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Blood, sweat, and cheers!

Norwegians love a good competition, both in the snow and on the green grass. Whether you want to participate, or you just want to watch, here you will find a flood of events to take part in!

Norway is a country that boasts a rich sporting heritage and a love of the great outdoors. From skiing and snowboarding in the winter to hiking and cycling in the summer, Norwegians are passionate about staying active and enjoying the natural beauty of their surroundings. With a wide range of world-class sporting events taking place throughout the year.

Scroll down and explore some of the most exciting and popular sporting events that Norway has to offer. Whether you're a spectator or a participant, these events are guaranteed to provide an unforgettable experience and a chance to see some of Norway's most spectacular landscapes.

Arctic Race of Norway

This is a professional road bicycle race that takes place in northern Norway every August. The race covers some of Norway's most beautiful landscapes and attracts top-level riders from around the world.

The Arctic Race of Norway is more than just a cycling race; it is a celebration of the stunning natural beauty and unique culture of northern Norway. It offers cyclists and spectators alike an unforgettable experience in one of the most stunning and remote corners of Europe.

Holmenkollen Ski Festival

This is one of the most prestigious winter sports events in the world, featuring ski jumping, cross-country skiing, and Nordic combined events. It takes place in Oslo every year in March and attracts thousands of spectators.

In addition to the competitions, the festival offers a range of activities for visitors, including ski lessons, guided tours, and cultural events. Visitors can also try their hand at ski jumping on a smaller jump, designed for beginners.

Norway Cup

Norway Cup is an international youth football tournament held annually in Oslo, Norway. It is one of the world's largest football tournaments for young players, attracting teams from all over the globe. The event takes place over a week in late July and has been a prominent fixture in the international youth football calendar since its inception in 1972.

Apart from the football matches, Norway Cup offers a range of cultural and social activities, creating a festive atmosphere throughout the week.


Ekstremsportveko, also known as the Extreme Sports Week, is an annual event held in Voss, Norway. It is one of the largest and most renowned extreme sports festivals in the world. Ekstremsportveko brings together athletes, enthusiasts, and spectators from around the globe to participate in and witness a wide range of exhilarating activities.

The event takes place in late June, and you can join in or watch extreme sports like paragliding, longboarding, rafting, climbing, base jumping, and much more.

Midnight Sun Marathon

The Midnight Sun Marathon is an annual running event that takes place in Tromsø, a city located in the far north of Norway. It is known for being one of the most unique and picturesque marathons in the world, due to its location and the timing of the race.

The event takes place in late June, when the sun does not set in Tromsø, creating a magical atmosphere with the sun shining brightly throughout the night. The race offers a range of distances, including a full marathon, half-marathon, 10-kilometer race, and a children's race.


This is a cross-country ski race that takes place in March between the towns of Rena and Lillehammer. The race is 54 kilometers long and attracts more than 15,000 participants every year.

The atmosphere at the Birkebeinerrennet race is electric, with thousands of spectators cheering on the skiers as they make their way through the course. The race is a true test of determination, perseverance, and strength, and those who complete it feel an incredible sense of accomplishment.

They also arrange a foot race and a bike race during the summer months.

The Norseman Xtreme Triathlon

The Norseman Xtreme Triathlon is considered one of the toughest triathlons in the world. The race starts from the Hardangerfjord, where participants jump off a ferry and swim 3.8 kilometres to shore. The bike leg covers 180 kilometres of challenging terrain, including a climb up the famous "Zombie Hill" - a 10-kilometer steep ascent with gradients up to 10 percent. The final leg of the race involves a marathon run, with the finish line located at the peak of Mount Gaustatoppen, which is 1,850 meters above sea level.

The race has a unique format, with no aid stations, drafting or outside support allowed. Participants are required to carry all their own gear, food, and water, and have a support crew to assist them along the way.

Oslo Marathon

This is a popular long-distance running event that takes place in September. The course takes runners through the streets of Oslo, passing by many of the city's famous landmarks.

The marathon attracts a diverse range of participants, from elite runners aiming for a fast time to first-time marathoners looking to complete the distance for the first time. The event is open to participants of all abilities and ages, and the inclusive atmosphere is a key part of the event's appeal.

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