OUR VISION

WE HAVE A DREAM…

The Arctic Triple is to be the complete and full experience of the Lofoten Islands. Not only as three spectacular races, but also as a door opener to the culture and people of Lofoten. Our vision is that The Arctic Triple is a 100 % made in- and by Lofoten. Everyone who takes part in the triple should feel like they have had an experience for a lifetime!

We want the athletes, their supporters, the crew, the sponsors and everyone taking part to feel like they are an important piece in the puzzle of this adventure – because they are! Without them there will be no magic.. and magic is what we aim for.

The Arctic Triple races are not first and foremost about seconds, but moments…

Welcome to a mind moving experience!

BACKGROUND

OUR HISTORY

The Arctic Triple is a spinoff from the successful event company  XXLofoten. The owners had thought about establishing unique races in the Lofoten Islands for years until they in 2015 decided to kick it off. They hired a project manager from spring 2015, fully funded by the company, and began the journey to establish a regional adventure in Lofoten. It soon became clear that The Arctic Triple needed space to develop it’s true potential and from Jan 2016 it is part of AB Arctic AS. Ready to rock on!

In August 2015 the first test race was held for Lofoten Triathlon. The Arctic Triple organized an extreme distance triathlon in extreme weather conditions – with great success! 14 athletes finished a 3,5 km swim (shortened from 4 km due to strong winds and high waves), 196 km bike ride and 45 km run. The last 18 km of the run leg crosses two mountains and the weather conditions made the challenge “insane” according to athlete Magnus Minde. -But they all loved it and the entire route was decided to be the official Lofoten Triathlon route. The race will be held annually in week 33 from 2016.

Lofoten Ultra-Trail was the next race to be developed and in October 2015 an exclusive team of runners tested the route. The whole idea about a test run came from Svein Vestøl, who was eager to come up and run the 100 miles +. Just for fun. We were of course happy to do a test, and a couple of runners got along to do the 50 miles distance with us. Great weekend! Amazing race..  Lofoten UltraTrail will be held annually in week 22 from 2016.

Lofoten Skimo is the third and final race in The Arctic Triple. In March 2017 the first edition of the Lofoten Skimo was arranged. The race has two distances: 1000+ and 4000+ height meters. The extreme version is 36 km and goes across 8 mountains. The 1000+ crosses two mountains. Lofoten Skimo will take place annually in week 11 from 2017.

Are you ready for the challenge?

WHO WE ARE

The Arctic Triple rely fully on contribution from many local companies, crew and sponsors. Their contribution is what will make sure we make fantastic races for years to come.

Frank Hagen

CEO for The Arctic Triple

Frank Hagen is from Tromsø, but has lived in Lofoten for over ten years taking part in the success story of the event company XXLofoten. With his background from both the military and developing XXLofoten he has full speed ahead for the next adventure – making The Arctic Triple.

Maria Terese Karlsen

Project Manager for The Arctic Triple

Maria grew up at the island Gimsøy in Lofoten. After many years away from these beautiful islands she moved back in 2015 to work full time with The Arctic Triple. Maria has a background from the military, but she has also worked with marketing and project management.

“There are so many exciting, talented and highly skilled companies in Lofoten. Off course we have a lot of business within the fish industry, but there is also a continuous development in the travel industry. Our hotels and restaurants are pushing high quality! I am glad to see how many different people that have found their way to Lofoten due to their love of these islands – and combined with local resources make magic happen or open new doors that no one had thought of. There are graphic designers, film and photo services on a very high level and researchers such as the company SALT that has made a living out of sharing knowledge. I can go on and on and there is so much more ahead of us!” – Frank Hagen.

Maria says that the best thing about The Arctic Triple is that it so much more than three races – “The Arctic Triple is a huge window of opportunity for Lofoten. The project has a environmental vison and a strong focus on taking care of the unique nature. We want to step up as a good example and take responsibility. Working with the races can also become a good work experience for many young people – maybe we have some up and coming logistic officers. Or photographers? Local companies can develop new products such as the bakery Kringla that has already made a bun for The Arctic Triple. The health benefit is also a very positive consequence. I am convinced we’ll have lot’s of ultra-runners and triathletes on all levels in a few years in Lofoten!”

FILM & PHOTO

Kai-Otto Melau

Kai-Otto Melau is a freelance photographer based in Oslo, Norway. The Arctic Triple has been lucky to have him on board from the very first test race.

In recent years, Kai-Otto has worked a lot with Extreme Sports, such as triathlon, ultratrail and various expedition races. He has also worked with various NGO`s on assignment in China – the Tibetan plateau, Burundi and Pokot/Turkana in Kenya.

Kai-Otto Melau is an award-winning photographer. He has won awards in National Geographic Photo Contest, Technical Rescue Magazine`s «SAR photographer of the Year» as well as being nominated for CIWEM`s Enviromental Photographer of the Year.
Represented by Global Assignments by Getty Images.

Check out his website

André Eriksen

Andrè Eriksen, 30 years old, Svolvær

This guy is 100% Lofoten and a true adventurer! The Arctic Triple is thrilled to have Andrè on the team. He makes some very cool videos for the races and you can see many of them on youtube. Although his filming and editing is excellent this is just a hobby, but this man has some high level hobbies.. He makes submarines! Beat that! Andrè lives in Bergen, but we’re pretty sure he’ll be back in Svolvær as soon as a cool job turns up. Maybe The Arctic Triple will need him full time one day? We’d love that! Andrè has been all over the world due to his submarine and diving interest, but he claims that Lofoten is the most beautiful place on earth.

“I am honored to be part of The Arctic Triple. It’s a unique combination – I get to work with one of my greatest passions, filmmaking, and doing it together with a fantastic group of people! I dig the challenge of demanding nature and extreme races. Being on the edge isn`t as safe, but the view is better!”

Check out André Eriksens Youtube Channel

Andreas Berge Johansen

Andreas Berge Johansen, 31 years old, Svolvær

Andreas knows how to fly a drone. Case closed. Andreas and Andrè has been the perfect film team for The Arctic Triple. Andreas builds his own drones and airplanes – and it’s some pretty impressing gear he sets up when we’ve been out filming. He’s a man of few words, but he sure knows how to operate all of his flying machines. Most often heard saying “Njaaaa” – whenever we ask him about anything we’re uncertain about. Usually it’s a wind issue.. Few minutes later he’s up and running, getting amazing film shots of the athletes in action. We are truly thankful for all the time Andreas has spent working with The Arctic Triple. Not only has he spent weekends, but he’s taken time off from work to be on the team for voluntarily. We can almost not believe the luck of having such a resource available locally and look forward to all the adventures that are to come! Thank you Andreas.

“Walk up there? Njaaa… I have several drones to do that for me.”

THE ARCTIC TRIPLE CREW

Important fact. No crew – no race.
We depend on having a really good crew to make these races and anyone who would like to take part in this adventure is welcome to apply as a crew member. We have had some test races and the crew till now has been amazing.. They work hard, for hours! – under somtimes demanding weather conditions and they hunt for solutions. That’s what we need! So if your’re ready to go all in we can promise you a great experience and a good reference.

A FEW OF THE CREW MEMBERS

Gunhild

Gunhild, 26, from Hamarøy

Gunhild is a young lady that originate from just across the fjord from Lofoten, Hamarøy. She’s constantly on a new adventure somewhere. Surfing, hiking or camping on a remote beach or mountaintop across all of Norway.
Gunhild must be one of the most social, hardworking and sweetest beings on this planet! She though as few and very dedicated. Not only has she worked hard to make the best test race ever for Lofoten Triathlon, but she also recruited a bunch of other crewmembers!

«The Arctic Triple was a magical experience that I´m very happy to be a part of! The spirit, and the joy that was present among both athletes and volunteers was absolutely AMAZING!»

Photo by Kristian Rothli

Roald, 68 years old, from Gimsøy

Roald is a true local from Lofoten. He grew up on the farm at Gimsøy where he still lives and has worked in the fish industry most of his life. When he was asked to help out on the test race for Lofoten Triathlon he hesitated.., but said ok. After the first bike had passed him at his checkpoint at Sundklakk he was on fire! So he was more than happy to continue to the next check point where he was needed – Haugen farm at the 25 km mark on the run leg. It’s an hours drive there from his first check point! He ended up spending at least 15 hours on the race that day and loving it! Welcome back in 2016 Roald :)

“I’m so surprised! This was a blast! I look forward to next year already!”

Per Otto

Per Otto (Potto), 28 years old, from Ås

Potto must have been very motivated to come work as crew at the test race for Lofoten Triathlon. He started the travel from southern Norway after work on Thursday. Drove a couple of hours to the airport in Oslo. Flew up to Bodø. Took a ferry leaving at midnight (!!) from Bodø and arrived at the very tip of Lofoten very early Friday morning. Drove for about two hours to Svolvær. Got maybe an hour of sleep..and was all set at the crew briefing Friday at noon. Impressive! We look forward to see you again Potto!

“There is nothing better than being extremely worn out surrounded by spectacular nature!”

Ella

Ella, 16 years old, from Svolvær

Ella was one of our youngest crewmembers at the test race for Lofoten Triathlon in August 2015. She did a great job helping out all through the race. Closing in on the end of the test race we needed someone to do a quick run to the top of the last mountaintop on the run leg. So she did. Watch out future triathletes! She’s on your backs!

“It’s going be crazy cool! I’m already hooked on the thought of doing a triathlon myself!”

Marlene

Marlene, 28 years old, Reine

Marlene was just the perfect crewmember that came out of nowhere and made all the difference for the test race we did on Lofoten UltraTrail in October 2015. She lives on the Moskenes island where the start for the race is set and she really knows everyone! Perfect. She got the crew somewhere to sleep and then made sure we got food too for the first day of the test. The test runners really needed and loved those chocolate filled buns!
Thank you so much Marlene! We know the first Lofoten UltraTrail will have the best support we could ever hope for when we set off from Reinefjorden in June 2016.

“My first meeting with The Arctic Triple made me shed a tear.. The video from the Triathlon was magical, and showed the Lofoten Islands as adventurous and challenging as only they can be. This event I would like to be a part of! During the test for Lofoten UltraTrail the conditions were perfect and swept away locals as well as the runners. It was an amazing day, with a great group of people – nothing but perfect! I’m really excited to welcome the participants at The Arctic Triple 2016, and know in my heart that this will be an event that will blow people’s minds and hearts away! See you in 2016!»

JOIN THE CREW

WE OFFER:

  • A big challenge!
  • An opportunity to be part of an amazing crew and a unique race in the Lofoten Islands
  • A really cool and unique Crew T-shirt for each of the races in The Arctic Triple
  • A possibility to get a great experience and a good reference to put on your CV

We’ll need crew for many different areas:

  • Logistics
  • Medical personnel
  • Safety
  • Support
  • Photo and film

Qualifications:

  • Dedication – you are up for a challenge!
  • Owning a driver’s license is very practical, but not a must
  • Let us know if you have experience with kayaking, hiking, climbing and skiing
  • First and foremost – you’re are a nice person! We want to be the best hosts in the world :)

PLEASE APPLY TO BE A CREWMEBER:

  • Full name
  • Age
  • Address
  • Phone number
  • If you have a drivers’ license or not
  • What races you would like to work on
  • When you are available to get things going!
  • Do you have anywhere to stay during the race? (We have limited slots for housing crew members)
APPLY TO BE CREW

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