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Tromsø Skyrace
Tromsø Skyrace.
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… or call it a peaceful peak hike with amazing views. Norway is full of uphill runs, with catch phrases such as “Norway’s most beautiful” or “Northern Europe’s steepest”.

You will find them both near cities as well as further out in the countryside. There are several uphill runs across Norway to choose from, and there should be something for everyone. Most event organisers operate with different classes for competitive runners and a fun run for fitness enthusiasts. However, the list is dynamic and it keeps getting longer and more spectacular.

If you’re not into having your run timed or pushing your anaerobic threshold to its limit, you can always take a more leisurely trip up most of these uphill routes without a starting number on your chest. It’s no mere coincidence that these runs are being held amid these particular landscapes. Simply choose a different date than those listed for the organised runs. 

Viking Challenge – 17 June 2017

Viking Challenge

Viking Challenge.
Photo: Vegard Breie

The uphill run up one of Norway’s most famous mountains, Gaustatoppen, can provide you with uncommonly spectacular views. From an elevation of 1,883 metres, you can – weather permitting – behold 1/6 of mainland Norway. More than 50,000 people visit the peak annually. The uphill run has been organised since 2014. The highly-fit participants face a challenging 4-km run as they ascend 800 meters of elevation, whereas the even more highly-fit participants do a 12-km run while ascending fully 1,500 metres of elevation.

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Rallarvegsløpet Mountain Race – 22-23 July 2017


Photo: Espen Ringom / Kondis

Did you hear that you’re supposed to bike the Rallarvegen route? From Haugsatøl to Flåm, so it’s mostly a downhill ride? This is what most people do, while others find it more interesting to run it. In the opposite direction. This ultra-run extends over two days with the start down at the fjord in Flåm and the finish up on the mountain at Haugastøl. On day one, the participants run 54 kilometres up to the highest point on the route, 1,334 metres above sea level, before reaching the finish line at an elevation of 1,222 at Finse. The run continues on day two with a 27-kilometre route and a descent of about 200 metres in elevation on the way to Haugastøl.

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Tromsø SkyRace – 4-5 August 2017

This competition consists of multiple mountain races of varying distances, spread across two days. The event is being organised by a couple made up of two elite runners for the third time this year. The two are Spaniard Kilian Jornet and Swede Emilie Forsberg who happen to live in Romsdalen so they can spend much of their time in Norwegian mountains. The participants in Tromsø SkyRace can choose among four races, depending on level of experience and skill. The most intense race is a 53-kilometre run with an ascent of 4,600 metres of elevation divided among two peaks, whereas the “mellowest” race has a 15-kilometer route with an ascent of 800 metres of elevation and a single peak.

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Skaala 1848 m Uphill – 19 August 2017

Skåla Opp

Skåla Opp.
Photo: Jan Erik Sandbakk

The Skaala 1848 m Uphill is considered Norway’s highest mountain peak with its base in a fjord. For years, the peak with its round stone tower built in 1891 has been a popular hiking destination from Loen. This is as intended, because the tower was specifically built to promote recreation for body and soul. The race was organised for the first time in 2002, and had 360 participants back then, divided among classes for competition and a fun run for fitness enthusiasts. In recent years, the number of participants has been around 2,000 runners. Last year, it snowed the night before the run which caused the organisers to shorten the route. 

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Svalbard SpaceRun – 26 August 2017

Svalbard Spacerun

Svalbard Spacerun.
Photo: Svalbard Turn

The world’s northernmost uphill run at Svalbard offers an uplifting outing in the Midnight Sun. Here, polar bear protection is included in the entry fee, and the maximum number of participants has been set at 110 runners. The start begins along the aerial ropeway junction building (Taubanesentralen) in Longyearbyen, and the finish line is at KSAT’s antennae SG24 on Platåfjellet Mountain. The run has an ascent of 553 metres of elevation along 8.4-kilometre route. The highest point is 459 metres above sea level.

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