The Ice Ultra
About this event
This is Swedish Lapland. Laying inside the Arctic Circle it’s Europe’s last remaining wilderness and the heartland of the indigenous Sámi people. This area, Jokkmokk municipality, an area the size of Wales but with a population of only around three thousand, can experience daytime temperatures as low as -40 degrees at this time of year and the days are short.
You’re standing in snow, surrounded by seemingly endless pine forests scattered with frozen lakes. White-capped mountains dominate the horizon. All around you is silent and peaceful broken only by the crunch of your steps in the snow as you make your way through 230km of this UNESCO world heritage area. As darkness descends at the end of each day you can expect to feel like the only person on the planet.
This is the Ice Ultra
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- Location: Swedish Lapland
- Terrain: Snow Fields Mountain Tundras, Ice Forests & Frozen Lakes
- Cost: £3000
- Payments: In full or monthly instalments.
- Distance: 230kms
- Stages: 5
- Red Jersey Stage: 15km Frozen Lake
- Base Camp: Gallivare
- Finish: Jokkmokk
- Daytime Temperature: -5°C - -40°C
- Evening Temperature: -10°C - -40°C
A 230km race split into 5 stages taking in Arctic tundra and frozen lakes all set against a back drop of white topped mountains.
The days are short and the course is long; runners should expect long periods running in darkness, following a marked route by head torch, under skies free of light pollution and filled with stars and sightings of aurora.
As a self-sufficient race you are responsible for carrying your entire kit, including food, safety equipment and a minimum of 1.5 litres of water which can be re-filled at checkpoints along the stages. You’ll need some specialist gear to take on the conditions the Arctic Circle can throw at you.
Accommodation each night is provided by way of remote huts and teepee tents with open fires for warmth.
First and foremost, the chance to race through a remote, beautiful and challenging area where few tourists ever get the opportunity to go, under the watchful eye of a highly qualified team of medics and guides. You’ll also get your race t-shirt, finishers medal, digital copies of photos taken by our intrepid race photographers, transport and storage of your luggage, an organised transfer to and from the race, and a celebratory meal and drinks after the race with a hotel stay. Please note flights to the race are not included.
Each runner is responsible for carrying all items listed on the mandatory kit list (which can be found in the Race Pack) throughout the event. That means all your clothes, medical supplies, food and sleeping kit will be on your back (N.B. in the Ice Ultra, your sleeping bag is carried by the race team). This doesn’t mean you’re on your own, though. There’ll be a constant supply of clean drinking water, and boiling water for the preparation of freeze-dried meals, at every camp, as well as drinking water at each checkpoint. Checkpoints are placed approximately every 10km, and there you will find a small shelter, a qualified medic and another supply of clean drinking water.
At BTU, we’re determined to be as open as possible in our entrance criteria. We believe everyone should have a chance to take on one of these life-changing challenges. That said, a significant level of physical fitness is needed to take on races like ours in relative safety. Therefore, we ask that anyone entering one of our races has, at least, finished a marathon-length event with 12 months of their chosen race.
Once you’ve clicked ‘Enter…’ above, and filled in the short registration form, you’ll be contacted by one of our team. You can pay via PayPal or BACS transfer. You can pay in full or make stage payments. To read our full terms and conditions of entry, please click here. To learn more about what your deposit payment is for, click here.
Beyond the Ultimate has a decade of experience in organising multi-stage ultramarathons in remote locations. Our expertise spans health and safety in extreme sports, T.V. stunt work, mass participation events and more. Our team includes the full roster of ultra-runners from elite podium winners through the mid to the back of the pack. We consider the race experiences and safety from all participants’ perspectives. We recruit and develop teams local to each race to help manage our events, utilising their priceless local knowledge and logistical know-how. You’ll find a team of qualified medics at all our events, all recruited from within the British NHS. They watch over all our competitors and race team members throughout. All runners also wear a GPS tracking device monitored throughout the race and allows 2-way conversation between the runner and our team wherever they need it.