From starless Reigate nights to the northern lights: restaurateur's Arctic dog sledding challenge

A Reigate restaurant owner survived a gruelling six day trek, sledding with a team of huskies, across the icy wilds of Norway in a bid to raise more than �5,000 for the NSPCC.

A Reigate restaurant owner survived a gruelling six day trek, sledding with a team of huskies, across the icy wilds of Norway in a bid to raise more than �5,000 for the NSPCC.

“All was going well, until the third day,” says La Barbe owner, Serge Tassi, who led his dogs across the snowy wilderness from Monday February 28 to Sunday March 6.

“The weather turned on us quite dramatically, however, and we battled with treacherous icy conditions and strong winds that continuously pushed the sleds over, entangling the dogs with each other.”

Despite the difficulties, the adventurer mainly holds fond memories of his expedition, a highlight of which was witnessing the aurora borealis, more commonly known as the northern lights.

“The sky was relatively clear on two of nights so it was fantastic to see this magnificent display. It was a truly amazing experience,” says Serge.

As part of a group of around 13 participants, accompanied by experienced guides and medics, Serge was in charge of his own team of huskies.

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The restaurateur is no stranger to charity fundraisers – last year he ascended Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro for The Royal Marsden Cancer Fund and previous challenges have included climbing to Everest Base Camp for The British Heart Foundation. In total he has raised in excess of �50,000 for various UK charities.

His latest expedition has raised almost �4,000 to date and you can still sponsor Serge at www.justgiving.com/serge-tassi.

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