Last year, the Arctic Race of Norway became the world’s only professional cycling race that takes place above the Arctic Circle. 150,000 spectators watched the race in Bodø, Svolvær, Stokmarknes and Harstad.
In 2014, the race will push 248 miles further north, covering a total distance of 439 miles in four stages. The route follows the characteristic Norwegian coastline with wild nature and challenging terrain, providing TV-viewers, spectators and cyclists with magnificent views and lasting impressions.
The Arctic Race 2014 starts in the city of Hammerfest and continues as far north as the North Cape, the nearest accessible location to Europe's northernmost point. The cyclists will also experience Honningsvåg, the "northern lights town" Alta and a tough climb up Kvænangsfjellet. The final stage teakes place in the Arctic city Tromsø.
The four stages are:
For travellers arriving in July, the midnight sun can be experienced until 22 July in Tromsø and until 27 July in Hammerfest.
The event organizers are the Amaury Sports Organization from France, which also manages famous races such as Tour de France, Vuelta a Espana and the Dakar Rally.
With a large part situated above the Arctic Circle, Northern Norway is a prime location for the natural phenomena of the midnight sun and the northern lights.
The landscape makes a stunning playground for outdoor enthusiasts. The terrain varies from rugged mountain tops to sheltered bays with white sand and green water, which enhances the experience of sport activities like cycling, hiking, kayaking and fishing.
The biggest city in the area is lively Tromsø, where a fine mix of entertainment, cultural activities and nature experiences is available. The Finnmark region further north includes a vast wilderness area with superb possibilities for hiking and cycling plus the iconic tourist attraction the North Cape.
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The world’s northernmost cycling race returns to the magnificent landscape of Northern Norway 14 -17 August 2014, in the second edition of Arctic Race
Arctic Race of Norway 2014
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