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Take a look at our general FAQs below for further information on the challenge.

Can I join on my own?

Yes, of course! Many of our supporters sign up for the challenge as an individual - this is a great way to meet new friends.

Can I join as part of a team?

Definitely! However, please note each trip date can only accommodate a maximum of 15 participants so it's advisable to book early.

What is the sponsorship level and when do I have to submit my sponsorship money?

If you have a charity place, you'll need to raise £2,500. At least £2,000 sponsorship needs to be in to the charity by 8 December 2020 as this is when we need to pay the balance of your place with the supplier. The remaining £500 sponsorship needs to be raised by the challenge date. Any sponsorship you raise over £2,500 can be paid into the charity up to two months after the event. 

If you have a charity self-fund place, £1,100 sponsorship needs to be raised by the trip date. Any sponsorship you raise over this amount can be paid into the charity up to two months after the event.  

If I have a Charity Self Fund Place – when is the balance of the tour cost payable to the supplier?

The remaining balance of your trip cost (£1,195) needs to be paid by you in December 2020 prior to the trip date.  An invoice will be sent to you directly from the supplier.

Are there any age restrictions to participate?

For safety reasons, all participants must be aged over 18 yrs at start of the event. There is no upper age restriction but any participants over 65 must provide a medical certificate from their doctor stating that they are medically able to take part in the event.

What does the price include?

Our prices are as all-inclusive as possible. All your meals and refreshments during the event challenge are included, apart from the three-day survival phase where you will need to bring 12 x freeze dried ration packs. All activities and instructions for snow shoeing, ice fishing, snowmobiling, husky sledding, cross country skiing, local guides and accommodation in a log cabin are also included. Accommodation in a Scandinavian teepee, snow hole and shelter during the three-day survival phase is also included, as well as outward travel flights to Ostersund, return flights to London and all transport within Sweden.

What isn't included in the price?

Any travel costs to and from airport in the UK, accommodation before the event begins, holiday winter sports travel insurance and ration packs for the survival phase aren't included. Any personal expenses, such as spending money and personal kit, are also excluded from the overall price. 

Do I need any experience to take part?

No experience is needed. You will be given full instruction by the professional team of leaders on the trip, in all activities during the challenge and all activities are undertaken at the pace of the group.

Do I need travel insurance?

The purchase of travel insurance is mandatory in order to cover any unexpected delays, medical problems, baggage loss, cancellation etc. You are advised to organise this at the time of booking to ensure you are covered immediately. Travel insurance is a cost effective way to protect yourself and your equipment, as well as protecting you before departure. We advise you to buy insurance as close to booking as possible to protect the loss of your registration fee as a result of cancellation due to injury, illness etc. Please ensure your travel insurance covers winter sports, specifically snowmobiling and husky sledding activities.

Is there any training available before the trip?

There is a free pre-arctic training day in November 2020 - exact date TBC.

This training is compulsory and will cover important skills required during your time in Sweden. The training day is free, excluding travel expenses to and from the venue. 

Can I hire any kit for the survival phase of the challenge?

Yes, bivvy bag, roll mat and sleeping bag can be hired for just £30pp for you to use for the three-day survival phase during the Arctic Challenge.

How fit do I have to be?

You should have a basic level of fitness. Pretty much anyone over the age of 18 yrs can take part in the challenge as long as you have a good level of fitness and are healthy.  Although you will bring all the appropriate clothing, you will be participating in physical activity for many hours and in below-freezing conditions.

It is essential that you are fit enough to participate in activities such as dog sledding, snowmobiling and cross country skiing or snow shoeing for several hours at a time. Activities will run at the pace of the group with several breaks and stops, but fairly long days of activity are inevitable.

What will the weather be like?

Temperatures can range from 0 to -30 from January through to March. Due to the dry atmosphere, the days feel quite different to our cold days in the UK, but you can expect bright sunshine and snowfall.

Where will we stay?

Our base will be a lovely rustic log cabin for four nights in total, three before the survival phase, and the last night of the challenge week. The cabin has no electricity, just a wood burner, basic kitchen, dining table and beds.

Three nights of the week during the survival phase will be spent outside in shelters which you will build as a group. These include: a Scandinavian tent, a forest shelter and a snow hole.  In each of the outdoor shelters, watch will be kept during the night to stoke fires and maintain warmth and to monitor candles lit during the night you stay in the snow hole.

Do I share accommodation during the event week?

The log cabin accommodates all people attending the trip and sleeping arrangements will be with others of same gender.

For snowmobiling, do I need to be able to drive?

Yes, please note that to drive a snowmobile you need to hold a full UK driver’s licence. You will also have to take your driving licence with you on the trip.

If you can't drive you won’t be able to drive a snowmobile on the trip, but you will certainly still get all the same thrills as a passenger.  Everyone is put into pairs during the snowmobiling phase.

Need some fundraising support?

Take a look at our fundraising FAQs below to find out more.

What fundraising support will I recieve?

Once you’ve signed up, you’ll receive a welcome email containing lots of information and advice about raising money for The Royal British Legion. Posters to publicise your participation in the event and collection pots are also available on request. In addition, the Legion team are on hand to support you every step of the way!

How do I go about raising money online?

We’ll include all the information you need in your registration pack when you sign up to the event. You'll also receive a link to set up your online Arctic JustGiving page. Please remember to send us the link to your page so we can ensure all donations are credited to you.

Can I Gift Aid my personal donations?

Yes, if you are a UK tax payer. You cannot claim Gift Aid on a donation from a public collection or fundraising event, unless each individual donor has submitted a Gift Aid Declaration. For more information, please read our Gift Aid information.

Any further questions?

If you have any other questions or would like more details on the items above, don’t forget you can always contact us at events@britishlegion.org.uk or call us on 0333 011 4500.


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