ARCTIC CIRCLE RACE
RUN THROUGH THE WILD
12th AUGUST 2023
To fly a helicopter through the wilderness in this region is nothing unusual.
Many of the residents of Arjeplog has probably done it more than once. Perhaps for the grouse hunt that begins in late summer. Or reindeer keepers who use the helicopter as an effective resource in their business.
A less common cause is to be flown 18 km in the wilderness to run back to civilization, but now you have your chance!
The challenge is 18 kms through rought terrain.
You will fly with helicopter 18 kms into the wilderness and run along the polar circle back to the civilization. Take the chance to experience the magnificent nature and sense of freedom that is present in this race.
Price 1800 SEK including helicopter transfer.
Price 1100 SEK without helicopter transfer. (Yes, you can choose to hike to the starting point.)
The contestants will be flown with helicopter out to the start point at the east side of lake Guijaure, 18 km west of Camp Polcirkeln. The race will then with almost precision follow along the Arctic Circle. If you bring your friends we recommend to registrate all persons at once. You will then stay in the same starting group and you will share helicopter. Thats an important part of our job to minimize spread of any infection.
The trail will be marked with signs and distance information every kilometer. The course is about 18 km of varied rought terrain. We have two controll stations where you can have something tho eat and drink. The first one after about 6 kms and the second after about 12 kms. In the middle of the race there is a heavy climbing who have deserved the name “the wall”. Short but very step, the wall will try to stop you.
The start is 690 m.a.s.l. the highest point is 805 m.a.s.l. and the finish line is 480 m.a.s.l. The last 4 km of the course is quite steep dowhill.
You can open the map and altitude diagram here.
CATEGORIES & START ORDER
We are working hard to realize the race with great care of all participants due to the spread of the Corona virus. Therfore, there is importent that you share helicopter and start together with your family and friends.
Upon registration there is no option of competition or exercise. Regardless of gender, the starting numbers will be given in numerical order.
The capacity for helicopter transfer from Camp Polcirkeln to the start of the race is 100 pax per hour.
Start group 1: Start number 1 – 100. Ready to board helicopter at 08:00.
Start group 2: Start number 101-200. Ready to board helicopter at 09:00.
If national restrictions regarding Covid-19 forces us to change this setup we will inform you as soo as possible.
Check in, parking, finish and starting point for helicopters are at Camp Polcirkeln, 100 kms northwest from Arjeplog along route 95.
TIMING & FIRST AID
The timing for the race is an automatic system with chip integrated in the number tag you wear. Start list and results are available online and can be sorted by gender.
First aid equipment and staff are present at the drink checkpoints at 6kms and 12kms. We have helicopter on duty for serious incidents. Emergency phone number in Sweden is 112 and the race emergency number will be given up on check in at the race day.
TRAVEL & ACCOMMODATION
In this part of Sweden you are most flexible with a car, but there are other options.
If you travel from southern Sweden, a train to Jörn or Älvsbyn and a bus to Arjeplog is an option. https://www.sj.se/ Länstrafiken Norrbotten https://ltnbd.se/
Other alternatives can be flights from Stockholm to Arvidsjaur with Nordica https://www.nordica.ee/sv/home/ or flight to Skellefteå or Luleå with SAS https://www.sas.se/ and bus or rental car to Arjeplog.
We will offer shuttle with bus between Arjeplog and Camp Polcirkeln on the day of the race. Departure from Arjeplog at 07:00 and return to Arjeplog at approximately 13:00. The bus can be booked when booking the race or at a later time. Limited number of seats. Price for round trip SEK 500 per person.
Sandviken, 11 kms north west from Camp Polcirkeln. https://www.sandvikens.se/
Vuoggatjålme, 3 kms north of Camp Polcirkeln. https://vuoggatjalme.se/
Jäckvik, 40 kms south east of Camp Polcirkeln. https://www.jackvikfjallcenter.com/
Björklund, 70 km south east of Camp Polcirkeln https://www.antsinpants-tours.de/villa-bjorklund/
I Arjeplog, 100 kms south east of Camp Polcirkeln:
Kraja camping, cabins and hotel https://silverresort.se/
Hotell Hornavan https://sv.hornavanhotell.se/
Simloc apartments https://www.simlochotell.se/