Montane Arctic Spine

Arctic Spine Challenger

Kungsleden Trail

£2,500 per athlete

Enter the Arctic Spine Challenger

A non-stop 129 mile expedition race along the Kungsleden Trail.

The Arctic Spine Challenger is a non-stop, 129 mile (207 km) foot race along the Kungsleden Trail in Arctic Sweden, one of the most stunning winter landscapes in the world. Beginning from Abisko, you will journey through frozen woodlands, rivers, lakes and mountains, often breaking trail as you head towards the finish line at Kvikkjokk. Experiencing temperatures as low as -40°C and winds as high 40 mph, this race demands self sufficiency and proficiency in extreme cold weather management. You will travel either on skis or snowshoes, and carry specialist equipment in sleds or backpacks. This race will test everything you have.

Arctic Spine 2024 Highlights

Discover what it takes to conquer the mighty Kungsleden Trail in Arctic Sweden.

Race Details

  • Location: Kungsleden Trail, Sweden
  • Distance: 129 miles / 207 km 
  • Start: 09:00 Feb 8th 2025, Abisko
  • Finish: 09:00 Feb 13th 2025, Kvikkjokk
  • Time Limit:  120 hours
  • Temperature: -5°C / -40°C
  • Terrain: Arctic tundra 
  • Daylight Hours: 8 hours
  • Start line Airport: Kiruna
  • Event Days: 5

Get your Race Information Pack

Find out everything you need to know about The Montane Arctic Spine Challenger by downloading our free race information pack. It includes details about the race, the route, itinerary and a summary of equipment requirements.

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What's Next?

Ready to take on the challenge of The Montane Arctic Spine Challenger? Book a call with the Race Director Phil Hayday-Brown to find out more or take a closer look at the route.


Edward Sellon (GBR) 

“You have to do more than just physically endure the miles. This is an expedition race and you've got to be able to survive on your own. The Kungsleden is iconic for a reason. It’s very special.”

Arctic Spine Challenger 2024


Eoin Murray (GBR)

“For an experience of a lifetime in the Arctic wilderness, this challenge will push competitors to the limit on a voyage of pure self-discovery" 

Arctic Spine Challenger 2024


Andrew Bond (GBR)

“The Arctic Spine location and route felt truly remote. More than any other Arctic event I’ve done."

Arctic Spine Challenger 2024


Kevin Leahy (IRE)

"It was -25 degrees and I was happily cruising across a frozen lake. When I looked up, I saw the Northern Lights for the first time. This is why I do this."

Arctic Spine 2024


Rob Brooks (GBR)

“I signed up because I wanted the challenge of testing myself in an extreme but beautiful environment. The Arctic Spine team were fantastic.”

Arctic Spine 2024

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