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Red Bull Nordenskiöldsloppet 2021 takes place on March 27th 2021, in Jokkmokk, Sweden.

With its 220km’s long track the race takes the spot of the world’s longest classical ski race.

With history dating back from 1884 it is also one of the oldest organized races in the world.

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Red Bull Nordenskiöldsloppet

On Saturday, March 27th 2021 at 5am the worlds longest cross country ski race starts in Jokkmokk from Jokkmokk`s skiing stadium.

Red Bull Nordenskiöldsloppet – Elite is arranged as a FIS-sanctioned competition with mass start for licensed elite skiers, including timekeeping, result list and award ceremony.

Competition information here: Competition information

Red Bull Nordenskiöldsloppet starts in Jokkmokk and make its way across the beautiful scenery of Lappland. The race course looks like the following:
Jokkmokk – Granudden – ÅrreNjarka – Granudden – Jokkmokk. The race follows the same track towards ÅrreNjarka and back to Jokkmokk.
The start has been moved from Purkijaur to Jokkmokk based on safety considerations in the current situation.

The total distance of 220km’s makes the race the worlds longest classical cross country ski competition and the first ultra competition in modern time. The race has history going back to 1884 when polar explorer Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld had two of his team ski an unbelievably long distance during one of his expeditions, read more about the history here.

The maximum time allowed to finish the is 30 hours.

The competition honors the FIS rules (ICR). Ski marking and control of pole length  is done at the start.
Seeding for elite skiers is done according to the following criteria: FIS points, Ski Classics overall ranking, results Red Bull Nordenskiöldsloppet 2016-2019.
Result lists total and Ladies/Men. No senior classes.

How do I get to the race, and where do I stay?

See Travel & lodging

The race is conducted in a Sami reindeer husbandry area. The course winds through the reindeer winter pasture land and further up the mountains where the reindeer stay the rest of the year. Red Bull Nordenskiöldsloppet promotes sustainable reindeer husbandry in connection with the event.
Environmental threats such as reduced biodiversity and climate change have a strong impact on the sensitive Arctic areas and warming in the Arctic is happening faster than elsewhere on earth. For Red Bull Nordenskiöldsloppet, it is a prioritized target to contribute to long-term sustainable development and to reduce the event´s environmental impact to the greatest extent possible.
We follow a “Leave no Trace” policy. The goal is that there should be zero garbage all along the entire racetrack. Leaving trash is only allowed at the race’s 19 service points.

Sign up & registration

What is included in the entry fee?
– Starting west with your name.
– Red Bull. Enervit energy bars and energy gel, sport drink, cheese sandwiches and sweet rolls, bananas and oranges, coffee, salt pills and more at a total of 19 stations.
– Warm food like pasta and meat soup at 3 stations.
– Ski wax for self service and spare poles at all stations.
– “Pavva Lasse” medal if you finish the race under 21 hours 22 minutes.
– Transport back to Jokkmokk with snowmobiles and minibuses if you have to quit the race.
– Clothes transport for change of clothes at 2 stations (3 passings) along the track.
– Finisher certificate signed by three times Vasaloppet winner Daniel Tynell
– Due to Covid19 restrictions we cannot offer food at the competition center.
Instead all participants get: A breakfast bag with snacks directly after finishing and a coupon worth 120 SEK that is accepted at restaurants and coffee shops in Jokkmokk.
– Live timing and tracking.

Where do I pick up my starting number?
BIBs are picked up at the competition center in Jokkmokk.

Competition centerpick-up of the start-ID etc.: Jokkmokk, Folkets Hus, Föreningsgatan 8.
Opening times: Thursday March 25, 14:00 to 20:00, Friday March 26, 10:00 to 20:00.

General conditions for the registration:
-The registration is binding.
-The entry fee is non refundable.
-It Is not allowed to let anyone else participate in your name.
-Change of name is allowed for a fee of 300 SEK. To do so contact the organizers at info@nordenskioldslopp.se
-Participation is at your own risk.
-All Participants must be 19 years at the time of the race.
-Failing to return the timing chip adds a charge of 500 SEK.
-The organizers have the right to change the race track.
-Medical personell and representatives from the organization will have the right to stop participants from further participation if there is a risk to the health of the person.

SkiGo waxing package

The registration fee includes waxing service. A variety of waxes can be found at several of the controls along the course and the participants can wax their own skis.
Red Bull Nordenskiöldsloppet is also offering an extended waxing service through an agreement with SkiGo .
You leave your skiers to SkiGo on Friday between 8.00 and 18.00 at “Samelandsresor”, Klockarvägen 1 (next to Jokkmokk Skiing Stadium). You pick up your skiers at the same place.
Contact: info@skigo.se
Book you waxing package latest 20 March!

The race track

Race course: Jokkmokk – Granudden – ÅrreNjarka – Granudden – Jokkmokk. The race follows most of the time the same track towards ÅrreNjarka and back to Jokkmokk.

Height profile: 

Please observe that the track and stations can change.

Detailed maps can be found here:
Race track eastern part
Race track western part

Controls: A total of 19 controls along the course offers: sports drinks, tea, water, buns, cheese sandwiches, oranges, bananas, pickles, blueberry soup, energy bars, energy gel, Red Bull. At the controls Granudden (2x), ÅrreNjarke (turning point) and Purkijaur-Karadsvägen we offer additional food as meat soup, pasta etc.
Emergency services / medical care is available at all controls.
All controls have a heated tent or alternatively a heated building nearby.

Time limits:
30 hours 00 minutes to the finish line. The following time limits apply at checkpoints along the track:
ÅrreNjarka km 110: Saturday 19:50
Njavve km 121: Saturday 21:30
Sågudden km 128: Saturday 22:25
Tjåmotis km 142: Sunday 0:25
Granudden km 153: Sunday 1:50
Majves km 163: Sunday 4:10 summertime
Randijaur km 169: Sunday 4:55 summertime
Ragalvisjiegge km 182: Sunday 6:40 summertime
Pälnibäcken km 196: Sunday 8:30 summertime
Purkijaur-Karadsvägen km 205: Sunday 9:45 summertime
Jokkmokk stadium finish: Sunday 12:00 summertime

Medical personnel and representatives from the organization will have the right to stop participants from further participation if there is a risk to the health of the person

Clothing transportation: All participants receive 3 bags for clothing and stickers for self-labelling of bags. Important: The smaller stickers are for marking your skis! Stickers must be placed in the middle of the bag in the bottom half and pushed firmly. All bags must be sealed with rubber band. Coveralls which the participants wear before the start will stay at the finish area.

Clothing can be changed at the following controls: Randijaur and ÅrreNjarka. The following bags are used: White: Start; Grey: Randijaur after 51 and 169 km, Green: ÅrreNjarka after 110 km. Bags with used clothes are transported back to the finish area i Jokkmokk.
NOTE! All clothing must be submitted to the Competition Center by Friday at 19:00.

Prizes

In 1884, the first person to ski the entire distance won 200 SEK, second person who came back to Jokkmokk won 150 SEK and the third person won 100 SEK.

Prices: The first price for both the gents and ladies’ winners is 50,000 SEK. The price money for second place is 30,000 SEK, for third place 20,000 SEK.
The Nordenskiöld Family Association donates a Challenge Trophy for the best man and the best woman.

Frequent questions

When is the race held?
March 27th 2021 (the original race took place in 1884)

How long is the race?
220km’s

What is the total climb?
+1900 meter

When is the start?
The start for the elite race is at 05.00 in Jokkmokk, skiing stadium. Starting gates are open for placement of skis from 04.30.

When and where is the price ceremony?
Directly after elite skiers have finished the race at Jokkmokk Ski Stadium (no public allowed).

Can family and friends follow my progress in the race from home?
Yes, results and timings are published live on the live results page (link will be added before the race).

Can family and friends follow the race on-site in Jokkmokk?
Due to Covid19 no public is allowed along the entire racecourse. Entry to the race area is only permitted for registered participants and race officials with ID.

What’s the official hashtag?
#Nordenskiöldsloppet

Any extra tips for participants?

  • Control of ski markings takes place at the check in for the start.
  • We recommend participants to use a drink belt.

Is the entire track prepared?
Yes!

Are you only allowed to ski in classic style?
Yes!

Headlamps:
All participants who expect to ski until darkness falls need a headlamp. All participants are solely responsible for having headlamps.

What food is served during the race?
Red Bull. Enervit energy bars and energy gel, sport drink, cheese sandwiches and sweet rolls, bananas and oranges, coffee and more at a total of 19 stations
Warm food like pasta and meat soup at 3 stations (4 passings).

If you break a pole:
A number of reserve poles is available at the checkpoints. These poles are marked with the race`s logo and must be returned after finishing the race. Failing to return the pole adds a charge of 500 SEK.

Is it possible to quit the race?
Yes, it is possible to quit the race at any station along the track. Transport by snowmobiles and minibuses back to Jokkmokk is available along the entire race track.

Do you have vaxing service on the track?
Yes, there will be vaxing service at selected stations.

What is the maximum time to complete the race?
30 hours.

Showers: Due to Covid19 no public showers are available.

Food after finishing:
Due to Covid19 we cannot offer food at the competition center.
Instead all participants get a bag with snacks directly after finishing and a coupon worth 120 SEK that is accepted at restaurants and coffee shops in Jokkmokk.

Do you have tips for accommodation and transportation?
Yes! Check “Travel & Accommodation” below.

Travel & lodging

It’s easy to get to Red Bull Nordenskiöldsloppet!

Flight:
Stockholm-Luleå (SAS, Norwegian) 1,15 hours
Stockholm-Gällivare (Next Jet): 2,5 hours

Train:
Stockholm-Boden
Stockholm-Gällivare

Shuttlebuss:
Luleå airport – Jokkmokk, Jokkmokk-Luleå airport
We offer shuttle busses from Luleå airport to Jokkmokk, see preliminary time table below.

From Luleå to Jokkmokk:
Thursday 25/3: 19.30 from Luleå Airport
Friday 26/3: 14.00 from Luleå Airport

From Jokkmokk to Luleå:
Sunday 28/3: 13.00 from Jokkmokk (hotel, camping aprox. 10 minutes later)
Monday 29/3: 07.00 from Jokkmokk (hotel, camping aprox. 10 minutes later)

Price: 275 SEK one way. Contact SN Travel, info@snr.se for reservations.
Note: You have to book your ticket at least one day before your trip!

Car:
Luleå-Jokkmokk: 2 hours (175 km)
Boden-Jokkmokk: 1,5 hours (135 km)
Gällivare-Jokkmokk: 1 hour 15 minutes (101 km)

Travel packages: https://luleatravel.com/travel-packages/red-bull-nordenskiolds-loppet/

Lodging:

Looking for accomodation in Jokkmokk? Welcome to contact Jokkmokk Arctic Dream, +46-76-2433646, info@jokkmokkarcticdream.se, www.jokkmokkarcticdream.se

Hotell Akerlund, tel +46 (0)971 10017. Website
Hotell Jokkmokk, tel +46 (0)971 77700. Website
Skabram Turism & Gårdsmejeri, tel +46 (0)971 10752. Website
Arctic Camp Jokkmokk, tel +46 (0)971 123 70. Website
STF Jokkmokk Vandrarhem, tel +46 (0)70 3664645. Website

Booking of private accomodation:
– Jokkmokk Arctic Dream, +46(0)76-243 3646, info@jokkmokkarcticdream.se, Website
– SN Resor, info@snr.se, +46(0)971-582 22. Website

Accommodation close to Jokkmokk (<50 km)
Hotell Vuollerim Gästgiveriet, tel +46 (0)976 10660. Website
Arctic Colors Porjus, Hemsida
Arctic Nights Lodge Porjus, +46(0)76 – 8316699. Hemsida

Lodging outside of Jokkmokk (50-100 km):
Årrenjarka Mountain Lodge (at the race´s turning point), tel +46 (0)971 23018. Website
Hotel Storforsen, tel. +46(0)929-72100 Website
Accomodation in Gällivare: Gällivare Touristcenter Website
Kåbdalis, tel +46 (0)928 50147. Website
Blåfjell stugby, tel +46 (0)70 6264059. Website
Kronogård Vildmark, tel +46 (0)928 50080. Website

Experience unforgettable nature. Read more about Jokkmokk and the region at destinationjokkmokk.se and jokkmokk.se.

Organizers

The race is organized by Nordenskiöldsloppet and Jokkmokks Skidklubb JSK in cooperation with Red Bull Sweden.

Red Bull Nordenskiöldsloppets organizer Wolfgang Mehl

Red Bull Nordenskiöldsloppets organizer Wolfgang Mehl

The resurrection of this historical race is a result of an initiative by Wolfgang Mehl together with his organisation of enthusiasts. With 25 years of experience in organizing big events and a background as one of the best 100km runners in Austria in the end of the 90’s, the race is in good hands for the future.

Wolfgang Mehl
, CEO
Daniel Tynell, Sportive Director
Lennart Larsson, Competition Director
Christian Rimpi, Lennart Nilsson & Lars Gunnar Lundvall, Track Officials
Merja Tyrväinen, Organization Manager
Silva Herrmann, Compitition Secretary
Håkan Sundqvist, Jokkmokks SK

In the framework of a Leader Polaris 2020 project, the Nordenskiöldsloppet will be further developed with the aim of coordinating efforts to increase the competitiveness of local and regional business and to contribute to a more diversified business community. We also want to contribute to high participation, collaboration and competence of individuals and actors in the area. This will be done in cooperation with Destination Jokkmokk, Jokkmokk companies and the non-profit sector. Key words in the project are networking, business development, development of new business models and diversity and integration.
See more about the EU’s efforts in agriculture and rural development at
EU Commission website.
www.leaderpolaris.se