For us to be able to carry through Polardistans, we need you to volunteer from 3 of March to 9 of March! The volunteers are along with the organizers of the competition the pillars of the race, and without all the volunteers Polardistans is not possible to carry through.

Being a volunteer can involve everything from helping with breakfast for the mushers on race day, to be assistance at the start, helping the veterinarian at the veterinary inspection, help at a checkpoint and assisting tired mushers and dogs to a resting place or standing at a road crossing, help any of the referees with equipment control and more. It can also involve working with the web or to help out in the secretariat.

Work as a volunteer can mean long shifts, happy and satisfied contestants but also tired and disillusioned ones, early spring sun, snowstorm and maybe moonlit nights, new friendships and many experiences. One thing is for sure, it’s a week you will not forget!

As a volunteer you can get several different tasks and you can also get to work in different locations along the trails. Often it is not just one assignment during the week. We try to get so varied tasks as possible for you as a volunteer to experience as much as possible.

Are you good at or interested in being a volunteer then read “Officials Manual” below and decide then where and when you want to help.

By submitting your application to us, you are agreeing that Polardistans can publish your name on our website.

Good to know about Polardistans

Headquarters for Polardistans are Särna camping. This is the finish and the starting area and this is also the secretariat. Särna Camping is really in the middle of the village, clearly visible from the “main street”. The Secretariat is located in the big yellow house and this is where we meet when you arrive. We will have official meeting on Sunday evening before the race official opening / start.

Särna is not so big but there is a op shop (Sunday closed), service station that has little edible commodities, pizzeria and some other this and that.

Accommodation for volunteers is free and is organized by the organizers. Accommodation can be of varying quality, and after first served principle. It can be from hostel accommodation to shared dorm on a hard surface. Bring your own sleeping pad and sleeping bag.

A work schedule for the week will be drawn up so that people see when they will be on duty and when it may be time for other things. Working hours may vary and it can be both early mornings and late evenings and nights. The workload depends on how many volunteers we get. We cannot assure you that volunteers will have time to take special care or run your own dogs.

Breakfast is available for self-service in the accommodation or the checkpoint. You are responsible for making your own breakfast and washing your own dish.

On Friday, the race week ends with an award ceremony.

We will have our own special party for all the officials Saturday night (12/3) and it is of course free for all volunteers.

Särna is a real cold spot and we have had nights with temperatures down to -35 ° C! Then you have to be properly dressed with warm clothes and shoes out on the checkpoint. It’s not always cold, sometimes it’s also bright sunshine. In short: Prepare yourself for a week in the wilderness, then it will be good!

In some places there is no mobile coverage for the usual network. It may be good to let them at home know this so they do not become alarmed if you do not respond within a few days. Of course we have systems of communication but they cannot be used for private purposes.

As volunteers, we are all representatives of the Swedish Polar Dog Club (SPHK). All volunteers must be prepared at any time of day turn out if something happens. This means that your are not allowed to drink any alcohol during the competition, 4-9 March 2018

Good things to have with you:

  • Sleeping pad/ mattress / air bed
  • sleeping bag / quilt
  • pillow
  • snow shovel / shovel
  • backpack
  • thermos
  • reflective vest
  • headlamp / flashlight
  • sunglasses
  • warm clothes , hats and mittens
  • warm and dry for the feet (if you want to improve the performance of your winter shoes you can obtain a thick styrofoam plate to stand on)

Do you want to take part in carrying through Northern Europe’s toughest sled dog race for pure-bred polar dogs: the natural challenge – then sign up as a volunteer. Please write in the message box if you have a dog with you and any allergies or other things that might be good for us to know.

Do you have questions about being a Volunteer during Polardistans then contact at funktionar@polardistans.se

Welcome to a nice dog week in beautiful Särna!