Northern Lights: Arctic Challenge Day Seven

We've seen northern lights for four nights in a row. On the second night it was quite spectacular.

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Lunch on Top of the World: Arctic Challenge Day Eight

Lunch on top of the world

Wednesday was a really long day. We went to the top of the world on a mountain range. We got to the a plateau and had a 360 degree view of mountains glowing in the sunshine. We had lunch there.

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Two Horse Race? Arctic Challenge Day Six

On the upside, I had a new turbo powered team of huskies for the morning. On the downside, my team got changed in the afternoon for one that wasn't quite so turbo charged. They didn't like hills. After a while they decided that they didn't like flat either. By the end of the afternoon, I felt like I had been carrying the poor dears, and the sled, most of the way.

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Arctic Wisdom: Arctic Challenge Day Five

Fishing has always been important for the Sámi, both as a source of food and income.  For those who herd reindeer, fishing has saved them in years when the grazing is poor.  During the summer months, when many of the reindeer herders are living in isolated homes in the mountains, fish becomes the main source of food. In the autumn, it is common to catch fish and freeze them for the winter.

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Dog Sled to Jamara Sami Camp: Arctic Challenge Day Four

The morning begins with what will become a familiar routine; feed and water the dogs, have breakfast, tidy the cabin and pack the sleds…then off on to the next trail.  From here on vehicles are not able to follow us, it will be snowmobile support from now on.

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Igloo Building: Arctic Challenge Day Three

Today we get to learn an essential skill for the Arctic, how to build an igloo!

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Mad Nick the Boss Eyed Dog: Arctic Challenge Day Two

We trekked about 60 kilometres today. Mad Nick the boss-eyed dog was supposed to be in the lead but because he was having a bad day he couldn't be. As a result he had to go at the back and the rest of the dogs went on strike in solidarity. Their go slow was bit inconvenient.

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Welcome to Finland: Arctic Challenge Day One

We were met at the airport by the Finnish Ambassador. She came armed with a letter of support form Margaret Beckett, who congratulated us on undertaking the trip and drawing attention to the dangers of climate change.

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The Day Before: Arctic Challenge

Woke up to find the world had turned white. There was a thick layer of snow everywhere. Does this mean I don't have to go? I am sure I have a sore throat anyway.

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Last Minute Sleeping Bag: Arctic Challenge

I rushed into Blacks on Upper Street this morning for even more last minute and somewhat essential shopping: 4 seasons sleeping bag and windproof jacket (5th layer!). I met a mother from kids school. "Ahha" she calls across the shop "last minute shopping for the artic then".  Islington is a village.

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