Got a burning question?
Take a look at our general FAQs below for further information on the challenge.
What happens if the event is postponed?
We follow government guidelines and put the health and safety of our participants, staff and beneficiaries first and foremost. If it is necessary to postpone an event we will be in touch to offer a choice of transfer or refund. Full details are in our Terms and Conditions.
Please contact 0345 845 1945 if you’d like to know more about all we are doing.
What measures will you be taking to make the event Covid secure?
We are putting in place all the necessary measures to create a Covid Secure event in line with the standards set out by the relevant governing bodies (including British Cycling, The Ramblers Association).
- guidelines for cycling/trekking as a socially distanced group
- staggering timings, all meals will be in restaurants that already have measures in place
- hygiene facilities will be widely available
- all transport will comply with guidelines
- ceremonies will be social distanced.
We will continue to work closely with our Health & Safety colleagues to ensure that we put in place appropriate controls in line with the changing situation.
Please visit our Covid-19 promise page for full details.
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 fundraise £2,500. At least £2,000 sponsorship needs to be in to the charity by 8 December 2021 as this is when we need to pay the balance of your place with the supplier. The remaining £500 sponsorship needs to be fundraised by the challenge date and paid in to the charity within 8 weeks after the event.
If you have a charity self-fund place, you’ll need to fundraise £1,100 sponsorship. At least £550 needs to be fundraised by the challenge date. The remaining £550 + sponsorship needs to be fundraised by the challenge date and paid in to the charity within 8 weeks 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 by 8 December 2021 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?
Do I need any experience to take part?
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 2021 - exact date TBC.
This training is optional and will cover important skills required during your time in Sweden.
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?
Accommodation is shared in one cabin which is appropriately socially distanced according to rules at the time.
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 RBL 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?