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Fjällräven Polar 2015! It’s Nearly Time!!!

By Phil on 2014.11.07 In Fjällräven Polar

Soon it will be time for people to apply for Fjällräven Polar 2015!

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I can’t believe it is nearly a year ago since I saw the advert in an outdoor magazine advertising this unique once in a lifetime Polar adventure. I remember thinking at the time, “This is for me, I’m going to do this!”. I then started to plan my application, ready to be submitted once the competition opened in November.

Luckily for me, after months of hard work campaigning and hassling friends, family, work colleagues, local newspapers, radio stations, outdoor groups and many more, I managed to finish in 1st place for the UK and gain an automatic place on Fjällräven Polar 2014

For those who don’t know about Fjällräven Polar. It is an approximately 300km long winter adventure across the arctic tundra. The participants will steer a dog sled all the way from Signaldalen, Norway, to the forests around Jukkasjärvi, Swedish Lappland. Conditions can be grim at times, even if the weather is usually relatively stable in April north of the Arctic circle. Where participants have faced everything from exhausting stages,blizzards and minus 30°C.

Fjällräven Polar gives “ordinary” people, with ordinary jobs, the chance to discover how amazing outdoor life is in the winter, and demonstrates that anyone can experience the adventure of a lifetime – as long as they have the right knowledge and equipment..

The selection process is based on a competition where applicants uploaded a photograph or video and a text explaining why you should be chosen for the trip. The competition takes place on a country-by-country basis and two people from each country/group are selected and only 20 people in total:

  • The first person from each country is selected by visitors to the website voting for their favourite application – the submission with the most votes is guaranteed a spot.
  • The second person from each country will be chosen by Fjällräven.

The participants chosen to join Fjällräven Polar are from each of the following countries/groups: Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Benelux (Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg), Germany, UK, USA, Czech Republic and “other countries”.

You can watch the 2015 promotional video here:

You can watch the full video of Fjällräven Polar 2014 here:

I can honestly say that Fjällräven Polar changed my life. Being part of such an amazing adventure and sharing it with my fellow 19 Polarists from around the world, who I now class as very close friends, was without doubt the best experience of my life. Many of us keep in regular contact and already I have met up with 8 of my fellow participants as well as people from previous years’ Polar, when we entered a Polar team in this years Fjällräven Classic, visits from Manon and Melanie to see me here in the UK and when I visited Jostein in Norway to do Trolltunga. With many more future meetings planned, which include a few of us spending this New Year in a cabin in Finnish Lapland under the Northern Lights. Thanks to all our friends at Fjällräven for allowing us to take part in such a once in a lifetime amazing adventure.

To find out more about my own personal Fjällräven Polar 2014 experience, check my daily Polar Daily Diary here

So if you are interested in taking part in such an amazing experience, GO FOR IT!!!

Application period: 18 Nov – 12 Dec 2014.

Click here for more info and to register once open!

You can also check out our Fjällräven Polar “Happy” video we made during our adventure:

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    1. Rania wrote:

      Oh I’m a bit jealous, how amazing that you made it and got to go – well done! I’ve been wanting to go ever since I heard of it back in 2013 and finally decided I was ready to apply. Thumbs crossed for me. I too am trying to hassle my friends and family so that they’ll vote for me haha.

      Unless you have someone to vote for from your country, I could always use another helping hand: http://www.fjallravenpolar.com/show-all-contributions/?fbid=1321885569

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    Welcome

    Welcome to my blog about hiking, trekking, Fjällräven Polar 2014, in fact anything where you require boots and the outdoors.

    My name is Phil, and following my outdoor epiphany which started in the summer of 2012 I’m now hooked on everything outdoors. So far my biggest treks have included the 250km Cathar Way, the 170km Tour du Mont Blanc and best of all, winning 1st place to take part in the Fjällräven Polar in April 2014.

    I plan to use this blog to write about all my adventures, which will include my personal goal of becoming a Munroist (completing all 282 Scottish Munro mountains), summer treks, weekends in the Lakes and many more.

    I like to try and make my blog posts humorous so I hope you enjoy reading and that I can put a smile on people’s faces while showing you some amazing places.

    If you have any questions about the blog or the places I'm writing about, don't hesitate to contact me on: phil@philyourboots.com

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