120 volunteers work during the Classic. They have travelled from across the country to Kiruna and Abisko to help out. The tasks of the volunteers include everything from checking in trekkers in Kiruna to walking the entire length of the trail as 'enjoyment guides' and providing assistance as needed.
Are you interested in being a volunteer at Fjällräven Classic, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Write a presentation about yourself and let us know if you think there is a certain task that is particularly suitable for you. Include one reference person with contact details. We start to recruit volunteers for Fjällräven Classic in the end of 2016, thus send your application before the year-end. It is important that all volunteers are able to understand or read Swedish since all information for volunteers are in Swedish.
”Because I like the atmosphere”
Wearing Fjällräven shirts and name tags around their necks, the volunteers appear to be everywhere. They mill around like hard-working ants, making sure that everything functions as it should and that all participants receive the help they need. Many of the volunteers have travelled a long way to help out at the Fjällräven Classic.
"I had never been this far north before I came here last year," says Martin Hultman, 24, from Nyköping. "It is a great experience, kind of like a vacation even though you are working. This is a job that doesn't feel like a job."
Martin helps keep everything in order at Camp Ripan. This means jumping in wherever help is needed, moving boxes, transporting waste, pounding a sign into the ground. Just to name a few of his tasks. When everything is done, he heads off to the finish line in Abisko to lend a helping hand there.
"This is my second year here," says Martin. "The atmosphere among all of us working here is wonderful and appeals to me. It is fun to meet the participants, too, help them get things in order before the start and later see them so satisfied in Abisko when they, tired but happy, finish the trek."
The most common questions at check-in at Camp Ripan in Kiruna are where to leave luggage, if luggage can be left in Nikkaluokta and if it is possible to switch start groups.
"But often we just give calming tips and advice about the trek since many people are nervous," says Martin. "They wonder if they have enough gas, which food they should choose and what they should think about when packing their backpacks. We encourage them, say that everything will be okay, and help calm their nerves a little."
"Even if I have a few hours off I am often here helping out," says Martin. "All of the action is here at the Classic. But, in Abisko, you have to get out, run up in the mountains or take a swim so you can see a little since you have travelled so far, after all."
Martin is a student and has not had any problems taking time off from his studies since, at the beginning of August, the term has not started yet. He hopes that he will have found a job by this time next year, so it might be more difficult for him to take time off.
"We'll have to see. But this is a lot of fun - a different kind of vacation. I hope I can come up again."