Even though there is staff along the trail at all checkpoints, you still need to manage on your own most of the time. Don’t take any unnecessary risks. Stop when you are tired, eat when you are hungry, and drink at regular intervals from the numerous mountain streams along the way. Do not cook any food inside your tent, but rather handle all food preparation outside.
Make sure to prepare the trek carefully. Doo not start if you have back or knee problems or any other complications since the trek can be very stressful for the body.
Also remember to be completely rested before driving home after the race. We recommend at least eight hours of sleep before driving a car.
During the hike
The major part of the route has no cell phone coverage and no access for land vehicles. In case of an injury or disease you have to contact the officials at a checkpoint.
You are responsible for navigation along the route. Please always have your map and compass at hand and make sure you are on the right trail.
The route has normally no difficult or dangerous passages. Be careful in the case of fog and during or after heavy rainfalls as it will result in elevated water levels in streams.
The event organisation is not responsible to check every participants position along the route. In the case of an incident the participants have to contact the organiser. Generally there will be no organized search for people who have not reached the finish.
Medical staff and medical equipment
A nurse or a doctor are present at each checkpoint and at the finish. They are equipped with a limited amount of first aid products and medications. The staff at each checkpoint may also contact the finish in Abisko in cases related to medical care. In exceptional cases, such as serious injury/disease helicopter evacuation is possible. The organiser reserves the right to charge such an evacuation according to the current price list (1 500-5 000 sek/ person). To minimise helicopter transport in the area, or in case of bad weather, evacuation in a non-emergency case may be postponed for a couple of day. Only cases of medical emergency are being documented. Other examinations, certificates and insurance matters, ought to be handled by your regular medical service at home.
In case of emergency, call 112 (SOS Alarm).
You also have to bring your own first aid kit that includes an elastic bandage, blister pads, compresses and tape. It is recommended to complement the mandatory first aid kit with safety pins, butterfly stitches (skin closures), fluid replacement and pain reliever. Be careful with hygiene when taking care of wounds, use plenty of clean water and soap to rinse wounds or before you are going to pop a blister.
Abandoning the hike
If you decide to abandon the hike you still have to walk to Abisko or return to Nikkaluokta. If you decide to return, please contact an official at a checkpoint or call the contact phone number at +46 (0)73 832 41 20.
The organiser will have officials in Nikkaluokta the days after start. Participitants returning to Nikkaluokta may contact the officials. They have possibilities to arrange with transport of luggage from Abisko to Scandic Hotell Ferrum in Kiruna. Maximum two transports of luggage will depart each day, thus your luggage may arrive the following day.