Arctic race landscape

The Arctic Race celebrates 10 years of bicycle racing in Northern Norway

This year's race will be watched by millions of people all over the world.

Photo: Arctic Race of Norway
August 2023
The Arctic Race of Norway is the world's northernmost bicycle stage race and Norway's largest professional cycling race. But the ambitions extend far beyond being the biggest. By gathering some of international cycling's best teams and stars, golden opportunities are not only created in sports. The Arctic Race of Norway has become a collaboration platform for everyone who is passionate about initiating a positive development in their region.

This year will mark the tenth edition since the start of the first Arctic Race of Norway that took place in Bodø in 2013. It has been ten eventful years, during which local communities, businesses, municipalities and county authorities have collaborated to create wonderful celebrations and many good memories. 

From 17th to 20th of August, the adventure continues when the event returns to Finnmark where more than 180 cyclists will compete in four stages spanning over a total of 663 km. This year’s anniversary edition starts in Kautokeino and after winding through the fjords and hills of Alta and Hammerfest it ends up at the famous Nordkapp. Knut-Eirik Dybdal, director of the Artic Race of Norway, believes it will be a grand finale to the first 10 years and is looking forward to the years to come:

"We look forward to another decade of amazing athletic achievements. And we will make sure that by keeping good corporations between all stakeholders, we guarantee that the development of the Artic Race maintains the same pace as the athletes”. 

Arctic race
Photo: Arctic Race of Norway

Millions of people from all over the world see the spectacular TV images of the Artic Race every year. In 2022 the race set a new record with live broadcasts in 189 countries. Dybdal explains the success of the Artic Race as following: "There are many good forces working together here. Municipalities, businesses, voluntary organizations and spectators. Everyone is an important contributor making the Artic Race of Norway more than just a bicycle race.”  

As one of the official suppliers of the Artic Race of Norway, SAS Sport is flying both cyclist and support staff from Europe to Norway. SAS Sport is one of Scandinavian Airlines tailor-made concepts, designed for helping the needs of athletes and sports clubs’ officials. This concept is offering competitive fares for travel to competitions, trainings and events within Scandinavia, Europe and around the world. The flexible and discounted SAS Sport tickets can be booked by professional athletes as well as local teams after registering for the SAS Sport concept.


17th August: Kautokeino-Alta

18th August: Alta-Hammerfest

19th August: Hammerfest-Havøysund

20th August: Kvalsund-Nordkapp