THE ICE ULTRA
In March 2018, I ran the Ice Ultra, a five-day 230km ultra-marathon through Swedish Lapland. Laying inside the Arctic Circle, Lapland is one of Europe’s last remaining wilderness. The Ice Ultra is a self-sufficient race, which means I had to carry everything I needed for the race in my backpack: food, clothing, sleeping bag and a long list of mandatory medical equipment. The only assistance during the week was in the form of water which was rationed each day, and the sleeping tents which the organisers put up at the end of each stage. I ran across snow, ice, and frozen lakes in snow shoes, with temperatures falling as low as -40°c - there is no doubt that it was the hardest challenge of them all!
All photos taken by Mikkel Besiner