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Five life changing adventures to tackle in 2018

Thinking about pushing yourself next year? Taking on one of these will do the trick

Words by
Fergus Scholes

IGO N60 Norwegian Challenge

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Quick facts: A seven day adventure in Norway with four days and three nights in the wilderness, with a different sporting discipline each day. £5,150 per person, 11 – 18 March 2018

IGO organise expeditions to the most beautiful and wild parts of the world. The N60 Norwegian Challenge, now in its third year, will see you ski tour, x-country ski and snow trek your way across the beautiful Hardangervidda plateau in Norway, one of Europe’s last true wildernesses. Moreover, IGO’s adventures are just as relevant for the super-fit adventure seeker as they are to someone with little experience of the outdoors – the organisers are attentive and a seasoned professional is always on hand.

You’ll have a day’s training with experts before the expedition begins, then you embark on four days of full-on exploration. For each of the three expedition nights, the roving camp – comprised of native teepee style tents complete with wood burning stoves – will be set up for you to enjoy warming toddies and nights beneath the stars. IGO have set the standard for the best adventur -holiday out there. igoadventures.com

Wadi Rum Ultra Marathon

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Quick facts: A five day 260km desert ultra marathon in Jordan, with a weekend either side including a tour of the lost city of Petra. It costs £780 excluding flights (circa £300) and dates are 6 – 14 October 2018

Set in the Wadi Rum desert – also known as the Valley of the Moon – this is one of the best and most affordable ultra marathons out there. In fact, the Wadi Rum Ultra Marathon is fast becoming a highlight of the global endurance calendar (believe it or not, such a thing exists). Set in this stunning red sand desert, you’ll run a marathon a day in high temperatures for 5 consecutive days and cover 260km in total, so this isn’t for the faint hearted. It’s a ‘supported’ race, meaning you just have to carry what you need for each day (as opposed to a self-supported race where you have to carry all the food and gear you need for the whole event).

Don’t be fooled by the price tag – this is a slick event with an experienced support crew who are on hand 24/7 to keep you on track to accomplish this extraordinary once-in-a-lifetime achievement. wadirumultra.com

Much Better Adventures: The Archipelago of Sweden

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Quick facts: A four day trip (Friday to Monday) anytime between May – September. It costs £599 per person (minimum group of 2) excluding food, drinks, flights and insurance.

This is a great option if you can’t get away from your desk for long, but want to come home invigorated. This adventure is self-guided, so you’re left to your own devices, but all the kit and a suggested route are provided for you. Just get yourself to Stockholm Airport between the months of May to September. You’ll be met by your host and driven to the start point just an hour or so away. All your gear, food, tents – everything you need – will be waiting for you, and after a safety briefing, you’ll be paddling off into the unknown to find a place to camp for the night. When you step back on dry land come Monday afternoon, simply dump all the kit with your host and fly back to reality. Expect this to be one of the best long weekends of your summer. muchbetteradventures.com

Gemini Adventures: Multi Sport Tour USA

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Quick Facts: A four day multi-sport adventure in Moab USA. Anytime between March – November. The cost is between ¢1,475 – 1,675 per person.

Set in the heart of adventure mecca, Moab USA, this is a four day and three night multi-activity package. There’s hiking, running, mountain biking and canyoneering packed-in, all set against the region’s dramatic peaks and canyons. All you have to do is get yourself to Moab, and everything else is taken care of. Once you’ve enjoyed a full day’s activity, you’ll be driven to a local town to enjoy an evening meal and accommodation in a local inn, so you don’t have to worry about roughing it. This is ideal for between three to 12 people and is suited to families or groups of friends alike. Incorporated into a longer holiday, it makes for a brilliant four days of adventure. Geminiadventures.com

Haute Route Amateur Cycle Race

Quick Facts: A seven day 800km cycling event in France. Dates from 26 August – 1 September at a cost of 1,495 – 1,795  per person

The Haute route is an annual seven day amateur bike race and a serious physical undertaking. This year’s race starts in Megeve, France, winding its way across some 800km of roads with 20,000m of climbing, finishing up in Nice. You’ll be riding some of the world’s most renowned cycling roads, covering the same ground as parts of the Tour de France. Each day is a timed ‘stage’ and you’ll have the benefit of full backup –professional riders in the peloton, mechanics and safety support, massages, the lot – leaving you to focus on the riding. It’s a popular option groups of friends to sign up to, which comes with the benefit of a good few months of group-prep beforehand to make sure you’re in shape. It’s a long-haul project this, but a challenge that’s well worth undertaking. Hauteroute.org

Fergus Scholes is an adventure and travel writer. He blogs at adventureferg.com