Polar is the adventure of a lifetime, giving ‘ordinary’ people the
chance to discover how amazing outdoor life is in the winter. It aims to
demonstrate that anyone can experience the Arctic on an expedition, as
long as they have the right knowledge and equipment. It is an
approximately 300km-long winter adventure across the arctic tundra. And
this year’s OPOTY overall winner will be heading to the Arctic on
assignment to photograph the expedition!
As the participants
steer their dog sleds all the way from Signaldalen, Norway, to the
forests around Jukkasjärvi, Swedish Lapland, through some of the wildest
and most beautiful scenery in the world, the OPOTY winner will be right
there capturing the drama and emotion of the journey.
Polar will take place in April 2017, and the overall winner of Outdoor
Photographer of the Year will be going on the journey to photograph –
and film if they wish to – the whole event. With exclusive logistics
support and travelling by snowmobile as part of the Polar media team,
the winner will be able to get themselves into the right position at the
right time to capture all the action over the five days.
can be very challenging at times, even if the weather is usually quite
stable in April north of the Arctic Circle. Survival expert Johan
Skullman and dog sledding supremo Kenth Fjellborg will be on the
expedition to share their knowledge with the participants. Almost all
the clothing, food and equipment needed for the expedition are included
(you really can travel to Norway with just hand luggage and your camera
If all goes to plan and the assignment is a success,
there will be some very exciting outcomes for the images the overall
winner produces during the expedition, and more details of that will be
an amazing prize and an Arctic photography adventure that money simply
cannot buy, and one that will live long in the overall winner's memory.
To find out more about the Fjällräven Polar go to the expedition website
your chance to win! The only other way to take part in the expedition
is to enter the Fjällräven Polar competition, where you need to make and
upload a short video or take a series of photographs that demonstrate
why you should go on the Polar (registration opens in November 2016).
The entrant with the most popular entry from each country or group will
also be on their way to the Arctic as participants. You need to be
generally fit, over the age of 18 and up for a demanding challenge. To
find out more and to see previous Polar expedition coverage, go to fjallraven.co.uk/polar