Trek Itinerary
Day 1: Your Arctic Trek begins! A member of the Breaking Strain Events team will meet your group at the airport to meet, greet and facilitate check-in. From here you fly to Rovaniemi via Helsinki. Travel time until this point will be around 12 hours and transfer from Rovaniemi airport to our 3* hotel is 20 minutes. Flights and transfers are all included.
Day 2: The morning will be spent carrying out a detailed safety brief so you'll learn about overflow, how to manage the pulk on a slope and how to put on your snowshoes as well as in-camp priorities, layering and trail conditions. After lunch, the afternoon is your own to visit Santa Claus, reindeers or huskies. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 3: After breakfast it’s time to get the show on the road! You’ll be led by our experienced trekking team which includes both local guides and UK members of the Breaking Strain team, walking approximately 28 kms. The walk will take most of the day and the route will follow the frozen river before heading west where there are a couple of rolling hills before descending again to a frozen lake. The distance might be long but with good company and even better chat, it certainly won’t seem arduous. Once we have set up camp, dinner will follow round an open fire (songs not compulsory) – the food will be simple but warm and hearty. As night falls, keep you heads up, now is your best chance of seeing those magnificent yet elusive Northern Lights. You’ll sleep in 2 person tents which will be provided. Breakfast, lunch, dinner included.
Day 4: Second day of trekking and after breakfast and packing up camp, we embark on a 22km stretch of glorious white wilderness. The trail takes us further into the wilderness. The terrain gets slightly more hilly as we enter the forests. Take deep breaths and clear out your lungs, remember you are doing something amazing for body and soul! Once again we will set up camp and eat dinner round the fire. If you didn’t catch the Northern Lights last night then tonight could be the night. Bedtime stories compulsory. Breakfast, lunch, dinner included.
Day 5: Legs may be sore but lungs will be clear, eyes will be bright and enthusiasm will be high for day 3 and the final 15km. The day will end at the fabulous Arctic Snow Hotel. Depending on hotel options you’ll have time to look round before you either head into your rooms or jump on a short coach ride back to Rovaniemi for your final night. We'll have a celebratory meal where there's an opportunity to reflect and celebrate a job well done.
Day 6: A leisurely breakfast before being transported to the airport by coach. Boo, it’s home time. The end of an amazing week but the start of many new friendships. Mission accomplished.
*Sample itinerary based on hotel availability.