25th Anniversary Appeal Expedition

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Our ambassador, Tania Noakes, has completed her epic ski trek expedition to raise funds for the Ulysses Trust’s 25th Anniversary Appeal.

Tania set-off on the classic Norge På Langs, or ‘Norway from end to end’ on 14th January 2018. A journey of over 2,500km from the southern tip of Norway, Lindesnes to the most northerly point, Nordkapp. She completed her journey on 5th April 2018. 82 days. 2533km. 566hrs of skiing.

Tania is aiming to raise £10,000 for the Ulysses Trust and has already raised in excess of £5,000. The fundraising expedition is part of our 25th Anniversary Appeal to raise £1.5m by the end of 2021 to significantly increase the amount of support we can give to cadet expeditions.

Tania sent daily updates about her journey via social media. Click the links below to she how she did it.

If you are inspired by this adventure and want to help support cadets and reservists take on new challenges through adventurous training, please make a donation now – thank you.


  • 25th Anniversary Appeal Expedition: FINISH Nordkapp. 82 days. 2533km. 566hrs of skiing. It has been a very special day. One of 82 very special days which form the most amazing journey of my life. I have always loved adventure and my work as a mountain guide has shown me how valuable adventure is in our lives. There are so many ...
  • 25th Anniversary Appeal Expedition: Day 82 Nordkapp tunnel to… 😉 Nordkapp! 😀🍾 48km 7hrs. I was on the road at 4.30am for the 2 1/2hr ski to Honningsvåg. I stopped at the gas station, swallowed a hamburger and two large coffees and hatched a plan. The ladies working there told me that Honningsvåg had been cut off for 10 days. The ...
  • 25th Anniversary Appeal Expedition: Day 81 Stohpojohka to Nordkapp tunnel. 🙈 62km 13hrs. What a day. Some days have so many diverse parts to them, so many aspects that’s it’s been almost impossible to describe briefly… I’ll try. The forecast suggested Thursday would be my best window to succeed in getting to Nordkapp. A famously windy place, with a LOT of ...
  • 25th Anniversary Appeal Expedition: Day 80 Skaidi to Stohpojohka. 32km 6 1/2hrs. A change in the weather demanded a change in the plan. I had hoped to stay on scooter tracks but wanted to get to an open shepherds hut tonight to break a potentially long day. Places to stay are decidedly less numerous up here in winter! That meant a ...
  • 25th Anniversary Appeal Expedition: Day 79 Snowhole to Skaidi. 65km 13hrs. I slept surprisingly well in my snowhole… I say surprisingly because normally I associate them with getting up for night navigation such as on my winter ML and Mountain Guides assessment. Last night there was none of that shenanigans and I got a full 10hrs of sleep. 😴😀 This was definitely my motivated ...
  • 25th Anniversary Appeal Expedition: Day 78 Joatkajarvi to Snowhole above Stabbursdalen. 35km 6 1/2hrs. Tania says: Last night I got lots of information from Steiner at Joatka about potential snow conditions in Stabbursdalen National Park in the northern part of the Finmarksvidda. People are being advised not to go there due to deep and unstable snow. Fortunately I aimed to keep on ...
  • 25th Anniversary Appeal Expedition: Day 77 Máze to Joatkajávri Fjellstue. 60km 11hrs. Today I skied deep into the Finmarksvidda on windswept and silent scooter tracks. I’m back carrying all my gear so the rucksack is heavy but it’s impossible to worry too much about that when you have such amazing views! No mountains except in the far distance but more sky than ...
  • 25th Anniversary Appeal Expedition: Day 76 Kautokeino to Máze. 72km 10hrs. One of my reasons for taking a rest day yesterday was what was coming up next… the Finmarksvidda. I needed to get to Máze first. With no accommodation options in between that meant a big leap of 72km on scooter trails. My eyes widened as I swallowed that thought… not impossible ...
  • 25th Anniversary Appeal Expedition: Day 75 Kautokeino rest day. After two long days I reached my final resupply package. I’m now fully stocked for my journey across the Finmarksvidda to the north. There are no mountains as such, but a rolling, open arctic plateau which is often featureless and exposed to the elements. Through this journey I’ve been trying to raise ...
  • 25th Anniversary Appeal Expedition: Day 74 Hirvassvuopio to Kautokeino. 50km 10 1/2hrs. When I arrived at the forest hut I was not alone. A forest service worker speaking pigeon English was there. He was sceptical about my plan and called my holiday “extreme”. I was keenly aware that I could be skiing into a dead end. If I couldn’t break a trail ...
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