Gold Duke of Edinburgh Open Expedition to Sweden 2021

Open Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award Expedition Harken River Sweden

August 2nd to August 9th Harken River and Lake System Sweden

This is an amazing opportunity for young people who are undertaking their Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award with Joy of Adventure(JOA) to complete their qualifying expedition in Sweden.

Location: Harken River North Sweden

This is a beautiful river and lake system in the remote wilderness area of North Sweden near the town of Ostersund . The water is amazingly clear and the lake contains over 300 large and small islands surrounded by steep forested slopes covered with coniferous and some deciduous trees. There are 100’s campsites in the area many with a simple eco toilet wooden shelter and fire pit. The journey on the lake will start in the small village of Lit which has  bus connections to Ostersund and a small supermarkets as well as a campsite.

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Transport

Students will arrange their own travel to Ostersund. This could be by 2 flights from London Gatwick to Ostersund via Stockholm or by overnight train.

When booking flights it is essential that each person adds 20kg of baggage. We will give more information about flight booking once the trip is confirmed

Students will need to arrange to book  their own flights but we will meet them at Gatwick at the start of the trip

Transport from the end of the expedition back to Lit  either train or airport is included in the cost.

Equipment

Canoes, barrels, paddles and buoyancy aids are included in the price as well as the park fees. You will need to bring all your other equipment with you including your personal clothing, tent or hammock, cooking stove and cooking equipment, sleeping bag etc. A full kit list will be sent to all those who book.

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Food and Cooking

Food is not included in the price as this is a DofE assessed expedition and students are responsibility for planning their own meals. Cooking on the Harken can be over open fires but you can bring gas trangias as a back up. Gas for the trangias can be brought at the campsite and we will confirm the cost of this.

There is one small supermarkets in Ostersund so on the day of arrival, students will shop and then pack for their expedition.

Staffing

The group will be supported on their expedition by Joy Martin and Rod White, both of whom are experienced canoe instructors, teachers and first aiders. This is an un-accompanied assessed expedition therefore as a staff team we do not paddle or camp with the group, but support them in their journey

Insurance

Each student will need to have their own insurance and will need to send JOA a copy of this in advance of the expedition. JOA carries appropriate public liability insurance cover.

Costs

The total cost for the expedition is £700.

This includes:

  • Support by experienced and qualified staff
  • Park and campsite fees
  • Hire of Canoes, barrels, paddles and buoyancy aids
  • Transport from the end of the river back to the campsite

It does not include:

  • Travel costs to Lit
  • Food costs

Booking

In order to book for this expedition you need to complete the attached booking form and arrange to make an initial payment of £200

Please arrange to set up direct debits make these payments

 Once booking is made then students are responsible for buying their own flights and sending JOA a copy of their tickets.

Minimum/ Maximum numbers

Our 2021 trip is confirmed  as a number of students who booked for 2020 have defered so we have enough numbers to run the expedition. We will plan for the trip to go ahead and if we are locked in again and the trip is unable to run we are happy to give a full refund.

Cancellation Policy

Once you have paid there is no refund from JoyofAdventure unless the trip os cancelled due to Corona Virus, but this would not cover your flights which you book separatly. Therefore we would recommend that you take out your own insurance policy to cover illness etc

Pre Expedition Meeting

Once students have completed their practice expedition all those going to Sweden will meet to plan their assessed expedition routes and complete their DofE route cards. There will also be a final expedition meeting before the end of term with parents to confirm travel arrangements etc.

Passport Issues and Brexit!

If you got your first UK 5-year children’s passport fairly soon after you was born and have renewed it a couple of times without much of a break in between, your current passport is likely to expire during the coming 12 months.

The UK Government has published passport rules in the event of the UK leaving the EU without an agreement on freedom of movement.

In this eventuality, all tourists will be required to have at least 6 months remaining on a UK passport until it expires, starting from the date of arrival in an EU country.

Payment details

If you would like to book your place on this trip please arrange to make an initial refundable deposit of £200

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Dates:

2nd to 9th August 2021

Location: Harken River Lit Sweden (Wikipedia)

Cost: £700

This includes:

  • Support by experienced and qualified staff
  • Park and campsite fees
  • Hire of Canoes, barrels, paddles and buoyancy aids
  • Transport from the end of the river back to the campsite

It does not include:

  • Travel costs to Lit
  • Food costs

Each student will need to have their own insurance .

Booking Form