Information


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.

On this page we’ll continuously add information and updates, so make sure to check in from time to time.


Red Bull Nordenskiöldsloppet


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

Red Bull Nordenskiöldsloppet starts in Jokkmokk and make its way across the beautiful scenery of Lappland. The race course looks like the following:
Purkijaur – Granudden – ÅrreNjarka – Granudden – Jokkmokk. The race follows the same track towards ÅrreNjarka and back to Jokkmokk.

The total distance of 220km 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 is this year 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 2016-2022.
Result lists total and Ladies/Men. No senior classes.

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.  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.
– Snacks after the race.
– Live timing and tracking.

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

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.

The race track

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

Track profile

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), ÅrreNjarka (turning point) and Purkijaur 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.

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. Clothing can be changed at the following controls: Randijaur and Sågudden.

Frequent questions

How long is the race?
220km’s

What is the total climb?
+1800 meter

When is the start?
The start for the elite race is at 05.00. Starting gates are open from 04.30.
We offer a free bus shuttle from Jokkmokk for all participants.

When and where is the price ceremony?
Directly after elite skiers have finished the race at Jokkmokk Ski Stadium.

Can family and friends follow my progress in the race from home?
Yes, results and timings are published live on the live results page.

What’s the official hashtag?
#Nordenskiöldsloppet

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?
At all checkpoints we serve:

  • Red Bull
  • Sports drink, bars and gel (gluten-free, lactose-free).
  • Blueberry soup (Sugar, potato starch, maltodextrin, blueberries, citric acid, antioxidant E300. Soup contains 3.5% blueberries).
  • Vegetable broth (Salt, maltodextrin, starch, sugar, yeast extract, vegetables 8.6% (onion, carrot, leek), aroma, carrot juice powder, palm fat, spices.
  • Freeze-dried coffee or brewed coffee, tea.
  • Buns and bread, not gluten-free.
  • Butter and cheese, not lactose free.
  • Oranges, bananas, pickles.

At the checkpoints in Granudden (passing 2 times), ÅrreNjarka and Purkijaur, extra food is offered:

  • Sausage stroganoff: Cream (lactose-free), tomato puree, chili sauce, meat broth, sausages, served with rice.
  • Pasta: Ham, lactose-free milk, lactose-free cream, cheese (not lactose-free) and pasta.
  • Minced meat soup: broth, minced meat, vegetables, potatoes.

We do not offer food for special dietary needs, but you  can send your own food in your clothing bags to the turning point ÅrreNjarka and to the control Randijaur (which you pass twice).

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.

What service is available after you finish?
You get a food bag with snacks directly after you finish the race.
We offer limited service at Västra skola: shower, coffee/tea and possibility to rest. Distance: 500m from the finish area.

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.

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

Lodging:
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

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
Brittas guesthouse and Treehotel, Harads, tel +46 (0)928-103 00, Website
Accomodation in Gällivare: Gällivare Touristcenter Website
Kåbdalis, tel +46 (0)928 50147. Website
Storklinten, tel +46 (0) 928 – 40 000, Website
Kronogård Vildmark, tel +46 (0)928 50080. Website

Organizers

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

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