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Baltic Sea Circle - Winter 2022
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Discover the snow capped north
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No GPS. No Highways.
16 days - 10 countries - 7500 km
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From -20 to +10 degrees
the coolest rally on the planet
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The Winter of your life time
7.500 km around the Baltic Sea
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It's time for the northernmost adventure rally - in winter
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THE NORTHERNMOST RALLY
ON EARTH: WINTER EDITION

Summer adventures checked off the list, and now you want to experience what winter has to offer? On the lookout for a totally new challenge, complete with ice and snow? Want to feel the authenticity of the Arctic’s naked wilderness and gritty metropolises? Then the world’s northernmost rally is for you: The Baltic Sea Circle – Winter Edition!

Discover the Northern Hemisphere on the ultimate winter road trip of your life. Hop in your old-school vehicle—minus GPS and navigation system—and make your way through 10 countries, covering 7,500 km and hitting the Arctic Circle as you ring the Baltic Sea at the most thrilling time of year in Northern Europe!

Your next big adventure starts here!

Rally Date 2022 - ROUND I: 19 February - 06 March 2022
Rally Date 2022 - ROUND II: 20 February - 07 March 2022

Sign up for ROUND II is open!

Quickfacts - BALTIC RALLY WINTER EDITION

NORTHERN LIGHTS

February & March are the best months to take in the bright spectacle of the Northern Lights—AKA the aurora borealis—in Northern Scandinavia.

Under clear skies, this is what you can look forward to:

  • 9 of 10 nights in the region Tromsø, northern Norway
  • 8 of 10 nights near Kiruna in northern Sweden
  • 7 of 10 nights in the Finnish Lapland

DAYLIGHT

Even in winter, the sun shines in the Arctic!

At the time the rally takes place (end of February/beginning of March), the days are already more than 10 hours long.

The sun rises at around 7 a.m. and sets around 5 p.m.

And at night under the moonlight, the snow shines brilliantly, too!


THE ROUTE

Starting Line and Finish Line in Hamburg
7,500 km in 16 days through

  • Scandinavia:
    Denmark, Sweden, Norway & Finland
  • Arctic Circle, Lapland & North Cape
  • Optional: Russia, incl. St. Petersburg
  • Baltic States:
    Estonia, Latvia & Lithuania
  • Poland

LODGINGS

From setting up a makeshift camp right on a glacier, to sharing a log cabin with the local beavers, to booking a luxury hotel complete with a bottle of bubbly—anything goes! Choose your own lodgings depending on your budget and your notion of “adventure.”

Even playing it by ear and deciding as you go has worked out for teams in the past and generally isn’t a problem in the time period the rally takes place.

 


THE ROADWAY

The conditions of the roads during the rally couldn’t be any more unpredictable:

from dry asphalt lanes at 10 degrees C,
to snow-covered dirt roads
at minus 20 degrees C,
through to icy pothole parkour tours
at 0 degrees C.

Anything’s possible and there’s a little something for everyone!


THE RIGHT TIRES

Just as with any adventure rally—but especially in winter—choosing the right tires is a science unto itself.

Really good winter tires are an absolute must!

Whether you’re allowed to use spiked/studded tires depends on each country’s road regulations. If you want to cruise with spikes, you should wait until Scandinavia to put them on, as they are generally forbidden in Germany.


THE VEHICLE

Four vehicle classes:

1. Old Schooler: 30+ years (30+ points*)
2. Youngtimer: 20+ years (20 points*)
3. Freshman: 5+ years (0 points*)
4. Electric ⚡️: 0+ years (20 points*)
*In the roadbook competition

You can still sign up even if you haven’t gotten your vehicle yet. Until the start of the rally you have time to find your perfect rally vehicle.


REGULATIONS

Codex

  • No GPS
  • No navigation system
  • No highways/motorways
  • More adventure!

Roadbook
The Roadbook awaits you and your team, filled with great suggestions for your trip in addition to cool challenges and opportunities for extra fun. The activities and tips in the Roadbook are just a bonus, not mandatory!


YOUR TEAM

How many members can a team have?
There’s no upper limit. But you do all have to fit in the vehicle!

Charity:
Each team should collect €750 by the time they cross the Finish Line.

Entry fee:
A two-person team starts out at €1,090.
Each additional member costs €300.


START EVENT

On 19 & 20 February 2022 the rally starts in Hamburg. The event begins at 10am and the official start takes place between 11am and 1pm. 
On the evenings before, all adventurers can already get to know each other at the pre-adventure-get-together and get in the mood for the upcoming adventures. The events will start around 6pm.
Of course, all friends and fans are welcome.


THE ROADBOOK

At the Starting Line of the BSC Winter Edition in Hamburg, your team will be given the Roadbook, which is packed with useful tips for your route, unbelievable challenges, and plenty of suggestions to maximize your fun and get the most out of your adventure.

The activities and adventures are best undertaken as a team. Creativity and a talent for improvisation are your best assets here!


PARTY TIME

Along the way around the frozen Baltic Sea we’re going to party like crazy together.

In the Arctic Circle we’ll meet for a test drive on an ice rally track and in the Baltic States we’ll pitch a tent together for a true winter-style fête. The exact party locations are staying our little secret up until the Rally Start….


THE WINNERS

In Hamburg we’ll celebrate the successful conclusion of the BSC Winter Edition with a big send-off party and, of course, we’ll crown the winners!

The winning team of the Baltic Sea Circle Winter Edition Roadbook Competition will win a starting position at a future S.A.C rally of their choice at a value of €1,090!

No obligations, just a load of possibilities!


PIMP YOUR TEAM

Creativity pays off!
Teams with extravagant costumes and eye-catching vehicle decorations will be awarded extra points by the rally jury.

Whether you dazzle your fellow drivers with slick racing stripes and fluttering flags or go full techie with flashing disco lights on your radiator, we’re looking forward to seeing how you bring it.
Anything goes as long as it’s street-legal.


RALLYE KIT

The Rally Kit has everything that belongs at an official rally:

  • rally vehicle branding with the official Baltic Rally Winter logos and your official rally starting numbers
  • rally hoodies
  • awesome additional BSC Winter merchandise

Your team will receive the Rally Kit 4 weeks before the Rally Start.


ENTRY FEE

The registration fee for the BSC Winter Edition is €1,090 for a two-person team. Each additional team member costs €300.

Additional team members can be added up to 1 month before the Rally Start.

The registration fee does not include the charitable donation of €750.


YOUR CHARITY

Round up €750 for great charity projects.
You can either collect for one of our selected charity partners or choose a charity project that has always been close to your heart. Charity donations can be collected any time from the date you sign up to the moment you cross the Finish Line. More


FAQ - Frequently adventured questions

A sense of adventure, a suitable vehicle, a visa for Russia (if you want to drive through Russia), and 16 days’ time!

 

If you are an EU citizen, you need a visa only for Russia. And if you want to check out the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad, you should apply for a double-entry visa so you can enter Russia twice. And remember, always carry a valid passport.

To obtain your Russian visa, contact a travel agency specialized in Russia or a bigger visa service agency (google it). Alternatively, you can apply for a visa directly at any Russian consulate or embassy.

Please be aware that your passport might need to be valid for an extended period (perhaps even beyond the date you plan to leave the country), and that the issuing of a visa in the first place can also take time.

 

Tips for your visa application:

As tourist visas for Russia are generally valid for 30 days, you can select the rally’s start date as the date of entry into Russia. As each team can decide individually when and where exactly to enter Russia, you can also just make your own schedule.

S.A.C. isn’t a tour operator, so we don’t issue any type of travel confirmation. The purpose of the trip to Russia should be listed as personal.

Our Russia expert and visa partner Russland Reisen Romanova can support you in a fast and unbureaucratic way with the visa application process and can also get you directly the suitable double entry visa. If you would like to process your visa through our partner, please send an email to info@romanova-reisen.de. Then you will receive an information sheet and a sample for the visa application. Mention explicitly that you are a participant of the Baltic Rallye.

We ask our rally participants who do not come from the European Union to inform themselves about the respective entry regulations of the individual countries.

 

Under current Russian law (OSAGO liability insurance), properly insured motor vehicles from countries where the “green insurance card” applies no longer need to have separate Russian insurance. So, get a “green insurance card” from your insurance provider. The code “RUS” (for “Russia”) should be on it. As long as you have that, you don’t need to worry about getting any additional car insurance at the Russian border.

Having an international driver’s license is not a legal requirement in Russia, but it is often requested at border controls, etc. (The argument is that any EU driver’s license is just in German or French or whatever language, and that doesn’t cut it to qualify as “international.”) In order to avoid any long discussions, it’s probably worth it to get an international driver’s license. It can be issued directly with no trouble from your local motor vehicle authority office and costs around €15.

 

During the Baltic Rally there is a free choice of route, so there is always the possibility to reach the Baltic States via Finland - without a detour through wild Russia. Of course, there are also alternative roadbook tasks for the Finland route.

 

Four vehicle classes:

1. Old Schooler: 30+ years (50 points*)
2. Youngtimer: 20+ years (30 points*)
3. Freshman: 5+ years (0 points*)
4. Electric ⚡️: 0+ years (50 points*)
*In the roadbook competition

There are no restrictions regarding the value of your rally vehicle.

Two-wheelers, commercial vehicles, buses and vans are allowed. Vehicles built explicitly as mobile homes/campers/RVs (e.g. with alcoves) are not allowed.

You don’t have to have nailed down your vehicle to register for the rally. You’ve got until the Rally Start to find your dream machine.

Look on the Internet or in the advertising section of your daily newspaper. On the relevant used car portals, you will find a wide selection of suitable and inexpensive vehicles. Or ask your grandmother if she lends you her old Mercedes for a spin. The vehicle does not have to be fixed at the time of registration. Until the start of the rally, you have time to find your perfect rally vehicle.

 

That’s up to you! How about just happily driving it home, you full of adventure and the car full of luggage, and rolling up in it again next year for the next rally?!

Accommodations are chosen and organized by each team.

From wild camping on a glacier to catching z’s in a log cabin alongside the beavers, to treat yourself to a luxury hotel and a bottle of bubbly—anything goes! Choose your own lodgings depending on your budget and your notion of “adventure.” Even playing it by ear and deciding as you go has worked out for teams in the past and generally isn’t a problem in the time period the rally takes place.

At the official S.A.C party stops along the way, all the teams will sleep together in warm and fixed accommodations.

Collect €750 for great charity projects.
The money can go to projects that we have carefully vetted to ensure that all contributions go where they should—to the people who truly need them. Or you are free to pick a charity project that has always been close to your heart.
Charity donations can be collected any time from the date you sign up to the moment you cross the Finish Line. More(edit_link)

 

Come up with something! Tell your friends, family, business partners, colleagues and sponsors about your commitment to great charity projects. Collect online via Social Media. Organize a flea market. Make a tombola. Get into the local press or organize a charity party. There are countless ways. Collecting donations is an adventure in itself. More

 

Create your personal donation collection pages at movember.com or any other online donation platform. Online donation platforms give you the opportunity to present your donation collection transparently and easily and to handle it online. All donations collected via movember.com or other online donation platforms directly benefit the SAC aid projects and organizations as well as your charity projects.

If you collect donations for your freely chosen heart project, please send us a donation receipt at the end of the donation campaign or at the latest at the end of the rally. This can also be done by email.  More(edit_link)

 

In order to get even more support for your project and your fundraising, you are welcome to contact the press. Tell the local newspaper, radio or TV about your charity rally. So you might get even more donations and find additional sponsors.

 

Ask the workshop of your confidence if your rally car will be ready for you. Ask at the shop on the corner whether he will provide you with the right equipment. Or get a rally haircut from your favourite hairdresser. In return, your sponsors can immortalize themselves on the rally car or you can include them on your website or in your press work. Here, too, there are countless possibilities.

 

You have found the right vehicle, you have your sponsors and now you want to visually pimp the car/van/motorbike. We give your creativity absolute freedom. There is only one thing to consider: a sticker with the official rally logo will appear on the driver and passenger doors as well as on the bonnet. Furthermore, two stickers with your starting number must be placed clearly visible on the vehicle. 

Dimensions of the stickers: 
Official rally logos: circular, approx. 45 cm diameter 
Starting numbers: circular, approx. 45 cm diameter

The SAC Live Tracking App - SAC Track - is available for free download for all rally teams in the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store - for Android and iOS. SAC Live Tracking is as simple as it is intuitive. Simply switch on tracking and be tracked. Furthermore, you have the possibility to attach your most beautiful pictures to the track. All teams receive the log-in data one week before the start. 

Offline and still be tracked. Is this possible? 
Yes, that works without any problems! Your phone records your route even without an internet connection if a GPS signal is available. As soon as you are online the next time, the SAC Track will automatically move your route to the server and your route will be up-to-date again. 

Your personal rally route After the rally, you can download the tracked route so that you can show it to your grandchildren.

You’ve got to repair your vehicle! 

But don’t worry - even if you have no clue about technical workings, you’ll get your ride up and running again. This is how we know: 

  1. It’s part of the rally code of honour that teams help each other whenever necessary. There’s nearly always a fellow rally participant in close proximity who has enough technical know-how and the right tools to help you out. 
     
  2. If you’re really stranded way out in the sticks, don’t hesitate to ask for help from local people. Even if you don’t speak the language, you’ll encounter people more than willing to help out. Sometimes just a friendly smile and a couple of shared vodkas will do - before you know it, your motor will be running again…. 
     
  3. If all else fails, your saving grace will be having registered for some kind of abroad insurance protection at one of the big auto associations.

The rally gets going on February 20th, 2021, right in the heart of Hamburg. The Starting Line Event kicks off at 10 a.m. and the official Rally Start will take place between noon and 1 p.m. We’ll let you know the exact address of all this action in time.

On the way around the frozen Baltic Sea we celebrate two wacky rally parties together. After a test drive on a real Ice Rally Track, we meet again above the Arctic Circle to celebrate the fantastic Northern Lights and set off together to the North Cape. In the Baltic States we set up the "tents" together for the Winter Bivouac Party.

Where exactly, our secret remains until the start...

We are also planning some winter activities with you. So, take warm clothes with you to be able to spend some time outdoors.

Everything is open to the top! However, you must be at least 18 years old to be allowed to participate. Further, we point out that you should be in good physical condition. The participation in this adventure rally is not a coffee ride with an electric blanket.

 

The conditions of the roads during the rally couldn’t be any more unpredictable:
from dry asphalt lanes at 10 degrees C, to snow-covered dirt roads  at minus 20 degrees C, through to icy pothole parkour tours  at 0 degrees C.

Anything’s possible and there’s a little something for everyone!

Each rally has its own Facebook group. There you can exchange ideas with other teams before, During and after the rally. 

The following topics are gladly discussed there:

  • Personal team introduction and presentation of your own charity project
  • Tips & tricks for the right equipment
  • Progress in pimping the rally car
  • Purchase and sale of reinforced rally vehicles
  • Search for other team members or a team to ride with

To the official Baltic Sea Circle Winter Edition Group.

 

To the official Baltic Sea Circle Dutch Edition Group.

Yes, you are welcome to do so. You can find a selection of pictures and the Rally logos under the section Media. 
If you don't find what you are looking for, you can download the logos directly from the website (right mouse button, save image as). 

Please always refer to us for pictures and logos, especially if they are passed on to the press, for example. 
Photo Credits: Superlative Adventure Club

You can easily register for your rally adventure in three quick steps.

  1. Log in under my SAC
  2. Afterwards, you can create a team under point 2 "My Teams"
  3. If you have successfully registered your team, you can book the rally with your team.

Tip: 
You can change and edit your team name, the number of team members, as well as the facts about your vehicle and pictures even after registration.

In addition to the entry fee there are additional costs for food, accommodation, petrol, possible ferry crossings or tolls.

The amount depends on you and your budget and the thirst of your car. To give you an idea of your individual travel costs, here is a rough overview of the travel costs per day for a team of 2 people: 

Fuel costs: 
approx. 1,50€ per liter

Calculation example:
1,50€ × 8 liters per 100 km × 400 km per day =48 €

Accommodation:

Overnight stay in the open air, in a tent, vehicle or with new friends: 0€.
From campsite to luxury hostel: 15€ to 150+€

Catering:

Hunters, Collectors, Fishermen: 0€
Self-catering from the supermarket: 30€
Gourmets and restaurant testers: 60+€

Other costs:

Depending on the route chosen, additional costs for road and bridge tolls, ferry crossings or speeding tickets from 100€ - 250+€ may be incurred on the entire route.

Yes, you can still change and edit your team name, the number of team members, as well as the facts about your vehicle and pictures after registration. 
Simply log in with your team account and go to point 2 "My Teams". Under your team page, you will also find your team members and can edit, delete or add their profiles.

 

In order to make a booking, you must first create a team. You can change the team data, the number of members and the name at any time.

 

The starting fee has to be paid within 2 days so that the starting place is officially booked. 

If you cancel within the first 4 weeks after booking, we will refund 100% of the starting fee.[nbsp

We recommend you to protect your ticket with our ticket insurance! 

If the registration is closed, we try to give the starting place to a successor team, if this does not work, we offer to postpone the starting place to the coming year or another rally of your choice. A reactivation fee of 250 € is Due for this. 

Alternatively, you can assign the starting place yourself to friends, relatives or acquaintances and change the data in the team log-in. If you decide to do so, please send us an e-mail via the contact form. 

The personal data stored with us, such as name, company and telephone number as well as all other information are used exclusively for the communication / inquiry processing and under no circumstances pass on to third parties.