LOFOTEN RELAY // 10 STAGES

100 MILES: STAGES BETWEEN 9 AND 22 KM
50 MILES: STAGES BETWEEN 3 AND 15 KM

THE WORLD’S MOST BEAUTIFUL RELAY RUN

FRIDAY 3RD AND SATURDAY 4TH OF JUNE 2022

This is the first ever 100 Miles/50 Miles RELAY (stafett) race in Norway and is a great teambuilding product, where you work together before and during the race. It is a great way to experience Lofoten, which is often described as the world’s most beautiful islands. The race consist of 10 stages, from 9/3 km to 22/15 km. Some stages are flat and some have more elevation and technical terrain. To get to the start of the race you have to take a short boat ride into the spectacular Kirkefjord, close to the famous fishing village Reine, known as one of the most picturesque areas in the world. The relay course is the same as the individual course. If you participate 10 years and switch legs every year you may finish the whole 100 miles course after 10 years. This is a pretty cool way to experience Lofoten, from west to east.

Please note – race brief the day before the start (late afternoon).

Date/time: 100 Miles: Friday 3rd of June at 12:30, 50 Miles: Saturday 4th of June at 09.00
Start:
100 Miles: Kirkefjorden, Moskenes or 50 Miles: Lofotr Vikingmuseum, Borg, Vestvågøy
End: Svolvær, Austvågøy
Track: Entire track is marked
Distance: 166 KM/100 Miles or 81 KM/50 Miles
Height meters: 7000+ M / 3500+ M
Number of stages: 10
Length of stages: 100 Miles: From 9 KM to 22 KM, 50 Miles: From 3 KM to 15 KM
Maximum number of team participants: 10 athletes
Minimum number of team participants: 100 Miles: 4 athletes, 50 Miles: 2 athletes

CUT OFF // 100 MILES RELAY (STAFETT)

144 KM/Kleppstad 32 hours after start
158 KM/Kongsmarka 36 hours after start

CUT OFF // 50 MILES RELAY (STAFETT)

61 KM/Kleppstad 11 hours after start
75 KM/Kongsmarka 15 hours after start

Please read the Race Manual below for further details about the race!

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THE ULTIMATE TEAM BUILDING CHALLENGE

We asked Team Albatross about their experience from the race:

“We participated because we were some colleagues who talked about that it had been a lot of fun, and then it was not difficult to persuade more people to join. The pictures on the website look absolutely insane, and everyone on the team was ready to be challenged.

We expected to see wild nature and one hard race, and we got what we expected and more. We tried to calculate the start times on the different stages, but it turned out to miss something like 6 hours at the end.

It was a very cool experience that everyone on the team is still talking about. We have become well acquainted with others in the company that we had not become acquainted with in other ways.

We will participate again! Some of the participants from 2021 will run individual distances (up to 50 miles), in addition to one team. We have challenged the neighboring company to a duel, so then it will be the battle for Kongsberg!”

Jan Christian Marheim, Team leader Albatross (Kongsberg)

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STAGES // 100 MILES

DISTANCE: 11km
KEYNOTES: Extremely technically demanding trails for the entire route. Pay attention to where you put your feet!
DESCRIPTION: The starting line is in Kirkefjorden in the bottom of Reinefjorden. To get there all participants will be transported by boat from Reine. The boat ride takes about 20 minutes and it is a scenic experience! The first 20 km are terrain and maybe the most demanding part of the entire route with several mountains to pass. The trail is very technically demanding and there is only a few km on gravel road from Selfjord till you take off towards Kvalvika.

DISTANCE: 9km
DESCRIPTION:  The trails will take you past two beaches in Kvalvika and you will run on the actual beach before the next mountain passing towards Fredvang.

DISTANCE: 19km
KEYNOTES: Nice flat run over scenic bridges and an historic trail with panoramic views.
DESCRIPTION: From Fredvang you’ll get the first leg on asphalt on your way towards Ytre Skjelfjord. After about 8 km the road becomes a gravel road the last 6 km to Nesland. Here you enter a historic fishermen’s trail towards the iconic village of Nusfjord. The trail is about 5 km and has a technical trail that also require some light “climbing” over rocks and a short ladder.

DISTANCE: 17km
KEYNOTES: The final mountain passes are ahead of you, enjoy them! Some road running as well between the mountains.
DESCRIPTION: From Nusfjord you’ll follow the main road for about 3 km before you enter the trail to Napp. The trail from follows the coastline and has a lot of ups and downs. Very demanding so keep the focus. You will have a great view towards the next island on the race – Vestvågøy.

DISTANCE: 21km
KEYNOTES: Underwater tunnel and a very demanding terrain leg around the mountain Offersøykammen before the beaches on Haukland and Uttakleiv awaits you.
DESCRIPTION: The route from Napp continues through an underwater tunnel (1780 m) before you make a sharp turn to the right after the exit to get on the trail around Offersøy.

The trail around Offersøy is very nice and easy to begin with. When you pass the cave from the stone age after about 2 km on the trail, the condition of the trail changes dramatically.. There hardly is a trail. For the next 2 km you will be following the coastline jumping and balancing on one rock after the other. SLOW DOWN on this passage. The last 2 km of the trail around Offersøy is flat.

When you hit the road again it is a very nice and scenic run along a narrow coastal road towards the beaches at Haukland and Uttakleiv.

DISTANCE: 22km
KEYNOTES: Farm trailing towards magical Unstad beach, combination of trails, short terrain leg, gravel road and asphalt
DESCRIPTION: From Uttakleiv you will follow the old mountain pass road over and thereafter a gravel road for a few kilometers.  At the end of the road there is a short terrain leg along the lake Mørkdalsvatnet towards Repp. After Repp you’ll farmtrail your way towards the road to Unstad switching between asphalt, gravel roads and trails along the mountain. At the lake Ostadvatnet you’ll enter the main road to Unstad. Run OVER the two tunnels on your way to Unstad, where you’ll meet an amazing beach and a service point.

DISTANCE: 18km
KEYNOTES: coastal trail, midnight sun view taken to new heights!
DESCRIPTION: From Unstad the trail follows the coastline, passing a small lighthouse before you get an amazing view towards Eggum. After about 6 km the trail meets gravel road for a few km until meeting the asphalt. Thereon it’s a flat run towards the service- and checkpoint at Borgfjorden.

DISTANCE: 17km
KEYNOTES: Mountain passing in the footprints of Vikings, pay attention to the GPS to make sure you are on track. The quality of the trail varies and is somewhat less visible.
DESCRIPTION:
From Borgfjorden you will follow the farm road towards the mountain. There is a grass/gravel road up the first mountainside. Before the road ends you are to get onto a trail towards Vardheia where you enter a trail towards the ridge of the Daltuva mountain. It’s a magically flat mountain top surrounded by peaks. Follow the ridge down towards the small lakes and then a trail leading to Vikjorden.

DISTANCE: 10km
KEYNOTES: Road running and a big bridge.
DESCRIPTION:
From Vikjord you run on asphalt along the sea side. First you cross a bridge to enter Gimsøya and lastly a big bridge from Gimsøya to Kleppstad on Austvågøy.

DISTANCE: 22km
KEYNOTES: The final mountain passes are ahead of you and watch where you put your feet!
DESCRIPTION: If you are within the cut off time at the checkpoint, and in a condition to complete the race, you will be allowed to continue. For about 3 km the route follows the main road before you hit gravel road towards Olderfjorden N. The track continues on gravel road and trail for about 5 km before you take a sharp turn and hit the final mountain pass. From here on there is no trail till you are on the other side of the ridge. Steep ascent.

After the ridge you’ll follow two small lakes and then pass behind the ridge of the mountain Dronningtinden, before the decent towards a power station. This is where the final check point is set.

If you make the cut off for Check Point 4 you will continue along a gravel road until you turn at the end of the lake towards the final mountain – Tjeldbergtinden. The route passes over the mountain and take you down to a gravel road on the other side. Follow the road down to the main road and start on the final kilometers towards the town square of Svolvær.

When you run through the tunnel continue straight till you hit the harbor, make a right turn and follow the quay towards the finish line. And you’re done.. Congratulations!

GPX TRACKS 100 MILES RELAY
STAGE MAPS 100 MILES RELAY (STAFETT)

STAGES // 50 MILES

DISTANCE: 3km
KEYNOTES: Vikings and soft trails
DESCRIPTION: The race will start at the Lofotr Viking Museum with the chief Viking sending you off! Starting with a run around the museum area

DISTANCE: 12km
DESCRIPTION:   First a nice trail section before road sections and old road paths above two tunnels to Unstad.

DISTANCE: 8km
KEYNOTES: coastal trail
DESCRIPTION:From Unstad the trail follows the coastline, passing a small lighthouse before you get an amazing view towards Eggum. After about 6 km the trail meets gravel road for a few km until meeting the asphalt.

DISTANCE: 11km
KEYNOTES: Road running
DESCRIPTION: Flat run on asphalt along the sea to Torvdalshalsen.

DISTANCE: 15km
KEYNOTES: Mountain passing in the footprints of Vikings. Nice trails and great views!
DESCRIPTION: From Borgfjorden you will follow the farm road towards the mountain. There is a grass/gravel road up the first mountainside. Before the road ends you are to get onto a trail towards Vardheia where you enter a trail towards the ridge of the Dalstuva mountain. It’s a magically flat mountain top surrounded by peaks. Follow the ridge down towards the small lakes and then a trail leading to Vikjorden and a service point down at the main road.

DISTANCE: 6km
KEYNOTES: Road running
DESCRIPTION: Nice sea side road running on asphalt with to Smorten.

DISTANCE: 6km
KEYNOTES: Road running with a view!
DESCRIPTION:More sea side running on asphalt finishing with a large bridge before Kleppstad.

DISTANCE: 5km
KEYNOTES: Old farmroad, some asphalt and gravel road.
DESCRIPTION: First part is on an old farm road, before you reach the main road for a couple of km. Last part is on gravel road before the mountains awaits on the next stage.

DISTANCE: 9km
KEYNOTES: mountains, partly steep and technical running,
DESCRIPTION: First you cross a stream before you start climbing towards mountain Jordtind, Nonstind and Spisstind. Some techical and steep sections. After the first mountain you descend towards a lake before a small climb next to mountain Dronninga. From there you  follow the trail down to lake Store Kongsvatn and transition zone in Kongsmarka.

DISTANCE: 6km
KEYNOTES: Crossing the final mountain and some road running before finishing.
DESCRIPTION: A tough climb awaits! The route passes over the mountain Tjeldbergtind (367mas) and take you down to a gravel road on the other side. Follow the road down to the main road and start on the final kilometers towards the town square of Svolvær.

When you run through the tunnel continue straight till you hit the harbor, make a right turn and follow the quay towards the finish line. And you’re done.. Congratulations!

GPX TRACKS 50 MILES RELAY
STAGE MAPS 50 MILES RELAY (STAFETT)

Post Race Social Gathering?

We highly recommend dinner and a good celebration at Thon Hotel Lofoten or at the new Thon Hotel Svolvær.

Award Ceremony

On Sunday morning the athletes can enjoy the award winning breakfast at Thon Hotel Lofoten before we all meet for the Award Ceremony next to finish line 11 am. Fame and glory to the athletes and you can win great draw prices from our partners.

Sustainability – TAKE CARE OF LOFOTEN

The arctic triple has a major focus on sustainability in all aspects of our operations. We want to do everything we can to make the most environmentally friendly races in the world. Read more here.

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