Sweden Canoe Challenge

Got a burning question about the Sweden Canoe Challenge?

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

What is provided?

All canoeing equipment is provided (2 persons per boat):

  • 1 Canoe
  • 3 paddles
  • 2 helmets
  • 1 portage trolley
  • 2 Buoyancy aids
  • 1 throw line
  • 1 Dry barrel

Where will I be staying?

Each evening we will find a suitable spot to make camp for the night, sometimes it may be a sheltered bay or a remote island.

How fit do I need to be?

You should have a basic level of fitness. Anyone over the age of 18 years can take part in the challenge as long as you have a good level of fitness and are healthy. You will be participating in physical activity for many hours so need to be comfortable with this. 

Activities will run at the pace of the group with several breaks and stops, but fairly long days of activity are inevitable.

What will each day look like?

Each day has a similar routine with approx. 10 km of paddling. All that changes are the lakes, rivers and landscape. At two points along the journey the canoes have to come out of the water to be portaged around some rapid sections of river.

Where will we stay on the first night?

You will stay in a cabin. The cabin is very basic with no electricity, no indoor bathroom, no TV/phones or computers. But let’s face it this week is all about going back to nature and basics. 

What is included?

  • Flights
  • Food (during time in cabin) 
  • Transport to and from Ostersund airport
  • Cabin Accommodation Insurance Instructor/guide

What is not included?

  • The costs of travel to and from the start points
  • Accommodation before the challenge begins
  • Expenses
  • Rations for the time away from the cabin
  • Personal travel insurance

How will I know what to pack?

You will be sent a kit list in advance, so you’ll know everything you’ll need for the challenge. Some of the bigger items you’ll be asked to bring are sleeping bags, a tent or hammock and dry bags for your kit.

Can I sign up with others?

Definitely! When you register, make sure to add your team name to ensure you are recognised as a team.

Can I join by myself?

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

Are there any age restrictions for the challenge?

For safety reasons, all participants must be aged over 18 years old 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 fundraising support will I receive?

Once you’ve signed up, you’ll get 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
  • collection pots are available on request

In addition, the RBL team are on hand to support and give you advice every step of the way so if you have any concerns, questions or need some inspiration we’re available by phone or email. 

Will I be required to get insurance?

Yes, we require all participants on our multi-day fundraising events to hold a travel insurance policy that covers medical costs (including those related to Covid-19) and repatriation covering the activities you will be engaging in on the trip.  You may also choose to insure your belongings in case of damage or theft.  

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. 

Fancy taking on the challenge?

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